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I dabble in writing; I've become increasingly proficient in keeping my condescending nature in check. Haven't written much though. Working on that.

A lot of my experience comes from reading, from books on writing, and from blogs on writing. I've also done a lot of critiquing at Critters.org, and reviewing at The Fix Online. Science-fiction and fantasy are my natural stomping grounds, but everything else is good too.


16h
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
Hiya! Writers.SE is a Q&A site, and is different from other websites and forums. One of our guidelines is, we won't do your writing for you! Another is, we won't do simple rephrasings of passages. Check out our tour and our on-topic summary to get more of a feel for our site!
23h
comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
Since the criticism seems to be over the elements that OP considers agreed-upon in popular media, I don't think that establishing a divergence solves the problem. It'd be like describing an alien invasion right before the birth of Jesus, and assuming that justifies portraying Jesus as Caucasian.
23h
comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
I think your reference to alternate-history may be a bit confusing here, because it sounds like your novel will be deviating from historical reality in two ways: in the "alternate history" twists which are deliberate changes, and in the troped-up/media-influenced errors, where your setting is influenced by popular media portrayals which may be grossly inaccurate. Your friend's criticism seems to be over the latter, so I would focus on the historical element rather than the alternate-history element.
1d
comment How to describe a scene involving a shift in the environment due to forbidden magic?
Have you tried writing a draft, and seeing whether it's likely to make sense to the reader?
1d
comment Examples of novels about nontraditional families
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a research question about topic-specific references.
1d
comment Examples of novels about nontraditional families
Hiya! I'm afraid this isn't a writing question (we don't do research questions, e.g. "I need resources discussing [[X]]"). I need to close this. But good luck on your essay :)
Aug
27
comment Needing to Believe the Story Is Real
This is very typical YMMV-ism, particularly when you and your friend are talking entirely abstractly about the story concept/premise, without your friend actually reading the stories you've written.
Aug
21
comment Defining a Prologue
There is one rule that shouldn't be violated: Don't be boring. Too many prologue-writers use the prologue as a chance to infodump, forgetting that rule.
Aug
19
comment Collecting books
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about book collecting.
Aug
19
comment Collecting books
Hi! Welcome to Writers.SE! We only address questions directly related to writing and publishing; I'm afraid that estimating value of collections is beyond our scope.
Aug
17
comment Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?
Hey Anonymous, this is a nice anecdote, but it isn't really helpful if you don't have some consequences (good or bad) to share with us! You're saying "I did this," but unless your can tell us "...and it worked well" or "...and it went badly" or "...and there were pros and cons," it doesn't really answer the question much.
Aug
14
comment How can I make it more erotic?
Is there a reason you think it's not sufficiently sensual as it is? Is there any surrounding context? Are there any characters or literary elements in the larger context, which would give some basis for drama or the "very literary" element you want? Without these details, I don't think this question is answerable. -1 for the moment; and the question might need to be closed if you can't explain the question somewhat.
Aug
11
comment Word for “work completed on behalf of…”
I believe this does meet English.SE's guidelines; I'll check with them and send it over.
Aug
11
comment Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
@CLockeWork: Ouch. Harsh :-/ Here's hoping that's an outlier...
Aug
10
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
I've edited for formatting, and to make the relevance to the question clearer.
Aug
10
comment My Hero is captured, now what?
However, I think the fundamental question of "How do I write an escape scene?" and "All my tries involve somebody else rescuing the hero" is a very good one. In other words, with a very light edit, this will be an excellent question. So I've just edited the question to put the focus on that. Please feel free to comment or re-edit if you feel like I've mis-represented your question, or if you have any corrections :)
Aug
10
comment My Hero is captured, now what?
Hi! This question is what we call a "what to write" question, in that it's describing a specific situation, and asking "OK, what should happen in my story now?". Such questions are off-topic on Writers.SE, because they're easy to bikeshed, and because they're not very helpful to any other writer.
Jul
29
comment Does this image convey bursting passion and confidence?
Please note that Writers.SE won't help you with grammar. (Probably not with style either, unless you have a very specific question - it's just too vague and subjective for blanket "please give me feedback" to produce good, meaningful answers within the Q&A format.)
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
Closing as off-topic, because it's asking what to write, and for highly specialized examples.
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
(Additionally, a passage from the story with the question "How do I write without using any visuals?" would be a great critique question.)