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Feb
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answered How ordinary must my protagonist be if the book is written from his/her point of view?
Feb
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answered Ending a PhD thesis by saying “there is more to do”
Feb
14
comment Creative writing exercises for engineers
@what: Yes. A specific mindset, where precision of everything is strict to a tolerance. Where others asked "how long" will say "can't really tell", an engineer will give you a nice time bracket of between five milliseconds and seventy years with 95% certainty :)
Feb
14
comment Creative writing exercises for engineers
@MassimoOrtolano: Not at all. Creative writing is two parts: good idea and good presentation. Engineers are absolutely required to be good at the first part - design, solve problems, create. They also suck at the second part, which is often a significant weakness, as they frequently need to "sell" their ideas - provide arguments in attractive form. So part 1 is a necessity, part 2 a very welcome extra; creative writing for engineers is a valuable skill which can and should be trained.
Feb
10
answered How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?
Feb
5
answered How to copyright ideas?
Feb
5
comment Can a Town/City Sue an Author for a Bad Portrayal in Fiction?
Anyone can sue anyone for anything. Now, whether the case would stand in court... Probably if you name some authority figures, portraying them as completely different than real ones, you're safe.
Jan
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Jan
14
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou: The analogy isn't completely right. You own a house (built it), but you don't have any deed to the house, and you failed to register the real estate. Someone's trespassing, you call the cops, they arrive and ask "Who is the the owner of the house who called us?" - the trespasser says "me", you say "me", and they shrug helplessly unable to discern which tells the truth.
Dec
18
comment do word lists indexed by domain exist?
Would something like Dictionary of associations satisfy you?
Dec
18
comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
A small notice somewhere near the "release notes" (publisher, publishing date, ISBN etc) stating things like "Kalashnikov is trademark of Izhmash OJSC" will have you entirely covered.
Dec
10
comment Should I use letters or digits in the following case?
Personally, I'd go for "024" and "cow number 24", but "from the thirty". When you give a number (a set of digits), keep it a number, but if you give a count of something, say that count.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
The slowdown for a skilled reader is true in all cases: numbers, symbols, emoticons. We take whole phrases in, many words at a time, creating a smooth uniform flow as with spoken speech. Each disruption requires a shift of focus, first translating the symbol into its intended word/meaning and then replacing it within the flow. And the savings are hardly ever worth it. If you type @, you save one character. If you type & or 1, you save two. Besides: & the savings r hardly ever worth it. If u type @, you save 1 character. If u type & or 1, u save 2.
Dec
10
comment Changing main character within a trilogy, is a good idea?
"One book per character" is not really unheard of. OTOH, such asymmetry is weird.
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
@Standback: Except this is a FREE "site dedicated to 'how to write fiction' advice." We don't try to sell anything, and so our advice can be honest, and not just enticing/comfortable/attractive.
Dec
8
comment How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?
If you have problems finding resources for your country, OpenData.SE is the site to ask.
Dec
5
comment Books on writing successful non-fiction
Be warned about Strunk&White. Many of the advices in it are quite poor and taking them as law seriously hurts your flexibility of use of the language.
Dec
5
reviewed No Action Needed Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?
Dec
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reviewed No Action Needed Books on writing successful non-fiction
Dec
5
reviewed Reject Am I over-explaining or being condescending to the reader?