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An article.

A little loose in their description, but it does cover quite a number to bring together unconnected characters.
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I was reading this article on  Pottermore and thinking -- you know that's really a salesman's pitch.

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Someone elegantly describes the most popular turn-based combat game in the United States.
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Faced with such lackluster advice as "less than four books a year," a brave soul has stepped up to the plate to definitely answer questions about speed in writing:

However, the piece did reveal an obvious, crying need in the book industry for a real answer to an important question: exactly what speed should a novelist operate at in order to produce a genuine, quality novel?

We have been working tirelessly all week to provide this answer. Here are our results.

Question: what is the correct number of novels a novelist should write in a year?


Based on our calculations -- 1.736

Full essay here:

Pay particular attention to how many words you should write a day.
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An article in which E. E. "Doc" Smith discusses writing, and the trade-off of elements -- characterization slows down a story, background material is worse, and philosophy worst of all.  Yet you need them to make the story deeper.

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This is weird.

A man takes photos to prove to the wife that her hallucinations aren't real,
but she sees the hallucinations in the photos.

Drug treatment mostly stops the hallucinations. EXCEPT --

She still sees them in the photos.


Jan. 2nd, 2013 09:20 pm
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Observations on following your passion and why it is not such good advice.

Prophecies -- and if your characters are trying to fulfill one, you've got a problem, since they and the prophecy are pulling together.  No conflict there!
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One of the great offenses against world-building is to interject modern thinking into eras where neither the technology nor the social structure would have produce it.

Very easy to do by default if you haven't done enough historical reading -- especially of primary source -- when you don't realize that what comes natural to you is not the nature of the universe.  And a grave danger when dealing with eras where we have very little documentation so it's hard to piece together.  However. . . .

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A look into folklore for this evening.

One notes, in the folklore, they would be more likely to want our sweat than our brains.

Then, the movie zombie is, in actuality, a medieval European vampire with a few tweaks. . .


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