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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
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
comment Writing is it the plot, subplot or backstory
Hero=protagonist, villain=antagonist is a common trope, but not even a rule, just a thought shortcut. Don't sweat it. The morality of the protagonist is arbitrary, and through some not even very elaborate gimmicks, the protagonist can even be the antagonist too!
Oct
16
comment How to release a heavy revision to a series without upsetting readers?
A discount for readers who bought the old series would be a nice gesture. It might be difficult to organize, though, depending on how your old books were distributed.
Oct
15
comment Epic -Fantasy/Medieval Story/Novel- (Need advice for text/rhetorical usage)
Proofreading of specific works is off-topic here.
Oct
13
comment Are the following passages examples of tense change? Are they allowed in fiction writing?
...and please, put spaces around your em-dashes. Often the type doesn't allow for differentiating between a hyphen and an em-dash, but the difference is that hy-phen connects – while em-dash separates.
Oct
13
comment Satirical prophecy
I think I understand the question: how to word highly uncertain claims about future, e.g. "in fifty years everyone might be using flying cars".
Oct
13
comment Citing lecture notes
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.
Oct
8
comment Why do page headers seldom include chapter/section numbers?
@gibson: Oh, but that's just sloppy cross-referencing! "[Equation 5.3 on page 261]" which should be filled in automatically once the page layout is frozen.
Sep
20
comment How do you know when there's something missing in your story?
@AlexandroChen: Yes, "Close all threads" is a rule and like all rules, can be broken. But like with all breaking of rules: you must do it on purpose, for specific effect - open-ended thread, lingering feelings, allowing imagination wander and so on. If you don't close a thread out of laziness or because you forgot about it, that's a "bad violation".
Sep
18
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Quoting the help: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." The topical question is far too large, and for the question in the content: do you want us to convince you that yes, LaTeX is the correct choice?
Sep
6
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
Yes, and while it may not answer the specific problem OP presented, it sure gives a good answer to future visitors about bookbinding options.
Sep
5
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
@Amuna: Yes. In such case comb binding is definitely preferable.
Sep
5
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
@Amuna: I never operated it personally but I used the service a couple times. My graduation thesis copy sits on my bookshelf proudly without a notch, but a Warhammer Fantasy Role Play handbook copy began coming apart after half a year of use in weekly RPG sessions (and another year later it was mostly a collection of loose sheets). If your book is to be, say, a fiction novel, it's sufficient. The durability is comparable to some of the cheapest paperbacks.
Sep
3
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
In current form it's a very good question, though I think the answer that's realistic would be a downer. It's usually very hard to distinguish insane people from sane ones at a first glance; a person who didn't deal with them quite a bit may need weeks to discern the difference.
Aug
29
comment Simple rules for separating paragraphs in books?
@Heart: I don't know about your paragraphs, but you are writing far too short sentences.
Aug
21
comment Do the guidelines for clear style that we use today get in the way of rhythm?
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur "Anything in Latin sounds profound" - this applies to most foreign languages. In particular, archaic English sounds much more poetic to us nowadays, than it did to its contemporaries. Moreover, crappy writings of archaic English were swallowed by obscurity of ages, forgotten; generally only the good texts survived through unending popularity, so comparing core of their texts to ours, the average quality is higher due to the amount of new crap that didn't have time to die out.
Aug
21
comment Is there a disadvantage to transcending genre?
reach out to casual fans of both genres, alienate puritan/hardcore ones of both.
Aug
13
comment How to handle multiple notebooks?
Have you thought about creating some kind of Table of Contents?
Aug
8
comment Should I write Internet slang as it is spoken or as it is written?
@LaurenIpsum: "pnd", nearly vowelless.