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A new meme (ganked from [ profile] daphnie_1): name any character you know (or think) I might be familiar with, and I will tell you 10 things that are my own personal canon about them.

It will, at least, make my lunch hour a bit more exciting.
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So now the thesis is handed in and I can start writing for fun again. It's not like I don't have any ideas - I've got four cracktastic epic crossovers planned out, and there's always Amaurot to finish off. I just seem to have a bit of a mental block about putting words together so that they convey a narrative.

On one front, I'm planning out my Deathwatch campaign now, which is getting me used to thinking in terms of characters and settings and connected series of events. This is not the hard bit. The hard bit is actually communicating them by means of typing words on a screen. Or writing them on a piece of paper, if I feel like getting old-school about it.

So, flist, help me out here. Post me some prompts, or suggest me some writing exercises. You know which fandoms I'm into (if you're at all uncertain, TNG or Who are safe bets), and I can also do RPG character related fic. Kick the right hemisphere of my brain until it works again.
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I've just been thinking over the fandoms I'm really drawn to, and it occurs to me that one thing they have in common is incredibly intelligent characters: Sherlock Holmes, Miles Vorkosigan, the Doctor, Batman, the Culture's Minds, Q, Agatha Heterodyne, Willow, Toshiko, Romana...

The question is, how does one go about writing characters like that? At the baseline, you've got the ones who are at the top end of human intelligence, and then you're off into the realm of the superintelligences.

I think it was Vernor Vinge who claimed that authors cannot write convincing characters who are smarter than themselves: if you could work out what a really smart person would do in a given situation, then you are as clever as that really smart person.

The problem with this particular point of view is that authors can cheat. )

Any good ones I've missed? Any more caveats on how to deploy those three?


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