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Jan
28
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Jan
21
comment Writing exercises to practice the art of giving unique voice to characters?
Talk with the character once a day, any time you like, but not immediately before writing. In your mind, imagine your entire existence to be a talking head, exactly where your real head is in the real world. Imagine the character you talk to in front of you, in full-detail (head, body, clothes and gear). Think about how you're reacting to them and how you're showing your reactions. Then talk to them about their story. You know everything about their world, sure they'll have encyclopedias-worth of questions to ask.
Jan
20
comment How to tell a story with the least amount of writing?
It feels like your weakness is 'the word', not necessarily that you have to have a world built behind it. If I understood correctly, it's that you're more visual than verbal, you just 'feel' the story and visualize it in your mind (with dialog, I presume) but you don't know to effectively do that in words. So why don't you try making e-comics? Consistency would be hard to keep, though, as you'll have to rely on this 'inner-eye' for detail, unless you don't mind writing yourself notes. If it's the work you're having problems with, then I don't really have any advice.
Jan
19
comment Parts, books, volumes, etc
Examples escape me but I'm quite sure a section talks about a general idea that is then broken into chapters for the specifics. I was talking about encyclopedia-sized books here, where the "Biology" section would have a chapter on botany, one on marine life, and another as an introduction to bio-life topography. Still, if you know from somewhere authoritative (or you have any examples), what contradicts this, please share your findings here and disregard my comment. It was only an 'observation', after all.
Jan
18
comment Parts, books, volumes, etc
The most common order I've seen is 'Volume>Book>Part>Section>Chapter>Point' but it depends on what you're writing - fiction, nonfiction, technical, and the like.
Jan
18
comment Gadgets that make the world/story broken
It could. If it's always employed to give the heroes something to chase, it would break the story. For me, anyway.
Jan
18
comment Gadgets that make the world/story broken
Also: Applied Phebotenum and all sorts of MacGuffins. When overused or when their introduction (even if mid-story) is obviously a 'Deus ex machina'.
Jan
18
comment Find Information For Describing A Nuclear Power Plant
@NeilFein: In that case, shouldn't the Q be even more general? Something like: "How to research top-secret places or settings with not much public documentary material?"
Jan
16
revised Resource for generic plot hooks?
made the link more visible
Jan
16
suggested suggested edit on Resource for generic plot hooks?
Jan
15
comment Resource for generic plot hooks?
Yup. Here's the TVTtropes 'daily' dose. See you in ten earthly days ;) Pay attention to info-box on the right of the page.
Jan
15
comment Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Also see: Deciding the setting: Real or Invented.
Jan
12
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenI, 'Sapient' is 'thinking', 'wise' or 'capable of abstract thought' while 'sentience' is the ability to sense and of being aware of it. In other words, 'sentience' is consciousness (many animals have that, they just need to be able to feel and act on feelings while limited by their range of sensory info) while 'sapience' is being aware of sentience and being capable to act on that while unconstrained by the limits of the sources of sensory info.
Jan
12
revised Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
felt like doing a quick editing job. Reworded and re-tagged.
Jan
12
comment Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Welcome, loldop. I reworded your question a bit and added three more tags that I felt handled something of what you're asking. Tell me if I misunderstood your question.
Jan
12
suggested suggested edit on Troubles with unfamiliar locations and settings based in the real world
Jan
12
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenI, Actually, here it is. "Sapience" is the superset, "sentience" is the subset, since both parties can 'sense' and 'process' their sensory information, but in different ways, they're both sentient and sapient, sentient (organic, inorganic, ...), sapient in the same way. I don't think there could be two ways of sapience anyway. So, using something Latin, I have "trans-sentient romance"! Phew!
Jan
7
comment Researching sensitive subjects
As to kids specifically, I wholly agree with Lauren. But I'll add another piece of advice and tell you not to choose one of the kids as your hero (in the story). In other words, don't wait for one of them to strike the bell, just get the general gist of their personalities and create a hero. And I never mean to sound smug but it's just my formal ESL educ.
Jan
7
comment Researching sensitive subjects
So I guess the general advice would be: "Find a not-so-sensitive-but-still-viable source for information. Or find a sample that has already seen what you want to research.". But then you'll be talking to living subjects (instead of reading books) and this adds lots of scruples. For example, I'm not aware of any place one can volunteer in to help rape victims, and I'd rather no such place exists as they need professional help, sometimes humane unprofessional help but that's besides the point. The point is, you can't safely research 'sensitive' subjects, neither in Real Life; nor on the net.
Jan
3
comment Researching sensitive subjects
Or is it 2. Given that I believe my intentions to be unquestionably honorable and am sure of my doings/thoughts/..., how do I hide my seemingly inappropriate activity on the Internet when researching generally sensitive subjects? Notice that I specified "on the Internet", I might be of help there if that's what you meant to ask.