Nerevar
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How to use sociological and/or psychological studies in character building?
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I am afraid it is the best way how to discourage everybody from reading something like that. I am serious, characters need to be someway interesting, being alive, believable. (I can imagine a story ...

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How to use today's moral compass in fantasy?
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First, consider your intent. Middle Ages were mostly dark and grim, indeed. Even most members of nobility were untaught, uncultured and brutal. Now, many people are attracted to Nazis, particularly ...

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Why would an author not agree to license his book to a foreign language?
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Just a little bit of conspiracy: Negotiation between the author and a publisher (translator) are in progress so the author does not want to jeopardise the desired agreement. Negotiating with more (...

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Is it really so "impossible" to get published by a traditional publisher?
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Sometimes, it is a pleasant reading, how to attract and keep reader's attention, comparing this to a some sort of thought transference or even magic. But it has nothing in common with being published ...

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Should a conlang be translated?
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It depends on readers you are targeting. Leaving foreign language fragments fully untranslated could be quite challenging for a reader but then they (fragments) need to be used sparsely and carefully. ...

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Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)
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If I am understandig well, you want some story without any conscious character. I am afraid there is no other stories of that kind excepting various descriptions of natural or artificial processes ...

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Is it easy to change genre?
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According to my experience, genre emerges from story. The bad news is that many attempts to follow genre are ending as total failure to write a viable story. For instance, sir Golding's "Lord of ...

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Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
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First: Forget about interviewing addicted people. Due to theirs specific conditions they would lie and exaggerate. Instead, consult a clinical toxicology books. It should be an abundand resource of ...

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Does this microfiction provide a slightly surreal sense when describing an ordinary scene?
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College student (is Buck a student?) smoking a cigarette in public unpunished and enjoying Beethoven's music sounds quite strange and surreal to me. Since the paragraph doesn't explain why students ...

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World Building critique: Building an SF society off a tangent of "Adaptation"
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I think that the "lack of purpose" is a welcome mindsed of our civilisation. (At least, thought mainstream is declaring it.) Those who feel an urge to be trumpeting out that "there is no purpose" do ...

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Should Game Genre Types Be Capitalised?
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Definitely - not. (With exception: when it will be common to write "Thriller", "Romance" or "Historical".)

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How Do you Stave Off Boredom While Writing?
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I am experiencing unpleasant feelings when - e. g. - writing documentation or a business text. But it is not the boredom, rather hopelessness. When discovering a story, I notice one important part of ...

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Writing about extreme trauma
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Details. Out of context, fragmented details. Blood on carpet. How shall I clean it? My little brother cries like a cat Broken window. Daddy will be angry. Damaged school building. Today, we can stay ...

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What free tools are there to help me improve my English?
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Public library is the cheapest source. In other words: read, read and again - read. Reading books, newspapers and magazines is the best way to improve someone's language usage. Any language. Try to ...

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What makes a good action scene?
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Use extremely short sentences. Emphasise seemingly irrelevant details (carefully). A feldgrau uniform in the door. Triggrer pulled. Serves you right, Fritz. Reload. Another potato masher lands the ...

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What's a clear way to simulate web text in a story?
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I am preferring to italicise "external sources" as thoughts, inner voices, memories, fragments from newspapers, books, letters, ... etc. I think it'd fit well to web fragments, too.

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What is a good OCR program?
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I think that ABBY FineReader is the best one I ever met.

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What's your favorite keyboard?
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My keyboard has to be hard (I want to feel typing) and heavy (not to fly away when I cough). It is enough.

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How could this paragraph of writing be improved
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First, I'd break it into more sentences. It is very difficult to read and understand that four-lines sentence. Second, how can an imminent carbon tax increase someone's ability to spend more money? ...

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Know any metaphors about women that...?
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What about "Lady vamp" or - better - "succuba" (not "succubus")? "Succubian lady vamp"?

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Critique of short essay
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Just some remarks: Were you really touching any corpse, anytime? Because this metaphor smells foul. "Alone in the dark". I think it is a cliche. It is the name of well known legend among computer ...

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Which version of these three lines is more likely to attract the interest of the reader ? (character's viewpoint vs omnicient narrator)
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Definitely, I like the first one. I have no problem with omniscient narrator viewpoint but the second example looks a little bit jerky. (Maybe, the narrator is mentally ill or just loaded with ...

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Analogies, pitfalls and guidelines
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Personally, I had experienced some unpleasant moments with students complaining that they were getting prose instead of (hard) facts because I am a bad teacher. A couple of troublemakers are able to ...

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Signs of Bad Character Development
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I think, the worst way to introduce a new character is starting by detailed description of her/his background and motives before the character starts acting. She was and old kind woman. Her five ...

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Verb tense for technical document titles
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Continuous form (-ing) in chapter/section titles acts refreshingly on me. So I prefer it.

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Character details of male archetypes
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1 votes

The CEO Boss archetype He is anxiously building his image as: A ruhtles utilitarian, ostensibly displaying his contempt of everything what cannot fit into account records. He doesn't need to follow ...

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