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May
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comment A short story, any comments?
I think it's a good story. There are some other websites where you could post it and maybe get critiques. Try Google "writing critique." But I think it's a good story and I like the style of the writing.
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awarded  Nice Question
Sep
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comment What genre is my writing?
"Tupperpunk." That's hilarious! And the ladies could have "tupperpunk parties." It's wrong on so many levels.
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
4
comment The “Rules” of Writing
Here's an article in The Guardian where they asked a bunch of writers to list their own sets of rules a la Elmore Leonard.
Dec
20
accepted How much swearing is TOO much? (And how much is not enough?)
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19
awarded  Quorum
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19
asked How much swearing is TOO much? (And how much is not enough?)
Dec
19
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
I don't know about you guys but there are at least three people in my head.
Dec
19
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
Writing is just like any other field as far as talent goes. "Writers frequently get better and better as they mature" They do? Who says? How do you measure "better?" And what does that have to do with innate talent? "There are no child prodigies in writing..." that you know about. Actually, there are many. "Many excellent writers began as adults." True. But how does it follow logically that writing doesn't require natural talent?
Dec
19
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
Some things can not be improved through practice. No amount of practice can make a person more imaginative. There's no way to practice having ideas. You can improve your craft, but writing stories people actually want to read requires a lot more than craft, and not everybody possesses that "a lot more." All the wishful thinking in the world won't change that. Most successful writers are known to have "practiced" a lot (so to speak -- actually they just called it "writing.") But it does NOT logically follow that if you practice you will be successful. You also have to have talent.
Dec
18
answered What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
Dec
17
comment Resources for character development
@juskt "What aids could be used?" There are none. You have your memories and your imagination. That's it. But here's a fun exercise anyway: grab a notebook, and go to a bar. Just sit there watching the other patrons for a while. Try to empty your mind of all thoughts, biases, and preconceived opinions about the bar or the sort of people who drink in it. When you feel ready, flip open your notebook and start writing down the backstory of every person in the bar.
Dec
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revised Works of literature that are (ostensibly) about the act of writing
added 2 characters in body
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asked What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
Dec
17
comment Is this character generator useful?
@justkt I'm saying "thinking" is counterproductive as it stifles imagination and tries to turn the act of creation into a reliable mechanical procedure. "Why not have a tool for it?" By all means go ahead! Use one if you feel it helps. But can you imagine Robert A. Heinlein using a tool to invent a character? Do you think Death from The Sandman could have been created with a tool? As for writer's workshops... You wouldn't actually follow advice you got in a writer's workshop would you? The whole point of a writer's workshop is to learn what not to do.