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comment Strategy, tactics, and resources to refine the niche and title for a self-help book
It's not clear to me whether you have a title, and you're afraid of encroaching on an identical or very similar title; or whether you're doing that research to find other books' titles so you can do something similar (but distinct) for your own.
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comment Writing A Story and Need help with intro
This is a bit brief to make a useful answer; can you expand on this?
Feb
6
comment best licensing option for freest possible sharing of lyrics while retaining the right to get paid if someone else makes money from them
I'm of the opinion we allow professional questions for creators, and songwriters fall into our purview. IMHO, asking about licensing is on-topic and of interest to professions. (@rolfedh, et all - if this is something we aren't agreed on, I'd be happy to open a Meta topic - let me know what you think.)
Jan
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comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
@zombysis: That's absolutely fine! Writers.SE takes a community approach to things - we don't expect everything to be perfect; the community makes active suggestions on improvement (and checks that they're actually improvements!); and posts here are definitely aimed to help lots of people over time, not just the one original poster. All the best with your writing!
Jan
28
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
(Women tend to like romance, as a genre, way more than men to begin with - you might be shooting yourself in the foot there. Try to choose beta readers who actually like your book's genre, men or women; otherwise there's a bunch of reasons they might dislike it that have nothing to do with your book in particular!)
Jan
28
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
If a bunch of beta-readers loved the book and a bunch didn't, it really could just be an issue of taste and opinion. Of everybody agrees that the character isn't impossible, and some of 'em love him that way and some of 'em hate him, that's... pretty much OK, no?
Jan
28
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
@zombysis : It sounds to me like you've got a gradual process which justifies the entire thing. Your issue might be with how well that justification is actually working for some readers (pretty much anything can be justified, but not all attempts are equally successful). But I'm afraid for that, you'd need a more in-depth critique of your actual manuscript.
Jan
12
comment Writing Action In A fictional Journal
The rest of your comment was: I know that sounds terrible that they would have to suffer through a third of the book before getting to the real plot. Again though, it is a journal, and things may be kinda droll in the beginning until that major change in his life occurs; nevertheless...I don't know. Any further suggestions would be much appreciated.
Jan
12
comment Writing Action In A fictional Journal
So, I converted this to a comment. It looks like I've lost the tail-end of your response; I'll copy it below. Please let me know if you've got any questions (you can ping me by writing @Standback in the comment, like I did with your name).
Jan
12
comment Writing Action In A fictional Journal
@RogerMaxwell : Heya! Welcome to Writers.SE :) When you respond to an answer, the way to do that is as a comment; the response you've written was written as an additional answer to your question. The distinction's important because (A) mixing answers and comments is confusing! (B) when you comment, the person you're responding to gets a ping, (C) The order of answer posts isn't constant - I had to go through all the answers to figure out which one you were replying to! :)
Dec
17
comment How do I find flaws in a character I'm building?
Great answer. I really like how you give general principles and apply them to the particular example.
Dec
16
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
Let me rephrase this, then: Does TV Tropes give you what you're looking for? If not - why not?
Dec
16
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
We're sliding into deep Meta territory here, but: there's a big difference between providing a canonical answer, and providing an answer, and then declaring it canonical.
Dec
16
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
The second issue is that I just don't know if there ARE established, widely accepted taxonomy resources for tropes in academia. (If they aren't in widespread use, they're just as unhelpful as TV Tropes.) I'm not familiar with such resources - does anybody have any examples to give?
Dec
16
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
Tom: My concern is twofold. One point is, I don't see any use in trying to use Writers.SE as a poor substitute for what TV Tropes already does admirably well. (For example, I found my answer below with a quick skim of TV Tropes' page on "Wizard of Oz.") This concern may be misplaced; if you're looking for academic resources, the tongue-in-cheek TV Tropes names may not be very useful.
Dec
16
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
A cautious (but appreciative!) -1; I'm not sure of the utility of taxonomic questions of "name this trope" or "name this structure," if they aren't associated with a practical difficulty of some kind.
Dec
10
comment Doubts about editing?
Possible duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3513/…
Dec
10
comment Doubts about editing?
What goal do you think you'll accomplish by editing now? Will editing now make it easier for you to continue writing, harder, or no difference? Is there anything you think you gain by preferring to do one of them before the other, or does it make no difference? </socratic>
Dec
6
comment Getting started with TV writing?
Community - is this answerable, or is it overly broad? I'd be happy to hear opinions. Thanks :)
Dec
6
comment Getting started with TV writing?
This question is extremely broad and may be beyond the scope of this site. Have you tried Googling phrases like "screenwriting for beginners" or "screenwriting 101"? Those should have enough material to ground you a little, so you know the terrain a bit.