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Feb
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answered How to display URLs in a textbook?
Feb
3
answered Can I use the same figure twice in a report?
Jan
31
answered Should write “I/he/she said” in dialogue with ambiguous action tags?
Jan
31
comment Hypothetical interview with Jesus Christ. Has to be deep?
Well, you can always lampshade it with "They got it completely wrong! I said none of these things!"(referring to the Bible) and then have the Jesus to be whomever you want.
Jan
30
revised Why doesn't everyone publish public domain books?
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Jan
30
comment Writing in between dream sequences
Also: Falling asleep and waking up are an excellent place for a section break (*~*~*) - the shift of the scene between "bed" and "dreamscape" is smooth with us already being inside the dream, or awake, at the start of given section.
Jan
30
answered Why doesn't everyone publish public domain books?
Jan
27
comment Writing a short documentary about a medical clinic
Not all the puzzle pieces. Assemble what you have, spot pieces you still miss, things that could be clarified or done better, and then create the missing material. Essentially, create 80% "by hunch" and fill remaining 20% with "scripted".
Jan
25
comment Referencing the process of writing the novel as a part of the novel's plot
The site about naming everything but super-obscure subjects is EL&U. Still, naming a technique used in writing seems quite on-topic here. Also, on topic: If you reference the book itself, it's frequently called "going meta". If your characters address or mention your readers, this is "breaking the fourth wall".
Jan
24
comment Can a character read a short excerpt from published literature?
That's awfully skimpy info you give there. Legally you're in the clear as KJV is public domain, but whether you should cut off, summarize or quote verbatim depends on quite a few factors involving what you write actually.
Jan
24
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
IMHO if you want a plot-driven story with the protagonist so extremely generic he doesn't need any backstory, you'd better make the plot beyond brilliant, or the result will be rather on the poor side. The backstory may be very simple. "He was a no-life spending days in front of his computer in a depressive stupor" is nowhere as glorious as the story of ring wraiths, but it still works.
Jan
23
answered I feel my protagonist is too “detached” from the main plot. What should I do?
Jan
22
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Jan
21
comment What are good examples of backstory in natural dialogue?
@JohnSmithers: Everyone does it, but some do it better and some do it worse. Still, picking any of classics is guaranteed to provide source of this done right.
Jan
21
reviewed Looks OK What non-WYSIWYG, non-proprietary alternatives to (La)TeX exist for the humanities, journalism, and other non-technical disciplines?
Jan
17
comment Evoking happiness in a very short story
Reader of this comment, I like you! Yes, you!
Jan
16
answered How can we make compiling release notes less chaotic?
Jan
16
comment Formal video-based creative writing courses
Why would you want video courses for writing? I mean, if the author of the course is not capable of conveying the knowledge through writing, but needs video for that, that's a sure-fire sign they aren't too good at their craft. And if the audience can't even be assed into reading the text by someone else, they are unlikely to write anything of quality either.
Jan
15
comment Where to draw the line between being descriptive and getting on with the story?
I must say I like your approach a lot. Instead of applying descriptions directly, as tools of building the right mood, you make them the extensions of characters. It's a restriction that limits flexibility of their use, but it really has a potential to improve the depth of characters.
Jan
14
comment Which font should I use when I'm writing?
If you want to ever finish writing anything, stop seeking excuses not to write, like "I don't know what font to choose". You can always change the font globally after you wrote your book.