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Apr
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revised How do I write from a non-person point of view?
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Apr
18
comment How do I write from a non-person point of view?
@Thomo "Baffling" is not defined the same way for a non-sentient computer as it is for a human. If you type a formula with an error into Excel, Excel can be said to be "baffled" by it, and it will spit back a dialog box with an error message. Essentially, you have given Excel an instruction it can't follow. So it "understands" the request (instruction), but it can't execute it. Thus, non-sentient computer bafflement.
Apr
18
answered How do I write from a non-person point of view?
Apr
17
comment Name for introductory section about the author
I'll second "About the Author," although it's usually at the end, not the beginning.
Apr
17
answered Character interviews - how to handle characters that age noticeably within a single novel
Apr
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Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey I understand you now. In English that would more likely be called "midlife crisis" than "coming of age." Two entirely different problems. "This isn't what I thought it would be" is an adult with sad experience; "I am trying to find my feet for the first time" is someone becoming an adult who has no experience.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
Good points here; your posited society is a lot more dystopian and much less like modern life.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey Also, you specifically cited that your 30YO finds a new love and has to decide whether to stay with the new person or return to his existing marriage and kids. Right there is the point of "wanting" and "deciding" what to leave/sacrifice. If he chooses to remain faithful (a fling notwithstanding), then he hasn't left them in his heart, and that's the finale of his arc: returning to them.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey As a person with a spouse and child, I can say that if I were separated from them but they were still alive, that would not make me feel like I had to "come of age" again. Marriage you might be able to elide under "what's expected," but not parenthood. If this person is any kind of decent, responsible parent and not a selfish monster, the transition to parenthood will make him grow up whether he chooses it or not.
Apr
15
comment How can a writer efficiently manage many text snippets?
it sounds like you need a relational database program; I only know about FileMaker.
Apr
15
comment In a house on fire, do children faint more easily than the adults?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. This is a research question, or "what to write," which is not on-topic for us.
Apr
14
answered YA novel with old protagonist?
Apr
14
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
Interesting! My question for you: What about this says "YA" to you? Why are you trying to pitch it to a YA audience? Why do you think the general themes you cite in the first paragraph wouldn't appeal to older audiences? (Because conversely, a helluva lot of people reading "YA" books are not that age bracket, and there are many books geared to "older audiences" which teens and YAs read and/or are assigned in school, and enjoy.)
Apr
13
answered Is it a bad idea to have three protagonists?
Apr
12
comment What is the “acid test” for a nonfiction anthology?
@SaberWriter Various sources, yes, although not necessarily various authors. There's The Portable Dorothy Parker anthology, for example, which is poems, quotes, reviews, and stories from across her entire career but not everything she wrote. amazon.com/Portable-Dorothy-Parker-Penguin-Classics/dp/… The "sources" are books of poetry, reviews published in magazines, etc. but they are all Parker's.
Apr
12
answered What is the “acid test” for a nonfiction anthology?
Apr
11
answered when to ask for feedback of novel?
Apr
11
comment Is it a good idea to make the protagonist pull themselves together
you won't know until you write it.
Apr
10
answered Is it a good idea to make the protagonist pull themselves together