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May
17
comment How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?
I do see your point about self-criticism defeating the novel, and I think for some people it might be a useful technique -- particularly pants writers. I just don't think it's a blanket prescription. I am a very detailed plotter, and a lot of your recommendations are things I'm doing in the planning process. I'm not waiting to put words to paper just so I can rip them up again.
May
17
comment How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?
Some good advice here, although I disagree with two things: I don't think you must have your entire first draft done in order to accomplish anything, and "moving the story forward" can be an internal movement. If the hero is drinking coffee, that's not necessarily a static scene. What else is happening? Does the hero have a conversation which imparts information? Have an epiphany? Figure out how someone was poisoned? Enjoy a moment of pure peace which sustains him through the next crisis? I don't consider that to be useless.
May
17
revised How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?
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May
17
comment What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
Wow, Jed, you ROCK.
May
16
revised What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?
Clarified question title. Addressed punctuation issues. Added tags.
May
16
comment Is it OK to use a single parenthesis after each number in a list?
To avoid the emoticon/parenthesis problem, if I have a parenthetical with an emoticon, I use square brackets instead of parentheses [like this :) ] and I make sure to add a space before the closing mark. I suppose you can also do a right-to-left smiley (like this (: ) but unless you're accustomed to reading Hebrew or Arabic, it might give you eyeball whiplash.
May
16
comment Is it OK to use a single parenthesis after each number in a list?
Neil, your last para is an excellent recommendation.
May
15
comment Is Scrivener involved in the editorial process, or is it strictly a writer's development tool?
@JohnSmithers: I'll drop in later on after work. :)
May
14
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
An excellent elaboration of my point. (And I'm a lady-type person, for the record.)
May
13
revised Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
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May
12
answered Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
May
12
revised Do parentheses inhibit clarity?
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May
11
revised What is the name for the literary technique where the author writes him/herself into a book?
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May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the name for the literary technique where the author writes him/herself into a book?
May
11
comment Citing in a paper: one citation for two paragraphs?
I once had a teacher tell me my paper should have been a third shorter and it needed twice as many footnotes. I'm still struggling to figure that one out.
May
11
answered Citing in a paper: one citation for two paragraphs?
May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
May
9
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
The book of rules, or the one he's writing? :)
May
9
revised How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
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May
9
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
Well, then you have a decision to make. Either come to terms with being a discovery writer and accept that it means that you may have to rewrite huge sections of your story, repeatedly, to make it good enough for yourself, or teach/force yourself to work out plot/character/world before you start writing. There is no magic bullet to assure that you will blunder your way into a solid plot and great characters. At some point they have to be thought about and worked on. Where in the process you do that is up to you.