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May
17
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.
Sep
22
comment What genre is my writing?
"Tupperpunk." That's hilarious! And the ladies could have "tupperpunk parties." It's wrong on so many levels.
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
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
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
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.
Dec
17
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
"Things like this are best left to the reader's imagination." Why, exactly? What is your reason for believing this?
Dec
17
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
This is the answer, yet it's the second-lowest rated response (as I write this). Except I would say write the story the way it needs to be written, and leave it at that. Skip the worrying.
Dec
17
comment Is it so bad to end up with a “done before” plot?
+1 I was going to post more or less this same answer.
Dec
17
comment What is Literary Fiction?
@Nick Bedord To build character.
Dec
17
comment Fictional diary for a novel
@John Smithers Don't forget Carrie! (Or is it too late?)
Dec
16
comment What are good reads about writing?
Yeah, Story is really good. It's kind of a no-bullshit approach. You can read just the first few chapters and get a lot out of it.
Dec
16
comment The “Rules” of Writing
Yes, Tolkien did favor extremely long descriptive and expository passages. And of course that's a perfectly legitimate approach, especially with fantasy literature. But unless you're really brilliant at it, I think you're better off following the Elmore Leonard model. And even Tolkien is a pretty tough slog to get through in some places.
Dec
16
comment What genre is my writing?
Thanks, I think you're basically right. I'll say it's urban fantasy.
Dec
16
comment What genre is my writing?
I guess urban fantasy is as close as I'm going to get so I'll say it's that.
Dec
15
comment For Fantasy Stories, Should You Include a Map At the Beginning of the Book?
Oh come on; lots of stuff happened. There was a ton of swearing and some sword fights. What more do you need? An alien invasion??? A plague of vampires? Anyway, you have to read the whole series, not just the first book. Then you get long journeys, quests, terrifying supernatural villians, characters undergoing transformations, several medium to large scale battle scenes, and more sword fights. Oh well.
Dec
14
comment For Fantasy Stories, Should You Include a Map At the Beginning of the Book?
Are you kidding??? The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie fell flat?! I believe you may be confusing "fell flat" with "totally ruled."