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May
18
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
...if you plan on selling in the US. The only way I see that that instant, Utopian outcome you describe would be believable in this market is if those 20 are the government. As to which is a satisfying ending, it's only #2. #1 is no real ending, #3 would work in literary fiction but not in YA. That said, those 20 also need to deserve to die, i.e., they're villains. If you're talking about 20 random innocent people, then pick option #4: Heroes figure out how to fix everything without becoming evil, sociopathic villains themselves.
May
18
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
@what Thomas Jefferson's all men are equal meant equal before the law, those equal rights are "negative" rights -- the right to not be censored, not be taxed without having a say, not be arbitrarily imprisoned. That is, others don't have a right to do things to you that you don't want. Public healthcare, education, and unemployment ins. are "positive" rights -- the right to take (or have taken for you) things other people have because you need them. The founders would not have recognized those as rights. This has cultural implications...
May
18
comment Please evaluate the effectiveness of both voices, which better brings the character to life?
I thought the third person one was more entertaining, for what it's worth. I like both, though. This would be an easier call if the scene was the same, just written from two different POVs.
May
18
comment How can I (as a new author) publish a collection of essays?
Just out of curiosity, how are they doing?
May
18
awarded  Scholar
May
18
accepted What should be put on scene notecards? (for novel writing)
Jan
4
awarded  Yearling
Feb
19
comment How can I put something in book format without “publishing” it?
@Jay Thanks! It's too bad they can't do other covers, but considering their price point & on-demand, I can't complain. :)
Feb
15
comment How can I put something in book format without “publishing” it?
That's an awesome idea. I've actually never seen a book printed by create space, as far as I know. How would you rate the quality of what they print for you compared to a similar kind of book from a store (printed by offset printing)? Particularly the cover?
Jan
4
awarded  Yearling
Aug
24
answered Cutting down on paragraph size
Aug
21
answered How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Jun
25
comment Issues with Scene/Sequel model
+1 excellent post. I'll highlight your thriller point by adding: action books feel like action books because they tend to go from scene to scene, with very few sequels. Introspective literary books feel like introspective literary books because they're mostly sequels. You don't need to have a 1 to 1 relationship between scene and sequel.
Jun
25
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
@FearlessWriter I think, if I may be blunt, you should write a good novel first, and then worry about where it fits. Genre is a marketing distinction.
Jun
25
answered How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
Jun
25
revised Shared World licensing fees
Added a licensing note
Jun
25
comment Shared World licensing fees
And, at that point, ways to monetize it will present themselves. perhaps discrete ads, perhaps source books (ala table-top gaming, but set up for writing in the universe instead), and perhaps, if it gets big enough, and cool enough, and enough people have published fiction in the universe (for free!), then perhaps a BFB will come to you to license it for a game/movie/whatever.
Jun
25
comment Shared World licensing fees
@OrionDarkwood does facebook charge you for an account? Does stackexchange charge you for each question you post? Nope. (Er, actually I don't know if SE does. FB sure does, though) So yes, I do mean give it away. Except it's much more than giving it away, it's letting in hordes of people to play in your sandbox. It's building that community, who in turn build out that universe to a level that'll actually be cool.
Jun
23
answered Shared World licensing fees
Jun
8
comment “Lacking meat”, “Content-free”, and poor defense-development. Please critique my work
@Flimzy you're correct. I fixed it.