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Mar
21
comment How do I explain personal details to my professor without being inappropriate?
I second this. Keep it short and to the point. The details will just trip you up.
Mar
17
comment How can I keep secret a major detail known to the POV protagonist?
@Tommy There is spoiler markup - use >! at the beginning of each line.
Mar
17
comment How can I keep secret a major detail known to the POV protagonist?
...and maybe you will leave it so that the reader is not sure if he's really their brother, or if that's just the lie they've concocted to appear convincing.
Mar
16
comment How do I know whether to revise or submit elsewhere?
I like this answer. The first part is a nice anecdote to remind me that being an editor is hard. The second half is the answer I needed to hear -- don't rewrite unless someone who wants to buy it asks me to (after I've gotten it to the point that I feel it is ready for publication).
Mar
15
comment How to handle writing a romantic subplot when the main plot is very different?
TIL about 'manpain'. Until now, I had thought it was some kind of fancy French bread.
Jan
7
comment When should my amnesiac protagonist regain memory?
@D.Tanya Maybe you can think of a way to reveal the plot without him regaining his memory at all.
Jan
7
comment When should my amnesiac protagonist regain memory?
@D.Tanya That he is lying about not remembering anything.
Jan
6
comment How long does it take to write a 1000 word SEO topic?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there are a lot of variables that will affect writing time and there is too much variation to reliably estimate how long it will take.
Jan
6
comment How rough should a rough draft be
This is an interesting description of your process. I don't understand how it answers the question though.
Jan
5
comment Can anyone think of books that contain two separate stories or two very different perspectives on the same story being told together?
The Real Story by Stephen R. Donaldson, as well as the two trilogies of his featuring Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever are kind of like this, but structured differently than you describe. The final episode of Babylon 5 is also something like that, if I recall correctly.
Dec
12
comment I'm scared that my story is plagiarizing another story
Unless you are copying and pasting passage directly into your own story, I wouldn't worry about it.
Dec
3
comment How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?
I differentiate in the sense that pansexual defers to the idea that gender identity is a spectrum whereas bisexual implies that gender identity is binary.
Dec
3
comment Is this America Star Books Special Services unsolicited email a positive step in publishing and marketing?
Looks like there is good reason to be suspicious: sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/alerts/#Star
Dec
3
comment Is this America Star Books Special Services unsolicited email a positive step in publishing and marketing?
raises eyebrow So they are gambling on your success by gaining rights to your story and promoting it poorly? Seems suspicious that they don't mention what happens if someone actually buys your book.
Dec
3
comment How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?
I do this all the time in my stories. Sometimes my characters are straight, sometimes they are gay, sometimes they are pansexual. It's never the point of the story, it just happens to be whoever they are into.
Nov
30
comment If I write an erotic / porn novel now, what are the chances that it might impact my mainstream writing career?
If you use a pen name, how will they know?
Nov
25
comment First page of the Diary - Quote
You might consider writing a meaningful quote in your native language and then explaining it when you give the gift.
Nov
16
comment Two perspectives in a non-fiction book
I'm not clear on what your view as her mother brings to the story. You've described this as non-fiction. What kind of story are you trying to tell? Is it some kind of instructional guide?
Nov
15
comment Works of literature that are (ostensibly) about the act of writing
@One The Dark Half was also about his experiences as a writer, based on a nightmare he had following putting the Bachman pseudonym to rest.
Nov
15
comment What does “(ph)” mean when written after a transcribed word?
Phonetic, maybe?