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Feb
20
comment Quoting Song Lyrics or Naming a Song, Or Possibly Group/Singer
Maybe, but if you are ridiculing something, it becomes even more likely it constitutes fair use.
Feb
3
answered Quoting Song Lyrics or Naming a Song, Or Possibly Group/Singer
Feb
3
comment Quoting Song Lyrics or Naming a Song, Or Possibly Group/Singer
Even if you are ridiculing a song, you are allowed to name the song, and quote a chunk of it.
Feb
3
answered Critical Elements Of A Story
Feb
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answered Do I have to pay royalties when I use research information?
Feb
3
comment What does being “heavy handed” mean? And how does one avoid it?
There is no direct connection between "ham-handed" and "ham acting". "Ham-handed" is a straight-forward metaphor: your hands are thick and clumsy, like a ham. The origin of "ham acting" is lost to history, but obviously isn't the same.
Dec
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revised Can one feasibly sell an adult-content screenplay?
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Dec
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answered Can one feasibly sell an adult-content screenplay?
Aug
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answered Can novels have twist endings?
Aug
6
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
You sent it out to five publishers and got back three yeses and two maybes? You should post your synopsis here because that is a really impressive result.
Aug
6
comment Writing succintly. Does it matter?
"Unfortunately, you're a little too succinct here." That might be an answer in itself.
Aug
6
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
I don't know if your "worse spoiler" is a spoiler at all (and not only because it is from a 24-year-old movie). Your speculation is a popular theory, but there is almost no support for it in the movie, except the way the plot tracks the protagonist's wishes, and given that his wishes are a more-exciting job and a girlfriend with big breasts, that isn't some huge coincidence.
Aug
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answered How could a criminal forget a crime?
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Oct
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revised Can a book be written without an antagonist?
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Mar
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comment Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
@C.A.McCann -- it wouldn't shock me if Kafka had a number of organic brain dysfunctions.
Mar
6
comment Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
Thanks for the catch. Orthography (spelling) is essentially arbitrary; it's a convention to make it easier to render the language on paper. Compare it to penmanship. By contrast, vocabulary and grammar together are the language. If you cannot choose the words or you cannot string them together, by definition, you cannot write.
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revised Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
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Feb
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comment Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
@NeilFein -- I refer you to the case of Dr. Seuss v. Penguin Books, which I am totally not making up. The author of The Cat NOT in the Hat! mimicked the style of a Dr. Seuss book while retelling the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the book was a satire, not a parody, because the book did not poke fun at or ridicule Dr. Seuss or his works. Instead, it merely used the Seuss style to tell a story of the murder.
Feb
8
answered Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?