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Oct
7
comment How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
Just to clarify, the Woody example is about the quintessential part, not the other part. :P
Oct
7
answered How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
Oct
7
comment How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
I have never heard of a project that attempted to make novel writing more like writing for television etc. where there have been salaried writers and focus groups and all that stuff. Has anyone else heard of this? And if not, who says it wouldn't work? I'd be fascinated to read the autopsy of any failed experiments in this area. Also, yeah, writing for critics is stupid.
Oct
6
comment Can I write my sub stories separately?
Less complicated questions demand simpler answers.
Oct
5
answered Can I write my sub stories separately?
Oct
3
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Complex questions require complex answers.
Oct
2
revised Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Addressed the specific query and then zoomed out to the general.
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
@Standback: I would say there's only two major differences between one and two, there are few more between one, two or three and more than three. I have played it safe and described the entire spectrum of features and flaws...
Oct
2
answered Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Weirdly, I think what makes it look broad is making it one vs two. Really it's one vs. multiple and where to draw the line on POV characters. I think the question is really what features do the various POV numbers have in terms of pros and cons.
Oct
1
revised How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
Broadening the options available at the close of the answer.
Oct
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
comment Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
Never underestimate threats against kin. It's primal, and the threat doesn't have to be death. Find and read Vol I of Piers Anthony's Bio of A Space Tyrant: Refugee one of the most sustainedly brutal pieces of literature I've ever read. Aside from this, more surreal, is an attack on identity, brainwashing, psi-ops, convincing some of elaborate and malevolent illusions. Also the concept of denied access and false memory e.g. Dark City: How do you get to Shell Beach? This is the main other technique for creating mysterious menace.
Sep
29
answered Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
Sep
25
comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
You'd probably have to ask someone else I went and asked what one was and I had misdefined it by context. I am more a "partial" discovery writer. I kind of know what should be happening but am often surprised by how it ends up coming to pass.
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
Sadly, I would guess that the market for "misogynist fantasy" is niche but not currently shrinking. Personally I prefer "misanthropist fantasy" because I hate everyone equally ;)
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
@Shan: Exactly, therefore clear = epic fail! But there is a halfway useful question nestling in amongst the irrelevant gender politics.
Sep
23
comment Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?
I am not one of the downvotes. But when I hover my mouse over the arrow and it says this question shows research, is useful and clear it scores half a point for being somewhat useful. It would be more useful if it were clear. I think the "girls" angle is completely not the focus. What the real question is is "why do people strive for verisimilitude in works of fantasy, isn't that a bit oxymoronic?". Unfortunately that's so far from what's written I don't feel write just editing it to say this. Maybe some work from the asker is indicated? I might be wrong, also.
Sep
23
comment Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections
@John: Actually it was an excellent example. Superman is a sucky character for hero-wish-fulfillment purposes. I was just inking a little on your pencil sketch :)
Sep
23
answered Why should I try to create realistic fantasy characters?