Tag Archives: fiction

Questions 297: Man vs. World

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B. asks:
“How do you maintain drama without an individual antagonist?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Candide by Voltaire
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1984 by George Orwell
Brazil, a film by Terry Gilliam
Franz Kafka
The Odyssey by Homer
War Games, the 1982 film
2001: A Space Odyssey

 

 

 

Questions 295: Brainwashing

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B. asks: “How long is brainwashing effective, and how can it be maintained?”

Resources:
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
as well as the 1962 and 2004 film adaptations
The Wrong Way Home: Uncovering the Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society   Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
and the film adaptation
Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Gap Cycle

Questions 254: How much dialogue is too much dialogue?

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Cheyenne asks: How do I know if I have too much dialog in my fiction, and how do I fix it?

Resources mentioned:

They’re Made Out of Meat (in the anthology “Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories”)

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Questions 225: Unpleasant Current Events

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Cheyenne asks:
“How do you deal with unpleasant current events in your stories? When are you obligated to mention them in your stories?”

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