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Mar
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comment How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
@JYelton: Diptychs are blessed with a bizarre elegance and are too often a neglected artistic form. I learned of the word from Leone's "Once Upon A Time" diptych of movies (OUAT In The West and OUAT In America). The trilogy is the traditional crowd pleaser but the diptych of complementary narratives is something special when done right.
Mar
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comment Self Editing tips/tricks
Given that time is the great leveller the logical thing would be to take two weeks off from editing/submitting, but not from writing. Then your daily tasks are: 1. Edit what I wrote two weeks ago 2. Write my article for two weeks time. and 3. Final review and submit on todays piece. Of course if the piece has to be super timely that won't work...
Mar
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revised How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
slight semantic tangle untangled.
Mar
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comment What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
It seems like a school question where part of the brief on the assignment was unclear. Some editing could clarify this and then the question would be a reasonable one.
Mar
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answered What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
Mar
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answered How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
Feb
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answered When should a chapter end?
Feb
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comment Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
@Ralph: I don't know... there's nothing that substitutes for the moment when you have more or less forgotten part of the novel so that when you read it you either think: "Damn, this guy shows some promise" or, more commonly: "Who the hell wrote this?" I can do some good editing right off the bat but time reveals all dreck in the end.
Feb
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comment Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
Good point. I tend to think of novels and similar as that's what I write...
Feb
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answered Which techniques can I use to become a better editor when editing my own writing?
Feb
21
answered Writing first programming book
Feb
21
comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
For the record Song of Ice and Fire bores me rigid. I couldn't relate to anyone in it and gave up after 200 snooze inducing pages. Obviously his methods for managing complexity fell short in my case. Oh well, everyone else seems to like it.
Feb
21
comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
For the fact that there is an itemised list of checkpoints which give points for review when looking over work this one gets the green tick. Thorough work, good stuff.
Feb
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accepted Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
Feb
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comment Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
+1 for the advice, which is a start. Interesting that you assume I just mean plots... I do, but that's not all. I think there's a degree to which a story should be about something and that something could be philosophically complex so how to not tie yourself up into knots with that? And how to integrate it into the flow?
Feb
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asked Are there any techniques that make complexity work?
Feb
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answered What are common attributes of the Steampunk genre?
Feb
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answered How common *are* happy endings?
Feb
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answered Are there good tips on being a better *creative* writer?
Feb
15
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
A late answer but nonetheless useful. I'm a big Howard fan via Lovecraft and Marvel (the writers of Dr. Strange plundered Howard's Lovecraftian stuff shamelessly). I shall re-read with interest.