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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?
Jul
5
comment What steps can be taken to avoid libel / copyright issues in social commentary?
I haven't read Twitter's terms of service, but just going by what you quote, I don't see how you conclude "you can use tweets as much as you like". That TOS says that TWITTER can publish your tweets, not anyone. The final phrase "and to let others do the same" might mean that you are agreeing to let anyone in the world use your tweets in any way they want, but that interpretation would contradict the statement that "you retain your rights to any content you submit". I'd talk to a lawyer before drawing such conclusions.
Jul
3
answered Using pronouns properly in order to avoid confusion and repetition
Jul
1
answered Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Jun
28
answered About the Author description
Jun
27
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
Note on grammar: Your title is misleading. After reading the question (and your reply to LaurenIpsum) I understand that you mean "characters who intervene in events". But "intervening" can also mean "coming in between two things". So my first impression when I read the title was that you meant "characters who come in between two parts of a story". Not that I can think of a way to express the idea you have in two or three words, you seem to be driving at something like "characters not aligned with hero or villain but who strongly influence events".
Jun
27
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
So what's the question? Are you looking for examples of such characters in literature? For advice on how to create such characters? Or what?