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I am a user experience architect by trade, but enjoyed a diverse career. I made a foray into independent filmmaking, creating a single feature back in the day. I continue to write screenplays for pleasure. I've been at it for about six years now and am working on number four.


Jul
30
comment Rules Of Fantasy Story?
You're getting dinged (question and answer) because this is a writer's forum. As such it deals with form, the difficult and extensive subject of defining good writing. Your question is one of formula - as in formulaic. Thus your question seems to ask, "what's the simple secret to good (fantasy) writing?" Simply put, there is no secret.
Mar
20
revised Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
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Mar
20
comment What are good examples of backstory in natural dialogue?
The question sought only an answer to backstory in dialogue, not specifying a particular narrative form. You are correct in noting that long form narrative better tolerates exposition than screenwriting or playwriting, but not without limits. Storytelling in any form is fundamentally demonstrative while non-fiction primarily explains facts. Replace all demonstrative story elements of “Romeo and Juliet” with a factual recounting of what happened and what it means and what you get is CliffsNotes.
Jan
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
25
awarded  Yearling
Dec
22
answered What are good examples of backstory in natural dialogue?
Aug
11
answered Avoid blending Fantasy and Sci Fi
Aug
11
answered Does a character have to define himself to be engaging?
Aug
6
answered Plot devices for the climax of an adventure story
May
31
answered Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
May
19
awarded  Yearling
Aug
14
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
I see that my post has ruffled some feathers, so I'll clarify. I'm not saying that movie critics are "bad people" for having a different take than the general audience or filmmakers. I'm simply noticing that they do have a different take. The reason is simple; film critics must watch EVERY film made. As an audience member, I see only a small portion of the films that are made, the ones that I suspect I would like. Since I don't care for Adam Sandler films, I don't watch them, but if I were a critic I'd have to. After a few years of that, I'd be applauding mythology as well.
Aug
11
answered What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
Jul
21
revised How to deal with self-criticism?
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Jul
21
answered How to deal with self-criticism?
May
12
answered How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
May
12
awarded  Supporter
May
12
answered Critique: three person dialogue
May
26
answered How do you make your characters likable?
May
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awarded  Teacher