MadmanI'm working on non-fiction for the time being. I have found that writing non-fiction is easier than fiction because you only need to relay information instead of making everything up, but that's just my experience.
Matti23Clashing FTL Drives I'm just thinking up a sci fi story and was wondering if anyone could solve a problem I had. My Sci Fi universe has 2 different types of FTL drive, a Warp Drive and a Wormhole Drive. The longer the wormhole drive is active the longer your jumps. It creates a tunnel that gets longer and longer and the universe of the story is represented as kind of "spherical bubble" so you can imagine the tube being able to reach further and further. The Wormhole generator is carried within the starship and generates a spherical bubble that grows to encompass the spaceship. The warp drive immediately starts moving you in a given direction by distorting space. I was wondering how you could make it so that you couldn't just leave your wormhole drive on whilst travelling with the warp drive. This has caused a problem because now the heroes should be able to instantaneously wormhole out of a fight as soon as they meet trouble after "saving" up their wormhole drive. I try to give explanations that kind of make intuitive sense in a very general way eg. The warp jammer machine in the story unevenly induces distortion in the space around the enemy ship to prevent them getting the shape of space needed to warp. Hyperspace and subspace as places with different laws of physics do not exist in this story. You can travel deeper and more shallow to the bubble but the laws of physics are consistent everywhere. Psychic powers do not exist. Communication is by quantum entanglement. The power limitation explanation doesn't work as the story covers many generations of a exponentially growing civ and they go from having 1/100 of the galaxy to 3 galaxy clusters under their control and millions of dyson swarms per galaxy. This is a pretty hard problem and I was wondering if anyone could figure out the solution.
Two Christmas wormsAlready answered. You don't need to post it in 4 threads simultaneously.
 Nevermind, then — I hadn't yet seen the other post, I believe. One thought that comes to mind is that the distortions employed by the warp drive interfere with the wormhole generator, meaning that keeping the former on prevents successful activation of the latter.
Otherwise perhaps the wormhole generator produces some form of harmful radiation, or slowly buckles the ship's hull.
edited 1st May '13 5:33:32 AM by ArsThaumaturgis
Who Am I?@Wheezy- need more details to answer your question, but generally the purpose of life in most works of fiction is to form relationships with other people and share exciting experiences with them. @Jabrosky- That's a very lucrative work-related skill you have. I'm jealous. @Matti 23: I answered your question on one of the other threads, but in the future, please limit yourself to one thread per discussion topic.
MadmanAs a matter of fact, I don't expect to make a lot of money off my current project, which I will most likely self-publish as an E-book. However, it will be a labor of love for the subject matter (ancient Egyptian and Nubian history, in case you're curious).
Who Am I?Ahh, but you are adding to your skill set, and creating something to put into your eventual portfolio, so that's always good.
(That Guy You Met Once)I know. I meant the actual moral of my story. I was able to spin it in more of an Anti Nihilist direction, though.
Who you are does not matter.I'm writing histories of Imperial Japanese Navy ships. ...thank god for combinedfleet.com's TROMs or I'd go crazy-er.
edited 1st May '13 4:20:01 PM by Night
"Who I am does."
Cool Celtic CompositionWondering which one of these sounds better.
Non sequiturs are like bicycles: they don't bathe or poach.
I speak only for myself, but I think that I only recognised the reference in the second version because I recognised it in the first.
For one thing I doubt that I would have quickly guessed if asked what breed Scooby Doo was.
Okay, I have a question about wording. I have a group of sentences where I use two theys, but they're different theys? So I should probably replace that pronoun with the character names, but that sounds clunky. I should probably include the sentences so you guys can see.
Then, Bob had made the suggestion that he and Alice chip in so their parents could go on vacation for the weekend and they [[they in this case is Bob and Alice]] could watch Carol while they [[they is their parents here]] were gone. Alice had agreed to this.I have no idea how to word this so it isn't awkward as fuck. (Also was this supposed to go in the random questions thread as opposed to writers block? Fuck)
edited 1st May '13 4:56:55 PM by Hermiethefrog
I'd go with "Zoinks" over either of those.
Cool Celtic CompositionNot surprising. For one thing, he's designed to be the opposite of what a good Great Dane should look like. Maybe...
Then, Bob had made the suggestion that he and Alice chip in so their parents could go on vacation for the weekend. That way, they could watch Carol while their parents were gone.
Non sequiturs are like bicycles: they don't bathe or poach.
Writer's Welcome Wagon@Tera Chimera: I like "Jinkies" better.
THAT WORKS THANK YOU. The capslock is because I'm excited and happy. Yeah.
This whole writing thing is ridiculously hard.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves." Wattpad
Writer's Welcome WagonIt is indeed.
I stole from Elm's lab onceAaaahh. I have a small problem. Ok, so, I was told before that, when writing, I can use "?" or "!" but it's not a good idea to use "?!" Problem is, there are several points in my story where "?!" would be a proper response. Any advice?
edited 1st May '13 6:17:48 PM by Masterofchaos
(This is why interrobangs need to be more mainstream.) ?! Is probably inappropriate for academic and formal writing. In fiction, however, feel free to use it. Just do so sparingly. ?! Is one of those things that gets tiring if used too much like em dashes and ellipses. Similarly, I think you can use ?? And !! but those should be used like... Once in an entire novel. Very very rarely. That's my take, anyways. If someone has sources that say otherwise go for it.
Writer's Welcome WagonReally, it's your call. I suggest that you use them sparingly and go harsh on them when editing. Basically, what said.
edited 1st May '13 6:27:05 PM by chihuahua0
Who Am I?Can you copy and paste the part in your writing where you think it might work? (the thing is, there is almost always a better way for a character to express themselves than "!?", but I'm not willing to shoot it down until I see it).
I stole from Elm's lab onceand You have a point there. Thanks. Here's one from the first book.
“I’m fine, mom.” He said calmly, “I’m in an alley.” “An alley? Why are you in an alley?” “Well, I’m being chased by a woman, and I’m trying to get away.” “Chased? Chased? Why were you chased? What’s going on?”
Who Am I?I presume that you are thinking of using it with the second "Chased?" I think that would be over-doing it. Given the context, and having repeated the word, and using italics, I think is sufficient to get the point across that the mother is suddenly concerned. Anything more and you're just being redundant.
(ʘ‿ʘ✿)^ I agree. And I really hate to look like some kind of grammar snob, but... okay, I'm a grammar snob.
Things like 'he said' and 'she asked' are extensions of the sentence within the quotation-marks, and should not be capitalised. Furthermore, full stops preceding 'he said's should be turned into commas, though other punctuation-marks, like ? and !, should remain as they are. Some examples: Correct: "I want to eat that kitten, " he said. Incorrect: "I want to eat that kitten." He said. Correct: "Do you want to eat that kitten?" she asked. Incorrect: "Do you want to eat that kitten?" She asked.Source.
edited 1st May '13 9:18:58 PM by LeungBaiFang
Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
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