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Dec
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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
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reviewed No Action Needed Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?
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reviewed No Action Needed Books on writing successful non-fiction
Dec
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reviewed Reject Am I over-explaining or being condescending to the reader?
Dec
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reviewed Close Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source
Dec
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reviewed Close Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
Dec
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comment Potentially risky subject in my script
Murder as such, maybe not, but "getting physical" in an outburst of anger, and just pushing the old lady - with possibly lethal consequences - why not?
Dec
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comment List of wars someone could be a part of, if they were born a certain date
@CLockeWork: In case of such specific - focused questions, our policy is to direct the asker towards the right place where the answer can be found before closing. So - yes, the question should be closed as off-topic (now that the right resource was found) but that doesn't mean it's unwelcome here.
Nov
28
comment Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
"If they don't, that means it's either not common or not casual. Or something has gone wrong with this particular craft or journey" Or they happen to be a spaceship mechanic or engineer, or even a tuning junkie. The kind of people who will rant and rave about the engines in their cars, argue what kind of injection has a better kick, and turn all snotty if you happen e.g. to prefer automatic transmission to manual. You might drop a background character like this to give the reader a taste that the physics is 'hidden under the hood' and not just handwaved away.
Nov
26
comment Video game gameplay script
@MonicaCellio: I imagine more like "The player needs to arm four explosive charges at key points, enter the arming keycode into the panel and lock the blast bunker door from the inside before triggering the detonator, with enemies defending key points and chasing the player, and trying to disarm the charges all the while." How would you describe optional disarming of charge#3 by enemy the player failed to shoot in time?
Nov
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answered Video game gameplay script
Nov
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comment Video game gameplay script
These links aren't all that helpful as they are about transcribing and analyzing pre-existing games (and hardly ever consider plot branching, or only skim some basic choices), as opposed to creating a script for making a new game (which must include ALL possible branches).
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
They are always a mix, but one kind uses the crime and the criminal as the centerpiece, and the investigation as a tool of exposure, the spotlight to present the subject, while the other uses the crime as a mcGufin driving the plot, while the investigation and the detective are the actual focus of the story. They are always mixed, it's how they are mixed that matters.
Nov
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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
The answer: "The crime story focuses on the investigation, the horror story focuses on the crime." You're asking which to focus on, while that one asks how to recognize the genre. Depending on which genre is your story meant to be, that's your choice of focus.
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
related: Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime? (actually, the question you ask is the answer to that one and vice versa).
Nov
18
comment How to write in a VERY thick notebook
I like this question. Completely unlike anything we're getting on Writers, but in my opinion, completely on-topic.
Nov
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reviewed No Action Needed How to write in a VERY thick notebook
Nov
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reviewed No Action Needed When developing a stage play, whose gender matters more? The characters' or the actors'?
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reviewed No Action Needed Copyright of examples used in books?
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reviewed No Action Needed Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events