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Aug
9
comment Does this sound like a good description of someone falling asleep due exhaustion? Anything I can do to make it sound better?
@MonicaCellio : I'd think under current site rules, we'd close this as a critique question. Any reason you edited rather than closing?
Aug
6
comment Traditional vs. Self Publishing… Show me the Money?
Some of the better sources I'm aware of include the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author Survey and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Business Rusch essays.
Aug
6
comment Traditional vs. Self Publishing… Show me the Money?
This seems like a poll question, asking different authors for their subjective opinions and their personal experiences. Although I agree wholeheartedly that it's important to get some transparency into the financials of a writing career, I don't think a Stack Overflow Q&A question is the right format for that.
Jul
29
comment Appropriate leading for blogs?
I'm not at all sure typesetting issues are off-topic here. We're focused on writing, but we also handle questions to do with publishing, production, and the like. There may be other SE sites where this is appropriate, but I think it's on-topic here.
May
30
comment I need a good title
Please feel free to take a look at our site tour to get a better sense of what the site is and how it works! And you can take a look at our On-Topic Summary for the basics of what's on-topic and what's not.
May
30
comment I need a good title
Hi Sarah! Welcome to Writers.SE! We're a bit different from other forums you might know. We're a Q&A site, and what we do is answer questions which could be helpful to many authors. Suggesting titles or rephrasings is something that doesn't work well within our format, and we've declared it off-topic.
Apr
3
comment Signs of Bad Character Development
@TomAu : Definitely! Pretty much anything can be made plausible, with justification. What I meant here is when you the author feel the behavior sounds unlikely, or unconvincing, and the reason you're willing to let that slide is because "Real Person X really did that." If you were to leave it at that, without delving into the reason behind it (as you say), then that'd be poor character development.
Mar
30
comment Is there a “literary Olympus” in the current publishing landscape?
@LaurenIpsum, all, do you think this version is on-topic?
Mar
30
comment Is there a “literary Olympus” in the current publishing landscape?
I've edited to make this less of a hypothetical "what-if" and more on-topic. reader, I hope I'm in line with your intention for the question :) If you're new to Stack Exchange and how our site works, I invite you to take our site tour and get a feel for how things work here!
Mar
25
comment Any Good Method for Calculating Word Count Based on An Outline?
What purpose do you need the estimate for? (If you get it wrong, is that in any way a problem?)
Mar
25
comment Why do writers sometimes use so much description?
Because: (A) That's how much description the author felt necessary, appropriate, and interesting for that particular bit; taste is subjective, so obviously Your Milage May Differ. And (B) The author has many different goals; enabling the user to use their imagination is one among many, and plenty of times it's not the most important one at a particular given moment.
Mar
23
comment Attributing a real quote to a fictional character
Can you give a source for this? At least what quote it was?
Mar
16
comment Is Academic Ghostwriting legal?
@mixedmath Thanks for letting me know; I've rolled back and done some slight rephrasings I think will leave everybody pleased. I've also cleaned up the comments, which were definitely unclear following the merge - thanks!
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
@Mike.C.Ford: I've edited your question, according to the comments. Please see if it's what you had in mind, and if you want to make corrections or roll back entirely! Hope this helps :)
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
Mike, if you'd like to rephrase the question to talk about the larger issue which I described - even giving your particular situation as an example - I'd be really happy to reopen. I could even make the edit for you, and you can see if it seems appropriate and helpful for you.
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
But OP is focused on specific points for an ideological argument, which, to be honest, is not how I'd recommend going about this at all. Ideological debates make for very dull fiction, all the moreso if the author himself feels the two positions are difficult to differentiate in a meaningful and authentic way. Asking for specific points is both unhelpful - because I don't think that's the way to handle this - and too localized, because nobody else is going to be writing this specific conflict and need those specific points.
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
I see an excellent question here about how to handle two characters who belong to the same ideological "camp", who still have major differences between them, which they see as crucial - but to a reader might come across as arguing over minor nuances and trivial differences. I think that makes a great question.
Mar
12
comment How do I demonstrate ideological differences between characters who are politically not too different?
I think the edit pushes this question in the direction @NeilFein says, yes.
Mar
6
comment Should I create my own ConLang for my story?
Similarly, you don't need to construct the entire Klingon language to appreciate a statement like "The traditional Klingon greeting is nuqneH, lit. 'What do you want?'". But, constructing the language gives you an opportunity to reach interesting, defining examples like that.
Mar
6
comment Should I create my own ConLang for my story?
@PaulA.Clayton Glad you liked! :) Unique culture concepts and phrases can definitely be a powerful tool. kemmer, and the associated phrases in Left Hand of Darkness, is a great example. I don't see that as being necessarily a "constructed language," although with LeGuin, maybe it is :)