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How can I make a compelling character unlikable?

Interesting question. If I understand the question, you want the reader to initially dislike him, but over time, the reader will change her mind. Did I get that right? Why does the reader change her ...
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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

One thought that comes to mind--perhaps not the best option for explaining but one that allows for additional character building--would be to simply have an encounter between two characters that comes ...
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How can I make a compelling character unlikable?

Unfairness People generally have a visceral reaction to unfair treatment. There have been studies in sociology and ethics that show that distributing rewards unfairly elicits a negative response even ...
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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

Have a human character work out their earth year age(s) when we first meet the alien character(s) and then leave it alone, harping on about the age of a character when it isn't a point of the plot ...
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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

The notion that all novels must be written in a limited first person viewpoint is an absurd misconception strangely prevalent among beginning writers today. Maybe this stems from growing up with the ...
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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

Just don't call them "years", call them an "orbit". Presume they are past their local Copernicus; they know their world orbits a sun (or planet). "I am three orbits old; that ...
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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

The most convenient way to get this across to the reader is for the narrator to just relate their experiences in their own frame of reference. For instance: "I graduated high school when I was ...
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