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comment Where does the power granted by a theme come from?
Actual story from not long ago: "No, doctor, don't mind the high blood pressure, it's not that high normally, just a momentary fluke. I was reading a book in the waiting room, and right before you called me in, the villain did something so horrible it made me all shake with rage." "But it's just a book! A fiction!" "Yes, I know, but it's written so well I just can't help it..."
Apr
10
comment Filter Words in Dialog
@Jay longestjokeintheworld.com over 10,000 words for one mediocre pun. They call this kind of jokes 'groaner'.
Apr
8
comment Filter Words in Dialog
@LaurenIpsum: Yes, if it's to be both 1. short, 2. humorous. It's tiring in the long run, so for a novel it would be a no-no. And it's really hard to convey serious messages and keep serious mood with that style.
Apr
3
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
I believe this belongs on EL&U...
Apr
3
comment How do I write numbers in dialogue?
I'd understand your editor if it was 'Unit five' or 'Model three hundred'. But this? Seriously?
Apr
2
comment How to make easy and fast money selling a short book (which is available for download)?
@StevenDrennon: For a beginning/amateur writer publishing an e-book is a very common and very viable way to earn some small amount of money. It's a long, long way from earning one a living though.
Mar
19
comment Prologues with no protagonist - How can they work?
...may explain why J.K.Rowling visited... how many? 18 publishers? before she found one to accept her book. The captivating middle and ending redeemed the poor start.
Mar
17
comment Use of realism in a fictional setting
Also, always remember the Rule of Cool. You can get away with quite more of a stretch of the reality if what you're showing is simply awesome. The more epic the act, the more you can stretch the reality.
Mar
17
comment Types of articles in journalism
@Biotechnologist: I'm afraid I don't know any resource to list them all in-depth, but check the right-column box of the Wikipedia article on Journalism for several different classifications.
Mar
16
comment Types of articles in journalism
@CLockeWork: By journalist, and if we narrow down the sense of the word to its basic meaning of writer for journal/newspaper, (excluding photographers, reporters and the general press*/*media as opposed to strictly writers) it becomes quite answerable.
Mar
16
comment Which narration style gives more authority over emotions
@Namechangedtomaskidentity: If you want to narrate both with the same degree of freedom, then third person is a must. Now, your choice bewteen omniscient narrator (can peer into heads of characters, read their feelings and thoughts) and limited (can only report what is being visible) is the trade-off between difficulty and top quality. The latter is much harder to execute right, convey the right things at decent pace. Emotions are much harder to "handle" but the effects may be better. Still, I think you'd do well with omniscient - a simple third person where you can just report the emotions.
Mar
16
comment simultaneous dialogues in novels and short fiction
My advice: Don't. There's little to gain and much to lose; simply don't create such a situation in your story. If it needed, that's one situation where "telling instead of showing" is forgivable, "show" one dialogue and "tell" about the less important one going on in the background.
Mar
13
comment Do traditional publishers ever make use of “print on demand” (POD)?
They definitely do, ESPECIALLY the big ones, as a way to circumvent returning publishing rights back to authors "when book goes out of print". Beware!
Mar
6
comment Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?
@PaulA.Clayton: True for a novel or the likes, but unless you write Epic Poetry like Illiad, most poems are maybe 1-2 pages long, so copying them is really easy.
Mar
6
comment Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?
@PraveshParekh: There are smartphone apps that OCR photos directly from the phone camera. Besides, there are PDF reader applications that allow to simply ignore the 'protection' mark and copy the text away.
Mar
1
comment In a dialogue, how do you write that a character says a letter?
Let me add that alliterating a string of letters is often denoted with dashes. "The code is 'cohac', C-O-H-A-C."
Mar
1
comment When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?
Also note some shows do temporarily stray into different genres - like StarTrek 'holodeck' episodes - but that's not a permanent shift, just one-off episodes.
Mar
1
comment When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?
In case of cinematic movies - yes (if rarely), the (in)famous "From Dusk To Dawn" comes to mind. In case of TV series, not really, at least never a big shift - family drama into family sitcom, or crime into mystery, okay, but a crime drama into High Fantasy? nope.
Feb
28
comment How to write a press release
I like that release. "This is not your typical tasting, but a tasting with a twist. We skip the lecture and get straight to the vodka."
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
OTOH you, as the screenwriter don't really need to purchase or obtain any permissions - you just need to disclose the use of copyrighted piece to the agents of the studio which buys your screenplay. It's them who then handle the licensing agreements with the copyright holder, and they pay for license to use the part of the song in the movie.