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Hello, fellow writers! Got any question that you can't find answer from Google or Wikipedia, but you don't think it needs a separate thread for? You came to the right place!

Don't be shy, and just ask away. The nice folks here, writers and non-writers, experts and non-experts, will do their best to help you.

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edited 16th Feb '15 12:47:26 PM by dRoy

76 SilentReverence6th Apr 2011 11:09:17 AM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
An e-mail? Cool!

Maybe some reordering of the sentences might help, as well as giving more the impression that even contacting Kimberly is just a random thing to scratch off the villain's to-do list. Lemme see... for example (change the "incidental" part if inadequate):

"Hello Kimberly. I am sure you were alarmed when I was suddenly involved in your life. Rest assured that it was something incidental; I'm concerned with plans in a far broader and less trivial scope."

Producer X Rin
Is there any way to stab a person in abdomen (right spelling?) area so that he would bleed to death in five to ten minutes?
Forum Villain
Probably in the lower area of the stomach; if it hit in the right place, the puncture would rupture the stomach lining low enough that it would start leaking the digestive acid, furthering the damage.
"Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person that doesn't get it."
79 Morven6th Apr 2011 03:57:12 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
I don't think there's any way to guarantee it, certainly. Perhaps if a major artery was severed, but the pressure of the surrounding tissue would be likely to make it slower than that.

Accounts of seppuku say that without a beheading second, death generally took some number of hours. That also conforms with what I've read about abdominal wounds in battle; you'd die, but not necessarily all that quickly.
A brighter future for a darker age.
80 SilentReverence6th Apr 2011 04:34:05 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Would it help the character to die if he performs an action such as standing up / clenching over?

Forum Villain
What would help is if the character had ingested an anticoagulant or blood thinner before hand, meaning that it would either get pumped out faster or the blood couldn't clot at all.
"Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person that doesn't get it."
82 SilentReverence6th Apr 2011 05:55:11 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
83 LoniJay6th Apr 2011 08:36:13 PM from Australia , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
If a stab severed a major artery, you'd bleed out pretty quickly, but it might not hit one, and arteries tend to run deep.

A slash to the inside of the thigh might get the femoral artery, though.
Be not afraid...
Producer X Rin
Sorry for keep throwing questions around: I just can't help it DX

How can you do Deliberately Monochrome on written form? Oh, and Decompressed Comic?
85 Leradny6th Apr 2011 10:20:21 PM from Berkeley, CA
For written decompression, Purple Prose. Or just a whole lot more scenes that are shorter than average.

I don't think there's much you can do for the written form of monochrome, other than describe everything as faded/pale and dark/muted. Or have a lot of pale-skinned brunettes.
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87 Morven7th Apr 2011 02:49:57 AM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Take on a very spare style; go read some old noir detective novels, for instance. You don't get inside the character's heads very much, and everything's dialog-driven, not description-driven.

Try for a very specific tone and stick to it.
A brighter future for a darker age.
Producer X Rin
What I'm planning is that (I'm thinking of this in terms of its anime adaptation...) in most scenes, things are rather pretty, everyone being attractive with WIDE varieties of hair colors, and loads and LOADS of lavishly described sceneries.... except during the fights. Then it becomes all monochrome, with exception of blood, which is... a lot, really.
89 RandomChaos7th Apr 2011 07:32:12 AM from My own little world
No Dragon Power
Im my cannon Blue and green hair happen, to reinforce that it's normal here I thought about making some real life historical figures blue and green haired in this unaverce. But is that a bad Idea?
With the power of a dragon I can make up for my inability to spill.
you may have heard of me
In my canon, blue and green hair happen, to reinforce that it's normal here I thought about making some real life historical figures blue and green haired in this universe. But is that a bad Idea?

Yes, definitely. Reactions will vary from "WTF?" to "Who's this supposed to be?"

edited 7th Apr '11 8:35:28 AM by CrystalGlacia

91 RandomChaos7th Apr 2011 08:51:36 AM from My own little world
No Dragon Power
Thanks

I want to wright a Deadliest Warrior fan episode thats Dead Pool vs The Joker but I can't think of most of there weapons. Dos anyone know what I should use?

edited 7th Apr '11 8:52:21 AM by RandomChaos

With the power of a dragon I can make up for my inability to spill.
SURPRISE
I have a squad in World War II that's not affiliated with any country, just a general mishmash of military personnel from everywhere. Do I just use "Allied Forces" or "League Of Nations unit" (it's Alternate Universe, the League of Nations didn't dissolve)?
Apparently my topic is dead, no responses in quite some time, so I'll ask here.

would it be terribly out there for a person with a Phlegmatic temperament be extroverted, and a person with a Choleric personality be introverted?

As it stands at the moment I am using the Four-Temperament Ensemble for my characters (though modified for my own uses of course).

edited 7th Apr '11 9:48:45 PM by jasonwill2

as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly
94 JHM7th Apr 2011 10:10:21 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
[up] Someone may be impulsive, passionate, aggressive and charismatic while also being self-analytical and somewhat anti-social; however, it is less likely that one would be reserved, passive and understated while also being socially fixated.

[Question moved.]

edited 7th Apr '11 10:24:40 PM by JHM

How would one pull the "but you subconsciously wanted it" routine without it being rapey/creepy?
96 JHM7th Apr 2011 10:24:54 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
All right:

In my team of protagonists, there is one character who, for all intents and purposes, is a Heroic Sociopath: His empathy for his fellow cast members is negligible, his motivations self-serving, his moral code mystifying and his actions dubious to say the least. In fewer words, the guy has Type V written all over him. And yet...

I really enjoy the character, and I'd like to keep him from becoming too unpleasant without playing his behaviour for comedy. (Yes, some of the things he says are amusing, but the character himself is not a joke by any stretch of the imagination.) Forum-goers, what would you suggest?
97 Morven7th Apr 2011 10:30:36 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Is it possible, Mellon, for that NOT to be a little creepy? Provided the speaker actually DID do it (whatever "it" is) at the time.

Less creepy if they inform the one saying "no" that later on they'll ask for it — but they don't do it until they admit it.
A brighter future for a darker age.
Agh Morven I haven't decided yet what's going to happen. I suppose just making a suggestion and not doing anything is much less creepy.

The thing is, the doer is right, and if the one saying "no" doesn't get "it" soon then they're in much danger of going into full-on nervous breakdown, but where does physical well-being trump (conscious) * consent?

All right:

In my team of protagonists, there is one character who, for all intents and purposes, is a Heroic Sociopath: His empathy for his fellow cast members is negligible, his motivations self-serving, his moral code mystifying and his actions dubious to say the least. In fewer words, the guy has Type V written all over him. And yet...

I really enjoy the character, and I'd like to keep him from becoming too unpleasant without playing his behaviour for comedy. (Yes, some of the things he says are amusing, but the character himself is not a joke by any stretch of the imagination.) Forum-goers, what would you suggest?
I think the fact that he has a moral code at all would keep him from being irredeemable. If he doesn't go out of his way to kick dogs and abuse people who aren't his enemies, and if he does do anything real heinous it's only done to someone that the audience feels really deserves it, then I think he's fine.
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I also was basing that guys placement on wikipedia's description:

"Phlegmatics tend to be self-content and kind. They can be very accepting and affectionate. They may be very receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. They are very consistent, relaxed, rational, curious, and observant, making them good administrators. However they can also be very passive-aggressive"

edit: ya, i think i miss placed the phlegmatic now that i think of it

Then again maybe I miss-asigned him, though maybe not. This temperament has been split into two parts before... idk that one I won't worry about classifying as much.

the Phlegmatic is the best friend of the Sanguine, and the Choleric is the Sanguine's love interest, and the Melancholic is that other guy... that I don't know what to do with.

maybe I should switch the Phlegmatic and Melancholic again.

edited 7th Apr '11 11:20:36 PM by jasonwill2

as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly
100 JHM7th Apr 2011 11:19:58 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
I'm not saying "irredeemable" so much as "deeply unlikeable." To elucidate what, exactly, I mean, I should probably explain this character's "code of ethics," if it qualifies as such.

Basically, the character is of a species which values rational self-interest and the advancement of their society above all else, with personal boundaries determined by context and aesthetics. His aesthetics are, to say the least, odd: To this character, theft, torture and murder may all be justified by sensible motivations; the breach of a contract or an illegal act committed out of emotion, however, is utterly wretched. Quite often, he will propose to the other protagonists that they do something utterly atrocious because it "makes the most sense," often speaking with a distressing calm.

Which is not to say that he lacks emotions, per se. He just happens to express them in very curious ways over very curious things. For example, he despises metaphors and idioms, avoiding them as often as possible via bizarrely specific vocabulary; on the other hand, he is quite fond of loud noises and fire, giving some the impression of pyromania... Which is not actually the case, though he finds others' subsequent fear of him quite useful.

edited 7th Apr '11 11:25:01 PM by JHM


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