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Jan
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answered Writing in between dream sequences
Jan
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comment I'm a new author and I have three projects with complete drafts. Which one should I focus on first?
This is a Your Mileage May Vary question; there is no one right answer. Find a beta reader and/or an editor and get someone else's opinion on which one is the most promising. You need input from outside your own head.
Jan
28
comment Is an Introduction and a Prologue good or bad, especially in middle grade fiction?
Related, but not a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/9505/…
Jan
28
comment Character development in a story?
"...and if you really loved me, you'd frame his new girlfriend for the murder."
Jan
25
comment Will publishers accept bilingual or multilingual works?
But there are countries with multiple official languages (Canada, Switzerland). Did you search there? Why wouldn't the idea work?
Jan
24
comment When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?
Yes, network suits can seriously rework pilots/pitches so they barely resemble the original. They can do it with shows currently on the air; the most recent example would be "Up All Night."
Jan
24
comment How do you casually address a child in the Midwestern dialect?
@Anonymous There is still no question at the end of the post, and if you want "midwestern," you need to explain that somewhere in context. Right now the new title doesn't reflect the post.
Jan
24
revised Character development in a story?
cleaned up English
Jan
24
answered Character development in a story?
Jan
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comment How do you casually address a child in the Midwestern dialect?
Can you add an actual question to the end of this?
Jan
24
comment Citing authors already cited in a paper
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Have you asked your thesis advisors? Have you looked at previously published theses? What style guide are you using?
Jan
24
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
1) Since the OP is asking about character motivations, I would say s/he is working on a character-driven narrative, and therefore it is relevant. 2) "Why did those kings take the rings?" is an exercise for the student. My point is that because they did, that is sufficient backstory to provide motivation for their actions -- which is what the OP is asking about. The back "story" doesn't need to be a back novel. It just needs to explain the general why.
Jan
23
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
Look at the "backstory" for the Ringwraiths. They were nine human kings who were given rings of power which corrupted them and left them half-alive, in thrall to Sauron's will. That fits in a tweet and explains all you (and the characters) need to know about their motivations.
Jan
23
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
I could not disagree more. "Precedent" has nothing to do with motivation or backstory. Everyone has a reason for acting why they do, and it is relevant. That backstory may or may not be present in the finished story, but the author needs to know it. Creating the backstory for yourself doesn't mean putting it in the book. It might not be fully fleshed out, but if you as the author don't know why your character is [insert characteristic here], how do you know what s/he's going to do in a given situation?
Jan
23
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
Can you be a bit more specific? For example, what do you need to accomplish with the character, and why is the backstory not working? What motivations have you come up with for character actions that don't currently feel realistic? As my old IT guy was fond of saying, "we can't troubleshoot air."
Jan
23
comment I feel my protagonist is too “detached” from the main plot. What should I do?
@AlexandroChen Then you need to put in some foreshadowing. He should spend some time in Act I wondering about his soul, or scoffing about its existence, or someone should accuse him of being soulless, etc. You have to sow the seed so people realize you are making a connection. We can't know that he's skeptical unless you somehow tell us.
Jan
23
answered I feel my protagonist is too “detached” from the main plot. What should I do?
Jan
23
comment How similar is too similar?
If it's supposed to be an homage, then it's not similar enough. If you want it to evoke Tolkien, then pick something really obvious and lampshade it. This is just close enough to make me think you copied it (either consciously or unconsciously) but not blatant enough to make it clear that you were trying to tip your hat deliberately. It's too subtle.
Jan
23
answered How similar is too similar?
Jan
18
answered Standalone book, followed by series