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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 49
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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 ;-)


Mar
6
comment What does “telling and not showing” mean?
First example is a pretty bad one, since it's just purple prose without showing anything. Where is he? Does he lie, sit, stand? We don't learn this.
Mar
6
comment Is it legal to use an old painting on the cover of a book?
As said below, it's death plus 70 years, not just 70 years. So, your book, if you published it today, will fall into public domain not 70 years from today, but 70 years after your death.
Oct
13
comment What is a good daily word count goal?
And that's the important point: on average. Including planning before and editing after writing the first draft.
Jun
27
comment Level of detail in description of character checking the news
I think this would benefit a lot from a few paragraph breaks. If the "News" bit is its own (run-on) paragraph, I think it works. The way this read right now, it's all a mishmash with the scene itself. Oh, and maybe put it in quotes? Because it's another "character" (the TV/news host) saying it?
Jun
26
comment The “Rules” of Writing
I prefer the quote from Iron Man (the movie): Sometimes you have to run, before you can walk. Case in point: others always told me that in order to write your own songs, you first have to cover other people's songs. For... how long? They didn't say. And they were wrong. For me, at least.
Jun
26
comment The “Rules” of Writing
I can't upvote this enough.
Jun
26
comment The “Rules” of Writing
Never say "never" is what I say. Empathically. (But #4 I like)
Jun
26
comment The “Rules” of Writing
If you want to tell stories like Elmore Leonard, then yes, it's a good rule. But if you write something else... it may not fit. Oh, and the link appears to be dead.
Jun
22
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
Then, Elizabeth, there lots and lots of pointless books. Much of the greatest literature is, as you say, pointless. I think this is a site for writers. Of all persuasions. Oh, and sitting around, drinking tead, being happy, having no problems... could be a perfect setup for really shaking things up.
Jun
21
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
"pointless scenes"? So anything without conflict/desaster is pointless? Well, if it floats your boat (and your readers')... it sure doesn't float mine.
Jun
21
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
@Lexi: reading lots is the more important part, not amount of books about writing will help. They may help better understanding good writing, but the key is actually reading.
Feb
15
comment Which English grammar should be followed when writing for a global audience?
@Neil: works the other way around, too: first time I notice this was with a book by a US author, which I bought in the UK. :D
Jan
30
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
You example is, depending, not enough detail. I totally love the fight scenes in Ludlum's Bourne Identity (and similar, he likes his fights up close and personal... and dirty). Quite some detail. So detailed it hurts. And that's what he gets across: in Bourne's case, we quickly learn that he's an expert at hand-to-hand. And he almost kills a man. With no feeling at all. Which shocks him. And us.
Jan
30
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
I kinda love/hate LOTR. Some scenes are just wonderful. What I find boring are all the travel bits and the descriptions of nature and hills and valleys and... yawn :D The battles? Great stuff!
Oct
8
comment Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?
"And not a word less either" I'd add. Oh: do you have a link, maybe, to that Cherryh/Lackey convo? Sound incredibly interesting. (Well, I'm a sucker for history of all kinds)
Sep
27
comment What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
"you're treading" (free proofreading!) And no, it's not. Not generally, at least. If you use a coined word, why should you use it in a different way? I mean, you're not advocating Humpty-Dumpty, do you? Take the example "grok". I haven't read Stranger in a Strange land, and I still know the term (from the Jargon File). Why should I not use it in the way it's been used by RAH? What did he coin it for if not to use it? Sorry, your rule of thumb is wrong. 100% dead wrong.
Sep
22
comment Has anyone tried “pair writing” before and been published?
Example: Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman. Pre-internet, they exchanged floppy(!) disks and talked on the phone.
Sep
22
comment What's the most marketable title?
Should have read the answers first. You're saying basically what I did in my comment above :D
Sep
22
comment What's the most marketable title?
@MGOwen: if I haven't heard a term before, I don't immediately think "nonsense", I may think "Sounds cool, no idea what it means, but..." Lots of SF titles are that way. Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash"... nonsense? Yes, before reading the book. Sounds cool? Sure.
Sep
21
comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
A thought: Have you let someone who did know your work read only the "bad" second half? Is it bad as such or "just" bad compared to the excellent first half? And what is still good about the second? Nothing? It's an unmitigated disaster? I'm really just afraid that, trying to fix the bad bits, you may destroy your good qualities, your "spark".