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May
21
comment Antagonist Names
As Tommy explained, we're a Q&A site for questions that will help many writers, and suggesting names for very specific cases isn't what we do. Welcome to Writers.SE; you can check out the site tour for more on who we are and how we work! :)
May
5
comment BIOGRAPHY BLUES
I personally find that the clearest questions use a structure like this: "I'm trying to do [X] . I worked on it and encountered problem [Y]. (I have already tried to solve [Y] by attempting [A] and [B], but these didn't work because [REASONS].)" You don't necessarily have to use this structure, but you might find it helpful in phrasing your question so it'll be clear to us :)
May
5
comment BIOGRAPHY BLUES
@Hopeful : Try, and try, and try once more :) Thanks for sticking with it! That's definitely the best way to understand the site and how it works. Now, in the question's present form, I'm not really understanding your phrasing. Why do you feel repetition is an issue? What's keeping you from just, well, not repeating yourself? You seem to be saying you're feeling a conflict between avoiding repetition, and using friendly, conversational style - why are these two in conflict with each other?
Apr
19
comment Science Fictioners' writers block
This is identical to existing writing block questions, unless you've got something specific bothering you that sets it apart?
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 :)
Mar
6
comment When is Ghostwriting is legal and ethical?
"Protected" shouldn't keep you from being able to propose an edit. With or without an edit, I think this answer would be appropriate there. So I'll switch this question to duplicate status, and merge the answer into there.
Mar
6
comment When is Ghostwriting is legal and ethical?
2) As-is, answers to the linked question certainly do address ethics. And indeed, on this topic it's hard to discuss one without mentioning the other. I think this question is effectively a duplicate of that one. If you feel this is unclear, I'd rather edit the other question to encompass ethics as well, then have one question for "legality" and a second one for "legality and ethics."