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

Aug
5
comment Resources for character development
How to come up with ideas for the backstory?
Dec
15
comment Organizing your Universe?
yWrite is more mature :-( I didn't have much time to add all the features I'm still missing.
Jun
27
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[...]"
Apr
13
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@HedgeMage: +1 I can agree on that :-)
Apr
12
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.
Feb
10
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)
Feb
9
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.
Dec
21
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
Dec
19
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.
Dec
17
comment What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
Of course :-) fixed.
Dec
17
comment Resources for character development
I think an author should know about hobbies and background; most of the B5 characters had background and that led to surprising and funny stories (relatives visiting, the story between G'Kar and Londo, military ties of Sheridan).
Dec
17
comment Is this character generator useful?
Sorry, no points from me either. I understand what you're thinking ("art isn't mechanical"). My feeling is that imagination works better if you have a spark. The tool gives you lots of those by asking weird questions. For examine the question "Scheming?" Most characters aren't but an answer can be: How does he react to scheming? Oh, even better, a relative was scheming, so he hates it. Nah, too obvious. To what lengths would he go to stop scheming? Or isn't he scheming, too? At least a bit? etc.
Dec
17
comment Is this character generator useful?
Excellent points. I'll add those; I was already thinking about grouping questions or giving them importance. What you mention is important for the story; my questions are important to flesh the character out, to give it history and depth.
Dec
11
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@kindall: +1. I'm just angry that the thieves wrap themselves in Union Jack and demand a more strict copyright law.
Dec
5
comment Is this character generator useful?
You can find all questions in questions.js; I'm pretty sure that other questions are too vague, too. But then, you can simply delete it and get another one. Or do you have a suggestion for better/other questions?
Dec
5
comment Is this character generator useful?
@Raskolnikov: You can enter anything you want; the suggestions are just that: suggestions. As for "generator": Do you have a better word?
Dec
5
comment Is this character generator useful?
But that's the point: Making you think about your character -- if the question was obvious, the creative process wouldn't start. My goal is to create unique characters not ones which can be created by supplying "yes/no" to some questions.
Nov
26
comment Is there a special software for writers?
You did read the README, right?
Nov
24
comment Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
+1 for Mercurial; easier to setup and use than Subversion.
Nov
24
comment Is touch typing skill important for being a good writer?
@HedgeMage: Or so you think. Pair with someone and you'll see how much you still loose.