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When it comes to superhero stories. Those the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

I actually think people are less impressive if they have superpowers. James Bond always has some might-as-well-be-magic super tech with him, that gets him out of a hopeless spot. But I think Jason ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Frame Challenge: If the superhero doesn't, will their opponents use that to their advantage? Ultimately, the core of the issue is if they're augmenting themselves with technology on top of their ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Consider the alternative. You have a superhero who needs no reliance on any technology because anything can be accomplished at will. How boring. Any character who has no limits, no challenges to ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

The Incredibles (2004) In the Pixar movie The Incredibles, there's a scene (two, actually) where Edna Mode spends a couple minutes explaining/demoing the super-suits she made for the Parr family, and ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Black Lightning has super human powers, yet uses a suit to enhance those powers. He has a family and some friends that do the same, including Barron, who has the superpower of accessing technology ...
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In a superhuman society, would certain threats be underestimated by society?

Sort of. It's A Matter Of Perspective Let's say there are two types of threats. Individual threats and Societal threats. Individual threats can only kill a person or a small group of people. Societal ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Forge, a member of the X-Men has this exact ability. From his Wikipedia page: Forge is a mutant with a superhuman intuitive talent for inventing mechanical devices, backed up by the ability to ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

There at least 4-5 superheroes at I know, that are both depending on Tech and are still frontrunners in their respective shows. Captain America The first Avenger uses the rarest metal on Earth to ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Thematic harmony is needed in order for a superhero to become iconic. There's no particular reason, in the Marvel universe, why Spider-Man couldn't acquire a jet-pack, a magic ring, and an energy ...
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Working backwards from "Delete the people, keep the math and jazz." (SciFi short story)

You’ve a start at an idea. And, as you’ve recognized an idea isn’t a story. The term for the next step is Pre-writing. The web is full of differing processes and ideas on this subject. One process ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Yes and no. Superhumans are commonly using conceptually simple weapons or armor, often produced with the involvement of high tech. Thor is using Mjollnir, Captain America is using his shield, Jedi ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

I don't think it's silly at all, nor odd. I once created an RPG superhero character who had the abilities to become invisible, phase through solid matter, and levitate -- but his forward flight ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

Magneto's helmet: It is not really shocking for a character to have a combination of physical and technological/magical enhancements to "raise the bar" on what they can do. Magneto has a ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

No, I don't think so; it's not automatically bad to have a superpowered character to be relying on tech. But you have to show why they rely on their tech. Example: Spiderman, he has the superpowers of ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

I agree it is silly, and I think it would make sense. Even if somebody's superpower were invulnerability, without any attack powers they should still carry something that helps them subdue bad guys. ...
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What are some things to consider when it comes to superpowers and criminal organizations coexisting in the same Superhero world?

From watching many shows and movies, I must say that superpowers/superhumans in the eyes of the criminal underworld, if used by them specifically, would be a godsend and used for bank heists or ...
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How do I frame this question?

Hopefully, one of these'll work. From where does sin spring from? What place is to blame for sin? What houses sin? In what house/place does sin dwell? Where is sin birthed? What is the crucible of ...
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How can I write a young adult character as very excited without sounding like a child?

There is some overlap, but excited adults do not beg or excessively thank somebody, and adults are generally not as emotionally expressive as children. When adults are excited, they are in a good mood,...
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How important is your first sentence?

I don't think first sentences are that important; other than being clear and understandable. In fact, I roll my eyes at pretentious first sentences, or those in which the author seems focused on ...
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How important is your first sentence?

"Call me Ishmael." opens Moby Dick. On its own, standing there, by its lonesome, it's okay, but to me, it is not a wowzer. But, it serves a terrific purpose. It sets the tone for the ...
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Is it odd to overestimate the danger of peak human characters or characters without powers?

Much depends on the skill set. A hero with Superman's skill set -- supersense, superstrength, flight, and invulnerability -- will be dangerously vulnerable to a peak human who's mastered disguise ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, particularly the X-Men. Would it be too much to focus on other types of superhumans in the setting?

If that's what you want to write, write it. But yes, I think it is too much. The problem with writing fiction is you are typically introducing a concept like X-men, or Magic, or Vampires, or Zombies, ...
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How can I steer myself away from using pronouns too often as I write in 3rd person?

Pronouns Aren't the Problem I see two potential issues here: repetitive sentence structure, and focus on choreography. Repetitive Sentence Structure She [did a thing] [connecting word] [another thing]...
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How can I steer myself away from using pronouns too often as I write in 3rd person?

I worried about this recently, so decided to do some analysis on some ebooks I owned by exporting sections into word and writing some VBA code to analyse the sentence starter words. Pronouns and ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

Yes. Why might that not be OK? Since I've met several women named Wendy - an invention of JM Barrie in Peter Pan - nothing more should need to be said. KRyan's example is clearly legitimate and ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

There are two issues to consider. Trademark and copyright. Can someone sue you for stealing their character's name? In the case of "Pride and Prejudice", as others have pointed out, the ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

I like your sentence very much. Your first person narrator has a confident, distinctive voice. If you maintain that voice, you are better than many of the students in my classes who are native ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

Grammerly is not a writing checker. It's a set of business-writing algorithms. In writing fiction, or creative non-fiction, I'd be VERY careful about taking its advice. If it says you messed up ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

Keep in mind: Pride and Prejudice was written in 1813. That's a little more than two hundred years in the past. No one's going to be 'offended' by this. Also, not as many people as you might think ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

As a professional writer, I've never been convinced that Grammarly is capable of handling poetic elements and timing well. I would definitely go with your version and, for anything less than a ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

Never blindly follow a grammar checker. Never even blindly follow a spelling checker, but grammar checkers are worse. There has never yet been a grammar checker that would not choke on unusual but ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

I fed Grammarly this random sample from Hemingway. "A Farewell To Arms" She won't die [in childbirth]. She's just having a bad time. The initial labor is usually protracted. She's only ...
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Grammarly editing my effects, should I keep them or listen to Grammarly?

You are writing in first person. Under the circumstances, ignore Grammarly and write conversationally, like you feel the person would actually talk. If Grammarly shows you something that makes you say ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

When using the name of a famous character, you want to consider two things. 1-Will people accuse you of stealing it? Pride and Prejudice is from 1813, so copyright is no problem, but the book is ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

"Pride and Prejudice" was published in 1813 and is in public domain now. You are free to use any names from it. Another question is if you really want to create this name allusion for the ...
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