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comment How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?
Team up with a skilled user of the system being documented.
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comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Related question on SO: What do you consider good API documentation? although the answer contains more of negative examples.
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comment Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text
Additionally, you can cite sources. "X said that, ...", "A video of Person doing... appeared..." etc. Also note: that doesn't protect you from a defamation lawsuit, only from losing the defamation lawsuit.
Jul
20
comment When Is a Relationship Too Antagonistic?
I'm speaking for myself, but I can say that if you drag out the period when the relationship doesn't evolve in any visible way (even if the negative resolve is being eroded invisibly) I'll quickly get bored with it, unless you introduce an interesting parallel plot line, which will keep me occupied while the tense romance is put on the back burner to simmer and soften. Otherwise, drag it out as long as you desire, have it weathered and turn it at a good pivotal moment, but only providing you give the reader a good, active thread in the foreground.
Jul
18
comment no matter whether = whether?
I believe this question belongs to English Language Learners
Jul
11
comment What are my headlines lacking?
@drusepth: specifically pt.2. Part 1 still tries to be an all-stars action flick, not quite succeeding at that. Part 2 takes itself with much more distance, poking fun at the "geriatric heroes" ;)
Jun
30
comment Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
@evilsoup: I believe you should recheck the difference between satire and parody. Fictional/real definitely isn't a part of the distinction. Also, Fair Use protection is uncertain/unlikely in case of using copyrighted works in satire on a subject not originally covered by these works (e.g. using copyrighted music in a clip directed at some politician). A satire on these specific works and their themes is a variant of parody, and protected. "Use (c)X to taunt Y" vs "taunt (c)Y".
Jun
27
comment How to handle speech within speech?
If you need deeper nesting, you alternate the quotes: "outermost 'middle "innermost."'" The quintuple quote at the end may be a little confusing, but this is the correct way to do this (although not nesting this deeply is better).
Jun
27
comment Is it possible for an author's first book to be popular?
I'd say you may be sure if you got yourself a big name with 10th or so book, your first will become popular too :)
Jun
23
comment Is Jaime Lannister a “telling not showing” example?
Besides, you work with what you have. Sure showing is better than telling, but trying to shoehorn a lengthy scene that would show Jaime's swordfighting mastery only for the sake of showing it is a poorer practice than just telling he is good at it.
Jun
19
comment Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
The reason is usually fridge horror. I'm a total sucker for happy, sunny, cheerful stories with good, satisfying happy-ending. I'm a little too observant though, and at times a popularly liked story really brushes me a very wrong way, due to author's error, negligence, omission, taking a cheap shortcut, not foreseeing some consequences. This is my way of posting criticism on these, I simply take the point where the story left off and turn the horror up to eleven. Way more efficient than posting some 'what-if' comment.
Jun
18
comment In Science Fiction, how does one do research, but write at the same time?
I write when I'm in conditions to write, keyboard easily accessible etc. I research while on the bus, waiting, before sleep in bed, etc, whenever writing is not viable.
Jun
18
comment How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
To make foreshadowing impossible you'd have to disable all cause-effect relations, all consistence of behaviors. To show that a dam is going to collapse you don't need a clairvoyant, you just need to observe cracks in the construction. To foreshadow a betrayal you don't need to read mind of the traitor, just drop hints about his disgruntled behavior.
Jun
16
comment Choosing between your Mother Tongue and other language
Regarding "change pacing and tone", I wrote a poem in English once, then translated it back to my (native) Polish. I'm still not quite sure how I ended up with one stanza more, actually a very good stanza going well with the spirit of the poem and definitely adding to it, but absolutely not present in the original.
Jun
16
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
...nevertheless, that doesn't prevent lawsuits. It merely prevents losing these lawsuits. You can be sued for anything, and unless the lawsuit is totally frivolous, it will take place. OTOH, truth is the best defense in libel lawsuit and since you truthfuly stated what you think, never claiming what you think is true (and safeguarding your statement with proper clauses that won't misguide the readers into believing you state actual facts) your freedom of speech (as opposed to lack of freedom in spreading misinformation) is protected.
Jun
16
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Primarily, if in any doubt, state clearly that you express opinions, not state facts. Your rights to express opinion are protected. Person's rights not to have slanderous falsehoods about them published are protected as well. The difference between the two are that you may presents truthful facts about given person, or truthful facts about your opinion (however wrong and misguided) about that person.
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
Note these all odd prophecies come from "plot twists" that occurred later. You have a story with improbable events, and then you wear these events into fancy wording that makes them sound impossible, or you have a story driven by (not quite defined) prophecy, and then you define the prophecy as to fulfill the story including the failures at avoiding it. This all looks cool and mystical if you look at it from the front: a story weaved around caveats of the prophecy. But it's simple really if the prophecy was made to fit the story in non-obvious manner.
Jun
6
comment Methods for writing from an alternate gender/age/cultural viewpoint?
culture has enormous influence on one's character, mindset, value system, patterns of thinking. It shapes personality to degree a person not versed in varied cultures is unable to begin to imagine! Entering the mind of a person brought up in a different culture is very difficult unless you know such people in person, deeply. I assure you trying to write from perspective of a Gypsy, or a Hasid is nowhere similar to writing from perspective of a typical white person brought up in Western Culture. Different values, different moral system, different priorities, and outlook on others.
Jun
5
comment Delaying narrative/actions
Straight angle turn, then.
Jun
5
comment Delaying narrative/actions
a straight curve?