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Jan
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comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
I have to admit personally I don't really understand this question. In terms of plot what the climactic event is tends to be a matter of accepted structure i.e. it's a derivation of what you are trying to say in the story. This question sounds to me like: "I have this cat, and a mat. The cat is sitting and the mat is underneath it. I'm unsure, if I put all this information in one sentence what the subject of the sentence would be". I wouldn't feel confident answering this question without reference to a contextual example.
Jan
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comment Writers Communities?
+1 This looks like an excellent forum.
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Jan
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comment Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog
@justkt: I think that dialogue is just pretty hard to write well, most film scripts are serviceable at best and great dialogue writers are few and far between.
Jan
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comment Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog
Good point. Mimicking the register of a language you don't speak will only ever be pastiche. However as writers we should all take note that modern people don't really talk in dialogue either, once you start analysing written dialogue you start to understand why it's not like people really speak. For this reason I would contend it is possible to pastiche the writers of past ages, it's just really difficult.
Jan
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answered Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog
Jan
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comment Writers Communities?
@justkt: I've joined many writers' groups over the years and they are always critique circles. I'm talking about an online place like this that deals with polls, discussions, broad subjectivity etc.
Jan
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comment Writers Communities?
I wish I was 21 and under... but I shall check out the others.
Jan
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comment Writers Communities?
@neilfein: Nice. But that kind of is experimental writing as opposed to being about experimental writing. But interesting stuff!
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comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@jae: Don't hate the monomyth. Think of it this way. The monomyth made one of the most demonstrably incompetent storytellers in the history of mankind, George Lucas, into one who created one of the best loved stories of modern times. To hate the monomyth is to hate a basic cultural tool that gives the potential to access the minds of an audience at a deep level. What should be hated is the inept use of that tool by people who want it to be a money making device instead of a reflective tool mirroring a philosophically uniting internal truth.
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Dec
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comment How can a specific (current) event be made timeless?
Excellent point, many popular SF and Fantasy stories make analogies for sensitive topical issues. The stand out in my mind at present being Dune where a resource that enables the speedy transit of a vast interstellar community is monopolised by a single barren desert world... the Spice Melange may not be a direct parallel of oil but it was similar enough to engage a number of people.
Dec
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answered How can a specific (current) event be made timeless?
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Dec
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comment Publishing and selling ebooks
@jae: That's a good point. I was surprised to find how frighteningly effective a mailing list is also. All this social media marketing and whatnot is way overrated but just having people sign up to an e-mail newsletter apparently can get some good results.
Dec
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answered Publishing and selling ebooks