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bio website jaerhard.com
location Karlsruhe, Germany
age 48
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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 ;-)


Mar
10
comment How should dialog be formatted?
I cannot stress this enough, and I'd give you +lots if I could: read, read, read. Best tool for learning how to write. Of course, read with attention to detail. I happen to go "wow, that was a nice turn of phrase" or "that sounds peculiar, but it's absolutely correct for the situation" all the time. Learning to love (or just loving right off the bat) words is another thing I consider important (William de Worde of Pratchett's "The Truth" is a nice example).
Mar
9
comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
Actually, great opener with "stories need to be written". First reaction upon rereading the question (that's the trouble with having so few question: go back a bit and you go back a month or 3 ;-)
Mar
9
comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
@MGOwen: Things that "go without saying" have a tendency to just "go" without saying them regularly. ;-)
Mar
9
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
+1 for the last bit in particular. Wish everyone were as wise. ;-)
Mar
9
comment How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
"properly" Mind the quotes. You know, all generalizations suck. ;-) (I usually value your input, but... too much generalization.)
Mar
9
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
I'm not quite with you on the generalizations (which names work is a very subjective thing). But +1 for the pulling-it-off-isn't-easy. Tolkien pulled it off because he was both extremely passionate about this part (it could be said that his world was built around the languages) and an expert on language and linguistics.
Mar
9
comment Does giving away free stories boost sales?
No budding author has Jordan's fan base. None can. ;-)
Mar
8
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
@TehShrike thanks for warning people ;-)
Mar
8
comment Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Although both Brave New World and 1984 are novels, not short stories...
Feb
22
comment Which edition of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style?
@DDay: thanks! I wasn't aware of that question/discussion.
Feb
21
comment Which edition of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style?
I have to link this: 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice ;-)
Feb
18
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
Haven't found anything about language on the site, so I guess it's "English". Too bad. :-(
Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
There seem to be quite a lot of players who enjoyed playing the various open-ended Star Wars games (most notably Knight of the Old Republic 1 and 2) on the dark side, as dark as they can be.
Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
I liked "Despicable Me" because the "hero" didn't get redeemed in the end: Gru was every bit the evil mastermind that he started as.
Feb
16
comment How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories?
Whenever you think "this has not been done", think again. Chances are it has been done before. Yes, I think I'm on the record for thinking that an original plot is possible. But I'm also realistic enough to know that it's hard.
Feb
12
comment What is the most cost effective way for me to get my book printed?
yes, it has to do with the contract you sign. "first publication rights" are customary, but not law (of course, correct me if I'm wrong).
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
"less agitated" mayhap, but, from the first page alone, not much less vitriolic. I love it! :D (Big fan of Lewis Black's "Back in Black" on the Daily Show, for example)
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
I'm actually tempted to add that link as a comment to every answer below. ;-)
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
@BruceAlderman: you know where Brandon lives? Granted, with a name (assuming it's his real name) of "Brandon" it's likely that he's in some English-speaking country. But there are Brandons even here in Germany, and I doubt small-town libraries here have it.
Feb
9
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
@RegDwight: thank you so very much for that link. It's a very interesting and amusing read. And it may save me the money I'd eventually have spent on Strunk&White ;-)