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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 48
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 10 at 19:44

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


Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
It won't happen in real life (mostly), but in a book? Everything goes, it just has to... match up. Feel right. Be believable. In-universe.
Apr
19
comment “In the” vs “At the”
Closed, but not moved? May I publically wonder why?
Apr
18
comment Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
@Mal "why most jazz sucks" is you personal opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.
Apr
17
comment Has this dialogue enough suspense to engage the reader?
One question that I just have to ask (and I hope it doesn't sound insulting): is English your first language? Because this doesn't sound like it is. If my hunch is correct, then I strongly advise you to write in your mother tongue, even though you'd lose this avenue for critiques.
Apr
17
comment “In the” vs “At the”
Wish you could tag answers...
Apr
17
answered “In the” vs “At the”
Apr
8
comment Tools for science-based world building?
Well, since no-one can actually know how the weather on a different planet (in a different planetary system) is... making it up shouldn't be a problem, since no-one could spot the mistakes (except someone from an identical planet, but...) Cheers. ;-)
Apr
8
comment Tools for science-based world building?
Last update from last June. Okay, it's been awhile, but it's not from 2006 (that's just when it was registered). So, reporting problems may be useful.
Mar
30
comment Do Novels follow a 3 Act/2 Plot Point structure like most Movie Scripts?
@jon: "unexamined" can mean a number things.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
But still a +1 for the intro: read. Lots. The best advice of all.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
Not really a -1, but... "to be" is not that bad per se. Your "death" example, for example, changes meaning. "He is near death" is a state, while "He nears death" (apart from sounding slightly wrong) puts emphasis on the process. I'd prefer the former in almost all contexts, your teachers can go and... do something unpleasant. Teachers are not w/o fail, and to just take everything a teacher (or some commenter here, me included) says at face value is not the best course of action.
Mar
24
comment Should you read your own genre?
I think you should read a lot. If you want to call that a camp, then yes, I'm in it. Whether it's your genre or not doesn't really matter. But how are you supposed to learn the conventions, the tropes, of "your" genre? (I mean the good tropes, of course ;-)
Mar
23
answered Should you read your own genre?
Mar
23
comment Should you read your own genre?
I disagree and agree... hey, that's how I work ;-) I disagree with the salesman analogy (as I said elsewhere, I hope and think this site isn't for "professional" or "commercial" writers only). I agree with "Writers read. Lots. And in their own genre too".
Mar
21
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
Why was this downvoted? I +1'd... no, would have even w/o it being -1 when I saw it. I even hesitated a split-second because of the -1.
Mar
21
awarded  Quorum
Mar
18
comment Is it a good idea to write a summary of a plot before writing the full version?
I like the bit about surprise. Many (or many of those I like?) authors claim that their characters did or started to do things they (the authors) didn't expect. I like that, and I like it in my own writing, but then I'm not really a planner, in whatever I do.
Mar
12
comment How to make easy and fast money selling a short book (which is available for download)?
@Ralph ditto ;-)
Mar
10
comment How does one go *back* to editing an older piece?
Your mind tells you two conflicting things, right? That it's done, but also that it isn't. Or who is telling you what?
Mar
10
comment How does one go *back* to editing an older piece?
+1 for the implied "don't *over*characterize". At least I think that's (a part of) what you're saying.