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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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Feb
23
answered How does one avoid bland, generic fantasy while they write?
Feb
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
20
comment A friendlier way to write charges or fees to clients?
Ah, the Scotty school of client management. A time-honored classic.
Feb
20
answered A friendlier way to write charges or fees to clients?
Feb
18
revised Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
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Feb
18
comment Should my readers be able to identify with the bad guy?
wow, fabulous examples. great answer.
Feb
18
answered I want to explore the psychology of a ruthless, macho killer. What mistakes should I avoid?
Feb
15
comment Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?
It's an awesome tool for writing, to be sure. Editing... not so much, no.
Feb
15
revised Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?
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Feb
15
answered Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?
Feb
14
comment What exercises will help me write my co-author's character?
On a TV show, that's called a Writer's Bible. The originators develop it and present it to the writing room at the start of the series, and as the show goes on, whatever the new writers come up with is added to that bible so that other writers can keep the characters consistent.
Feb
14
comment What exercises will help me write my co-author's character?
Is that like a regular chat room that only types howls when it's a full moon?
Feb
12
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
Okay, I've edited my answer. Let me know if that helps.
Feb
12
revised How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
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Feb
10
comment How to get feedback about the quality of one's fictional writing from friends unbiased by the friendship?
(cont'd) Someone expecting a romance might not tell you that the dead bodies were getting in the way of the smooching, because she expects a certain amount of obstacle on the way to the smooching. But someone who reads crime novels, or is going in genre-blind, might be able to point out, "Hey, why are the two detectives kissing? I thought this was a crime novel. The romance subplot is getting out of hand!" and then you know your book is drifting out of genre.
Feb
10
comment How to get feedback about the quality of one's fictional writing from friends unbiased by the friendship?
The only thing I might disagree with in this otherwise excellent answer is that all your betas should read your genre. I think at least one should NOT be familiar with all the conventions of the genre, so that you can see if your book is accessible to someone who wouldn't ordinarily pick it up -- or if in fact it's the genre you think it is. Is it a crime story with a romance, or a romance set in a police station? Those are two different audiences. (cont'd)
Feb
9
comment How can I make description more natural to me?
(1) so you can visualize the room. Don't you picture the scene as you're reading? (2) because the details tell you something. Jane wants a bigger bed than she needs because she's a restless sleeper. She tosses and turns a lot because she's under a lot of stress. This leads to asking more of her wife on the domestic front, which will tie back to the central marital problem, which is the point of the story. (3) you don't mention all these details every time, just the first time. Or the first time the character spends significant time somewhere.
Feb
9
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
Wow, that is a great idea.
Feb
9
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
I thought I answered that in the second paragraph, particularly in the last sentence: a lot of the text will be rewritten. Is that insufficient? Tell me what you're looking for and I'll expand my answer.
Feb
9
revised How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
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