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Oct
24
comment Can I use real presidents (past and present) and real companies in a fictional story?
Note: if the presidents in question are still alive, and the story implies them performing questionable activities, make sure you made it perfectly clear your story is a work of fiction. Otherwise you run at risk of libel.
Oct
22
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
@MichaelKjörling: A(n interesting) book cannot be written without a CONFLICT. That's the word you're looking for. Antagonist - person. Conflict - effect - be it caused by antagonist, impartial forces of nature or shortcomings of protagonists.
Oct
21
comment Cutting down the length of a short story
Write two. The one you want to write, and the one butchered to size.
Oct
21
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
What about books of discovery? Where the only antagonist is the unknown, which upon closer examination is not hostile at all, and all problems came from lack of understanding?
Oct
20
answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing in first person?
Oct
20
comment Writing simple short sentences first and connecting them later
Speaking of disadvantages: Structure of sentences sets mood and pacing of the sequence. Short sentences - rapid action. Run-on sequence of actions - routine. Long, florid sentences - slow pace, smoothness. Many pauses, ellipses - hesitation, awkwardness. One can paint the mood of given scene without saying a single word about it, just shaping the sentences right. In your technique you completely strip this layer off the early draft. You only add it later - and I couldn't: in creative writing building the mood is possibly more important than what is being said!
Oct
19
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
17
comment Should I edit the first draft until I'm totally satisfied or should I leave that to the third draft?
I kept my first story, which I come and "fix" every few years. And each time I look at it with horror: "How horrible it is! How did I let such abhorrent errors through the previous time?!"
Oct
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Oct
15
comment Visualizing multiple word-based changes among many text files
Personally, I'd ask this on StackOverflow, as the technical side is not Writers-specific. A visual history of changes in a file should be usable in technical context too.
Oct
14
comment Removing an allocated task from someone
@PhilParry: Yes, in case the resource can be a subject - be active, perform the task. A task can be assigned to CPU#3 and committed to RAM at address X. (CPU is an active resource performing the task. RAM merely contains its data.) In this case though both RAM and CPU are allocated for the task. By the way, don't allocate people. This is terribly dehumanizing.
Oct
14
revised Standards for representing user interaction
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Oct
14
answered Standards for representing user interaction
Oct
14
answered Removing an allocated task from someone
Oct
14
answered How can I avoid word repetition in the following paragraph?
Oct
8
answered How should I organize my journal as plain-text files?
Oct
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In script writing, how to denote laughter in unison