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bio website boredwithchurch.info
location South East England
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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

20+ years married.

19 years a parent.

I can cope with anything.

Check out my short story


May
22
answered Using today's moral compass in fantasy
May
22
comment What are the legal implications and best practices for publishing screenshots of web sites in a book?
Cool. Of course, if anyone does refuse you permission to use a screenshot, that does not stop you mentioning the fact that they have done this (or at least that some places are clearly embarrassed by their live web site failings). That tells you a lot as well.
May
21
answered What are the legal implications and best practices for publishing screenshots of web sites in a book?
May
21
answered My cool character is doing nothing for the plot. How do I deal with him?
May
20
comment Self publishing: Do I still need to follow the arbitrary word count limits?
I think you need to price it appropriately - maybe slightly lower than a similar but longer novel. But it has to be your own strategy. If you think you can sell your book for £243, then do so. The problem of self-publishing is that you have to make these decisions for yourself. And live with the consequences.
May
18
comment Can you change a punctuation mark when referencing a passage from a text?
You would do better to quote in full, and then paraphrase if you need to bring out a specific interpretation. Then again, you might be able to use "to paraphrase Estragon ....", making it clear that you are reworking the passage.
May
17
answered Help! I've got Writer's Block
May
15
answered How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
One difference is that poor technical writing you sometimes have to read, to do your job. Poor fiction or non-fiction you can just chuck, usually.
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
Yes it goes beyond structure, which is where I agree with you. But for a technical document - IME at least - I want to find the section that says "How to Diddly your Squat", which I then want to be able to read at my level, and know how to Diddly my Squat. If it is too detailed, then I am less likely to read it.
May
11
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
The one in my profile is a short story. Really doesn't take long to read.
May
11
comment How can you write less to say more?
I don't agree, because for technical writing, the approach of the reader is often different to the normal reader. Most of the time, technical documentation is consulted, not read. While some of what you say is right, you need to try it on someone in the target readership, and see if they use it as a resource. It is more helpful, IMO, to see technical documentation as a tool, so the questions regarding structure are "does this tool help me do my job", not "can a numpty read it".
May
11
answered How can you write less to say more?
May
11
answered Fantasy writing and Personal Philosophy
May
10
accepted How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
May
10
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
@jon_darkstar My writing is sci-fi - see my profile for my published story. And the surreal nature of quantum mechanics features quite heavily in that one. My latest is sci-fi too, because that takes it out of the normal.
May
10
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
@NeilFein that's fine. I wanted to quote the original rule, so people knew where I was coming from. But the question has moved on a little since then, so this fits better.
May
9
answered Is it more advantageous to have an excerpt or a plot summary critiqued?
May
9
comment Tools for generating characters' names
I know it doesn't work for everyone, but this is what I use. It means that it fits into my world, which is where I create my stories from.
May
9
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
Yes definately - editing its a part of the writing process. But by that point, the core plot is already set up. My re-editing is about pulling the entire story together, making the plot believable, making sure the characters are consistent ( all of which is normally a complete re-write ). But always when editing, you know where it is going. I am clearly a discovery writer by nature.