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More interesting than you think. Geeky author of more than a dozen books, fictionista. Reader, writer, traveler. Big dogs. ShouldBeWriting.com/wordpress

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May
4
comment How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
Great answer. I've been known to hunt up photos of people to use as references for my characters. It sound a bit lame, but it really can help. I ask myself, what would this lady say in this situation?
Apr
27
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
I really don't think the question as currently worded is what is really being asked or answered here. Maybe something more like "Should I simplify my descriptions to appeal to more readers?"
Apr
25
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Wait, wasn't that Renfield's thing in Dracula? ;)
Apr
24
comment Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Changed to make it more definitive..
Apr
24
comment In what order should I describe a setting?
This is an excellent answer. Setting description is great for creating atmosphere. For example, say your character is happy. That description of setting might be vastly different than if your character was suicidal. (This also depends on the point of view of your narrator to some degree.) Your happy character might notice unseen birds chirping, but depressed guy might not notice anything but the fog.
Apr
21
comment How can I create my own deadline?
Craig, I've decided to take your last suggestion, that of enrolling in a course. Thanks!
Apr
19
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
Yes, absolutely!
Apr
19
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
Absolutely, this is the correct answer.
Apr
18
comment How to refer to character of focus in a story
I don't think this is always the best advice. Following a rule like this will make your writing feel stiff. First, strive for clarity, and second, variety to keep things interesting.
Apr
18
comment What can I earn as a technical writer or technical editor?
I've not been fortunate enough to be in the right niche! I've consistently found that the pay as a programmer or developer is much higher than that of a tech author or editor, at least in my areas of expertise.
Apr
18
comment What can I earn as a technical writer or technical editor?
Is this question on topic?
Apr
17
comment Help write a book review, please
I'd probably stick with page count, but either is good. :)
Apr
15
comment What are some ways to denote presentation style outside of written text.
Likely the difference is that with the tech books I've written there's such a lot of formatting, and of different types, that it is better addressed by having multiple styles in the initial document. I wish I could get by with comments!
Apr
15
comment What are some ways to denote presentation style outside of written text.
Publishers, at least of technical and how-to guides, typically provide you with a template with specific styles for various call outs, etc. As you work, you choose the correct style. The document looks nothing like the finished product, but it does have the styles designated for easy replacement. You could create your own MS styles. Here's a page that describes how the process works: wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-301879.html
Apr
15
comment What are some ways to denote presentation style outside of written text.
I've never been asked by a publisher to use comments to mark formatting. Every publisher I've worked with has provided templates with specific styling for such things.
Apr
15
comment What are some ways to denote presentation style outside of written text.
I'm forced to address everything I've highlighted because, well, the book's in black and white. :)
Apr
13
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
Maybe we can all agree to quit "liking" those ings so much. I blame McDonalds.
Apr
13
comment Publishing and selling ebooks
You'd be amazed at how little editing some of my books have received from traditional publishers. Lucky me. One publisher you've all heard of that I've worked with even tries to make authors pay for indexing services.
Apr
13
comment Publishing and selling ebooks
This is an incredibly broad question. Would be much better if broken down into sub questions. Also, a nod to genre might be good. I suspect a nonfiction book on a specific, popular topic might be more successful than say a romance novel.
Apr
13
comment An alternative to saying 'users' when describing features
Nice approach! (Although poor Julie, who was teased incessantly about her last name in grade school, might not agree.)