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Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
@Lauren: I acquired a taste for H.P. Lovecraft I guess that's my quota!
Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
@QuickerSnarkerBacker: I'd never wear a blindfold at a fireworks display. Doesn't mean I want to read: "Then one went boom and red bits filled the sky. Then another one went wheee leaving a trail of green sparks. etc."
Jan
20
revised How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
correct typo
Jan
20
revised What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
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Jan
20
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Heresy Alert! I don't really like Lord of the Rings. I admire the work and the intention but I don't like the writing. I find it ponderous, pompous and overly concerned with food.
Jan
20
asked What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Jan
20
answered How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
Jan
19
comment What is flash fiction?
A short story of exactly 100 words is referred to as a "drabble" and the practice of writing them a game. "Frankenstein" and "The Vampyre" both started as drabbles.
Jan
19
answered What is flash fiction?
Jan
19
comment Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
I actually don't write in other people's universes because I don't feel up to the research task of keeping things canonical! At least if you are the one making it up as you go along you only have to watch out you don't paint yourself into a corner.
Jan
18
answered What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
Jan
10
comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
@jae: All I know is that I learned a hell of a lot from deciding to do a simple A to B odyssey kids story the first time I did Nanowrimo that I wasn't expecting to learn. I expected sticking to a very generic plot to make writing the story easier and it kind of did but what was left when I finished was not a standard odyssey story like Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. I didn't go looking for the lesson. I just stumbled across it. I would just advise that people don't knock it till they've tried it.
Jan
9
comment Do most novels not get published?
I think that's the UK/US difference. The UK doesn't really have any small houses, the market here is tiny compared to the US. Selling directly to the US has, historically, been a problem. Even now tax issues, matters of idiom, concerns about wider appeal etc create a barrier for a UK writer wanting to sell directly to the US. (At least that was the way it was about ten years ago, I'm not so sure what it's like today.)
Jan
9
comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
@jae: As I noted elsewhere, anyone has the potential to rise above the need for humbly exploring the nuts and bolts of their craft. Some people do naturally have enough talent that they can do without learning from the past. I am just a human being and as such will take any help I can get to make myself better at what I love doing. Besides I find the "theory" parts of storytelling fascinating and awe inspiring. But that last part's probably just me.
Jan
9
comment How much should I describe things or persons, that are not important for the story?
@jae: your example describes a situation where the gun does go off, just in a different way and in a different time frame to the one originally scoped. A marketing nerd would say if people don't like book one complaining that several elements never paid off then book two may never get the chance to exist. Then it just looks like you can't write plant and pay off.
Jan
9
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@jae: If you're exactly as talented as Neil Gaiman, or indeed more than, then I look forward to hero worshipping you shortly. For mere humans like myself I'll take all the help I can get.
Jan
8
comment Do most novels not get published?
@JSBangs: I found it to be just about pessimistic enough but maybe that's just me. I think there is a difference between the US and UK markets. I think there are more authors trying to sell to fewer publishing houses over here. It is a nightmare.
Jan
8
comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
@mootinator: Everyone thinks that when they begin a business such as creative writing. They fail to separate out the experience of being bored hearing the same story told the same way over and over from the practical business of being the one telling it. It may be unpleasant to a writer to consider that even though a story's been told and told and told in a simple five act structure they still should take the time to learn how to do something "classic". Until someone has done this they really have no business breaking rules they never followed.
Jan
8
answered Do most novels not get published?
Jan
7
comment Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog
@Christopher I always think of that quote from Harrison Ford about the dialogue in Star Wars "You can write this shit, George, but you sure can't say it."