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Those who can, do. Those who can't, write.


Aug
4
awarded  Yearling
Jul
2
comment How can I develop my ideas?
Oh wow, that's a HUGE compliment. Glad I could help you see writing with new eyes! Though I'll admit, it's much easier to say than do. :P
Jun
30
answered How can I develop my ideas?
Jun
22
revised How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
added 22 characters in body
Jun
22
comment How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
Fearless: Let me know if I've missed the gist of your question. I've edited it down - I think it could be a good question. I know there's a thread talking about suspension of disbelief (writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2730/…) but I feel this is more specific to determining how to determine if a plot device is overly contrived. Feel free to close if I'm wrong.
Jun
22
revised How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?
Refined question to the bare bones, generalised it.
Jun
22
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
@JAE: Agreed, I should have said "and reading books on writing". Mainly because it's possible to read lots, but not read critically. I find the books on writing help me to pick out specific techniques writers are using, and understand why something does or doesn't work.
Jun
19
comment My first act is lengthy. And I cannot shorten it. Any Suggestions?
I'll also add that it's more than likely you'll get to the end, spot a theme/concept/underused character that you want to bring out, and have to trash a lot of your 'perfect' writing anyway. Unless you're a genius who can write a single draft and be done with it, of course. ;)
Jun
19
comment My first act is lengthy. And I cannot shorten it. Any Suggestions?
FWIW, it's tempting to try and write something to try and pander to the masses. But this is your story, and you should write it how you think it should be written because it is, first and foremost, for yourself. You're writing because there's a story in your mind that simply must be told, right? Tell it. Worry about selling it later.
May
23
comment Sympathetic portrayal of an evil protagonist with good motivations
On the note of Sanderson's works, his novel Elantris explores an evil antagonist with good motivations. He switches to the antagonist's point of view every third chapter, so in a way you could call him a protagonist. He pulls it off so well that this guy is the most interesting character of the lot, imho.
May
4
comment How to plan dialog and keep it on track?
If it helps any, numbers and formulas generally confuse me to no end. :P
May
2
comment How to plan dialog and keep it on track?
YES. It's witty and emotional banter, all without breaking character. I am insanely jealous. :P
May
2
comment How to plan dialog and keep it on track?
I should have clarified - natural speech does not necessarily equate to effective writing. :) In my case, hardly ever. Though that could be because I just watched The Avengers last night, and Joss Whedon is the MASTER of this.
May
2
answered How to plan dialog and keep it on track?
Jan
11
answered How to start a book off?
Jan
11
revised Adding more characters as the story moves forwards
Corrected spelling and grammar
Jan
10
answered How to restart a novel(la)?
Jan
2
comment Does reading books help writing skills?
I'll add that you should also study the writing that you really enjoy, even though it may not necessarily be a work of literary genius. As everyone says, you should be writing stuff you enjoy reading.
Dec
16
answered What to do when characters disagree with the plot?
Dec
15
comment Dealing with personal trauma in writing
So - what you're asking is: What methods do you use when you want to use personal trauma to enrich your writing? Is that it?