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Dec
9
answered Good idea to describe the heist place before the heist begins?
Dec
9
comment Does the word 'bazaar' instead of 'market' seem more catchy?
You should visit a bazaar before writing about one. It's significantly different from neat westerner's market. It's like you'd ask "Can I use the word 'Musical' instead of 'Opera'?"
Dec
8
comment Criteria for a good screenplay
How do you tell a good novel from a bad novel? It's the same. There are minor things to consider, like cost vs effect of SFX (it really doesn't take much effort to describe a huge, crowded spaceport in Sci-fi book. Not so in sci-fi movie, and if it's just an insignificant background to a scene that could be placed elsewhere without loss of quality, that is a reckless waste of resources.) or actor's ability to display feelings or subtly signal things that might or might not be missed by the audience of visual medium, but the essence is the same: a captivating story.
Dec
7
awarded  Informed
Dec
6
comment Referencing, but not using, trademarked characters
Actually, you can't copyright a character. You can only trademark them. (...and in this case I can't help you. While I understand Copyright with its Fair Use pretty well, Trademark Law is utter mess, including paradoxes like people forbidden to use their own names, or trademarking a color.)
Dec
5
answered How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
Dec
2
answered Where should I put a minor action within a piece of dialogue?
Dec
1
revised Can I plug a loophole in my magic rules without rewriting the whole novel?
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Dec
1
answered Can I plug a loophole in my magic rules without rewriting the whole novel?
Nov
30
comment how to make this thank quote sound more eloquent
my joyful...who brings me joy - that's a horrible repetition. Bad style.
Nov
28
answered “No longer knowing” vs “without knowing…anymore.”
Nov
27
comment What is a normal length for a chapter?
<1000 words is getting too small, >20,000 words is getting too big, ~5000 words is average but anything in between is a fair game. Try to keep the chapters roughly same size, if you have no special reasons not to.
Nov
25
comment Should I avoid “lecturing” my readers?
Rule n: You Should Not Lecture Your Readers. Rule 1. Rules exist to be broken.
Nov
25
answered Does a thematic quote qualify as an allusion?
Nov
24
answered What does/would it mean to code a novel?
Nov
24
comment Editors: Edit on first read, or read and edit on second round?
There's a specific point to your fellow editor's method: If you don't remember about given point/worry at the end of reading, was it important enough to worry about, to begin with? Letting your memory be the filter of "important/unimportant" is a good method to get rid of many unnecessary worries. "I would have remembered it if it was worth remembering."
Nov
22
answered When do I explain my created world scenario in a prologue vs. letting it unfold in the story?
Nov
21
answered Should I switch to present tense when the narrator is talking about one of his habits?
Nov
20
comment Can we enable readers to connect to far future humanity, without pretending they wouldn’t be different?
I want to suggest "Transmetropolitan", a cyberpunk comic book series written by Warren Ellis. It's sci-fi which strikes a shocking middle with constant struggle with things that humanity struggled with for past millennium or two, and driving growth of ires of our day into parodistic proportions (...30 cameras per cubic meter of city space on the average? Commercials in dreams?) - and simultaneously isn't as negative as one might think - there are still significant upsides of the new world! The connection with the "now" is solid and amazing.
Nov
20
comment In a thriller, should my famous cities be familiar, or fresh?
@Standback Well, decide what role the city plays in your story. If you still have problems determining which of the two approaches is better, post that role and then we can discuss.