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Jun
25
answered How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood
Jun
25
comment How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood
Something like this? youtube.com/watch?v=VsiXZlv3vKw
Jun
19
comment Is the following deus-ex-machina? If so, should I remove it?
Stumbling upon The Founder in the flesh is Deus Ex Machina. Make that an ordinary member of the group and it gets more plausible; especially if more such groups worldwide exist (and stay in contact with each other), and the people interested are not nearly as uncommon as one would think; finding one in an animal psychology class is not too unusual. If you want to make it even less of deus ex machina, have one of members of the group tell Li-Mei he has an acquaintance who was asking about that. Contacted, said person appears to be a member, who introduces Li-Mei into the club.
Jun
9
comment How to google the ungoogleable?
torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
May
29
comment Use Pen Name after Blunder?
OTOH if the book was bad, and received poor reviews basing on the content, a fresh start might help. (I mean, how hard is it to turn your Kindle 90 degrees and keep reading? I don't want to imply anything but I'd hardly blame your initial mistake for poor sales later.)
May
29
accepted Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
May
18
comment Methods for creating slang
...also, jargon words often are adapted for general, non-technical contexts. "404" if you failed to find something where it was supposed to be. "in alpha" - still incomplete, barely usable (e.g. unfinished house). "spam" - any undesired, superfluous content (e.g. commercial leaflets in newspapers). 'default' - standard, no extras or modifications ("default hamburger"), 'reboot' - start again from scratch.
May
11
comment Direct thoughts
Inserting thoughts into third person narration that way feels awkward. It works fine in first person narration, where they blend with the narration seamlessly, "extending the personality" of the narrator.
May
10
comment What are the reasons behind Writer's block?
It's very hard to pinpoint the original causes. The two most common forms of writer's block are 'crippling self-criticism' (anything you come up with seems trite and not good enough) and 'empty head' (lack of good ideas, inability to 'live the lives' of your characters and develop new events). I personally found the origin being in the author either being "too happy", unable to focus on the virtual world, too distracted with attractions of the real one, or "too unhappy", depressed and unable to muster the energy to write. The middle ground of "slight unhappiness" is where I write most and best
May
8
comment Does this read as archaic?
c'mon people. This does read archaic! But besides, it's terrible. Dear author, if you want to emulate a very bad archaic writer, you're doing a fine job. (and no need to downvote; it's a valid question, a focused criticism. Too bad the resulting critique needs to be quite negative - but where would we be, with only positive critique? It's been a while since Writers.SE got something in such dire need of straightening out...)
May
7
comment What defines a “scene”?
I'm not disagreeing or criticizing you. Just giving a specific counter-example just why including all these details is such a bad idea...
May
7
comment What defines a “scene”?
" If you tell of a visit to the dentist, you wont usually start with how you went to bed the evening before, or describe all the cars you saw on your way." - I know of people that do. What's worse, some of them write...
May
7
comment What defines a “scene”?
"leaps of time" within paragraph are a poor form unless you explicitly signal them (and sometimes even if you do). Gradual change of tempo is more graceful. Change of scene without time/location skip usually occurs at transition of events, story arc - say, someone made a big reveal and a scene of idle conversation shifts into a scene of silent horror, despite the same place, characters, location and time.
May
2
comment Are Names of Characters Copyrighted by Authors?
"They may be trademarked but only if the literary work/movie/or a related product were named after the character." --or is intended to be used. You can trademark a name you aren't using yet but unlike "automatic" copyright and "implied" trademark on existing products, this has to be done proactively, then used and defended proactively. Most of companies trademark character names from their franchises with intention to sublicense them - e.g. to toy makers, writers of spin-offs etc.
Apr
29
comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
In this specific case the "commentary or criticism" fair use haven pretty much covers all bases.
Apr
27
comment How to make a intellectually disabled character believable?
One more person to consider is Walter White Jr. from "Breaking Bad". He suffers cerebral palsy with cognitive impairment. Despite that he has some moments of absolute brilliance; noticing the big image composed of many small factors and clearly (bluntly) summing up what everyone feels but nobody can put their finger on.
Apr
24
comment Who do I cite as my source?
This all crashes on "Well, presumably somebody's translation" - as long as you're not quoting the original source but some derivative like a translation, you've already broken the direct bond; the translator could have made exactly the same mistakes or changes.
Apr
21
answered Who do I cite as my source?
Apr
21
comment Who do I cite as my source?
"Why shouldn't you cite B if you read it in A" ...because citations should refer to the source of given quote to allow finding a broader context, especially if the quote is not representative of the "middleman" work, only discussed, and it's not the "middleman" who was the author of that quote. If you quote Thomas Aquinas, you shouldn't attribute the quote to "Professor Diabolicus, Cruel Christianity", you should attribute it to Thomas Aquinas, and the work from which "Cruel Christianity" took the quote you're repeating...
Apr
21
answered What is the most cost effective way for me to get my book printed?