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  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    > failure modes and unforeseen consequences? With everybody able to read each other's mind, the planet devolves into a brief spate of murders, and then a decades long orgy of sex, much of it transgressive to pre-existing social norms. We...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Hah. Secret Ninja Writer Trick. Come up with cool plot concepts and go, "Who would do THAT?"...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Yes. Absolutely. Especially issue 1....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I think it's not about neat narrative formats, it's about the move and counter move of conflict. Once the players all have agendas, the narrative almost writes itself....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    You can email me on my gmail account by removing the spaces from my name......
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I think when you write regularly, you cut down on all the non-writing time when you solve plot problems consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes I just have to throw up my hands and go, "OK I'll take a break" and then...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    That's not exactly block so much as being stuck. The trick is to go find the conflicts inherent in the setting. STL Travel versus Love Is a good start. I would start of by considering what the big thematic players...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Adams spawned a crap author meme. I wish he had written more!...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Approach probably has utility for people who are distracted by other things in their environment, e.g. household, friends, family. It *might* be effective as a way of tackling imposter syndrome or other psychological issues, but it doesn't sound much fun....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    > Has this drill sergeant approach to motivation been tried by long form creative writers? Oh the Blank Page approach? http://oglaf.com/blank-page/ (REST OF COMIC IS NSFW) Thing is, nobody ever went "OMG how do I motivate myself to complete Halo...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    OK I have a suggestion. I think there has to be a literary/thematic point to weird settings, and they have to make some kind of sense in terms of motives of the players. So what you have is 2010s characters...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Thanks PrivateIron!...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    > So, what are your suggestions for what beta readers should or should not say/do. It depends on what you want from them. DeMarquis is right that they make a good sanity check on a project. I think there's a...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    That would be #1 and #2!...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Ah now I get you! Yes....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Well possibly #2. I don't think Charlie's literary skillset has been broken in living memory! In fact there are these cave paintings......
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    That would probably be an example of what I suggested in #5 :)...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    > What if you just made a huge mistake and then wrote a bunch based on it, and now there's no visible way to fix it other than to start over? That would be "2. Is your story broken?" Ouch!...
  • Posted PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist to Charlie's Diary
    I don't really believe in Writers Block... External stuff - illness, eyes, depression, RSI - seeps into our lives in imperceptible increments. We're like a lobster going, "Ooo. Seafood! Wonder where that nice smell is coming from?" We don't realise we're the one being cooked until too late!
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    I routinely accept friends requests from sword people and writing people. So it would be easy for me to be taken in....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    I wonder if they could be used in another way to muddy the waters: Say celeb X is under attack on social media for something stupid/crass they said. Their PR company could set a swarm of trollbots on them, but...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    I'm still at the "pathetically grateful to get paid for this stage". I am also a house husband and primary child wrangler, so I only write 20 hours a week. Perhaps this will help in the long term. However, I...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    So I go off fencing, have a few beers, then when I come back everybody is arguing about DOUSING! FFS! Regarding the publishability of works, I believe that the famous Slushkiller post still applies: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004641.html...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    These are memes I see on Facebook (including in writer groups) and Twitter so in a sense I have opted in to see them. However my main concern is not that I see them, but that other people see them...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    > For published or established authors the risk is disenfranchising their current readers if they deviate from form either of their trademark style or of the generally-agreed-upon definition of that genre. I look forward to that being a consideration. Give...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    I couldn't write fiction without a PC. My iterative approach would simply take forever. On a different note, I have just posted an article analysing how Robin Hobb writes lyrical fantasy without being boring: https://www.blackgate.com/2016/02/09/fools-assassin-how-robin-hobb-writes-lyrical-fantasy-without-being-boring...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    > Generations of science teachers have drummed it into pupils’ heads that all proper scientific writing must be in past passive. I know. And perhaps they are right - for science experiments. However, the children are unlikely to grow up...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    > Want a for instance? > You mention 'sculpting' and 'remembering them backwards' - which sounds lovely and artistic/mystic. It's the best metaphor for what I do. What I actually do is outline at different levels and find what feels...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    > So, do you also mix up levels/type of self-knowledge/perception from these eras/cultures? Yes. The story is about the different mentalities and what's good and bad about them. Plus fighting....
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    (You'll have to excuse me folks. I must now, in a non-eccentric and totally normal and boring way pack a bag of swords to go and teach Medieval German Longsword.)...
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