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Dec
18
comment do word lists indexed by domain exist?
Would something like Dictionary of associations satisfy you?
Dec
18
comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
A small notice somewhere near the "release notes" (publisher, publishing date, ISBN etc) stating things like "Kalashnikov is trademark of Izhmash OJSC" will have you entirely covered.
Dec
10
comment Should I use letters or digits in the following case?
Personally, I'd go for "024" and "cow number 24", but "from the thirty". When you give a number (a set of digits), keep it a number, but if you give a count of something, say that count.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
The slowdown for a skilled reader is true in all cases: numbers, symbols, emoticons. We take whole phrases in, many words at a time, creating a smooth uniform flow as with spoken speech. Each disruption requires a shift of focus, first translating the symbol into its intended word/meaning and then replacing it within the flow. And the savings are hardly ever worth it. If you type @, you save one character. If you type & or 1, you save two. Besides: & the savings r hardly ever worth it. If u type @, you save 1 character. If u type & or 1, u save 2.
Dec
10
comment Changing main character within a trilogy, is a good idea?
"One book per character" is not really unheard of. OTOH, such asymmetry is weird.
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
@Standback: Except this is a FREE "site dedicated to 'how to write fiction' advice." We don't try to sell anything, and so our advice can be honest, and not just enticing/comfortable/attractive.
Dec
8
comment How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?
If you have problems finding resources for your country, OpenData.SE is the site to ask.
Dec
5
comment Books on writing successful non-fiction
Be warned about Strunk&White. Many of the advices in it are quite poor and taking them as law seriously hurts your flexibility of use of the language.
Dec
5
reviewed No Action Needed Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?
Dec
5
reviewed No Action Needed Books on writing successful non-fiction
Dec
5
reviewed Reject Am I over-explaining or being condescending to the reader?
Dec
3
reviewed Close Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source
Dec
3
reviewed Close Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
Dec
3
comment Potentially risky subject in my script
Murder as such, maybe not, but "getting physical" in an outburst of anger, and just pushing the old lady - with possibly lethal consequences - why not?
Dec
2
comment List of wars someone could be a part of, if they were born a certain date
@CLockeWork: In case of such specific - focused questions, our policy is to direct the asker towards the right place where the answer can be found before closing. So - yes, the question should be closed as off-topic (now that the right resource was found) but that doesn't mean it's unwelcome here.
Nov
28
comment Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
"If they don't, that means it's either not common or not casual. Or something has gone wrong with this particular craft or journey" Or they happen to be a spaceship mechanic or engineer, or even a tuning junkie. The kind of people who will rant and rave about the engines in their cars, argue what kind of injection has a better kick, and turn all snotty if you happen e.g. to prefer automatic transmission to manual. You might drop a background character like this to give the reader a taste that the physics is 'hidden under the hood' and not just handwaved away.
Nov
26
comment Video game gameplay script
@MonicaCellio: I imagine more like "The player needs to arm four explosive charges at key points, enter the arming keycode into the panel and lock the blast bunker door from the inside before triggering the detonator, with enemies defending key points and chasing the player, and trying to disarm the charges all the while." How would you describe optional disarming of charge#3 by enemy the player failed to shoot in time?
Nov
26
answered Video game gameplay script
Nov
26
comment Video game gameplay script
These links aren't all that helpful as they are about transcribing and analyzing pre-existing games (and hardly ever consider plot branching, or only skim some basic choices), as opposed to creating a script for making a new game (which must include ALL possible branches).
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
They are always a mix, but one kind uses the crime and the criminal as the centerpiece, and the investigation as a tool of exposure, the spotlight to present the subject, while the other uses the crime as a mcGufin driving the plot, while the investigation and the detective are the actual focus of the story. They are always mixed, it's how they are mixed that matters.