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Nov
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comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
At the risk of seeming facetious surely the answer to this is: Below the number of errors judged to be leeway for human error specified in the Service Level Agreement clause of the contract you had with the proof reader.
Nov
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answered Problems with character development?
Oct
29
comment How to continue someone else's story gracefully, with fan-fiction?
It should be fine as long as it's just for fun. Doctor Who, in particular, should provide a format that's fairly forgiving of you wishing to play with your own ideas. There are periods in the Doctor's history where he goes off a-wandering without his best known companions and all sorts of things could happen to him during those times.
Sep
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awarded  Announcer
Sep
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revised How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?
deleted 3 characters in body
Sep
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answered How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?
Aug
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answered Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
Jul
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comment Should my story's main obstacle be secret or common knowledge to the society?
What's the key bad thing about the drug? Scenario 1 will only really make sense if the drug has some insidious and drastic side effect. In scenario two a smaller side effect makes the revolution trickier to sympathise with.
May
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answered How can I convey that my viewpoint character is lying?
May
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awarded  Revival
Apr
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answered Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Apr
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awarded  Nice Question
Mar
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comment What printing methods and quality can I expect of POD companies?
Just to add a small fyi to this the POD "shop front" on the site is often just that, a shop front. The actual POD work is farmed out to approved printers so quality of finished product may vary by territory. For example when I first had Lulu send stuff to me in the UK they used a Spanish Printer who were slow, and sometimes produced lower quality runs of books. For the last four years or so they have switched to a UK printer who is quicker and produces better goods than the original printer.
Mar
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comment Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Do I take it you already have your own answer to this question?
Feb
3
comment Do most novels not get published?
Seems the author was tired of paying for hosting and moved to smashwords. See above. He is now charging for them when they used to be free which I would consider to be an error of judgement but they are, at least, not the digital equivalent of out of print. Maybe googling will turn up the free versions.
Feb
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revised Do most novels not get published?
Updated link to find materials.
Jan
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comment Quality examples of 'in medias res' starting sequences in SF literature
@standback You are correct in medias res just means start in action as opposed to ramping up into the action. The beginning of the story should still, conceptually, be "the beginning" starting literally in the middle and then flashing back to a seemingly far calmer opening sequence is something else. I think its overuse in television is to do with the enforced structure and perceived need for "beats" dictated by creative control in that medium. It's not necessary, or shouldn't be, in an actual novel, unless of course, it is, which is rarely.