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Oct
29
answered What voice (active/passive) is most suitable for literary academic papers (literary journals)?
Oct
28
comment Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
Eh, I seem to have lost the ability to write anything short too. Back in the past I'd produce countless 1-3k word stories. Nowadays I can't seem to get under 10k no matter how hard I try.
Oct
27
comment Using citations in chapter headings?
@what: Personally, if I find these annoying, I just skip them. Sometimes they contribute quite a bit to a story, sometimes they are worthless fluff.
Oct
27
comment Using citations in chapter headings?
@am304: Yes, copyrights on anything published before 1923 have already expired. (except of some rare special exceptions covered by separate local laws, like in the KJV Bible in the UK, being under perpetual copyright of the Queen.) Note it's the publication date that counts, not the creation date (see a case of an XIX century letter only recently published.).
Oct
27
answered Using citations in chapter headings?
Oct
27
comment Consequences of autobiographical stories whose events are potentially illegal?
I wonder if acting as a ghost writer - having a different person (different enough that there will be no doubt that it's their autobiography) publish your story under their name.
Oct
27
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
Are you writing a novel or a report? The fundamental difference is IMMERSION. The reader lives through the events in his imagination, and inevitably the events will have characters conversing. By relaying the conversation faithfully, you maintain the immersion. If you just dump the clue of the conversation, you're committing the cardinal sin of beginner authors: "Telling, not showing".
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
reviewed No Action Needed Use past or present tense for lasting fact
Oct
21
answered What is the Normal Process for Gathering Permissions for Quotation Collections
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed What is the Normal Process for Gathering Permissions for Quotation Collections
Oct
21
comment Misleading facts in the About the Author section
in general, lying is legal, except of specific cases - when your lies cause some kind of damages (financial loss, etc.) In fact the whole Fiction genre is nothing but lies. In this particular case, one could make a very weak argument that the author's military background compelled them to the purchase and that it's a deceptive marketing strategy. The problem with this is that fictional author's military background has no bearing on the quality of crime novels. Had Robert Galbraith claimed to have been a police detective, the case would stand a leg.
Oct
20
revised Believable (but easy) archaic English
deleted 4 characters in body
Oct
20
accepted Believable (but easy) archaic English
Oct
18
comment Writing a short story with a secret code
Not exactly hidden as such, but Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar is composed of a large number of quite short chapters, and you can either read them in sequence as written in the book, or jumping to a specific chapter as indicated at the end of each chapter, assembling them into an entirely different story.
Oct
18
answered Is it a bad habit to write “something” too much? If so, how to get rid of it?
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed How do I write my own character sketch?
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed Why are some words in screenplays set in all caps?
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed 1st person story, but the main character will die in the end and some of the story needs to be told after his death. How to solve this problem?
Oct
18
reviewed No Action Needed Punctuating dialogue with oneself