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May
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answered Should “plot” or storyline be the main determinant of what goes into a story?
May
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comment Should “plot” or storyline be the main determinant of what goes into a story?
The term for this is "Kill your darlings." The idea is that the line/bit/scene/character you are most in love with is probably there because you love it, not because it serves the story.
May
19
answered General copyright - How much is actually copyrighted?
May
19
comment What's a nice title for a persuasive essay arguing that affirmative action is not helpful?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Requests for single-line rephrasings are not on topic for us, but they are okay at English. I'll ask the mods to migrate.
May
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comment How can I learn to think and interpret things more critically?
Can you add a line or two about how this will help your writing? Otherwise this is an interesting question which isn't quite on-topic.
May
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revised What are the psychological ramifications if my protagonist is injured by accident or via an attack?
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May
17
comment Should word choice be varied or consistent?
@Kyth'Py1k Because a teacher's job is to teach -- to expand your horizons and show you new things. You can't break the rules until you learn the rules. The teacher is trying to show you that a variation in word choice will usually give you better results. You may later find that "consistency" works better for your writing, but that will be after you've tried lots of other words and discovered what sounds right to you.
May
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revised How can I make believable motivations for antagonists?
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May
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comment Methods for creating slang
@AE Those are excellent; you should make that an answer with some samples.
May
15
comment Methods for creating slang
What you're describing is a good example of "verbal encryption," but that's not what I'm looking for. Slang is "the bee's knees" meaning "something good," or "you sass that hoopy frood?" meaning "have you seen that really excellent person?" I'm looking for an etymological way to develop "the bee's knees."
May
15
comment I want to reference TV shows and other media in my story. how do I avoid copyright issues?
Close but not quite a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2110/… and this blog post is relevant: rightsofwriters.com/2010/12/…
May
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reviewed Edit I want to reference TV shows and other media in my story. how do I avoid copyright issues?
May
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revised I want to reference TV shows and other media in my story. how do I avoid copyright issues?
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May
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comment Methods for creating slang
Great answer! Could you put some examples from the wiki page in your post, in case of link rot?
May
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asked Methods for creating slang
May
14
comment Clichéd Actions
wow, I think you should market and sell that instead! A program to help you keep track of all your characters' comings and goings? You could sell that to novelists, screenwriters, TV producers...
May
14
comment Clichéd Actions
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May
13
reviewed Reject Are there times when delayed character development is acceptable in fiction?
May
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answered Are there times when delayed character development is acceptable in fiction?
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revised Are there times when delayed character development is acceptable in fiction?
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