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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
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
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
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.
May
8
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
My problem is that there is a wrong way to do it, which is the way that produces a bad story. Ways to guide me so that I don't get this result I want to listen to. And know when I should adjust my style, and when I should adjust the rules.
May
8
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
As a rule, in life, I am not one for following rules, but I realise that they are there for a reason. "show don't tell" I have found useful, so I am not wanting to throw out rules without first knowing why.
May
4
comment Where in a CV should I mention a relevant but unpaid (volunteer) project?
@Standback then I would put it under education, as the initial driver for the project.
Apr
26
comment How do I write a believable romance subplot?
The core of this is, I think, make it real. Write about how people actually behave, not how they are often portrayed. And make this real to your characters too.
Apr
24
comment How do I cleanly show the passage of time, with multiple, varying time scales?
We can agree to disagree! The change is done by giving less detail - letting the character continue what they were doing, as long as the character continues, there should be no jarring.
Apr
21
comment Will 9/11 fiction get a writer into trouble with the US Government?
If, as seems likely, you are concerned about this, then leave alone for others to write about. It might be a cross pond difference, but in the UK, we would write about it without serious worry. I can accept that in the US, feelings may be still more tender. Is it a good idea to write like this - probably, from what you have said, no, because it might attract the wrong sort of attention from the wrong people. You might have to justify yourself. It is probably not worth it. But the asked question of legal trouble is a distinct one.
Apr
20
comment Will 9/11 fiction get a writer into trouble with the US Government?
The question was about legality. It does not mean that Capex will not then be watched day and night, and be sent to Guantanamo for jay walking.
Apr
19
comment Will 9/11 fiction get a writer into trouble with the US Government?
Given that Capex has said he is only going to use "facts acknowledged by the US Administration", and incorporating them into a fiction story, I think it is probably safe. That is important. Yes 9/11 is still touchy, but I think writing fiction around it is OK. An expose of why the CIA caused it, that would be a different matter.
Apr
16
comment Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next?
The annoying thing is there is probably a series called "Clodhopper" that would be as big as Twilight, but has been rejected by 25 agents, and the author has given up. It is a tough market - I say as someone who is looking for an agent currently.
Apr
12
comment What would sections of a book that are larger than a chapter be called?
@MonicaCellio - yes, but if the book as a technical one can be used to do self-learning or such like, it makes sense. This even applies if the main usage is for reference, or bedtime reading.
Apr
10
comment Will this opening and dialogue grab the reader's attention? And how can I improve it?
It is only a suggestion. The thing is to show the bar, then show the people. If there is anything relevant about the bar for later, it can be hinted at here. And, @LaurenIpsum it probably is their personal bar. Ha. ;)
Apr
9
comment How to write polite deadline email?
Yes actually, I think it is.
Mar
31
comment Floating vs Float
Either works, but I would prefer "towards" as it emphasises the process, and the uncompleted nature of it.