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bio website jaerhard.com
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Just some guy having too many accounts on too many sites (and most of those I can't even remember ;-)


Jul
24
revised How to name the characters of your story?
added 1 characters in body
Jul
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
19
comment Is there any tool which points out the common mistakes in a piece of writing?
It's not about the "fewer rules", it's about having rules, period. You can't really compare C, C# or what-have-you with a natural language like English.
Jun
9
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
"hit's"? No, can edit for a one-character fix, but God is it a jarring one.
Jun
8
comment Mixing topics in a blog
I wasn't clear, obviously: with "new variant" I mean blogs that don't serve just (or primarily) the writer's need to say something, but (also or only) something else, whatever this something else may be. Meaning, the blogger doesn't blog because she feels the need, the urge, to do so, but because she tries to "achieve" something with it.
Jun
8
comment Mixing topics in a blog
"It depends on what your blog is for". "achieve" is obviously biased to a certain type of blog, though I don't know what I'd call it. Originally, blogs were (and still, for many, are) just a "whatever I want to write about". Or really, "what happened today". "blog" stood for "weblog", a log on the web. If you want the blog to "achieve" something, it's not that anymore, it's... a tool, a vehicle. Smells commercial to me.
Jun
5
comment Mixing topics in a blog
ESR's blog? Thanks for the pointer, but I pass on everything ESR ever since he turned out to be a gun-nut (and that's just his biggest, let's say, foible...). Just my 2 (euro-)cents.
Jun
2
comment Is it easy to change genre?
The publisher obviously being the bigger problem here (you refer to "easier to market" more than once). Not that audience expectations don't factor in here, but they are minor compared to publishers' inertia.
May
11
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
@iajrz breaking taboos is (or was?) a favorite pastime for quite lot of writers ;-) Not to mention the "wasn't a taboo back then" scenario.
May
5
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Sure, sales are no indication of quality. But of attractiveness, which is the point of this question. 'least I thought so...
Apr
30
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Still, if you change the inscription, you change what's behind it... maybe a whole civilization (not knowing who put the inscription there in alexchenco's example). Which of course means potentially changing the whole book, on a fundamental level.
Apr
29
comment Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Oh, and can't you hassle them if they deny you the right to republish it, and thus denying you direct and indirect income?
Apr
29
comment Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Stupid question, maybe: how can/could they hassle you if neither party has a copy of the contract (ignoring for now the possibility that they suddenly find a copy somewhere in their filing cabinets)?
Apr
29
answered How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Apr
29
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Tolstoy did achieve it... or did he? Depends on the measuring stick: by sales today, he doesn't. He's one of the classics, but not a big seller (those are the Dan Browns...). Was his stuff a big seller way back when? Don't know, and actually, I doubt it. So... did he achieve this goal? Is he thus a good example? (Yes, I'm a contrarian ;-)
Apr
29
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Except you change the voice of... an inscription. Would you suggest changing a quote from, say, the bible (or any other historical source) so it is "easier to read"? I wouldn't. It has to match whoever said/wrote it in-universe. If a character does express herself in a very stilted/complicated way, then so be it. It's the problem of the reader. It should(!) go without saying that if such a character is in the story, the story must balance this by being even more enticing (and not by being simpler).
Apr
29
comment What's a good title to a presentations' table of contents?
+1 for the Lunch line. Oh, and I love the Remote bit too. Quite funny.
Apr
24
comment Avoiding foot&note disease
I love footnotes too. Terry Pratchett w/o his footnotes? Unthinkable! ;-)
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
Hmm, again I find that this "forum" (which it isn't) is full of writing prompts. HELP! They're everywhere! ;-) You just have to pick em up. *goes to hunt for a 'writing prompt' question.
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
And even if your inconsistent... say, speech pattern change totally for one core character a third into the story. Other characters of course will (and have to if you don't want them to seem dim) pick up on it. And it turns out the character was replaced with a simulacrum. Or got hit on the head. Or something. You can do anything... you just have to convince your readers to suspend their disbelief.