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answered Main character trouble
Jul
10
answered How to decide whether a story is worth writing?
Jul
10
revised What to do with cliched metaphors?
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Jul
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comment What to do with cliched metaphors?
@what I wonder. Certainly my examples are tongue in cheek. And that's what pops most readily to my mind. But is that limitation inherent in the idea of twisting a metaphor? I don't know.
Jul
8
answered What to do with cliched metaphors?
Jul
8
answered Using filler words like 'So', 'Anyway'
Jul
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answered When is repetition good?
Jul
5
answered Are “print world rights in English” the same as “First World Print Rights”?
Jul
3
comment controversial rape subject in mainstream novel?
Why not write it and find out?
Jul
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answered How rough should a rough draft be
Jul
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comment How rough should a rough draft be
What happens (in the text or in your head) that makes you want to edit?
Jul
1
comment My story passes in choppy blocks - how can I fix it?
It's just a rule of thumb ;-) If the character satisfies the scene goal, see if you can make things worse with respect to some larger goal. Maybe: Out of the frying pan into the fire. As when Indiana Jones's bag of sand trick "works," but triggers the boulder trap. Or: The way out requires sacrificing something crucial to the larger goal. Or: Getting out ticks away precious time. Or: Escaping makes the bad guy redouble his efforts.
Jul
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comment My story passes in choppy blocks - how can I fix it?
A useful rule of thumb for commercial fiction: The character must fail, and the failure must get worse. And if the character happens to succeed, or appears to succeed, we soon learn that "succeeding" actually made things worse. But it's just a rule of thumb, not a law. I hadn't thought about the possibility that a success might lead to a dilemma. Seems like a fruitful approach.
Jul
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revised My story passes in choppy blocks - how can I fix it?
Add descriptions of Scene and Sequel
Jun
29
answered My story passes in choppy blocks - how can I fix it?
Jun
29
revised Formatting to show system errors in fiction?
added 214 characters in body
Jun
29
revised Formatting to show system errors in fiction?
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Jun
28
answered Formatting to show system errors in fiction?
Jun
28
answered technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction
Jun
28
answered Synonym for 'overly obvious'?