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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.
Aug
7
comment The structure of magazine editing hierarchies
OP: Are you interested in News portals (online-only) too? I worked for one, which used 99% of news agencies content, and only kept a token crew of actual journalists (as opposed to army of editors), more for marketing purposes than out of actual need?
Aug
7
comment The structure of magazine editing hierarchies
@what: Depends. Maybe they write generic software they are going to offer to various customers.
Aug
6
comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
@lea: I believe you should ask it as a different question then. Because while these answers maybe don't solve your problem, they certainly answer the question you asked...
Aug
6
comment Writing succintly. Does it matter?
While it's praise-worthy in "real life", teachers often just skim the papers by their students, and often not even that - upon seeing a paper too short for their liking they may grade it lower despite acceptable content. If writing for school, you simply risk lower grades by condensing your knowledge too much.
Aug
5
comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
@NewAlexandria: No, having a few personalities with ability to switch out of any one that tires you is actually somewhat liberating. There's no 'weight of detachment' as such, only a little niggling feeling 'and which one is the real me?' which is actually quite easily silenced. Then the acceptance comes in 'The real me is the sum of all these.' Of course you can change that for plot reasons.
Aug
4
comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
@lea: Nevertheless, that never happens "by itself". Somehow, that nature came to be. What kind of failings of the society led to it? That's the backstory!
Aug
4
comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
"If her Polly Pure self is authentic, but she takes on multiple other personae..." - it's vain to seek the one authentic personality. One specific trait of this kind of characters: Wear too many masks too long, and they become the true 'you' - you forget your own face.
Jul
31
comment Is it unnecessary to mention that there is a silence in the following cases?
"The remained silent for a while. " The Who?
Jul
26
comment Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book
I agree, a large excerpt would be helpful. As for choice between modern and old-fashioned - both are fine, but stick to one within one tale. Neither of the styles is wrong, but the changes of the style are often jarring, especially if there's no specific purpose to these changes.