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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
16
revised How can I make believable motivations for antagonists?
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May
15
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
15
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
Please be warned: TVTropes is an enormous time-suck. It's a great, entertaining site full of useful information and useless trivia, and has been known to eat entire weekends. By all means go, but pee first and pack a lunch.
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?
May
13
revised Are there times when delayed character development is acceptable in fiction?
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May
13
comment Time management for part-time writing
Related, not exactly a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3573/…
May
12
comment Dream analysis research
@Jay Someday the vacant lot may not be vacant, so it could be a real address. It's unlikely that the White House is going to move down the block. So 1600 PA Ave will be known as the White House for a long time by many people, and it will quickly break the fourth wall, which is what we're trying to avoid with a generic placeholder.
May
11
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
possible duplicate of Adding breaks in a novel—spaces, asterisks, or a chapter break?
May
11
comment How do I punctuate a statement that a character is ordered to say in a future scenario?
@nicholasainsworth I haven't seen it in particular, no, but I think quoted material is quoted material regardless of when it happens relative to when it's being quoted.
May
11
comment How do I punctuate a statement that a character is ordered to say in a future scenario?
@nicholasainsworth I would still use double quotes. Bullies do not deserve attention. If they abuse you, then say to them: "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me." The sentence in question is being quoted from future dialogue, odd as that sounds.