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comment Roadblocks in my story: The Gladys Tribe
To answer your first question, the temperature in a cave is always 4 degrees Celsius, regardless of the temperature outside. For the second one, try googling "luminescent minerals", there's a lot of them. There are also some algae and bacteria, you can google "bioluminescence" for those. As for the rest of it, it's really up to the writer to come up with the details of the story. You can make this work with both a kid or an old man as a main character, if you set up the right backstory.
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answered Variation in paragraph length
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comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Can I just add that both Mark Twain and Boris Pasternak (who wrote Doctor Zhivago) wrote about countries they lived in? It would be terribly hard to write a meaningful setting-based story that happens in Russia if you've never been there. They don't say "write what you know" for no reason :)
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comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Keep in mind that if you set your story in Japan, you'll need to KNOW about Japan. If you try to fake it, there's always someone who will figure you out. You would either need to do a lot of research, or find someone who lives or has lived there. On the other hand, setting a story about ninjas in Taiwan just because you don't know about Japan also doesn't make much sense.
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answered Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
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comment Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
It think the second one could be a variation of "The Road Less Travelled" theme - meaning, do you follow in the paths of others on the road that has already been travelled on, or you choose your own way, the one not many people have chosen?
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comment Is this stylized writing successful or gimmicky?
You basically told him in a very polite way that his writing sucks, but you didn't tell him why it sucks. It doesn't help the writer at all, it just leaves him with a vague feeling that something, somehow, is very, very wrong. I know negative critique is hard to hear, but without it, no one would ever learn and improve, in writing or any other craft.
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comment Is this stylized writing successful or gimmicky?
Just to confirm, I was also surprised to find the narrator a teenager.
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comment story driven by event rhythm
Oh, and I bet the beginning and the end were not as gloomy, otherwise the gloomy wouldn't come off as gloomy at all, it would come off as normal. Am I right?
Jun
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comment Design stories with techniques from other creative processes
I know a lot of writers that write to background music that best suits the plot, it puts them in the right mood. But think about this: some classical music was written to tell the story. Take Vivaldi's Spring from The Four Seasons. The first part is fast, it's trying to "show" a spring storm, the second one is the calm after the storm, and the third one is nature coming to life, with birds singing and flowers blooming and everything. The whole piece is telling the story of spring. I can imagine a three-act structure story following the same rhythm.
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comment Design stories with techniques from other creative processes
Could you maybe describe some of those practices to those of us that are not so familiar with composing music?
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comment story driven by event rhythm
Don't go into breaking the rules already, let him learn the rules first ;) Breaking the rules before you know them very, very well can lead to some awful writing. Every rule can be broken, but only when you know what you're doing can they be broken correctly to create some amazing works of art. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience.
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comment story driven by event rhythm
Even the subtlest change can have an impact in writing. I forgot to mention word length as well, there's also a rhythm to that. Check out this answer: writers.stackexchange.com/a/1677/4264 , the rhythm of the words is very nicely explained there.
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answered story driven by event rhythm