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Mar
30
comment Using the name of fictional characters/series in a different context
@Abs - that specific choice won't help. I have a magnetic mattress pad made by Magnetico, a Canadian company. LOL
Mar
23
comment How can I keep secret a major detail known to the POV protagonist?
If the story is told by a narrator or in first person, then that character chooses what he/she wants to talk or think about. While he/she wouldn't (normally) lie to him/herself, there's nothing to stop him/her from selectively editing what they tell you. That's why it's called "his-story" and not "the truth". Everyone has biases even if they try to be objective.
Mar
23
comment Eliminating repetitive “which was … ” statements at the end of sentences
Yes. "which was" is analyzing/explaining/telling the reader what to think/feel about what a it. That is only necessary if the rest doesn't already convey that. As you note, "show don't tell". This probably applies to all communication. Effective writing conveys an experience (directly to the reader), not a description of an experience (that you had).
Mar
16
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Mar
16
comment Would a government care if my novel mentioned their controversial / questionable practices?
Although I mainly agree with the other posts here, take a look at The Interview. It had North Korea threatening to point (more) missiles at the USA. But it was done by very public and popular writers/actors, so it was hard to ignore. Shouldn't be something you have to worry about if you have to ask. But you might not want to travel to one of those countries to research your next book until the dust has settled.
Mar
16
comment How do I keep a journey sequence going?
The excellent answers below skirt one basic issue. People bond through shared experience/challenges. That's the only way people really get to know each other (and how your reader gets to know them as well.) You can't usually just say they bonded. You have to show it happening. So, something has to happen during the journey for that to occur. The answers below tell you how to accomplish that.
Mar
16
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Mar
4
answered Can technical writing suck less
Mar
2
comment Can technical writing suck less
+1 But, technical writing can also include explaining why and how things work and how to think about them so the reader can figure out the next problem themselves.
Mar
2
comment Can technical writing suck less
If you have a background in programming, take a look at Kernighan and Ritchie freecomputerbooks.com/The-C-Programming-Language.html . I swear that half of the reason Unix became so popular was the truly amazing quality of that book and a few others like it! At the other extreme, try looking at Unix/Linux man pages, which, while clear, almost never explain anything or even offer usage examples. There's a huge space for technical writers who can actually make things make sense!
Feb
16
comment How do existing covers compare to possible new ones?
I also agree about the titles. Way too long! Why would I ever want to read something the author doesn't even like - "not so great"? What's with "the best of"? Who decided that? Usually someone else selects them. If they're not "really good" (at least in your opinion), why are they there at all? Comes off as an ego thing instead of as a useful distinction. IMHO, reworking the titles would help a lot more than fixing the covers.
Feb
16
comment How do existing covers compare to possible new ones?
Nice examples. Also note that even though the images change from cover to cover, they all have the same look and feel (e.g. color saturation, background color, artistic genre/style) which unites them as a group.
Feb
16
comment How to describe people from the 'eyes' of a blind person?
@noralie On a lot of TV shows/movies, I've seen blind people portrayed as touching the face of a person to know what they "look" like. Seeing it on TV is one thing, but reading a really good description of what that really feels like would be fascinating.
Feb
16
comment How to describe people from the 'eyes' of a blind person?
@Noralie Blind people use computers too. (There are voice inputs, screen readers and braille keyboards.) You just have to find them and take your time figuring out how to ask them what you need to know without offending them. You can search for things like "blind ergonomics computer" or "blind forum computer". There are even sites devoted to computer games for the blind. If your portrayal is good enough, then they may end up as part of your fan base. People want to read about people like themselves, especially in areas which are undoubtedly under represented.
Feb
16
comment How to describe people from the 'eyes' of a blind person?
+1 Add a little bit more and you can publish this as an essay all by itself!
Feb
3
comment Why do news articles and press releases start with date and location?
I wish more websites and posts used this too! A lot of times I end up wasting time reading something which is completely outdated.
Jan
20
answered How to write negative events without laying blame in an insulting way
Jan
19
comment If I use a real location for the setting of my book - Do I have to use existing schools or can I make them up?
It may even come in handy if you want to say something that a real person or "place" might take offence at. Changing the name gives you plausible deniability. And you will get less irate comments from people if you get some details wrong about the actual place.
Jan
19
comment How do I write about nerdy concepts without sounding like a tryhard?
@zfrisch - Totally agree. I started watching CSI Cyber, but the tech references that could have been fixed with 5 minutes of reading on Wikipedia and the fear mongering completely turned me off - (along with other major problems like miscasting actors I really like into wooden roles.)
Jan
13
comment Where to draw the line between fantasy and reality in a story?
That link is a wonderful rabbit hole!