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answered X and Y vs Y and X
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comment Listing items in fiction
Perfect answer, the only thing I miss is how the sentences preceding and following the list influence the list's effects. Too often we discuss the meaning of sentences out of textual context, while in a novel they never appear out of it. E.g. "He was wearing faded jeans, a flower-patterned shirt, and a knit cap. The cap had been knit by his deceased grandmother, who used to make them during the long winters he spent when his parents were overseas." Here one item is placed last to be easily picked up in the following text: "A, B, and C, the latter ...", and thus recieves retrospective emphasis.
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comment there are considered to be only seven or so actual plots anyway?
I have written several stories that fall into none of the seven categories.
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comment Is it better to follow some structure or just write following intuition
That is how many authors do it. There are of course many variations, but the message I wanted to convey is: both are important, and you need to find the right kind of balance that works for you. Read around a bit how authors work, experiment with different approaches, and with time your own personal method will crystalize. The important part is to have no fear of failure, and to try all kinds of things. Like learning to walk: you don't just stand and walk, you'll have to find out how it works for you.
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comment “Personalities” or traits of the seasons
Isn't "a man for all seasons" merely a metaphor for "a man who can handle any situation"? I don't see how the actual seasons can illuminate that idiomatic expression.
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comment Open Source Publishing?
Sounds good. If you want to stay within your creation instead of inventing something new, you could take one small event in your world and develop it into a story. Or write one scene or chapter. It does not matter how many pages this has, just that the whole thing is limited, and that you don't focus on developing the huge arch, but on how the characters think, their inner conflicts, the small scale development of the events. Take your favourite book and look at it: what is told on one page? What do the protagonists say? How do they say it? Stuff like that. Then try doing that.
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comment What does it mean to describe the 'inter-relationships' of two things?
How do health and economic development influence and depend on each other. But seriously, how about looking words up in a dictionary?
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comment Thinking of a story for the past 10 years as an inexperienced writer, what should I do?
A lot of conjecture there, dmm, but a lot of good advice nonetheless. So +1, because I totally agree with the gist of your advice.
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comment How to write in a VERY thick notebook
Well, the picture actually shows someone writing a scroll, probably a decree or contract, but the older, medieval images (before the advent of printing) don't show what is lying on the "book stand" clear enough. Anyway, read up on how codices were made, it explains that the writing was done on single sheaves of vellum and later bound, if at all.
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