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Aug
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answered How can I dig conflict out of an optimistic SF-nal premise?
Aug
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comment Should a piece of fiction be made of 100% concise writing?
You can improve brevity without dropping context in some cases. E.g. "Nor had planned to do so in the future." actually adds useful information about Saki's goals/dreams. But "She'd never planned to." conveys the same more compactly. Also, an occasional foray into passive voice can bring more benefits in compactness than it loses in interest; I'd suggest e.g. "Many shelves were filled with finished dolls: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, African, even one shaped as a Tim Burton character." But it is also important to use a style that you are comfortable with and can maintain.
Aug
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comment How can I dig conflict out of an optimistic SF-nal premise?
There are all sorts of optimistic fantasy stories where e.g. magic is a huge positive and still there seems no trouble in coming up with conflict (either magic-related or not). Is your case any different, except technology is not yet sufficiently advanced?
Aug
2
comment How do you make a character witty?
"You can pretend to be serious but you can't pretend to be witty." - Sacha Guitry
Feb
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comment Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?
I cannot agree with Lauren strongly enough. Readers who do know something will think you're an idiot if you badly misuse terms, and readers who don't will even more uninformed than they were before because you misled them. The research advice and "keep it simple" is great. The "fill in the gaps with your imagination" is not unless you're running short of time to write well and just need to fill in a gap so the story doesn't fall on the floor in between the good bits. (That said, time is not infinite, and gaps are many.)
Feb
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awarded  Editor
Feb
10
comment LaTex vs. Word vs. etc
@MonicaCellio - LaTeX to Word is not as smooth as DocBook to Word in my experience. The converters I've tried do fine if the LaTeX doesn't do anything at all fancy, but produce mixed results otherwise.
Feb
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Feb
10
answered LaTex vs. Word vs. etc
Jan
11
answered How to improve my skill at writing a question?
Jan
11
comment How to restart a novel(la)?
Is it a good story at 33000 words? It would be a shame to dilute 33000 high quality words with 27000 more words of filler.
Oct
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Oct
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answered How do I round out a powerful character?
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