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Jun
3
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
Many illegal drugs are not addictive. Many addicts are trying to recover, or have indeed recovered. Many others are sufficiently comfortable with their drug source not to worry about their next fix. Many people will talk honestly if there's no reason not to.
Jun
2
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
It's been too long since I read the Divine Comedy, but there was conflict in "The Great Divorce": inner conflict, inside all the more minor characters as to whether to face the certain pain and unknown consequences of Heaven or to go back to the known comforts of Hell.
May
10
comment How do I avoid legal repercussions for writing a story based on events in my life?
In the US, you can also try to find the local Bar Association, describe your situation, and ask for a referral.
May
10
comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
@Standback: However, John Dickson Carr's Gideon Fell was perfectly aware that he was in a detective story, as seen in one chapter of "Three Coffins".
Mar
21
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
I have a desktop and a laptop computer, so I'm now keeping the main Mercurial repositories on DropBox, and local repositories on my computers. That way, even if I screw up DropBox, I'll have a correct version on one computer or another.
Jan
22
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
A version control system can be on another system, and that does count as a backup for some purposes. It doesn't have to be, and somebody who isn't a software geek like me isn't likely to have additional systems to use one for work and one for the repository.
Dec
25
comment The “Rules” of Writing
@sjohnston: Or write something else later. Some stories are simply too flawed to be worth editing. As long as the writer learns something from them, they're not a waste.
Dec
25
comment The “Rules” of Writing
This ties in with "show, don't tell". It's far too easy to use adjectives to avoid the sorts of details that can bring a scene to life. sjohnston's second two "don't"s refer to using adjectives ("beautiful" and "nervous") to substitute for concrete details the reader can use to see what's happening.
Dec
25
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
What is original about Lord of the Rings is definitely not the plot. The extremely detailed and consistent setting is remarkable, and there are other original things, but the plot elements are generally millenia old, intentionally.
Dec
12
comment Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
Bear in mind that, due to how writers.se was formed, it will be heavily biased towards programmers and other software people who want to write at first.
Dec
12
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
Some successful authors have gone back and released stuff they wrote before they got published. You can generally tell why it wasn't originally published.
Dec
12
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
It is possible to edit forever. While making a book better is generally good, if you actually want to publish you do have to draw a line.
Dec
12
comment How do you convince your publisher that your story is good?
Got any particular length in mind? Short stories you just send, and they'll make up their own minds.
Dec
5
comment How to switch pov characters mid-scene without jarring the reader?
Since one of the OP's complaints was overly short chapters, I like the idea of considering them as sections instead.
Dec
5
comment Is this character generator useful?
StrixVaria: "Prefers warm meal or dinner" also has the problem. I haven't an idea how I'd answer that for any character in my mind right now.
Dec
2
comment Are there any useful guides to writing stories based in RPG universes/aimed at a role playing audience?
@blueberryfields: It's usually necessary to read a lot of books before writing one. If you think it a waste of time, then you probably shouldn't try writing in that genre.
Nov
28
comment How deeply should I study the background of a community before writing about it?
Or, for that matter, how much you care about getting it right. Or whether this is a specific community, or a generic one. If it's Victorian London, I'd suggest working harder at getting it right more than if it was some generic East Asian village.
Nov
27
comment Any Technique to See if Your Idea is Original?
We don't really know how old storytelling is. All we know is that it goes back farther than we have any records.
Nov
23
comment Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
It helps a lot if you write plain text, rather than a word processor format. I figure if I've got the text down, I can do whatever else I like later.
Nov
23
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
From what I've read, that simply doesn't work as a proof of date. You could have just mailed yourself an empty unsealed envelope, or for that matter an unsealed envelope with blank paper in it, to be replaced later.