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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 ;-)


Sep
21
comment How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece?
@mit: one caveat: whatever you do, watch what your readers say about the first half. The good half, at this point in time. Beware of damaging this in an effort to improve the second half. If you notice it suffering, rethink before committing to a different approach to much. Maybe follow Lauren's suggestion of writing shorter pieces. Maybe going some total other route. I just dread the thought that from "Hey, you're good, let's get you an agent!"/"Meh" you could go to "The books okay, I guess". From "One half great, the other not so much" to full-on mediocrity.
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
So, John, you're saying that sometimes the characters make the decisions for you? ;-)
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
@One: you appear to be somewhere in between. As always, none of these types appear in their pure form in the wild (okay, very rarely). I mean, you would have a rough idea where the story will go, or... well, you'll at least have a number of characters. So, "little or no" is... flexible. And subjective.
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
But: the most important thing, always, is to do what works for you. If discovery writing doesn't, don't. If minutely planned writing doesn't, don't. If something in-between, like a goal for a chapter and then "writing to see how you get there" works for you, do it. :D
Sep
21
comment What is a discovery writer?
Disagree there. For one, this emphasis on "story" is a bit, well, one-sided. Sure, it may be the prevailing type of book/novel out today (I do not want to say "market"). But is it the only possible way? And for another... these outcomes are not dramatic if you put it like you did. The job of a writer also is (okay, can be, depending on personal style) to find the dramatic thing in there. And: are not lots of dramas rife with such scenarios? People stop talking with each other, or make up (or both) all the time. In dramas. Dramas that sell (or get watched).
Sep
16
comment On copyright laws and plots
And "easy case"... no. Never easy. As you contradict yourself in the second paragraph: "vague and tough to prove". Exactly. It's only easy if you actually rip of parts verbatim: same phrasing, same dialogue (word-for-word), etc. The bigger the distance from that, the harder it gets.
Sep
16
comment On copyright laws and plots
West Side Story doesn't infringe on Romeo and Juliet not because of it being a retelling, but because there's simply no copyright on R&J anymore. Death plus 70? Well, the Bard has been dead a few more years than that. :D
Sep
16
comment On copyright laws and plots
Percy Jackson was a commercial failure then? Because if the "court of public opinion" (which public?) has branded him unoriginal, and a hack, they wouldn't buy his books? And of course, since the books were a failure, no-one would make a movie from the property. Right? Ooops...
Aug
27
comment What's a typical trilogy structure?
HP is a bad example. Presumably you can read them out of order, but you get to spoiler yourself too. I personally don't see the books as standalone novels, but as part of a whole.
Aug
26
comment What's a typical trilogy structure?
Reading between the lines (sorry, Lauren ;-)) with a heavy dose of my own opinion: write your (epic) story. Then split it up in a trilogy (if you absolutely want to write one... why?). And then probably rewrite bits to make it fit better to this structure. And then get the publisher split it in 5 and rewrite again :D
Aug
21
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
"Saleable rights"? Apart from it being "Sellable rights" (I think), I don't see this as a pro exclusive of traditional publishing.
Aug
21
comment Pros and Cons of different styles of publishing
An agent is traditional? How many big-name authors started submitting their novel to publishers themselves? How many stories are there of "I got 20 rejections before <small publisher N.N.> accepted my novel". And getting an agent when things go big (translations, multiple books, movie rights etc).
Aug
21
comment What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
It's derived from "vorlegen"? I always thought it was derived from "verlegen". Which has nothing to do with money. To quote Wikipedia: citation needed.
Aug
21
comment Which English grammar should be followed when writing for a global audience?
@GEdgar: frankly, I hate this practice.
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.