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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 ;-)


May
11
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
@iajrz breaking taboos is (or was?) a favorite pastime for quite lot of writers ;-) Not to mention the "wasn't a taboo back then" scenario.
May
5
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Sure, sales are no indication of quality. But of attractiveness, which is the point of this question. 'least I thought so...
Apr
30
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Still, if you change the inscription, you change what's behind it... maybe a whole civilization (not knowing who put the inscription there in alexchenco's example). Which of course means potentially changing the whole book, on a fundamental level.
Apr
29
comment Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Oh, and can't you hassle them if they deny you the right to republish it, and thus denying you direct and indirect income?
Apr
29
comment Can I ePublish my out-of-print history book?
Stupid question, maybe: how can/could they hassle you if neither party has a copy of the contract (ignoring for now the possibility that they suddenly find a copy somewhere in their filing cabinets)?
Apr
29
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Tolstoy did achieve it... or did he? Depends on the measuring stick: by sales today, he doesn't. He's one of the classics, but not a big seller (those are the Dan Browns...). Was his stuff a big seller way back when? Don't know, and actually, I doubt it. So... did he achieve this goal? Is he thus a good example? (Yes, I'm a contrarian ;-)
Apr
29
comment How to attract the average reader to an “intellectual” novel?
Except you change the voice of... an inscription. Would you suggest changing a quote from, say, the bible (or any other historical source) so it is "easier to read"? I wouldn't. It has to match whoever said/wrote it in-universe. If a character does express herself in a very stilted/complicated way, then so be it. It's the problem of the reader. It should(!) go without saying that if such a character is in the story, the story must balance this by being even more enticing (and not by being simpler).
Apr
29
comment What's a good title to a presentations' table of contents?
+1 for the Lunch line. Oh, and I love the Remote bit too. Quite funny.
Apr
24
comment Avoiding foot&note disease
I love footnotes too. Terry Pratchett w/o his footnotes? Unthinkable! ;-)
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
Hmm, again I find that this "forum" (which it isn't) is full of writing prompts. HELP! They're everywhere! ;-) You just have to pick em up. *goes to hunt for a 'writing prompt' question.
Apr
21
comment Is a novel less credible if the dialogues are too perfect?
And even if your inconsistent... say, speech pattern change totally for one core character a third into the story. Other characters of course will (and have to if you don't want them to seem dim) pick up on it. And it turns out the character was replaced with a simulacrum. Or got hit on the head. Or something. You can do anything... you just have to convince your readers to suspend their disbelief.
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
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.