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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
3
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
2
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
26
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
24
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
5
comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
Quite right. Meireikei appears to try to approach the Art of Creative Writing like one approaches a Science or a Craft. Not that there's no craft part to it, but unlike technical/non-fiction/scientific/formal writing, the style of creative writing must be highly adaptative, following the story. You just can't pick one single style and write a whole novel never changing it.
Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
...also, I wouldn't say such repeating makes it a bad simile. It certainly makes it weaker, less expressive, but I wouldn't go as far as "bad".
Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
That article really muddles the matter which is quite simple. A simile is not a type of metaphor. A simile frequently uses a metaphor as one side of a comparison.