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by Axiem
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 15:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

I've read at least one fairly good story in the second person, and based on that one reason I'd suggest is that it's deadly for characterisation . Once you start referring to the main character as "you", you become reluctant to actually say too much about the character because it feels like you're ...
by Axiem
Tue 22 May 2018, 05:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

(camera stuff) I think this is a reasonable analysis. No. Yes. I find it extremely jarring when a book is almost entirely in 1st person, except for small snippets of 3rd person narration (which, in the instances I'm thinking of, are either scenes tacked on to the ends of chapters, or are very short...
by Axiem
Tue 22 May 2018, 05:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Because there's a difference between an indicator and a guarantor. Fair. I think the conditional probability is more like "probability that work will be in present tense given that the author is amateurish" rather than "probability that the author is amateurish if the work is in present tense", but...
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 17:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

It's the sort of thing that I'm sure you could ask a dozen authors and get two dozen opinions ;)
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 15:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I will say that simply as a convention, present tense can definitely feel more "modern" and more immediate; if you're going for a traditional, classic feel (e.g. high fantasy) or something with a slow build that's heavy on the description, it doesn't necessarily mesh. But that's simply because of t...
by Axiem
Mon 21 May 2018, 15:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

one of the great benefits/curses of fanfiction is that most fanfic writers don't know anything about the "rules" of writing and thus break them all the time. Sometimes this works out really well. Sometimes this... does not. Very much agree. I saw a thing on social media a while ago about how publis...
by Axiem
Sun 20 May 2018, 04:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

elemtilas wrote:
Sat 19 May 2018, 23:14
There is one the USA that divides, one half flowing to the Pacific and one half flowing ultimately to the Atlantic via the Gulf of Mexico.
...which one is that, again?
by Axiem
Sat 19 May 2018, 00:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

present tense is such an indicator of inexperienced, bad writing. A lot of novice writers use it, sure. But that doesn't mean it's actually an indicator of inexperienced or bad writing—again, I point to N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. It's present tense—and couldn't really be written in any o...
by Axiem
Fri 18 May 2018, 20:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: New CBB IRC channel!
Replies: 97
Views: 34226

Re: New CBB IRC channel!

There is, however, an unofficial Discord server that a handful of us are on.
by Axiem
Fri 18 May 2018, 20:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1576
Views: 155556

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

When you do, it's worthwhile to put a link to it in your forum signature. You can see an example in my signature, where I have a link to the Mto thread.
by Axiem
Fri 18 May 2018, 20:21
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 816

Re: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is written in 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person, and weaves them together well. In all three cases, it's present tense. Typically, a narrative's Point of View is the same thing as the novel's person; tense is a separate thing from that. In general, when peop...
by Axiem
Fri 18 May 2018, 03:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3513

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

There are different stylistic considerations between short stories and novels. In general, the longer a piece of writing, the more time you have to develop themes and characters, so you can chew on description a little more, and let dialogue breathe a little more. It's less imperative that everythin...
by Axiem
Thu 17 May 2018, 18:30
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: world introduction: Ookraia
Replies: 28
Views: 2557

Re: world introduction: Ookraia

Ultimately, it comes down to practice, practice, practice. I sometimes go back to things I wrote like, 20 years ago, and cringe from how bad it was. But it's also nice to see how I've improved over time. It takes practice, practice, practice. And beyond that, read a lot of fiction; read advice to wr...
by Axiem
Wed 16 May 2018, 14:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: world introduction: Ookraia
Replies: 28
Views: 2557

Re: world introduction: Ookraia

No one else has provided feedback yet; I will. So, this is difficult to read, just on a technical level. It looks like you're at least aware of the rules regarding capitalization and punctuation—especially in regards to dialogue—but you're applying them so inconsistently it makes it harder for me to...
by Axiem
Tue 15 May 2018, 15:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3513

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

which semi-sucks....mainly cuz it's aimed more to teens and adults in some cases....and how the heck can i get away with a sexy bug character? or darker topics or gore? well there's a way since my characters blend green, yellow, purple, and blue blood. Watership Down does a pretty decent job of bei...
by Axiem
Fri 11 May 2018, 19:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3513

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

fruityloops wrote:
Fri 11 May 2018, 19:36
that's comforting....no wonder my thread on my world was sort of dead.
The thread on my world is also pretty dead, so 🤷🏼‍♀️ I think that's just the way world threads tend to go.
by Axiem
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 19:34
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 86
Views: 11837

Re: Mto

This is one of the things that's handled by the deities-playing-Civilization idea, for what it's worth. Implicit is that each deity can only really affect things within the bounds of their nation and among their followers; things like disputed boundaries would be subject to particular rules on the d...
by Axiem
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 04:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 86
Views: 11837

Re: Mto

I suppose my point was that, even if the goddess of joking came down and said "don't worry, I'm not going to play a joke on you"...how do I know she's not joking when she says that? (and by extension, the same principle for any other god?) That's part of what I need to re-tool and hammer out and ex...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Apr 2018, 14:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 86
Views: 11837

Re: Mto

that may be humorous to Her Based on the context given, that scenario isn't one that she'd find funny, so the point is moot. Clearly, I need to re-tool how I describe her, along with how I discuss how the deities interact with people, etc. It's on my list, though right now I'm much more concerned w...
by Axiem
Tue 17 Apr 2018, 04:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 86
Views: 11837

Re: Mto

*shrugs* some people (like me) would make such warding offerings just to be on the safe side...no matter what she or her priests say. What if it had the opposite effect, and actually made you more of a target for mischief? :D I don't, in general, see her as particularly malicious, though. Trolling,...