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I have sold science fiction, movie reviews, medical nonfiction, restaurant reviews, and screenplays. I edited and co-wrote a chapter on writing science fiction, published in a popular college textbook on fiction writing (The Graceful Lie, edited by Michael Petracca). I created and co-edited UNEARTH, a science fiction magazine devoted exclusively to discovering and publishing new writers, which launched many writing careers (name-drop: William Gibson). I'm a physician, film director, drummer, scuba diver, and golfer.


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awarded  Yearling
Oct
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answered Writing Multiple Novels Simultaneously
Oct
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answered Is there enough money in writing for me to quit my dead end job?
Sep
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comment What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?
If I had never overstepped in my life, I would be a much happier man. ;) Thanks for the good link.
Sep
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comment What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?
I really can't see how these are prepositional. "Above all" might qualify, but even that is conceptual, not physical.
Sep
25
comment What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?
"At last but not least" seems to be conflating two phrases, the one being "At last," the other being "Last (or And last) but not least."
Sep
25
answered What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?
Sep
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answered Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Sep
24
comment Antagonist motivation help
Alec, not to be facetious here, but if you've had someone create a nuclear disaster and you don't even know why, then how important is his reason? Normally, the reason why someone does something as big as that is the driving force behind the entire book. Where are you going with this if you don't even know your own story?
Sep
24
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
So you're contradicting yourself, but I reiterate, you are correct; anthropomorphizing animals and aliens is often very entertaining and successful. My point in my answer to this post, however, is that a true alien is not merely a human hiding in an animal skin or an alien carcass. Trying to create a genuine alien is much harder than simply making a cute fish that acts like your own kid, or a wise Yoda who is really just a revered kung-fu master, grasshopper. The greatest science fiction strives for goals like this, and is much treasured by cognoscenti within the field.
Sep
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comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
I suggest you should think carefully about your argument here. The main thrust of what you are saying is that lots of stories about non-human characters succeed because we basically transpose human emotions into a non-human creature. In other words, we make something non-human into a human after all. And you're right, this works very well in mass market fiction, like Finding Nemo. But you started out your post by asking why do we connect with a character, and saying it's not because they're human, and then you went on to say make them human. (continued next comment)
Sep
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revised Overusing “the” and “I”
improved syntactical clarity, brevity, and precision
Sep
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answered How to convey that the POV character *does not understand* what's said in dialogue?
Sep
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suggested suggested edit on Overusing “the” and “I”
Sep
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comment Ways to replace the phrase “after all?”
Absolutely right. It's a useless phrase.
Sep
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comment Overusing “the” and “I”
It's a bit challenging to imagine the excessive use of these words. Why not give us an example of text that concerns you, and we can comment on it?
Sep
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revised Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
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Sep
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comment Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
@RhysW This is correct, and thanks for the amendment.
Sep
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comment Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
The simple answer: No, not at all. But you have to decide if you feel ethically bound to do so.
Sep
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answered Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?