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Jul
18
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
Do you really need to imagine the exact words that someone said for the scene to be effective? If I read, "As Bob was the only member of our group who spoke French, he asked the stranger for directions", I don't sit there and try to guess what the exact words were the Bob and the stranger exchanged. I get the idea and move on.
Jul
18
answered Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
Jul
15
answered Citing in a Magazine Article
Jul
11
comment Using hyphen points
@LaurenIpsum Yes, I wasn't disagreeing with you. I was just saying that for different lists on the same level, you should be consistent (unless there is some good reason not to be).
Jul
11
comment Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
Oh, I absolutely agree. That's what I was trying to say.
Jul
10
comment Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
... because if their argument is convincing, then hey, I'd like to know that, maybe I should change my opinions. And if not, it's always good to know what the opposition is saying.
Jul
10
comment Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
As an evangelical Christian (who is quite accustomed to being told that his opinions are abhorrent, BTW), it occurs to me that I occasionally see reviews of books or movies from a Christian perspective, i.e. to what extent does this book uphold or attack Christian morals or ideas. I've seen similar reviews from a feminist perspective and various political perspectives. I think that's good and valid: I'm not likely to be interested in reading a novel that gratuitously attacks my beliefs. Of course I do read non-fiction that at least purports to make reasoned attacks on my beliefs ...
Jul
10
answered Metrics for assessing the persuasiveness of a paper?
Jul
10
answered Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
Jul
10
answered Using hyphen points
Jul
10
comment Using hyphen points
The bullet character is relevant in the sense that it should be consistent! Don't use discs for the bullet character in your first list, hyphens in the second, and asterisks in the third, unless you have some reason to make them different. This will leap out at the reader.
Jul
10
answered Referring to people in a book
Jul
8
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
@J.R. I don't disagree. That's the direction I was heading when I said, "In a sense, the setting always matters" and the example about romances. The setting of a murder mystery could make a bigger difference than I was originally thinking. In a mystery set in a country with a many detailed civil rights protections, one could write a mystery story about how the detective must navigate the rules to obtain the critical evidence. A reader from a country with more lax rules might be saying, "Wait, if they KNOW it was him, why don't they just break down the door and beat him up until he confesses?"
Jul
8
comment What steps can be taken to avoid libel / copyright issues in social commentary?
I don't want to beat this to death. Personally I've never used Twitter and don't claim to know anything about it. But my point is, unless there's further explanatory text, what you have quoted is ambiguous. Is the poster giving anyone in the world the right to use their Twitter post in any way that person wants? Or only to use it within Twitter, for example to forward a tweet or to quote one tweet within another, but not to, say, include Twitter posts in a book or to recite them on an audio recording. I'd be careful about making assumptions that could get you into trouble.
Jul
8
comment Books for children: complexity
... physical development, but it is still a meaningful and useful statement. It is, of course, good to understand the extent and applicability of its meaningfulness. A rule of thumb is not the last word on the subject, but it can still be useful.
Jul
8
comment Books for children: complexity
Umm, I was thinking of median in reading comprehension. And yes, I'm well aware that "reading comprehension" is not something that can be completely and accurately described by a single scale, much less definitively measure for any given child. But my point is that even though a statement like, "Billie is at a reading level of 8.7 and Sally is at 4.3" does not tell us everything there is to know about their relative reading abilities, it can still be a useful statement. Just like, "Billie is 5 foot 2 inches tall" does not tell us everything there is to know about Billie's ...
Jul
8
comment What's a minimum recommendable word-count to generate sales in Amazon Direct Publishing (ADP)?
Ditto JaveerBaker. Write your story as you envision it and see how the length turns out. You don't want to add scenes that don't contribute to the development of the plot or characters just to pad it out to some pre-determined length. Nor do you want to cut things that DO contribute just to stay within some maximum. If this contest has rules saying minimum 3000 words, then that's the only restriction you need to worry about.
Jul
8
comment Books for children: complexity
... The question is, if a book is appropriate for the average or median 7-year-old, what percentage of all 7-year-olds is it appropriate for? I wonder if anyone has done any studies on this -- though terms would be hard to define. I'd guess it would be on the order of 50-75% though.
Jul
8
comment Books for children: complexity
Some good points, but I'd quibble that saying that age ranges are "essentially meaningless" is an exaggeration. Sure, a book targeted at 7-year-olds may in fact be read and understood by some number of 5- and 6-year-olds, and may prove too difficult for some 8- and 9-year-olds, indeed it may prove too difficult for some 30-year-olds. But still, we could say that book A is appropriate for a large number of 5-year-olds while book B is appropriate primarily for 10-year-olds and book C for 18-year-olds. ...
Jul
5
answered What steps can be taken to avoid libel / copyright issues in social commentary?