David Musk

David Musk

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    1. Re: Thoughts on an Xmas Hiatus?

      Everyone who responded "yes" is technically right if you only look at this problem through the lens of simple cause-and-effect mechanics. Yes, chapter updates are correlated with all the other stats (...)


    2. Re: can slower paced fictions be successful?

      Sure. Just ask Re:Trailer Trash or Beware of Chicken.


    3. Re: Progression Fantasy, Complete And Under 1000 Pages

      How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps. It's a short litRPG (just 162 pages) available on Kindle Unlimited. The audiobook is great too!


    4. Re: What do you think of fantasy covers in this style?

      I'm personally not a fan. I've seen this style on Amazon's YA best-seller lists, and it always reminds me of cheap CGI effects that fall into the uncanny valley. I'd say either go with an illustration (...)


    5. Re: Male or female protagonists

      No preference. People are just people, and different protagonists work well in different stories.


    6. Re: How to get better at execution of the story?

      Here's one exercise: try finding some authors you admire (style-wise) and re-write their sentences (or paragraphs) with your own words. For example, let's say you're writing a fight scene, and the original (...)


    7. Re: Your favourite thing

      My second favorite thing is confusing people and leaving them in suspense.


    8. Re: "Sharing" Stories Online

      People defintiely share RR stories. In fact, almost every story I've read came from a recommendation on reddit, Discord, etc. However, most of these stories are written for a niche audience, which means (...)


    9. Re: Does your fiction pass the Bechdel test?

      Love how people get all salty about this test as if it’s some kind of official metric that’s going to affect most people’s reception to their work in any real way. In the comic it was represented as a (...)


    10. Re: People who only 5 star review should be banned or not allowed to review

      Um ... I pretty much only give 4.5s and 5s. If I honestly think a story deserves less, I'll drop it way before it's time to leave a review. There are plenty of stories, and life is too short to spend time (...)


    11. Re: Authors opinion on TFTC comments?

      "TFTC" comments are still useful to authors because they serve as social proof for everyone involved. They tell authors and potential readers, "this story has active readers, and people care enough to (...)


    12. Re: Naming your chapters?

      At the very least, chapter names draw more attention on the latest updates page, so that alone makes it worth it.


    13. Re: Does anyone know how to make a villain appear in the story without ruining the pacing?

      Are you worried the pacing will feel too fast, or too slow? I guess I'll assume the latter since that's a more common problem among new writers.  Introducing the villain usually makes the story flow (...)


    14. Re: Health bars make no sense

      I've always thought of health bars as an average of the damage you took or dealt. If you slash plate armor with a sword nine times, you'll do zero damage. But one cut at the neck == instant death. You (...)


    15. Re: Does anyone know how to make a villain appear in the story without ruining the pacing?

      Are you worried the pacing will feel too fast, or too slow? I guess I'll assume the latter since that's a more common problem among new writers.  Introducing the villain usually makes the story flow (...)


    16. Re: To any published authors, at what point is it okay to start thinking about publishing?

      I think it's less about your success on RR and more about when you're ready to be done with a book. If you still need to write a final draft to clean things up, then you obviously want to wait to publish (...)


    17. Re: How much do you describe? Too much and its boring too litle and you have talking heads. Where is the golde(...)

      The golden middle is to interweave description with action. This applies to both the characters themselves and their environments. You want some descriptions, but they should involve the characters actually (...)


    18. The Top 10 Greatest Words of All Time

      These are the greatest words in the English language. No ... these are the greatest words in any language. These word just explain themselves. Whether you hear these sounds spoken aloud, or see them on (...)


    19. Re: Is polished english essential in web serial?

      The author of Mother of Learning is a non-native English speaker, so you're in good company! And webfiction definitely doesn't need to be perfect. I post my works on RR before publishing to Amazon, (...)


    20. Re: Does rating normally drop while on hiatus?

      Yeah, that's normal. I took a few weeks off Web of Secrets to work on publishing the first Aeonica book, and I got 2-3 half-star ratings in the last chapter (the one that announced the break.) I wouldn't (...)