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Sep
15
comment Incorporating Military Experience into Fantasy Writing?
There is also a theory that Tolkien, a resident of leafy Warwickshire and professor at Warwick University, saw the rise of the hideous grey concrete city of Birmingham and had an idea about a dark, evil and industrial power arising in a green and pleasant place.
Sep
15
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Sep
14
comment Dialogue writing practices?
@Dale: That had never occurred to me!
Sep
14
revised Dialogue writing practices?
Tidying up a bit.
Sep
14
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Sep
13
answered Dialogue writing practices?
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
minor typo
Sep
13
comment On copyright laws and plots
@Shan:Which is ironic because Dan Brown, famously, is an awful writer. The idea of the copycats in that case was "It's like The Da Vinci Code but better written!" I haven't actually had much of an opportunity to catch up on the truth of this but I have a couple I want to try out for research on my shelf.
Sep
13
comment Should I care if my short story has the same title as someone else's book?
Also note that certain titles are deemed "distinctive" calling your story "The Hobbit" for example, would probably be a concern.
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Halfling and Elfboy's Bogus Questathon
Sep
13
comment On copyright laws and plots
Even Percy Jackson was careful not to have a "Voldemort" plotline. It's all too easy to get too close for comfort.
Sep
13
revised On copyright laws and plots
Expanded to draw the line between information and story.
Sep
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answered On copyright laws and plots
Sep
13
revised What is a beat?
Annotated the beat example for those unfamiliar with Macbeth.
Sep
13
comment What is a beat?
@Shan: I'll annotate the example. You have been playing with the tin opener in the canned worm factory I am afraid ;)
Sep
13
comment What is a beat?
Oh yes, of course that's the micro micro beat, sometimes even written into scripts. "Marriage is a wonderful institution. (Beat.) But who wants to belong to an institution?" That's where the whole thing started, of course. Good spot.
Sep
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answered What is a beat?
Sep
9
comment What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
I must say I like this question and the other one about "breathing space" because they address matters of pragmatic necessity versus the broader goal of doing a good job. In both cases the problem arises from having been given practical advice that seems to conflict with aesthetic sense. Nicely put as well.
Sep
9
answered What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?