1. Re: Words and Phrases that authors should avoid.

      Actually/Totally/Honestly/Literally/Really/Quite: More meaningless words. I think you're being unfair to those words when you lump them all together as "meaningless," and therefore never serving (...)

    2. Re: reviews should not be on if the story is good or not, but on...

      You are basically saying that reviewers shouldn't be reviewing, but rewriting the author's synopsis for them.  I'm sorry, but I'm going to disagree with you.   That's pretty much what I was thinking (...)

    3. Re: I hate litrpgs

      I find them boring, tedious, and usually quite shallow. I've read one litrpg I liked, it's called Mogworld, and it mentions no stats whatsoever. The entire rest of the genre is just... I can't. I've (...)

    4. Re: Star Wars Episode 8 is trash.

      And the last couple of points I want to make are these:  There's this frustrating theme that the series all mirror each other.  And I can't stand it.  On some level I get it.  History repeats.  There's (...)

    5. Re: What would be the best profession to have in case the person would get isekaied?

      Maybe a cooker or baker so you can invent mayo and other commodities and make medieval people all obese. Easy millionaire status. Already done in mine, lol. A while back, I glanced at the first (...)

    6. Re: What is your favorite POV?

      I'm fine with both first and third, provided they're written well. They each work well in different stories. Second is of course quite exhausting for anything longer than a short story. I feel (...)

    7. Re: Stories about uplifting medieval society's

      I call that sort of thing "a Connecticut Yankee story." In honor of Mark Twain's novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which may have been the first novel to get this subgenre of SF/Fantasy (...)

    8. Re: Star Wars Episode 8 is trash.

      This suddenly reminds me of how, a couple of decades ago, I wrote an online book review of the "Illustrated Screenplay" edition of the final script for Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.  I had seen that (...)

    9. Re: The Call to Adventure - Taking a Razor to Stumbling into the Plot

      I'm just going to quote the bits of the original post which I'm directly responding to: Scenario 1:  The Orb falls from the sky in the middle of the night, splashing down into the well of a small (...)

    10. Re: I need advice for dialog/character thoughts and formating

      I'm probably overdoing it and I will likely have to reduce the number of them. Thank you very much for your help!  You are experiencing a growing pain of all authors -- what to include in your story (...)

    11. Re: Should I write a prologue?

      This one is complicated. I know many readers here don't even read a prologue. They'll skip it entirely and go to chapter 1. And what's the fundamental point of a prologue anyways? Most of the time, the (...)

    12. Re: Researching the History of GameLit

      The story needs to have some form of computerlike system which controls the abilities or status of at least 1 character in the story I would argue that the DnD-based system stories should be classed (...)

    13. Re: Democracy and Magic

      I guess if you had like a team of elites who could hold everyone else in check, then they could be the ones to enforce said democracy, however this would mean that said elites would have to be at least (...)

    14. Re: 1st VS 3rd

      I feel that one genre which is particularly well-suited to the "first-person narrator" approach is the mystery genre. (Including variations which are set in a futuristic science fiction world, or a medieval (...)

    15. Re: B.A. Tucker's Comprehensive Guide to Dialogue Tags

      Thought Dialogue tags This is basically the internal thoughts of your character as they are being quoted. Self explanatory and one of the more common tags. “We have to go back and help mom.” And (...)

    16. Re: Dialogue Tags: Alternatives to "said"

      Isn't this what a thesaurus is for?

    17. Re: Representation isn't as important as people think

      If you make the argument that white writers are not able to write true-to-life black characters, then logically, the opposite must also be true (EG: black writers are not able to write true-to-life white (...)

    18. Re: Representation isn't as important as people think

      I want to quote something that's stuck in my mind since I first read it several years ago. It is taken from an essay written by Christopher Priest, a veteran comic book writer and editor (and a novelist, (...)

    19. Re: Do bad ideas for a story exist?

      It occurs to me that some of the things that immediately pop into my head as "really bad story ideas" were installments in a much larger series. For instance, a particularly lame episode of a long-running (...)

    20. Re: You can't outsmart God, and he doesn't particularly care for you either.

      Well, I've heard of omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent God. But those things say nothing about God's intelligence. After all, being those things doesn't necessarily mean a high intelligence threshold (...)