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Apr
27
comment How to make a intellectually disabled character believable?
One more person to consider is Walter White Jr. from "Breaking Bad". He suffers cerebral palsy with cognitive impairment. Despite that he has some moments of absolute brilliance; noticing the big image composed of many small factors and clearly (bluntly) summing up what everyone feels but nobody can put their finger on.
Apr
24
comment Who do I cite as my source?
This all crashes on "Well, presumably somebody's translation" - as long as you're not quoting the original source but some derivative like a translation, you've already broken the direct bond; the translator could have made exactly the same mistakes or changes.
Apr
21
answered Who do I cite as my source?
Apr
21
comment Who do I cite as my source?
"Why shouldn't you cite B if you read it in A" ...because citations should refer to the source of given quote to allow finding a broader context, especially if the quote is not representative of the "middleman" work, only discussed, and it's not the "middleman" who was the author of that quote. If you quote Thomas Aquinas, you shouldn't attribute the quote to "Professor Diabolicus, Cruel Christianity", you should attribute it to Thomas Aquinas, and the work from which "Cruel Christianity" took the quote you're repeating...
Apr
21
answered What is the most cost effective way for me to get my book printed?
Apr
21
comment Superpowers in Writing - Cool for the sake of cool
Remember the Rule of Cool. There's a fine line - the Uber, but boring powers should get the axe. The really cool ones can stay.
Apr
19
asked footnotes in non-paginated media
Apr
16
comment Where does the power granted by a theme come from?
Actual story from not long ago: "No, doctor, don't mind the high blood pressure, it's not that high normally, just a momentary fluke. I was reading a book in the waiting room, and right before you called me in, the villain did something so horrible it made me all shake with rage." "But it's just a book! A fiction!" "Yes, I know, but it's written so well I just can't help it..."
Apr
16
answered Where does the power granted by a theme come from?
Apr
10
comment Filter Words in Dialog
@Jay longestjokeintheworld.com over 10,000 words for one mediocre pun. They call this kind of jokes 'groaner'.
Apr
8
comment Filter Words in Dialog
@LaurenIpsum: Yes, if it's to be both 1. short, 2. humorous. It's tiring in the long run, so for a novel it would be a no-no. And it's really hard to convey serious messages and keep serious mood with that style.
Apr
7
answered Filter Words in Dialog
Apr
3
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
I believe this belongs on EL&U...
Apr
3
comment How do I write numbers in dialogue?
I'd understand your editor if it was 'Unit five' or 'Model three hundred'. But this? Seriously?
Apr
2
comment How to make easy and fast money selling a short book (which is available for download)?
@StevenDrennon: For a beginning/amateur writer publishing an e-book is a very common and very viable way to earn some small amount of money. It's a long, long way from earning one a living though.
Apr
2
revised Can I Use “You?”
added 4 characters in body
Apr
2
answered Can I Use “You?”
Mar
29
answered How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
Mar
25
answered Citing someone's work, copying and pasting fragment. Is that OK?
Mar
19
comment Prologues with no protagonist - How can they work?
...may explain why J.K.Rowling visited... how many? 18 publishers? before she found one to accept her book. The captivating middle and ending redeemed the poor start.