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Jul
17
comment How to write a book in 2 weeks?
You could use something like Scott Pakin's automatic complaint-letter generator, over and over :)
Jul
11
comment What to do with cliched metaphors?
To me the real problem with the bolded metaphor isn't that it's cliché, but rather that it's not an appropriate description of the situation. In other words, the mother showing concern after her child talks about death should not lead to "we don't speak the same language." It's not a sensible reaction in my opinion.
Jun
21
comment Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?
Making changes based on statistics is equivalent to writing by committee. That's something that really made me wince in the question.
Jun
19
comment Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?
Very good answer, but there are two points I'd like to make: 1) I think part of the art of receiving feedback is understanding how to translate it (this applies to any kind of product development). Sometimes your readers might say they would have done it differently, etc. Sure, don't just change it to whatever that person would have done, but try to figure out why they think that would make a better story. Corollary: 2) I think it's okay to use feedback to fix specifics in a story. Not necessarily clear errors, but punctual events that might work out better differently.
Jun
19
comment Should you publish or share poetry that was written simply in an angry or sad rant?
Also, plenty of great artists have been known to be angry/depressed/suicidal/delirious/stoned/drunk while producing some of their best work. The only thing the audience cares about is whether it's good.
Jun
19
comment Is BDSM becoming mainstream?
@Reed, my opinion is that if such elements do not serve your story meaningfully, they are going to detract from it at the very least. At worst, they'll turn off your readers who were not expecting "that kind of story."
Aug
1
comment Is it unnecessary to mention that there is a silence in the following cases?
I think the key in this answer is "if it's important to you." If you want to mention the silence to indicate tension or something along those lines, then it's not necessary to do it specifically. You could say that Eri stares at her palm and starts rubbing it nervously, for instance. You thus invoke your readers' imagination, who will then fill in the blank on their own and imagine silence, or anything else that might not be crucial to your story. A long break in dialogue to introduce narrative does just that: break up the dialogue. It's implied that the characters stopped talking for a bit.
May
11
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
re: the third bullet point (changing key labels). I would advise against using the same keyboard to switch the layout (in software) between the two. The reason for that is muscle memory. I use both AZERTY (French) and QWERTY layouts but I am completely unable to switch from one to the other through software on the same physical keyboard. I have to use a different physical keyboard in order for my brain to also switch. Sometimes I even need to be in a completely different environment (home vs. office).
Mar
2
comment Is a movie script more like a short story or a novel?
To elaborate on "do" vs. "think" in movie scripts, it follows that a script would contain much more detailed descriptions of actions. Those will have an impact on how the actors play their roles.
Feb
24
comment How important is typing speed to a successful writing career?
I'm a programmer and I have a coworker right behind me who hunts and pecks.
Feb
3
comment How to write great movie review?
Whatever you do, don't confuse movie review with movie summary. I'm only saying this because I've seen way too many amateur movie critics you couldn't tell the difference.