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awarded  Nice Question
Mar
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revised What is a good methodology for researching a historical novel?
Added a section about my research approach.
Mar
23
comment What is a good methodology for researching a historical novel?
@Panda: I didn't advise doing too little research. I advised as little as possible. e.g. think of it as a task where you will satisfy yourself you're not going to make some egregious factual error and proceed. It's easy to get hung up on the moot points and arguments and worrying about whose side you're on or who is the more eminent historian in this or that debate. Anyway I've added an edit to expand upon this.
Mar
23
comment What exactly is an editor?
@Ralph: I can't speak for much but I do know that when I go into a regular bookstore and look at the SF/Fantasy shelves which is, kind of "my genre" I have an easy time passing on all of it. I am the target market and for years I've seen nothing but bizarre pointless crap that only connects with a very small portion of possible customers. I hate it all. These editors are not doing their job, they're selling to a safe audience and not trying to attract more customers they must know are there because of the huge appetite for SF TV and movies. JMO.
Mar
22
comment What exactly is an editor?
Okay to be blunt. I understand what it is you're editing, and in your case for any acceptable definition of "sells" in your industry you may well be able to bottle and sell it. In broader fiction markets the attitude that anyone knows what will sell is more poisonous and foolhardy. EDIT: Oh and I'm not being snarky by saying your industry. If I could make money writing romance novels then I surely would I think it's an admirable and challenging discipline.
Mar
22
comment What exactly is an editor?
I think that editors know what definitely doesn't sell. Not always what definitely does. It's an important distinction.
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asked What exactly is an editor?
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answered What is a good methodology for researching a historical novel?
Mar
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comment Unquestionable Taboos and Self-censorship
I suppose that a sympathetic/disinterested publisher is something of a must e.g. in my Dune example I don't think his publisher particularly cared about the politics. You seem to be fearful that you are the only person in your society who feels as you feel about the issues and has the courage to publish an elegantly obfuscated message. If so, you really are screwed, no amount of writing will do the slightest bit of good. If not, your first problem: encoding to avoid broad criticism, is solved. You now have a new problem, how to hook up with a subculture that will support your efforts.
Mar
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answered Unquestionable Taboos and Self-censorship
Mar
16
comment What to do if I end up confused by my own plot because of 'trying to be original' or 'trying to make the story more deep'?
BTW: Hannibal Lecter is a psychiatrist who is a, permanent, patient in mental health care. Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs both discuss the FBI utilising Lecter's psychiatric behavioural profiling expertise to catch the killers they hunt. So the fact Lecter's a psychiatrist is even a plot point.
Mar
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answered What to do if I end up confused by my own plot because of 'trying to be original' or 'trying to make the story more deep'?
Mar
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revised How to achieve a dark and nostalgic feeling/setting in a novel?
Changed word archive to achieve so question made sense.
Mar
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answered Which version of these three lines is more likely to attract the interest of the reader ? (character's viewpoint vs omnicient narrator)
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answered Does giving away free stories boost sales?
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answered What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
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answered How should I approach possibly unfamiliar pop culture in fiction?
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comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
If your novel is of a particular type (either lit fic or gimmicky) you can have sections in full on screenplay format, something Stephen Fry did in Making History. In genre novels you have to go a long way to get away with that kind of stuff. But writing it straight out like the draft of a play isn't appropriate unless the reader can gain some meaning from your adoption of the approach.
Mar
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comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
That's pretty much what I like to see so it's pretty much what I like to do. +1