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by orbivillein
Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Prose Style

I think another thing to consider between novels and short stories is pacing. Long backstory or other types of explanatory passages serve a purpose in a novel by slowing the pace and preserving dynamic range in tension. We want the climax to be the most tense portion of the story so the buildup mus...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Prose Style

What's with this beast "exposition"? I cannot understand what its different uses are in this discussion. Seems to be narrator narration as opposed to dialogue presentation, for one. The customary use and label across much of contemporary creative writing discussion is summary, explanation,...
by orbivillein
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Prose Style
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Prose Style

Scope and magnitude are differences between short and long prose. A short story is best advised of limited scope, magnitude too somewhat. Scope is a matter of number of events, settings, and characters and conflicts and such. Short prose limits them because each requires development that soon could ...
by orbivillein
Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: When do you add interest to your prose?
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: When do you add interest to your prose?

I start with pre-writing that develops interest features for an inspiration. One factor most of all -- clash is essential. Turkey City Lexicon labels a common-to-inexperienced-writers appearance feature "Funny hat guy." Funny hat guy's function is a feature that sets the individual apart f...
by orbivillein
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

I guess many writers have broken bodies, maybe minds, too, from our misspent youths and jobs and lifestyles. They are complicated and complex health concerns, too. Jobs and sports which require meeting weight targets, not me, though they cause health concerns, serious for sure, and down the road man...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

Interpreting reader responses is a skill set itself as difficult to master as writing the work to which the responses respond. "Sorry, I don't support horse racing." Is easier to interpret than many, is a passive-aggressive opinion position opposed to animal exploitation. What or whether t...
by orbivillein
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

Baen's Bar contributors tend to disparage literary style and its supposed crucible, the writer workshop college model, MFA in particular, which, having been at both, Baen folk tend to misunderstand that the college model creative writing curricula resolves a majority of time upon a studio model more...
by orbivillein
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?
Replies: 14
Views: 2160

Re: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?

State-of-the-art submission management software, not necessarily the most expensive, can be set to be as transparent to submitters as to any staff access, only non alterable and non influential for decisions. However, the power elite yet don't want to surrender their gatekeeper status nor reveal the...
by orbivillein
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?
Replies: 14
Views: 2160

Re: Apex is back. New queue management scheme?

Sounds to me like the system is more of a what grabs your attention, first reader, and a second priority of keeping the submission responses timely. Submission manager software makes several screening selection methods possible and practical, non-linear, non-chronological among them. Paper managemen...
by orbivillein
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Merlin the Magacian
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: Merlin the Magacian

Merlin Ambrosius dates to Geoffrey of Monmouth's 1136 Historia Regum Britanniae , source of the Arthurian legends, and is a conflation of earlier still British legends and myths that predate the Arthurian legends. Public domain, yes. Mortal sire and incubus dam, the latter from which Merlin's magica...
by orbivillein
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 60888

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Parallels drawn between Hubbard, Card, and Farland-Wolverton's story craft do revolve around a morality system and urgent heroic adventure, where somewhat roguish heroes are outraged and made by immoral circumstances. "Everybody loves a rogue." Today's rogue is different, though, from Hubb...
by orbivillein
Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33
Replies: 709
Views: 60888

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q2 - Volume 33

Quick question for anybody with a little info: I've been told that Dave generally picks a story in each genre. I can think of a few off the top of my head that I've read in collections—urban fantasy, trad fantasy, sci-fi, horror, possibly dark fantasy or military SF—but does anybody have a better i...
by orbivillein
Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tor.com is closing to submissions!
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: Tor.com is closing to submissions!

Tor.com is closing to unsolicited short fiction submissions only, stories eight thousand words or less. They remain open for unsolicited novella-length fiction submissions. They rarely published short work from their unsolicited submission deluge anyway. The policy change reflects the actual state o...
by orbivillein
Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: grammatical errors
Replies: 20
Views: 3182

Re: grammatical errors

Percent is per hundred, like a cent is one-hundredth. If thirty are .3 percent, or 3 per mille, 3‰, that's .003 X , three-thousandths of the total X , or thirty out of ten thousand. Anecdotes about the contest estimate the annual total number of submissions is ten thousand or so, about consistent wi...
by orbivillein
Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge
Replies: 12
Views: 2074

Re: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge

I know I know sometimes what I don't actually know. I don't know I do know sometimes what I actually do know. Then there's the altogether unknowable.
by orbivillein
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: grammatical errors
Replies: 20
Views: 3182

Re: grammatical errors

Grammar, generally, is a guideline of implicit social principles. We learn and consent, sometimes advise, how we communicate. That is a grammar's function: no more, no less. Of the half million and more grammar considerations many of us absorb intuitively, many overlap between form and application. ...
by orbivillein
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge
Replies: 12
Views: 2074

Re: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge

I don't know what I don't know that I don't know.
by orbivillein
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge
Replies: 12
Views: 2074

Re: Non-Cents-Worth Challenge

When asked what makes me not an idiot: They say it takes one to know one. I don't know of one; therefore, I am not one.
by orbivillein
Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Page End Neurosis
Replies: 5
Views: 1371

Re: Page End Neurosis

Word's default letter document template contains numerous unconventional format settings and automatic formats. A best advised strategy is to reset them all to conventional Standard Typescript Format definitions. Begin with a blank document. To set default font (typeface and size), on the Home tab c...
by orbivillein
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1123
Views: 194364

Re: Five Minute Rant

"Ambitious," in a declined submission context, and school paper assessment, means daring, bold, reaches for a greatness peak though falls short in some problematic yet promising way. Possibly matters of content and organization craft, or grammar and mannerism, maybe expression. Audience ap...
by orbivillein
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Stuck with Plot vs Character and character development
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: Stuck with Plot vs Character and character development

Character versus plot, and such, is a complex topic. John Gardner and L. Rust Hills discuss at length character and plot -- and -- at least coordinated development and movement. The term melodrama applies to plot features applied solely for the sake of plot movement. They are usually sentimental, to...
by orbivillein
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

Options 2 and 3 are to me quite distinct; that is, 2 is a bystander-participant-observer in a story's setting and invested in the action, inside the Tang jar, so to speak, and 3 is a distant observer, outside the Tang jar. Jar of Tang is a Turkey City Lexicon term for a particular shaggy god-type st...
by orbivillein
Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

Sensation is all relative, even efforts to sense absolutely are relative. A table top's surface feels smooth if it's intended to be smooth to the touch. A table finisher possibly can detect a degree of smoothness more than a general consumer. A shipboard table benefits from a degree less smoothness ...
by orbivillein
Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

Re: A View to an Individual

Discordianism is I guess a congruent of Pluralism. Objectivism and its attendants believe human experience is universal. Subjectivism and its attendants believe human experience is unique to individuals. "Believe" -- therefore subjective. Yet human experience is as much universal as unique...
by orbivillein
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: A View to an Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 2660

A View to an Individual

Which of these do you prefer to read: 1) An individual present and looking in and looking out: subjective observer, actually an objective persona of a subjective nature 2) A narrator looking in from a distance, non participant -- somewhat omniscient, as objective as practical, though no more or less...
by orbivillein
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 9540

Re: Story Titling

Oh my, fantastic that a thought exercise could be a writing prompt. May the namesake god be with you.
by orbivillein
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 9540

Re: Story Titling

I understood the title before I saw any trailers or content and it aroused my curiosity somewhat even for being generic. Though the series is more or less of the same plot formula as any other situation comedy skit back through time to at least when vaudeville revue playhouses were in tents (sic) an...
by orbivillein
Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Story Titling
Replies: 64
Views: 9540

Re: Story Titling

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is intended irony, the title's incongruency of literal statement and actual intent the verbal irony, not per se the sarcasm of the title. Ironic titles might appeal and be memorable for their irony. Likewise, titles that allude to well-known matters: allegory. Tuck...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 14
Views: 2158

Re: writing books

Knight discusses dialogue in a one-page section -- pgs 167-68 -- with two dialogue exercises, and related topics, "Speech Tags," "Dialect," "Thought," "Viewpoint," "The Expository Lump." The first chapter's "Four Stages of a Writer's Development...
by orbivillein
Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: writing books
Replies: 14
Views: 2158

Re: writing books

Damon Knight, Creating Short Fiction , a primer of prose mechanics. If any book contains comprehensive prose composition method review, spans gaps, and beginner, intermediate, to advanced prose methods and concepts, this is close. This might be a first place to start and build from. Say hello to Fre...

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