10,835 reputation
11857
bio website livejournal.com/~_standback_
location Israel
age 30
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen 18 hours ago

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.


1d
comment Is it OK to not to italicize the character's thoughts in the following situation?
I think the question I've linked addresses this question well :)
2d
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
26
comment About self publishing
"What do you think about the subject of self-publishing" is a very broad question. We do have a pros-and-cons of different publishing avenues here: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3612/… . Does that page answer your question?
Jul
26
comment Is there a better quote about writing?
There are a multitude of quotes about writing. We are not a quotation-finding service, and this is not an answerable question. Sorry.
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.)
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
If you're new to Stack Exchange, take our intro tour and peek around; you'll get a good feel for how we work. We'd love to help you with other questions. IMHO, the best questions are of the form "I'm trying to do X, but I'm failing because Y. How do I solve Y and do X?" - and I bet you might have a terrific question about writing without sense of sight, if instead of asking "Who's done this well," you (a) explain what you've been trying, and (b) tell us what it is about the problem that's proving tough for you.
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
I'm sorry; Writers.SE considers questions on "what should I write" and specific research questions (e.g., "who's already done this specific thing?") to be off-topic. We're a Q&A site, and answering questions like this would basically mean being willing to answer any question imaginable if you only add "it's for a story I'm writing"...
Jul
20
comment no matter whether = whether?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about grammar and correct usage of basic words, not about writing.
Jul
5
comment Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?
This is really interesting; I'm not very well-versed in poetry, but I'd never heard that before. Do you have any references that go into more detail? I think that would make this answer even clearer and more helpful.
Jun
18
comment How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
Practice, practice, practice :)
Jun
1
comment Is this story worth publishing?
Hi Iota! I'm afraid that asking for general feedback on your story is off-topic here. This isn't a slight against your particular work (which I haven't looked at yet); it's site policy. There are plenty of excellent online workshops which will be happy to help you with your story - we're more about concrete Q&A, and if you have anything of that sort, please do ask :)
May
26
comment Are there more character alignment grids (like D&D)
Cool question! This has the potential to turn into a list question, so answerers, please try to post more than simple links to arbitrary grids. @what 's answer below is an excellent example, giving different examples and pointing out some strengths of each one.
May
24
comment Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?
I've heard advice that if you were rejected with an encouraging personal note, it's worth mentioning that in the cover letter.
May
22
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
Protected to avoid spamming/promotion.
May
21
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
But if this is a twist after the protags have reached their goal ("make your own decision") your dynamic changes a little. This is basically the climactic argument from the antagonist - "Look, you got what you want, and look how awful it is." If you can't wiggle out of that and justify the protagonist's goals, or lead them to a greater epiphany, then the antagonist has turned out to be right, and your book is a tragedy. Probably not YA :P
May
21
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
If the antagonist's argument was "You can't be free to make your own decisions," then that's the argument you need to resolve here. But narrowing that argument down might help you find a satisfying resolution. e.g "If you make your own decisions you'll make them wrong" can be resolved by making decisions and guaranteeing that they're right. "If the argument was "You don't have the authority to make those decisions for everybody, we do," then the resolution needs to demonstrate why the protags are worthy of authority and the antags aren't. And so on.
May
20
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
Perhaps the 20 people are sacrifices to a hungry but highly trustworthy god of the netherworld!
May
12
comment Successful stories that don't follow the standard story template?
Sure, lots, including many many classics. Consider Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," or Poe's tales of melancholy and horror. Many genres will have no resemblance to your template at all, e.g. tragedies, anthropological SF, and slice-of-life vignettes. This is far to narrow a template to bind everything into.
Apr
13
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
@DaveMG: No one in the biz is unbiased :)