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Apr
13
comment How do you find your unique style?
Good advice. Maturing as a writer takes a few years. Given your (questioner's) age, don't worry about finding a style just yet. Write as much as you can; use whatever style you think is appropriate to each piece or whatever style you're in the mood for at the time. With time, as you reread your old work, you'll begin to get a feel for the direction in which you want to go.
Feb
8
comment How can I cut my prep work to get to writing more quickly?
@Sheelawolf Glad to hear it. The key is to keep trying different approaches until you find the combinations that work for you.
Feb
6
comment Does this passage convey an appropriate mix of seriousness and levity?
Thanks. I'm not sure I can condense this any further than eight sentences, but I'll keep it in mind when I write the next snippet.
Feb
5
comment How far into a speculative novel should one go before introducing the central conflict?
Thank you for this remarkably thorough answer. In the case of what I'm writing, the central players are introduced in the very first scene and the first splinter conflict begins around page 20. But now I see that it then goes into a four-chapter tangent of character study and info-dumps. My original intention was that the origins of the central conflict and the true natures of the antagonists are to be shrouded in mystery. But I'm now trying to balance between being mysterious and being obscure. But I think that's a topic for a separate question!
Feb
5
comment How far into a speculative novel should one go before introducing the central conflict?
I'm actually aiming for point 3. Everything's going to come together toward the later chapters. The reason I asked the question is not because I felt the readers might get bored (I didn't even get bored reading Anathem), but because one of my 'beta' readers suggested that it might come across that way.
Feb
5
comment Confusing writing in order to show how character is falling asleep - is it OK?
@BenBrocka I agree. This is a great concept, but perhaps one should try to hint that the narrator is describing the nonsense that the character is perceiving? Something like She wondered why a medium lighting snake...
Jan
22
comment How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?
Instead of writing lengthy notes, I maintain a separate timeline for each character or entity in the story from beginning to end. I also mark interactions between them. This allows me to keep the story consistent. E.g. like knowing that a certain character was only fifteen when a certain battle took place so he could not have been married at the time, etc.
Jan
19
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
@FumbleFingers In my experience, using anything other than a monospaced font with just italics in a manuscript is a good way to annoy the editor!
Jan
19
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
@JoelShea In the actual scene (this is just a dummy) the signing makes a little more sense. The deaf character has no other means to communicate with the other person under the circumstance. I'll take SimCom into consideration, though.
Jan
17
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
The main language is indeed English, or in the case of the actual dialogue that I'm writing, a common interplanetary language (the actual scene is a spaceship captain meeting a large, deaf man with a battle axe) :-)
Jan
17
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
Er, it's the other way around. It's the patient who is lip reading (because the doctor only knows sign language enough to understand a few simple phrases). Some people who use sign language do it habitually even when the other person is not proficient in it.
Jan
11
comment What are some possible reasons of why my readers preferred this “writing” over the others two?
Vote to close because readers' liking may not be purely related to writing style (it may simply be the reader's identification with the message). I think #2 was liked because there is wisdom in it.