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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.
Jul
15
comment permission to use emails from famous deceased person
Are you reprinting the e-mails verbatim and in full, or only a few select fragments (like a few sentences to illustrate your point)?
Jul
13
comment Citing in a Magazine Article
What is your target audience? It's a huge difference writing e.g. academic articles and news articles which cite sources which want to remain anonymous.
Jun
29
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Do you even need to specify the country at all? Depending on the story, you might not need to name places in the first place.
Jun
22
comment where would be a good place to find writers for my staff?
Also, as the question is written, it reads to me more like a poll or list question than one that can be answered with a single authoritative answer, and thus would seem to be at risk of closing as "not constructive". Could you perhaps re-word it so that it can be more definitively answered? See What topics can I ask about here? in the Writers.SE help center.
Jun
22
comment where would be a good place to find writers for my staff?
"Staff" usually implies remuneration, but you also say "free work". Which is it?
Jun
22
comment First Chapter for Free?
@SnookerFan If you feel either answer has answered your question, please do accept it by clicking the green checkmark outline in the left-hand column.