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I'm a software developer living in Switzerland. You can reach me at digulla at hepe dot com.

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comment Resources for character development
How to come up with ideas for the backstory?
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revised Is there a special software for writers?
Improved based on feedback
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comment Organizing your Universe?
yWrite is more mature :-( I didn't have much time to add all the features I'm still missing.
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comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
@Shan: The definition of "science fiction" is "based on current research." Neuromancer is SciFi because it's based on neurological and psychological research. There is no serious research on "dilithium crystals" or "warp drives". Just mentioning antimatter doesn't make something SciFi. Wikipedia: "Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least nonsupernatural) content such as future settings[...]"
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comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@HedgeMage: +1 I can agree on that :-)
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comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@HedgeMage: How do you avoid signing an unfair agreement if you have bills to pay? I mean: Publishers wouldn't produce such agreements if there was a chance that you can avoid signing them. Or to put it another way: If there was a chance to avoid them, no publisher could afford them.
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comment Resources for character development
+1 for the "Enneagram of Personality" since it answers the motivation question. often, I'm stuck why a character would do something (I tend to use "helps the story forward" instead of "creates conflict" solutions). To know the motivation helps to create more conflict (which makes the story more interesting)
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comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
Which is the problem: Star Wars and Star Trek are "Fantasy" according to the rules. People usually think "Space Ship" == "SciFi" but that's not correct.
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comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
Because it's not scientific. SciFi sets some base rules (like physical laws) and then follows them through. Hard SciFi, for example, will only use proven scientific theories (no FTL travel, no aliens meeting humans). It can contain a bit of fantasy. See wisegeek.com/what-are-the-different-book-genres.htm
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comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
There are only 12 notes but thousands of ways to play them (hard, soft, fast, slow, you can use different instruments, or combinations, play more than one note at the same time, etc). So the notes are always the same but the play is always different.