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Apr
24
comment Avoiding foot&note disease
I love footnotes too. Terry Pratchett w/o his footnotes? Unthinkable! ;-)
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
Hmm, again I find that this "forum" (which it isn't) is full of writing prompts. HELP! They're everywhere! ;-) You just have to pick em up. *goes to hunt for a 'writing prompt' question.
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
And even if your inconsistent... say, speech pattern change totally for one core character a third into the story. Other characters of course will (and have to if you don't want them to seem dim) pick up on it. And it turns out the character was replaced with a simulacrum. Or got hit on the head. Or something. You can do anything... you just have to convince your readers to suspend their disbelief.
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
It won't happen in real life (mostly), but in a book? Everything goes, it just has to... match up. Feel right. Be believable. In-universe.
Apr
19
comment “In the” vs “At the”
Closed, but not moved? May I publically wonder why?
Apr
18
comment Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
@Mal "why most jazz sucks" is you personal opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.
Apr
17
comment Has this dialogue enough suspense to engage the reader?
One question that I just have to ask (and I hope it doesn't sound insulting): is English your first language? Because this doesn't sound like it is. If my hunch is correct, then I strongly advise you to write in your mother tongue, even though you'd lose this avenue for critiques.
Apr
17
comment “In the” vs “At the”
Wish you could tag answers...
Apr
17
answered “In the” vs “At the”
Apr
8
comment Tools for science-based world building?
Well, since no-one can actually know how the weather on a different planet (in a different planetary system) is... making it up shouldn't be a problem, since no-one could spot the mistakes (except someone from an identical planet, but...) Cheers. ;-)
Apr
8
comment Tools for science-based world building?
Last update from last June. Okay, it's been awhile, but it's not from 2006 (that's just when it was registered). So, reporting problems may be useful.
Mar
30
comment Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
@jon: "unexamined" can mean a number things.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
But still a +1 for the intro: read. Lots. The best advice of all.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
Not really a -1, but... "to be" is not that bad per se. Your "death" example, for example, changes meaning. "He is near death" is a state, while "He nears death" (apart from sounding slightly wrong) puts emphasis on the process. I'd prefer the former in almost all contexts, your teachers can go and... do something unpleasant. Teachers are not w/o fail, and to just take everything a teacher (or some commenter here, me included) says at face value is not the best course of action.
Mar
24
comment Should you read your own genre?
I think you should read a lot. If you want to call that a camp, then yes, I'm in it. Whether it's your genre or not doesn't really matter. But how are you supposed to learn the conventions, the tropes, of "your" genre? (I mean the good tropes, of course ;-)
Mar
23
answered Should you read your own genre?
Mar
23
comment Should you read your own genre?
I disagree and agree... hey, that's how I work ;-) I disagree with the salesman analogy (as I said elsewhere, I hope and think this site isn't for "professional" or "commercial" writers only). I agree with "Writers read. Lots. And in their own genre too".
Mar
21
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
Why was this downvoted? I +1'd... no, would have even w/o it being -1 when I saw it. I even hesitated a split-second because of the -1.
Mar
21
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Mar
18
comment Is it a good idea to write a summary of a plot before writing the full version?
I like the bit about surprise. Many (or many of those I like?) authors claim that their characters did or started to do things they (the authors) didn't expect. I like that, and I like it in my own writing, but then I'm not really a planner, in whatever I do.