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Sep
18
comment What makes the death of a character satisfying?
Agreed, great observation. Many of the world's religions have this idea of a God or significant religious figure dying and being born again. Easiest example is Jesus, but it abounds in many religious texts and mythologies.
Sep
16
comment How important is a story's introduction?
What do you mean by introduction? Are you referring to the first few pages of the book? An introduction to the book from the author?
Sep
15
comment Can a character with poor communication skills be used to create an excellent first-person narrative?
I hope that my edit of this question captured the essence of what you were asking since there seemed to be two separate questions in your post. Since you look like you're new, it's always best to put your key question as the title rather than "I am writing a book", as you're more likely to get quality responses quicker.
Sep
15
comment Can a character with poor communication skills be used to create an excellent first-person narrative?
Another good example is the amazing Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Admittedly the narrator's speech becomes more advanced during the story, but it's a very good example of how a poor communicator as narrator can be done effectively.
Aug
27
comment Should I Kill My Main Character?
If readers cannot empathise with the main character, they will not read the book. For a good example of the serial killer that people can empathise with, look at Dexter; it works because he specialises in killing serial killers. However, you can end up disliking and even hating what a good character becomes; consider the fall of the everyman (e.g. the main character in Breaking Bad) as an example of this. This is difficult to do properly, so make sure you attempt very early on to get the reader to empathise; look at the tricks others have used to do this to ensure the reader stays with you.
Jun
15
comment Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style
Oh, and you can always email the primary author and ask, if it bothers you (since his email does seem to have been published with the article).
Jun
15
comment Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style
The order of authors varies greatly from field to field, and can also depend on journal guidelines, and even local preferences. If further research can't help, then from your example, I would suggest that Ren would be first as you know he is the primary author, followed by the names of the other authors in order that they appeared from the original source i.e. Ren, Van, Ma, Raj, and Faulkner, 2012. I wouldn't worry too much about it!
Jun
11
comment How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
To an extent, except the difference is that your example is attempting to contradict what I know, but the Synecdoche New York example doesn't. I know people stalk other people, I know some people are exceptionally determined at doing so. It doesn't contradict anything I'm aware of. It's always much more difficult for someone to accept something that's contrary to their perception of the world, than it is to gain some new information that "fits".
Jun
8
comment Can you write a pro-racism book?
@Lostinfrance Thanks for that, I've updated my answer, hopefully that reflects the situation a bit better.
May
9
comment What are the reasons behind Writer's block?
I don't agree to this being a duplicate, as it really is a different question: it's not looking for answers on how to cope with writer's block, it's really looking at the causes. I don't think writing infrequently is the cause, either (as your answer suggests); I'm certain prolific writers have faced writer's block. Writing frequently and developing other strategies help you overcome writer's block, but don't really explain the cause!
Jul
2
comment Is there such a thing as the “master copy” of a book?
Don't think that's what a simulacrum is. A simulacrum is the representation or imitation of a person or a thing. Isn't what you describe closer to the concept of a second-order simulacra from Jean Baudrillard. Incidentally, the "copy of an object that has no original" is something that the Ghost in the Shell TV series used, the so-called "stand alone complex". A bit similar to memes, too.
Jun
28
comment Science and fantasy + arcanepunk
Are you looking for fiction stories to read that are in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, or are you looking for non-fiction books that are about science-fiction and fantasy genres?
Apr
24
comment A POV character who's a slave?
Very glad this answer was accepted, much better than my own.
Apr
17
comment Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?
Worth mentioning that the same legal situation exists in the EU, Ireland, and most other European countries.
Mar
26
comment How to invoke my creative side without investing too much time?
With regards to making writing a habit, this may help you: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2100/…
Jan
13
comment What are widely-used UK-English style guides?
@Tait This new version was published in August of 2012, more than a year after I answered, so I wasn't aware of it at the time. I imagine you'd want the updated version. However it looks like this new version is a consolidation of the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and the Oxford Guide to Style into a single volume, so it may be that you'd be just fine with the version I linked to. I don't know if there are significant changes to the Oxford Guide to Style in this book, so cannot say definitively.
Jan
6
comment How can I broaden my understanding of my characters?
possible duplicate of How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
Jan
2
comment Indentation, paragraph spacing, when?
This question actually comprises of several questions covering indentation and vertical spacing. Are you specifically asking about Latex and the usage of the commands you mention, or are you asking about indentation in general? If the former, you're better off asking your question at the Latex SE site: tex.stackexchange.com If the latter, you should clarify the answer with what style rules you plan on using, e.g. Chicago, as different style guides have different rules.
Sep
4
comment What is a “light novel” and how does it differ from a novella?
The Wikipedia article you link to explains what they are and the difference, unless there's something I don't fully understand from your question?
Aug
26
comment Writer's Notebook
The answer I gave here, although related to writer's block, specifically outlines things to write down in a writer's book. Hope it helps: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2100/…