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  1. Something Brian said a few posts back spoke to...

    Something Brian said a few posts back spoke to me. Reasonable intelligence and the drive to get better.

    There may be a lot of "learnable" skills in writing, perhaps more so than some arts(?), but...
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    Stick to your guns. That's what I say. Then again...

    Stick to your guns. That's what I say. Then again I really don't listen to other people's labels for my life :)
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    Like I said in t'other thread, I'm in. I'll pm...

    Like I said in t'other thread, I'm in. I'll pm you sometime tomorrow with my email address. I'm all for diversity, but still need to educate myself. There's a lot I don't get yet, ever evolving...
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    I'm very much of the same opinion, Mytho, on most...

    I'm very much of the same opinion, Mytho, on most of your points. Though I have to admit I honestly can't think of an example other than the Furies of Calerdon... I'm probably ignoring a glaringly...
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    If got to say that I disagree with some of the...

    If got to say that I disagree with some of the ideas being put forth in favour of western storytelling being better for its greyness.

    Japanese storytelling is very much about archetypes and...
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    As far as I'm aware LGBTQ literature is a genre...

    As far as I'm aware LGBTQ literature is a genre in which being LGBTQ, as Ireth says, impacts the story in some way. Kind of like how having a romantic subplot doesn't necessarily qualify a book as a...
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    I'll bet any money Caged Maiden that your friend...

    I'll bet any money Caged Maiden that your friend was touching on Discourse Theory, but going about it with no concrete knowledge and with the wrong attitude.

    Basically there is a theory within...
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    The main problem I've found with pronouns like...

    The main problem I've found with pronouns like xie and its fellows is that very few people outside of either the craft itself or the lgbtq+ community seem to understand them. I've always been...
  9. Thread: villain name

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    I wouldn't sweat a name. I don't know, but...

    I wouldn't sweat a name.

    I don't know, but I'm sure there are some fantastically awesome villains out there who's names are about as pedestrian as you can get. In fact I think I'd go as far as to...
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    That guy sure likes cutting stuff. If there's...

    That guy sure likes cutting stuff.

    If there's decent bloody reason then great, go right ahead, otherwise think about it harder. And maybe a bit more for good measure. Be clever.
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    It all depends on what you're going for as an...

    It all depends on what you're going for as an author, what the reader prefers... Personally I'm not sure I have the time to spend on letting something to grow on me.

    Figuring that out went a long...
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    I've always struggled with thoughts such as "this...

    I've always struggled with thoughts such as "this feels pointless" and "I must be useless considering ..." They often lead me down the pit of feeling totally fed up with writing, or rather, the...
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    Yeah, that Locke Lamora opening... I've got no...

    Yeah, that Locke Lamora opening... I've got no idea whether I'm supposed to be impressed by the random names/"world building", or find humour in the ridiculous lengths it's been taken to.

    Maybe...
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    I do think that "begin with action!", as many...

    I do think that "begin with action!", as many have said before me, needs clarification. I also think that it's perfectly possible to introduce a character, in such a way as to make the reader feel...
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    In terms of my own experience I've found that...

    In terms of my own experience I've found that thinking too much about how the craft works and exactly when I should be editing always gets me bogged down into one of these exact ruts.

    For me it...
  16. Thread: Quick breaks

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    People think I'm crazy for having a different...

    People think I'm crazy for having a different project to switch to, but I have them for situations exactly like this. I can slow to a crawl on one, jump to another and get that finished then be...
  17. Not much to add, but I just want to put this...

    Not much to add, but I just want to put this forward.

    Often things tangential to the plot are what brings out characterisation the most. For me anyway ... If you stick to what you're "supposed" to...
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    That's a good way of putting it HylianShield. I'm...

    That's a good way of putting it HylianShield. I'm trying to put a bit more description into my writing (for a number of reasons) and that's a nice tip for those in a similar situation to myself.

    I...
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    Much appreciated! One thing to mention: It's...

    Much appreciated!

    One thing to mention: It's not super accurate. As long as further research is undertaken before writing about any of these beasties then it's all good.
  20. I have experienced some critiques that seem to...

    I have experienced some critiques that seem to hold grammar over you to ridiculous levels. Say what you want is content and structural feedback and all you get it the Lord Of All Grammar... Some...
  21. It's my opinion that good grammar should lead to...

    It's my opinion that good grammar should lead to creative grammar. If the reason a sentence is clunky and awful is because you can't construct it properly, then that's not creativity. If you could...
  22. You're not necessarily any more guaranteed to...

    You're not necessarily any more guaranteed to gain a name for yourself by publishing short fiction first than jumping straight in with the novel. They're great practice sure, but it's not a clear cut...
  23. I've never had the guts to write a true horror....

    I've never had the guts to write a true horror. (Did one in primary school once... does that count?) But I'm always musing about how different genres are crafted so I'll take a shot at this.
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    I've always been very sparse with descriptive...

    I've always been very sparse with descriptive passages. Some of my past betas/editors would say too sparse. I'm more of a dialogue guy.

    Either I:

    1) Don't describe the character much if at all,...
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    Don't get me wrong, I've still been writing haha....

    Don't get me wrong, I've still been writing haha. Fan fiction and just-for-funs mostly. Nothing important in the grand scheme of things 😊

    Time to change all that? Hmmm... Well at least time to be...
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