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comment How do you slip info into a story without making it sound like a history lesson or monologue?
@Monica: Hey, I was halfway through writing an answer!
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comment Is it possible to write fiction as a non-sensing, non-worldly person?
Let's say, utter lack of knowledge about the Wild West didn't stop Karl May from releasing immensely successful "Winnetou". The book is ridiculously off-base when it comes to any historical truths and reality, but it reads as a great adventure and the world is internally consistent and believable (even if utterly fake), so it makes for a very entertaining read for everyone except those who actually have a good clue about life on the frontier.
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comment Examples of Successful Rule-Breaking in Novels
It's hard to give "a correct answer". I can give one: Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Lots of deus ex machina events - no foreshadowing, and defying common logic. Continuity is all over the place, there are some timelines but you'd need a notebook to follow them all. Mary-Sue protagonist character - Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Universe. "Coincidences" that defy suspension of disbelief, e.g. totally crappy reinvention of reopenable windows. Plot holes through defying common knowledge (dolphins and mice being perfectly tolerant of humans).
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comment Is writing even profitable
If we knew what makes books successful, we'd be signing books for my fans instead of sitting here! Think of it in terms of buying lottery tickets. Both writing and getting through publishers.
Jul
21
comment How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?
Team up with a skilled user of the system being documented.
Jul
21
comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Related question on SO: What do you consider good API documentation? although the answer contains more of negative examples.
Jul
21
comment Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text
Additionally, you can cite sources. "X said that, ...", "A video of Person doing... appeared..." etc. Also note: that doesn't protect you from a defamation lawsuit, only from losing the defamation lawsuit.
Jul
20
comment When Is a Relationship Too Antagonistic?
I'm speaking for myself, but I can say that if you drag out the period when the relationship doesn't evolve in any visible way (even if the negative resolve is being eroded invisibly) I'll quickly get bored with it, unless you introduce an interesting parallel plot line, which will keep me occupied while the tense romance is put on the back burner to simmer and soften. Otherwise, drag it out as long as you desire, have it weathered and turn it at a good pivotal moment, but only providing you give the reader a good, active thread in the foreground.
Jul
18
comment no matter whether = whether?
I believe this question belongs to English Language Learners
Jul
17
accepted Exercises for improving 3rd person perspective writing
Jul
17
answered Typical Fairy-tale Story Especially Princess Stories
Jul
16
answered Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?
Jul
16
answered Does it confuse readers if a character name is similar to the name of an object?
Jul
15
answered What are the ethics of using real-world house addresses in historical fiction?
Jul
11
comment What are my headlines lacking?
@drusepth: specifically pt.2. Part 1 still tries to be an all-stars action flick, not quite succeeding at that. Part 2 takes itself with much more distance, poking fun at the "geriatric heroes" ;)
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
30
comment Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
@evilsoup: I believe you should recheck the difference between satire and parody. Fictional/real definitely isn't a part of the distinction. Also, Fair Use protection is uncertain/unlikely in case of using copyrighted works in satire on a subject not originally covered by these works (e.g. using copyrighted music in a clip directed at some politician). A satire on these specific works and their themes is a variant of parody, and protected. "Use (c)X to taunt Y" vs "taunt (c)Y".
Jun
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
Jun
27
comment How to handle speech within speech?
If you need deeper nesting, you alternate the quotes: "outermost 'middle "innermost."'" The quintuple quote at the end may be a little confusing, but this is the correct way to do this (although not nesting this deeply is better).
Jun
27
comment Is it possible for an author's first book to be popular?
I'd say you may be sure if you got yourself a big name with 10th or so book, your first will become popular too :)