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Dec
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answered An online resource where writers can get quickie answers to questions about the real world?
Dec
16
answered How do I work through writer's block?
Nov
3
comment What is the difference between yellow journalism and sensationalism?
One more distinction may be that while Sensationalism will usually pick actual facts and then wildly misrepresent them (e.g. providing ludicruous predictions of their consequences or drawing other outrageous unfounded conclusions); also it doesn't bother with fact-checking often presenting gossip or speculation as fact, Yellow journalism may entirely fabricate even the base facts. In sensationalism there's a grain of truth somewhere down below under the hype blown out of proportion; in Yellow journalism there may not not even be that much, the whole story entirely made up.
Nov
3
comment Presenting Fiction as Non-Fiction
Worse, a lot of readers will skip the trimmings without reading them. And worse yet, if you don't make it clear they are fictional, you may face repercussions for false advertisement, same as with fake reviews. OTOH you may look up "Iron Dream" by an acclaimed Sci-Fi writer and a Hugo award winner, Adolf Hitler (actually, by Norman Spinrad). The preface and afterword are both by "third party" but actually written by the same author.
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
Aug
19
comment How to mark own translation
@JohannesBauer: If your translation is trivial - short, obvious and straightforward - you don't credit any translators nor point out it's "own".
Aug
18
answered How to mark own translation
Aug
11
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
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awarded  Notable Question
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...