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Feb
18
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
15
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.
Feb
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answered Resources for character development
Feb
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comment Resources for character development
Really nice and simple. Good stuff. +1
Feb
9
answered Character details of male archetypes
Feb
8
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
I read through those and, to my surprise, most detective fiction I have ever read is apparently not detective fiction... who knew?
Feb
8
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
mysterylist.com/declog.htm -- fictionwriting.about.com/od/genrefiction/tp/mysteryrules.htm
Feb
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comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
There's no magic bullet there. A story is a story.
Feb
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answered Resources on plotting mystery stories
Feb
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answered Getting Inside Someone Else's Head
Jan
28
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
I agree, my example was just like fight scenes I have read. Part of my agenda in asking this question was to find out if there was any earthly reason why some authors write out bullet time descriptions of their combat. As we can see above some people eat that up, but most find it tedious. Which is what I thought.
Jan
27
comment How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
@Lauren - King's probably a target for a lot of budding authors because his style is quite lumpy, a lump of horror stuff followed by a lump of character stuff it's quite easy to see. He's also not great at plots or exposition so it makes people feel better: "Hey, if this guy who can't make up his mind why the car is evil from chapter to chapter can get a movie made of his best selling but nonsensical novel, so can I!"
Jan
24
comment How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
Oh yeah, learning to pastiche +1 definitely. When I started out I did really poor pastiche Stephen King. What tends to happen is you work out how the other person's style holds you back and where you can do things better another way.
Jan
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answered How can I transition from academic writing to fiction writing?
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accepted What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Jan
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answered Does my first paragraph grab your attention?