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  1. I think I am methodological in relation to world building and intuitive in relation to character creation. I've never felt like I fit neatly into either the "pantser" or "planner" categories. I create timelines leading up to, coinciding with, and going beyond the events of my story which sounds like outlining except that the timeline is "world" centric rather than "story" centric. The world events will have relevance to and sometimes overlap with the story but they are not the story themselves. The story gets made up as it is written while I have the timeline in the back of my mind
  2. This is easily my biggest weakness as a writer. I spend much more of my time thinking about what my story should be or how I should tell it than I do writing it. My understanding of what my story is "about" may completely shift from one writing session to the next. I will begin by rewriting scenes already written, adding scenes to give the correct context for the already existing scenes relative to my authorial intent, and then I might get another chapter written before I start thinking about the meta components of my story again. Consequently I haven't ever finished a project.
  3. I first determine what present role the character plays in their world. This might be something relatively minor, like fastfood window operator or major like key historical figure. Then I determine how their present role does or does not align with their aspirations to determine what sort of motivation will be expressed by them and in what direction . I then consider backstory. The extent of the backstory will usually be relative to the scale of the impact I intend for the character to have in the story. A small impact may only warant consideration on the level of their immediate family. A lar
  4. I am not disputing your definitions or that persistence implies overcoming difficulties. There are difficulties in writing that occur for both genders. Whether or not one is motivated to overcome an obstacle impacts whether or not you will persist. For example: I would extend more equivalent effort to recieve a cheeseburger than I would to recieve a plate of broccoli. People may then differ in their willingness to persist in a given activity if that activity is presented to them in a way that apeals to one set of people more than another. If there is a correspondence between world vs cha
  5. Success in an environment is effected by adaptation to the obstacles in that environment. Differential rates of success between groups indicates that one group is better adapted to the obstacles present than another. Since we are dealing with participation in an activity with a large dose of human choice involved, it is entirely possible that the proportions under analysis are a function of favoritism of women over men in the industry but there are still obstacles to be overcome that would face both genders. Favoritism may explain all, most, some, or none of the difference under discussi
  6. I agree that persistence in general is not gendered. However men and women's disparate proclivities effect where and when they will be most advantaged to persist. In that sense the advantage in story telling where characters abound might be to women's persistence. Men and women are both equally capable of becoming emotionally invested in things. The difference is in what sorts of things they are generally inclined to become emotionally invested in and, more broadly, what characteristics those sorts of things have in common. This would be difficult information to organize and i
  7. Its always difficult to tease out exactly what the differences are between men and women, even when they at first seem obvious. It also tends to invite controversy. Bearing that in mind, here is a hypothesis: women are more likely to persist as writers because they are able to relate more to the characters they create as people. Consequently they more easily become invested in a story to the degree necessary to complete it. Broadly speaking, the male/female dichotomy psychologically might consist in the internalizing or externalizing of experience. In other words, men are more likely to
  8. How does one get involved in writing for these other media? A book can be written by a single individual with no budget but movies and video games would require becoming a part of a professional team.
  9. I don't think alternative interpretations are a bad thing. Past experiences and perspective inform our interpretation of future experiences and life is such that a single event can have embedded in it several true interpretations. We may have one interpretation in mind at the time of writing but it shouldn't be surprising that readers with different past experiences and perspectives pick up on others we weren't considering. Unfortunately many people also interpret stories to satisfy their pre-existing biases. These can be the most frustrating readers because it is often these
  10. With regards to video games and other mediums of entertainment: The strength of books compared with these other media is their capacity for story depth and, to a lesser extent, world building. Unfortunately story depth isn't often a draw for younger men who prefer fast paced action and adventure where video games and movies overshadow books. However the influence of these media is not to the longterm exclusion of books in a person's life. The trend of many games to increasingly attempt deep stories with characters that feel real indicates that those who make videogames are
  11. My experience is mostly with Scifi but I think this applies to fantasy as well: 1. The world is different enough from our own for it to have been worth the trouble of creating a new world. 2. The differences in the fictional world have logical and well explored consequences. 3. The governments are realistic (not cardboard cutout dictatorships, etc.). 4. The wildlife is unique and the unique biology of organisms involved in the story is taken into consideration for the plot. 5. There are well executed themes, and said themes are layered in as many levels as possible.
  12. I haven't experienced a lot of loss thus far in my life and I took that for granted before I met the woman who is now my wife. She had lost several family members (grandparents, cousins, etc.) and pets when growing up and in the seven months I knew her before we married she lost her cat due to kidney failure, a friend due to suicide, and her father unexpectedly due to heart complications after an operation on his foot (two months before the scheduled date of our wedding). You'd expect that a person who had experienced as much death as she has would have developed some level of detachment
  13. Random example of another book involving talking animals that isn't generally regarded as involving magic or even being fantasy for that matter: Animal Farm Not sure if this is a relevant example since your story isn't political allegory though.
  14. I write because: 1. I enjoy reading thought provoking books. 2. I enjoy reading funny books. 3. There aren't many books written that are one or the other. 4. There are even fewer books that are both. 5. I think I can write this kind of book (or at least want to try). 6. A funny yet thought provoking book would be a good medium to embed implicit Christian ideas for an audience without beating them over the head with it. The money isn't a strong motivator though in times past I did entertain the notion that I might someday be able to live off of book royalties
  15. Understood. I generally align with the anabaptist expression of the reformation as well. In the case of using force to protect innocent persons my current operating framework is this: 1. If sacrificing myself or killing the person threatening the life of another are equally likely to save the person being aggressed upon, I should prefer my own sacrifice over their death. 2. If I know the person being aggressed upon is like minded on the subject of nonviolence, I should not attempt force as a means of intervention on their behalf, even if it would be the most effective means of
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