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Mar
30
comment What is a normal length for a chapter?
I've found that my chapters tend to average about 4,000 as well. It kinda just feels right. Ends up being about 10-15 pages each.
Jan
3
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
And another example, Just as he was beginning to doze off, the building shook. George grabbed the arms of his chair and hit his knee on the desk.
Jan
3
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
Great answer. I've found that's there's almost always a way out of using "suddenly". For example, It was then that Skye noticed something in her peripheral vision. She grabbed her pistol and jumped to her feet, aiming towards a man dressed in a form fitting suede jacket ...
Jan
3
comment Signs of Bad Character Development
Revealing their character fist through actions and dialogue then later with little expository paragraphs (but without breaking flow) is the most natural way of building up a character's story in my opinion.
Dec
30
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
Agreed. Some of the best science fiction stories I've read don't bother trying to make up and explain everything, but rather get on with the plot, the emotion and the character's actions, allowing the reader to easily be absorbed. It's when you are given those little tidbits such as names and descriptions of non-Earth related "things" that you get the fantastical feeling that enriches the human aspect of the experience.
Dec
30
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
This is the stance I am taking. The race are humans, very relatable humans, so I'm personally walking a fine line between generally relatable references like "green", "birds" and "leather" and trying to avoid more specific Earth bound references like "cheetah", "budgerigar" and "cotton". It's a tricky line to walk.
Dec
30
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
This is something I'm occasionally running into as well. While mine are human, I'm more running into the problem of relating experiences to specific Earth bound names such as "cotton" or "bats". More general names like "leather" and "birds" seem more okay to use, though.
Dec
29
comment What aspects of written dialogue are important when giving characters a unique voice?
What do you mean by "mails"?
Dec
29
comment How do I work through writer's block?
I'm trying to take a plotter's approach to discovery writing by at least writing down vague ideas about major plot points and scenes that may happen. It seems like it's helping me become more familiar with the story I'm trying to "discover".
Dec
29
comment How do I work through writer's block?
I've been sitting on 2 chapters and a major, but vaguely defined story arc for about 6 years. I'm only just starting to pick it up again so I feel your pain! I find watching relatable movies and reading novels gives me motivation and simple ideas on which to feed off without copying directly, however.
Dec
29
comment Chapter names: The various ways of implementing them and why should I care
I agree about chapter names having the potential to spoil the chapter itself. I had names on two chapters I had written and it became apparent that "The Incident" took away a little from the story simply telling itself and surprising the reader, so I now just having "Chapter 1" etc.
May
22
comment Skipping details in a scene
No you were absolutely right about it. I added my rewrite to the answer to show the difference.
May
22
comment Skipping details in a scene
I've actually begun rewriting the scene from this new perspective and it feels MUCH better, and even more character driven as a result.
May
21
comment Skipping details in a scene
Now that I read it, I think you're right in that while I do want to focus a lot of the character dynamics of the crew as they get started on the mission, it's perhaps too descriptive of everything about the launch. To be honest, this is the first scene I've started writing in this particular story so a lot of details are about the character's and the plot are yet to emerge.
May
15
comment Clichéd Actions
On the topic of pacing, it's something I always try to avoid because for the life of me I can't remember ever pacing, nor seeing anyone I know pace back and forth. Do people really "pace" unless they're a little mentally unstable or something?
May
14
comment Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
Fantastic podcast. Very informative, but also short enough to digest easily.
Nov
25
comment How to indicate that a single letter was removed from a quotation
Without context, you could possibly write your quote as, "It it possible that God "desires all people to be saved," thus eliminating the need to drop the "s".
Nov
12
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
This should be a comment on the question, I think.
Nov
12
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
It's a bit like taking the phrase, "Actions speak louder than words," and using that in describing to the reader how Lana realised the guilt Terrence felt.
Nov
7
comment Am I using too much dialogue?
Since when is it advisable to keep dialogue to a "bare minimum". Dialogue is a major component of story writing.