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


Apr
3
comment Ways to speed up my writing to 15 - 20 pages a day
Do you have a particular reason you want to hit these numbers (15-20 pages a day) or do you just think they might be a good pace?
Jan
2
comment How many commas is too many?
This is an excellent list, but I would still make the argument that commas could be used correctly in the grammatical sense, but still be overused (which is what I believe is being asked here). Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Dec
28
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
I was kinda hoping for a signed copy and a major character to be named after me, but whatever you think is best...
Dec
20
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenIpsum I would very much like to read whatever this is you are writing. It sounds graphic in the best way.
Dec
20
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@JAM I like inter-carbonality. It's got an edge...
Dec
20
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
To be fair, whether or not your work that is for profit is not an actual measurement for infringement, though it may be factored when people are deciding whether it's worth litigating against you. Warner Bros. likes to crack down on Harry Potter fan fiction sites, but magazines and newspaper regularly use snippets from copyrighted material in reviews (or even articles) because it is falls under fair use (or close enough that it's not worth the time and money to litigate).
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
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
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").
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.
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
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?
Nov
2
comment I have compiled a poetry book with poems of 4chan users. It has a lot of vulgarisms, is it possible to publish something like that?
Also, the Brothers Grimm lived in a time long before copyright and even if copyright had existed, they works they were compiling and publishing would have been long out of copyright with no discernible author. What you are looking to publish has an author and is very much in the era of copyright.
Nov
2
comment I have compiled a poetry book with poems of 4chan users. It has a lot of vulgarisms, is it possible to publish something like that?
It is in fact someone else's work. Someone else wrote it. If you publish that work and someone claims that they wrote it (and can prove it, maybe through IP logs or having posted it non-anonymously elsewhere), they would have a very good case for infringement. That is why you would have trouble finding a publisher.
Sep
2
comment First Person Voice - Same as speaking?
@Ralph - I understand that the fictional character is not putting pen to paper (again, because they don't really exist). But whatever term you want to use (writing, telling, narrating, etc), it's the characters voice and POV that must come through. The writer knows much more about the world then they character does (arguably, they know an infinite amount more). But the character is still the one that they reader is supposed to connect with and therefore the author needs to understand why the character is writing (I mean telling) this story and whom they are writing it for.
Sep
1
comment Why does an author need an editor?
And that's why young novelists usually aren't ready to be published...
Sep
1
comment First Person Voice - Same as speaking?
+1 for "write what the character would write". Part of this is also about understanding why the character is writing this story and whom they are writing it for. That will help reveal how they choose to present themselves.