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Jun
21
comment How to make a character that doesn't speak about himself relatable?
@Reed I disagree; I don't think you have to have names of a particular culture, language, or religion to have relatable characters. There's a thread going on right now asking how to make non-human characters relatable, so "non-white non-christian non-english" should be a non-concern.
Jun
20
answered Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?
Jun
19
comment Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
Excellent explanation of how a deus ex machina works in practice.
Jun
18
comment Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
@AlexandroChen That having been said, if you are setting up a convincing reason for the ASC club member to be in the class, then while it might be convenient, it's not necessarily a contrivance (where someone is arbitrarily somewhere for the sake of the plot, not because s/he has an organic reason to be there). So if your ASC person is a rounded character with reason to be in the class, I think you're okay.
Jun
18
comment Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
@AlexandroChen Two things: 1) It's deus with an S, from the Greek for god. 2) Deus ex machina means "god in the machine." It's a specific term from classic Greek tragedy, when a god character would descend from the roof at the end of a play inside a mechanical box to rescue the heroes from an otherwise hopeless situation. Having your ASC member be in Li-Mei's class could be either too convenient or a contrivance. It's happening at the beginning of the story and puts events in motion. It's not really a deus ex machina.
Jun
18
comment Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
I will buy your book for that scene alone.
Jun
18
answered Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
Jun
18
answered Prologue and Epilogue in third person and chapters in first person doable?
Jun
16
answered How to write when thinking in multiple languages?
Jun
15
comment Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?
Your last line as written was inviting discussion, so I edited it to make it a concrete question.
Jun
15
revised Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?
changed "discussion" line to "concrete question"
Jun
14
comment How important is a catchy first paragraph?
one of the most famous SFF opening lines ever: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Jun
14
comment What is it called when an author uses vague words for concrete concepts, “hedging”?
Sesquipedalian. Also pretentious.
Jun
12
answered Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
Jun
9
comment How to google the ungoogleable?
@what yeah, that's why I flagged it as a possible dupe and didn't VTC.
Jun
9
comment How to google the ungoogleable?
also useful writers.stackexchange.com/questions/6973/…
Jun
9
comment How to google the ungoogleable?
Possible duplicate? writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7386/…
Jun
9
comment How to format multiple inner voices, differentiating the text from dialogue? and omnipresent inner voice
Additionally, if you're going to contemptuously dismiss part of your potential audience as "artsy-fartsy," that will leak through to your writing. Their money is as good as hoi polloi's, and you won't be earning any of it.
Jun
9
comment How to format multiple inner voices, differentiating the text from dialogue? and omnipresent inner voice
However derivative and badly-written they are, the Fifty Shades of Gray books are written in the first person, and have sold over 60 million copies. I wouldn't call that a minority.
Jun
4
comment Can you write a pro-racism book?
an excellent and thorough answer.