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Sep
12
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
Romeo and Juliet woulda been a lot more boring if the protagonists didn't die.
Jun
20
comment From Markdown to .odt and vice-versa: a possible distraction-free writing workflow?
The first command results in pandoc: Cannot decode byte '\xc6': Data.Text.Encoding.Fusion.streamUtf8: Invalid UTF-8 stream, at least in the ubuntu version (1.12.2.1). What version are you using to do that? There is another program, odt2html, in the unoconv package that works well though.
Apr
10
awarded  Scholar
Apr
10
accepted How do you make a character witty?
Nov
15
awarded  Teacher
Aug
1
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
done: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/8538/…
Aug
1
asked How do you make a character witty?
Aug
1
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
@LaurenIpsum: Er.. I think that would be making someone not funny. I should probably just ask the question...
Aug
1
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
True. I come from a science and maths background, so you can limit the domain of my comment to those fields, if you like :) That said, academese is a widely recognised phenomenon, in most academic disciplines.
Aug
1
answered The “Rules” of Writing
Aug
1
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
Did you stick with it?
Aug
1
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
Lots of smart people are terrible writers. Just read nearly any academic paper :)
Aug
1
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
I would say even more difficult than making a character smart is making a character funny. Making someone smart could be as easy as giving them a good background and inside knowledge on the plot. I don't think you can make someone funny without showing it though. Is there a question for that yet?
Aug
1
comment Do most novels not get published?
It would probably be more true to say that the novels that are published are generally toward the top of the heap in terms of quality. There's tonnes that aren't anywhere near the top, and there are probably tens or hundreds of thousands of extremely high quality novels that will never be published.
Aug
1
comment How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?
@HNL: Like this? xkcd.com/657
Aug
1
comment Should I avoid modern words/phrases in fantasy writing?
@patrick: the line is fairly simple, to me: if it's part of what's actually happening, then you shouldn't use it. If it's part of the description of what's happening, then it's ok. In the question "rocketing" is just a verb that resonates in the right way ("moving fast") with the reader (presuming the reader is familiar with a society that might use that verb, which >95% of native english readers are), it's not anything to do with a rocket. Tamale and sushimi would be jarring, but then you wouldn't use them to describe something else, would you?
Aug
1
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Aug
1
comment Is the following analogy effective and clear?
First sentence is spot on. The analogy could perhaps be softened, in some way, for example by using multiple insects (less specific than a moth), and emphasising the fleeting nature of the shadows. Or something.
Nov
21
comment Royalties - how to calculate author's take from the end-price?
Kate: could you clarify in the answer how much you would expect for ranges of net and list royalty percentages?
Oct
1
answered What are good reads about writing?