Writing mechanics

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Glad to hear it's next on your list. Maybe wait until the first arc edit, which I'll start working on after the Wednesday update next week. In its current state, I don't recommend getting started just yet - unless you can stomach a very flawed start with the promise that it gets a lot better.

    I think I did try something of a documentary approach. It's one reason why my world doesn't accept villains as a reality, they get killed right away. Of course, the heroes might not be able to pull that off much longer - some things are about to change dramatically.

    I'd be very interested to hear if I was somewhat successful with the documentary method.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. SnowyMystic (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    As others have touched on a big part of it is in the kind of magic you have.
    I've got a bit of semi-unhelpful advice though. No matter how hard you try, you will probably have plot holes anyway. The key is to have a metaphorical carpet over some, keep the numbers of others down and any that you miss after your vigilance, well others are possibly going to miss it too.

    But yeah, having a mystical folklore or lovecraftian magic is a bit of a shield, though not an absolute one. As for having an actual system of magic? That is technically way harder, because you need to remember when the magic would be used and the applications that non-smart people would get the general idea of.

    Nothing is quite as embarrassing as having characters blocked by an something they could have actually dealt with.
    Main thing though to my mind, it is more important that people don't think about plotholes or go looking for them. If you entertain people enough you can sneak a certain amount of stuff past, people will pick a thing to pieces if it isn't engaging them though, and anything can be torn into its requisite parts.

  3. Tempest (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Either way you will get them picking it apart. Some people just do it no matter how engaging you are. There are plot holes in most books. You, as the author, can not think of everything. Just try to spackle the biggest and most obvious.


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