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Developer/writer/filmmaker/other from Chicago currently living in Stockholm.


Aug
25
comment Is it really necessary to add things like “I thought, I wondered, etc,” in first-person narrative?
About 50% of all questions about writing can be answered with the phrase "Words that serve no purpose should be omitted".
Aug
25
awarded  Student
Aug
25
asked What can an agent do for me if I only write short stories?
Aug
5
comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
If the screenwriter is also the director, I guess technically you could add in whatever you like, but remember that many others need to work off the screenplay as well (such as the actors, producers, sound engineers, etc). There's really no need to burden the script with that stuff just to save on the step of creating the shooting script.
Aug
5
comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
When a film goes into production, the cast and crew don't work off of the screenplay. The cast uses individual sections that are specific to that day and possibly even that actor. The crew, on the other hand, uses the shooting script, which is like the screenplay on steroids. In it, the director and cinematographer have made a detailed outline of every shot, based around the action and dialogue. The screenwriter (I'm sure often to their chagrin) have nothing to do with this.
May
14
awarded  Critic
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
All writing is hard. Really hard. You don't need to look very far for poor quality fiction either. Poorly written non-fiction? Dime a dozen. But technical writing gets this unfortunate pass at not having to be enjoyable to read because it is utilitarian. It doesn't have to be that way. If people enjoy the text, they will read more closely and remember more. They will care where the Diddle control is.
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
As I read it, the question is about clarity and that goes well beyond structure. We don't really know what type of document was really being asked about; I took it to be a technical book, but whether it is a book or a help file or a blog post, ultimately you want to to engage your readership. As a author, you goal is to make them NOT want to just skip down to the charts and/or code. Of course you should give your writing to someone familiar with the subject. My point is that if you have made it clear enough for a layman to not hate, then you're on the right path (this does not mean to "done").
May
11
answered How can you write less to say more?
Apr
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
19
comment How/When to create deliberately boring characters?
The popular role-playing game Shadowrun (and subsequent card games, novels, and (apparently) music) dealt a fusion of magic and tech.
Apr
13
revised How do you find your unique style?
Adding a bit to clarify how a persons style will change over time.
Apr
11
answered How do you find your unique style?
Jan
18
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
I understand that is the patient who is lip-reading and signing. That's why I don't understand why he is responding in sign, the doctor is not going to understand (unless "two days ago" is one of the few phrases he understands). If he is doing sim-com (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simultaneous_Communication), then that is whole different ball of wax and needs to be addressed in a different way. Or are you saying that he responded in Sign on accident, and the next line of your example would be him correcting himself in English?
Jan
18
comment How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
This is a common punctuation for dialogue in a secondary language in comic books, usually with an asterisk to denote the language.
Jan
17
revised How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
added 484 characters in body
Jan
16
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
Okay, I have to ask. If the doctor is relying on the signer's lip reading ability to be understood, I assume he doesn't understand sign language. So why does patient sign their response?
Jan
16
answered How does one present spoken dialogue as a secondary language to signed speech?
Jan
16
answered How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
Nov
30
awarded  Yearling