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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 49
visits member for 4 years
seen Jun 25 at 0:59

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


Jan
18
comment How do you meet a writing quota?
Starting to delete sounds to much like punishment. It takes the fun out of it if the tool starts to sabotage me.
Jan
14
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
People don't "thing", they "think" (SCNR ;-))
Jan
14
comment What is the process for publishing academic papers?
@Guy good to know :-D Hard to know too, anyway ;-)
Jan
14
comment What is the process for publishing academic papers?
Your advice is good in general, but since Guy is in/from Lithuania, I'm not sure it's correct in the details. Since you don't give your location, justkt, I cannot say for sure, but I suspect you're probably not familiar with the Lithuanian academic system. Neither am I. (Wish people would give at least their country... hint hint, nudge nudge ;-))
Jan
11
comment Are already privately bound books a deterent for publishing houses?
Uhm... "there", not "their". It slips into my writing from time to time too, that's how insidious those mistakes are; I blame, at least in part, reading this mistake (oh, and the other close cousins of it) so often one the intarweb.
Jan
11
comment Any Technique to See if Your Idea is Original?
I don't trust you, at least on that bit, thank you very much.
Jan
11
comment Any Technique to See if Your Idea is Original?
+1 for the Simpsons (and you're absolutely right, of course)
Jan
11
comment Any Technique to See if Your Idea is Original?
Great answer. Lots of wonderful bits. Three stand-outs for me are the "before 'out there' beats you to it", "Reminds me exactly of..." and "We'll be sure to imitate it for you". Kudos. :-D
Jan
9
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
if I'm as talented as Neil, or more so, then I'm so not looking forward to being worshipped (hero or otherwise). ;-)
Jan
9
comment Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.
One can learn from mean... namely, who's mean.
Jan
9
comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
"Learning" is not the same as "learning". I can learn without delving into the theory (much less following it slavishly, even if only for a time). Nowhere do I say you don't (have to) learn. Just how you learn your craft, that's where people differ. As a musician, and no different as a writer, I (I certainly) learn best from example: read, read, read... and think about what you've read. As a musician: listen, listen, listen, and think about what you've heard. Same goes, I'm sure, for all other arts: I at least learn best by "osmosis".
Jan
8
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
I'm with Neil Gaiman (search this wildriverreview.com/worldvoices-neilgaiman.php for "Campbell")
Jan
8
comment original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
@One disagree. Strongly. Why should have have followed the rules before breaking them? I see this stated everywhere (in music: first learn to play (copy) existing songs before you write your own). But I don't see a reason given why this has to be so. Understand the rules, be aware of them... maybe.
Jan
8
comment How much should I describe things or persons, that are not important for the story?
This is another rule that shouldn't be followed slavishly. Chekhov's Gun is a good thing to know... and then put in one that doesn't play a role in the story at all. Like a red herring. Describe it in soooo much detail. And then... Except in the next book, it turns out it should have played a role, and because it didn't, all hell breaks lose. Hah, so there. Of course, we are culturally conditioned to expect the gun to be one of Chekhov's. So we tend to be disappointed if it isn't one.
Jan
8
comment Do most novels not get published?
@JSBangs "some" or "all"... well, it's certainly not all chance, but how big or little is "some"? I think it's humongous.
Jan
8
comment Do most novels not get published?
Add "luck" to the tricks...
Jan
8
comment Should I translate myself my writings into english to get a bigger audience?
One more thing to add to the OA: pro translators are, well, pros... they do that a lot faster than you can (if you're not trained/experienced). One reason for that is that they usually get (under)paid per page, so the faster they do it, the better the rate per hour. ;-P
Jan
8
comment Should I translate myself my writings into english to get a bigger audience?
@Shiny just what I wanted to add: few authors did their own translations, but a number do/did check/assist with translations of their works into languages they knew.
Jan
4
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
Why thank you! Very interesting, and funny. The best bit: "to simplify it even further, Stuff Happens, although even at this level of generality we seem to have left out Proust." Yes, Marcel. Where does he fit in? Or, how do we bend the monomyth (my current pet hate) to make it fit?
Jan
4
comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
@Raskolnikov poetry is just a stylistic excercise? That's sounds pretty cynical to me, and wrong too. For some poets, in some subgenres of poetry, it certainly is (I think). But in general? What about comic poetry? Or are things that rhyme not poetry?