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Mar
8
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
Give one of the protagonists a reasonable outdoorsman skill. Hiding from someone in the woods is much easier than finding someone in the woods, in general. Given similar skill level between the seeker and the hiding one, and moderately large and varied woods, the hiding one wins hands down. Simply have them hide from the patrols and that will create some pretty good scenes of tension too!
Mar
7
comment Published on blog but taken down: Still remains previously-published?
Check your blog in the Wayback Machine.
Feb
28
comment How do I recover my confidence after a harsh writing group?
Remember every talented writers has about 5 novels worth of terribly bad material in their head, covering whatever good lies below. Until you've written that junk away you'll never dredge up the good stuff. So keep writing, keep writing crap, and good stuff will come eventually.
Feb
24
comment Attributing Quote to Fictional Characters (Who are based on real people)
@J.R.: More or less, it was a character fashioned after Benjamin Franklin, in a Twain's novel. ;^)
Feb
21
comment Differences between script and screenplay
Note, theater scripts (specifically meant as director's handbook, not a fancy format novel for reading) are bound by limitations of the scene: decorations, space limitations, audience unable to see small detail (e.g. read text on paper) etc. Movies can rapidly shift focus, change scenes, have whole cities explode, zoom in on detail etc.
Feb
21
comment Should I omit the “at first”s in the following pieces?
How frequent are they? Instead of "at first" you can anchor it in time, or split - adding detail between the "at first" and "But then" and making them separate sentences or even paragraphs. But that just depends on situation - if the story tempo requires it, they are entirely forgivable.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou: You can sue for specific damages corresponding to value of sales of the plagiarist in case of commercial use (which may exceed the costs of attorney fees etc by far). In case of non-commercial use you can sue for statutory damages, which are unlikely to cover the extra costs of the lawsuit which will appear if you didn't register.
Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@DougM: Not registering leaves you almost defenseless against non-commercial violations (like net piracy). Sure you can never register, not even keep a recording with first creation date, and still have copyright, which will be completely useless (unenforceable) at that point.
Feb
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou: Primarily, this is derived from local law. Berne Convention normalizes when copyright is in effect, but various countries handle various methods of proving so differently, e.g. the "mail a copy to yourself, don't open the envelope with dated mail stamp" is one that is currently no longer accepted in the US, while still acceptable in Poland. Also, for literary works you're normally supposed to go to a notary if not immediately publishing your work (then the Publisher handles that), while in the US you go to Copyright Office.
Feb
7
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Personally I believe the asker is overthinking this. It's a very simple matter and trying to find a second bottom like a formal set of rules is like trying to find a formally correct direction of stirring tea.
Feb
7
comment Types/Categories of rhyme?
I believe this is a question about study of the language, and as such, belongs to English.SE
Jan
31
comment Hypothetical interview with Jesus Christ. Has to be deep?
Well, you can always lampshade it with "They got it completely wrong! I said none of these things!"(referring to the Bible) and then have the Jesus to be whomever you want.
Jan
30
comment Writing in between dream sequences
Also: Falling asleep and waking up are an excellent place for a section break (*~*~*) - the shift of the scene between "bed" and "dreamscape" is smooth with us already being inside the dream, or awake, at the start of given section.
Jan
27
comment Writing a short documentary about a medical clinic
Not all the puzzle pieces. Assemble what you have, spot pieces you still miss, things that could be clarified or done better, and then create the missing material. Essentially, create 80% "by hunch" and fill remaining 20% with "scripted".
Jan
25
comment Referencing the process of writing the novel as a part of the novel's plot
The site about naming everything but super-obscure subjects is EL&U. Still, naming a technique used in writing seems quite on-topic here. Also, on topic: If you reference the book itself, it's frequently called "going meta". If your characters address or mention your readers, this is "breaking the fourth wall".
Jan
24
comment Can a character read a short excerpt from published literature?
That's awfully skimpy info you give there. Legally you're in the clear as KJV is public domain, but whether you should cut off, summarize or quote verbatim depends on quite a few factors involving what you write actually.
Jan
24
comment How to write engaging and relevant backstory
IMHO if you want a plot-driven story with the protagonist so extremely generic he doesn't need any backstory, you'd better make the plot beyond brilliant, or the result will be rather on the poor side. The backstory may be very simple. "He was a no-life spending days in front of his computer in a depressive stupor" is nowhere as glorious as the story of ring wraiths, but it still works.
Jan
21
comment What are good examples of backstory in natural dialogue?
@JohnSmithers: Everyone does it, but some do it better and some do it worse. Still, picking any of classics is guaranteed to provide source of this done right.
Jan
17
comment Evoking happiness in a very short story
Reader of this comment, I like you! Yes, you!
Jan
16
comment Formal video-based creative writing courses
Why would you want video courses for writing? I mean, if the author of the course is not capable of conveying the knowledge through writing, but needs video for that, that's a sure-fire sign they aren't too good at their craft. And if the audience can't even be assed into reading the text by someone else, they are unlikely to write anything of quality either.