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comment How to write about Autism and Intellectual Disability?
@evilsoup ah, I didn't know that, thanks. I think the general idea of "find an organization of autistics and talk to them" is still valid.
17h
comment How to write about Autism and Intellectual Disability?
Why don't you try autismspeaks.org? Part of their mission is outreach and education. I think they'd be pleased to help you create a character who was neuroatypical but not cliché.
Jul
24
comment What is a good tool for organizing story notes?
@user2859458 No, but Scrivener is now available for Windows. :) literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?platform=win
Jul
24
comment What type of writing is suited to an aspiring professional storyteller?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. We require clear, practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. There is no way for the community to provide a canonical answer to your question as posted. If you can edit this into something like "These are my strengths; what kind of writing lends itself to them?" we may be able to help you. Otherwise we'll have to close this.
Jul
22
comment This is right. Or that is right?
I kind of agree with you: "this" has an immediacy (this thing right here in front of us) while "that" has some remove (that thing over there). I don't know if there's a single right answer.
Jul
20
comment Thinking as a character
Possible duplicate? writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3938/…
Jul
17
comment Where are the six honest serving men?
I would think those questions would be even more important in non-fiction, given that it's a kind of reporting.
Jul
16
comment Main noun: How do you decide where to place it?
@AlexandroChen That's only true in certain languages — Russian, for one. In English, the most important part of the sentence can be anywhere.
Jul
15
comment Do I have to write my book in the main character's POV?
@what Not every version of "A tells B's story" is problematic. Maybe this one isn't problematic. I am asking because I want to know: is it problematic? Is the story set up so the female character is sidelined? Or is she an equal force in a story which happens to focus on someone else who happens to be male? That isn't problematic. If the story doesn't yet exist for us to read so we can make our own decisions, the only thing I can do is ask the question.
Jul
15
comment Do I have to write my book in the main character's POV?
@what What caught my attention was the phrasing. "I want the story from the girl's view, but i really want the story to revolve around the guy." So "girl" (child) and "guy" (adult) -- that phrasing has sexist connotations. Did Firebird mean it that way? I have no idea. I think the question is worth asking. Maybe Firebird could have said "I want the story from Person A's view, but i really want the story to revolve around Person B," and then I wouldn't have noticed.
Jul
15
comment Do I have to write my book in the main character's POV?
@what Your questions are legitimate. Why isn't Watson's story interesting enough to tell? Why don't we ever find out what happened to him in Afghanistan? And for the record, Firebird may well have an excellent answer for why s/he wants to tell a man's story with a female narrator -- but I'm never going to know if I don't ask. I wasn't posing those questions as rhetorical.
Jul
15
comment How do you describe the sound of someone being dragged across the floor?
Why don't you have one friend drag another across the floor and record the sound? Then you can play it back as often as you need to figure out what it sounds like.
Jul
14
comment How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
@BrunoLopes Try reading The Chanur Saga from CJ Cherryh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chanur_novels A human becomes part of a group of hani, and he sounds like a child to the hani until he learns more of their language.
Jul
14
comment How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
@BrunoLopes The idea is that the audience has to learn along with the character. If Roberta doesn't understand the English, she isn't going to understand what anyone's saying until she learns it. So you present the language from her POV. She points, other people speak slowly but it's still incomprehensible, she learns one or two words, etc. When she learns the one or two words, you then include them in Portuguese, because now your reader understands the words as well. Your narrator is not translating until the character learns.
Jul
14
comment What's a good, wholesome, smut-free site where I can 'publish' my fiction writings for my friends to read?
Why does it matter if there is smut elsewhere on the site if your readers are only going to read your writing? It's not like your paladin is going to catch the Johnlock Virus and suddenly start smooching the cleric because your RPG story happens to share a top-level URL with some slashfic.
Jul
14
comment How to deal with a story that 95% of it takes place in a different language country and the protagonist speaks in it?
Related, possible dupe: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1742/…
Jul
13
comment Writing song lyrics
Oh, that's why "Yesterday" is so bloody easy to parody. I've heard gag lyrics more often than the real ones.
Jul
10
comment Learning to write transitions and segues
Your first order of business is to go read more, I think. :)
Jul
10
comment How do I get from the plot outline to an scene-for-scene summary?
While I haven't used the technique myself, you may find Motivation-Reaction Units could work for you: advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/writing-the-perfect-scene Goal/Conflict/Disaster, Reaction/Dilemma/Decision.
Jul
8
comment What to do with cliched metaphors?
@DoubleDouble "a million bucks, all obviously counterfeit" I will cheerfully steal that and credit you. What an awesome phrase. :D