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revised How important is scenery when you are writing?
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Aug
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comment An engineering student wants to write fiction, where to start?
@Kate - Okay, that explanation I completely agree with.
Aug
4
comment An engineering student wants to write fiction, where to start?
I agree with most of what Kate says here, except one thing. If you write, you are a writer. If you write (a lot), you will get better. You may have further to go or more to learn, but if you write, you are a writer. Just because someone can run faster than you does not mean you are not a runner as well.
Aug
4
comment An engineering student wants to write fiction, where to start?
+1 100% agree. I would add that it's probably best not to even read what you have written, at least not at first. Once you have filled many, many pages with thoughts and stories, then you can go back and try to make sense of it. But your "job", as Natalie Goldberg says in "Writing Down the Bones", is to just fill the page and then move on to the next and fill that as well.
Aug
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answered How important is scenery when you are writing?
Aug
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answered The Protagonist and the 'Mid Point' of a Screenplay
Jul
31
revised First publication rights still available on this?
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Jul
31
comment Link shorteners for research paper citations?
It makes it not only easier to not only type the link, but it also makes it possible to do analytics on who is using your citations. While URL shortening has become very popular with the raise of social media, Microsoft and other trade magazines have been doing similar things in their print and online publications for years.
Jul
31
comment Length of non-fiction article and what to do about it
I think that if you have yet to finish the article, it's probably premature to speculate on the finished length. When you are done with your first draft, you'll probably realize that either some things are extraneous or that you missed something. When you've done several rewrites and THEN you have a 14k word long piece, that's when you should decide what to do with it. Ultimately though, you'll probably end up cutting a third of it not just to get it published but to make it better.
Jul
30
answered First publication rights still available on this?
Jul
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Jul
12
comment Why do ebooks often mimic the layout of the printed page?
I'm sorry, I wasn't clear either. My "visceral" comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. It's the type of thing I hear from people in writer groups when you start talking about paper vs e-book. One of the best pieces of advice I got about writing for the web that I need to remember was "Sarcasm can't travel in cyberspace."
Jul
12
comment Why do ebooks often mimic the layout of the printed page?
You say people "can only read as fast as they read", but books are not the format they are because of people's reading speed. It's because it's more efficient for the printing process. Many web pages are a long scroll of text because this limitation has been removed. Should the this page be broken up into multiple pages, the first being the question and then an answer on each subsequent page, as to not overexert the user? Many questions and answers here have as many words as a page in a novel. No, the content is broken up a way that is befitting the web.
Jul
12
comment Why do ebooks often mimic the layout of the printed page?
While my horse and buggy analogue may be an exaggeration (I don't actually own one, sadly), my point is really about how people are wary of change. The car succeeded the horse, as I think the e-reader will eventually (and that's a long eventually) will succeed the printed book. They will live side by side for a while (just was early cars and buggies did). The users of buggies will be angry and shake their fists at the fast moving metal monsters because they spook the horses. All the while, more people will buy cars and less horses.
Jul
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answered Why do ebooks often mimic the layout of the printed page?
Jul
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comment How can I create drama in a story that is mostly political and procedural?
+1 for the ETA. Perfect summary.
Jul
5
answered Shots in a spec script?
Jul
5
comment How can I improve this description which includes actions?
+1 for use of other senses. Also, remember that even if you write them into your first draft and find they don't fit, you can take them out later. But you don't know if they fit until you try them.
Jul
4
comment Is there such a thing as talent in writing?
Any can get better with practice. Hemingway was not Hemingway because he was born that way, he was a master because he worked at it, hated bad writing, and thought a lot about what that meant.
Jul
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