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comment Misanthropic writers
Jonathan Swift comes to mind.
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comment Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
"If they don't, that means it's either not common or not casual. Or something has gone wrong with this particular craft or journey" Or they happen to be a spaceship mechanic or engineer, or even a tuning junkie. The kind of people who will rant and rave about the engines in their cars, argue what kind of injection has a better kick, and turn all snotty if you happen e.g. to prefer automatic transmission to manual. You might drop a background character like this to give the reader a taste that the physics is 'hidden under the hood' and not just handwaved away.
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comment Video game gameplay script
@MonicaCellio: I imagine more like "The player needs to arm four explosive charges at key points, enter the arming keycode into the panel and lock the blast bunker door from the inside before triggering the detonator, with enemies defending key points and chasing the player, and trying to disarm the charges all the while." How would you describe optional disarming of charge#3 by enemy the player failed to shoot in time?
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answered Video game gameplay script
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comment Video game gameplay script
These links aren't all that helpful as they are about transcribing and analyzing pre-existing games (and hardly ever consider plot branching, or only skim some basic choices), as opposed to creating a script for making a new game (which must include ALL possible branches).
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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
They are always a mix, but one kind uses the crime and the criminal as the centerpiece, and the investigation as a tool of exposure, the spotlight to present the subject, while the other uses the crime as a mcGufin driving the plot, while the investigation and the detective are the actual focus of the story. They are always mixed, it's how they are mixed that matters.
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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
The answer: "The crime story focuses on the investigation, the horror story focuses on the crime." You're asking which to focus on, while that one asks how to recognize the genre. Depending on which genre is your story meant to be, that's your choice of focus.
Nov
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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
related: Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime? (actually, the question you ask is the answer to that one and vice versa).
Nov
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comment How to write in a VERY thick notebook
I like this question. Completely unlike anything we're getting on Writers, but in my opinion, completely on-topic.
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reviewed No Action Needed How to write in a VERY thick notebook
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reviewed No Action Needed When developing a stage play, whose gender matters more? The characters' or the actors'?
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reviewed No Action Needed Copyright of examples used in books?
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reviewed No Action Needed Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
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reviewed No Action Needed Do I really need disclaimers?
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reviewed No Action Needed Writing many entries/articles, storing them, and browsing them
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revised How much information should a narrative sentence contain ,from experience on average, for good readability?
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comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
Quite right. Meireikei appears to try to approach the Art of Creative Writing like one approaches a Science or a Craft. Not that there's no craft part to it, but unlike technical/non-fiction/scientific/formal writing, the style of creative writing must be highly adaptative, following the story. You just can't pick one single style and write a whole novel never changing it.
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comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
...also, I wouldn't say such repeating makes it a bad simile. It certainly makes it weaker, less expressive, but I wouldn't go as far as "bad".
Nov
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comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
That article really muddles the matter which is quite simple. A simile is not a type of metaphor. A simile frequently uses a metaphor as one side of a comparison.
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comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
If you want to write literature of fact, or technical, this question would be spot-on. But since you tagged it [fiction], you should really rethink your priorities. In fiction writing being informative is secondary to being expressive. Don't go shopping for the best ruler, setsquare and protractor if you're just starting painting classes.