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Mar
10
comment best licensing option for freest possible sharing of lyrics while retaining the right to get paid if someone else makes money from them
You can dual-license. For example, use CC-BY-NC for non-commercial use, and some other license for commercial use. The choice of which license(s) to offer is up to you as the copyright holder. Just be careful about derived works, as those would presumably be under the CC-BY-NC license offer from you, which can open a can of worms.
Mar
10
comment What is considered an acceptable length for a technical document?
You may want to compare the documentation for Apollo spacecraft. Sure, that's a complex system with many interconnected pieces, but it sounds like the system you are working on is also complex.
Mar
9
comment Anyone has any super intense software for plot outlining?
Showing up with 1 rep and repeatedly posting about a tool you are making (selling? intending to sell?) yourself feels a lot like spam, even if that is perhaps not your intention. Like @Standback mentioned above, you should at the very least take some time to explain how exactly this tool is a good fit for the needs of the particular OP. I recommend reviewing How to not be a spammer in our site's help center.
Oct
21
comment How many errors per page volume is typically “okay” in a book?
Three or four errors per page acceptable? (For the OP's 300 pages, that's a thousand errors.) That's a lot in my mind.
Aug
13
comment Writing from a hive mind POV
Like Lauren Ipsum suggested, this might be good to ask about on Worldbuilding SE too. On Worldbuilding you could explore various aspects of the world you are creating; here on Writers, you can hash out how to present it all to your readers and to your publisher.
Mar
9
comment Should I create my own ConLang for my story?
@LaurenIpsum Questions relating to constructed languages are on topic on Worldbuilding, provided that they otherwise fall within the site's scope (for example we don't accept character-building questions) and aren't excessively broad or open-ended.
Jul
22
comment Can I use general short stories to publish on my site, blog, etc.?
"You cannot post any material for which you do not have copyright." Sorry, but while the gist holds, stated that way this is wrong. You cannot publish material for which you do not have permission that is under copyright. There is plenty of material that is out of copyright. Note that a rework of an old classic may be under copyright even though the original is not.
Jan
31
comment tinyURL seen as risky by readers?
Also, the odds of the long URL being stored in something like The Internet Archive is much better than the shortened URL being available along with its target location.
Nov
21
comment Using emails in an autobiography
@TRiG I'm pretty sure the OP is asking about whether it is acceptable to use existing emails within a larger work, rather than asking about telling one's life's story through made-up emails.
Oct
22
comment Is it so bad to end up with a “done before” plot?
"This is a ripoff" can also mean that the author allowed themselves to be too heavily influenced by the "this or that" work, quite possibly inadvertantly. Consider something like a detective story. It's basically been told again and again, with minor variations in the plot. That doesn't necessarily make people go "this is a ripoff of Sherlock Holmes". However, if you use so many elements from Holmes and nothing from elsewhere that the result feels like it could just as well have been a Holmes book with a few names changed, then you are in ripoff territory IMO.
Oct
22
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
@SF. In such a case, couldn't the antagonist be said to be the (protagonist's) lack of understanding? After all, I'd argue that the antagonist doesn't necessarily have to be a character within the story; it's only the main story element keeping the protagonist from achieving their goal(s) (and even more so when as the OP one starts thinking in terms of "antagonistic theme"). That obstacle often is, but I don't see it having to be, a character or a group of characters either on stage or off stage.
Oct
21
comment Should I edit the first draft until I'm totally satisfied or should I leave that to the third draft?
It's a first draft that you are talking about. Doesn't that kind of answer your question already?
Oct
21
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
Patricia C. Wrede has written about this on her blog a few times. For one particular example relevant to this question, see Plots without villains. More generally, a search there for "antagonist", "villain" and similar terms will probably turn up some useful thoughts.
Oct
21
comment What are the pros and cons of building the setting before the characters and story
I fail to see how this answers the question "what are the pros and cons of building the setting before the characters and story?". Perhaps you could extend this answer to clarify how it answers the question; as it stands, in my opinion it's little more than an anecdote.
Oct
21
comment What are the pros and cons of building the setting before the characters and story
Do you have an idea of the story you want to tell? Or do you simply have a setting and are looking for something to do with and within that setting?
Sep
29
comment Software to organise world building?
It might be easier to answer this if you at least specify your platform; Windows, OS X, Linux, Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, ...
Sep
19
comment Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
You can always add a paragraph along with the copyright, publishers' details etc. that says something along the lines of "this is a work of fiction. any similarities with real persons, events or corporations are unintended and coincidental."
Sep
16
comment How to convey that the POV character *does not understand* what's said in dialogue?
@CLockeWork You make a good point, and one seemingly well in line with both my second-to-last paragraph in the question and Dale's answer (which I upvoted, but I found Lauren's answer with some examples more helpful which is why I chose to accept it over Dale's.
Sep
14
comment Really Stuck: Writing Dialogue
Wow, a first novel spanning "thousands of pages"? Even if it's only raw material, I still think that's a lot. I hope you're planning to break it up into multiple books... :)
Aug
21
comment Is Sherlock Holmes public domain for use in a story?
If you want to be reasonably certain, you should consult with a lawyer specializing in copyright law.