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Hi, I'm Rebekah. I'm a 15-year-old high school junior living in America. I like languages, psychology, art, Thai food, and (obviously) writing.

Most of my writing is in novel form. Sort of. I can't quite ignore all the worldbuilding notes I amass while writing, but they're still part of the novel, in a way. (I barely spend any time planning, but the notes I write as I go become seriously extensive, especially when there are conlangs involved.) Oh, and I'm really good at limericks for some reason.

I usually write fantasy--not the kind where everything is medieval, but the kind where it's set in our time and/or an alternate dimension--but I've recently become fond of steampunk. So my gi-normous fantasy novel I'm redoing from three years ago (when I sucked a lot worse than I do now) is being put on hold to write that.

If it takes ten years to learn to write well, I'm halfway through. So, hooray.

Anyway. Off the subject of writing, I speak understandable French, better English than most Americans, and a few words of German which probably wouldn't be any use to me. (No, not that kind of word. Sheesh.) Among my favorite bands are Of Monsters and Men, Steam Powered Giraffe, Andrew Bird, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, and Explosions in the Sky (which is good thinking music). Sometimes big words make me smile for no reason.

If you're a psychology buff: I am an INTP, RCUxI (dominant Inquisitive), type 5 (though I'm not sure about the Enneagram's accuracy), and an associative synesthete. For instance, Wednesday is the blue of my favorite tea mug but Monday is mauve, psychology is a nice, deep purple, and the number 2 is dark green, and is a girl with a shy disposition. If you didn't understand the last paragraph, don't feel bad. But do look those things up--the MBTI, SLOAN, Enneagram, all that stuff--is really useful when writing characters.

This all eventually just adds up to my being an odd duck. But I'm an odd duck with writing experience and a penchant for writing out long explanations when I know what I'm talking about. So maybe I can be useful...

See you.


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revised How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
Improved title, fixed some odd sentence structure... still needs work, but it's better
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answered How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
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answered Is it strange if a novel starts the first chapter without one of main characters?
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answered How do I balance reading time with writing time?
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answered What makes a great writer's space?
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comment Ways to speed up my writing to 15 - 20 pages a day
I don't need to do that now. It's just something I did when I was younger and not used to typing, and my point is that you don't need to bind yourself to staring at the screen, thinking you'll never get faster if you look at your keyboard.
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comment Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
+1. This comment. Win.
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comment Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
Just looking to see how far I could go. It's not something I'd put in my novel. Thanks!
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revised Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
edited title
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comment Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
Sounds better. I was kind of struggling with figuring out how to phrase it.
Apr
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answered Tools for generating characters' names
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comment Essay critique: flow and how compelling it is
Let me know if I'm not answering your questions?
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answered What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
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