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Sep
22
comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
@ghoppe Well, okay, in the same sense that Christians in the 19th century sought to impose their religious beliefs by outlawing slavery, and in general laws against stealing and murder and rape are consistent with Christian principles. But (a) No one is saying that you have to convert to our religion or be killed or otherwise penalized, as happens in many Muslim countries. No one is saying that there should be laws forcing you to join Christian churches or give them money. And (b) Suppose a group of Christians swept the next election and were able to pass every law they wanted. What would ...
Sep
18
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Sep
17
comment Capitalization with compound nouns starting with a number
A common grammar rule is that you should never begin a sentence with a Hindu-Arabic numeral, but instead should spell out the word, and then capitalize it. However, in technical writing, many people ignore this rule because it can be confusing. I doubt I'd write "Sixteen MB of RAM are required ..." instead of "16MB of RAM are required ..." etc.
Sep
16
answered Story without any character development whatsoever?
Sep
16
answered Can a sentence start with verb?
Sep
15
answered When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
Sep
15
comment What is a good name for a character who loves money?
I'd avoid giving characters names that too obviously describe them, unless the story is intended to be a comedy or a very blatant allegory. In real life, greedy people are not all named "Mr Cash", violent people are not all named "Mr Fist", etc., and seeing names like that in a story just seems ... silly.
Sep
12
answered Copyright issue when referring to a textbook
Sep
12
revised Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
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Sep
12
comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
... the idea that someone could say, "I think X is morally wrong, and therefore I will seek to persuade others that it is morally wrong and that they shouldn't do it. But of course I wouldn't make it illegal, because that would violate other people's freedom." Which is, in fact, the position of almost every evangelical that I know personally or who I have heard speak publicly.
Sep
12
comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
Can't say I've heard the term "Christianism" before, but hearing it was coined by Andrew Sullivan, who I have heard of, okay, I get it. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many actual Fundamentalists or evangelicals who say they want their religion imposed on others by force of law, that's more a caricature of evangelicals. Best as I can make out Mr Sullivan's logic, he says, "I think that anything I believe to be morally wrong should be illegal. Christians say X, Y, and Z are morally wrong. Therefore, Christians must believe that these things should be illegal." He rather skims over ...
Sep
12
answered Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
Sep
11
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
"Imposing an external criteria of good/bad" I think very few stories do not reflect SOME moral viewpoint. In most stories, there is a "good guy" and a "bad guy". The good guy may be flawed, he may not be a paragon of all that is good and right, but he's almost always presented as basically a good and decent person trying to do what is right. Usually, good wins in the end and the reader walks away happy. If the hero loses, this is presented as a sad and tragic thing. Sure, sometimes the writer's idea of "good" differs from my own. But the writer still has a moral viewpoint.
Sep
10
answered What do “p” and “pp” mean in the context of an index?
Sep
9
comment How to write a prophecy?
... Bible has nothing to do with whether you could include such a thing in a fiction story that you are writing.
Sep
9
comment How to write a prophecy?
@dmm The Joseph example is better than the Pharaoh example. There's no indication in the Bible or elsewhere that I know of that Pharaoh knew anything about any prophecy. You could say that his efforts to destroy the Jews backfired when they ended up placing a Jew in the royal household, but it had nothing to do with a PROPHECY. The Joseph case is debatable. I don't know that you'd call Joseph's dreams a prophecy, or that his brothers thought of them as a prophecy and not just their arrogant jerk brother. But maybe. Whatever, whether or not something like this scenario happened in the ...
Sep
8
revised Is it important to describe how the characters are dressed?
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Sep
8
answered Is it important to describe how the characters are dressed?
Aug
6
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
I recall Watson warning Holmes about the dangers of drug abuse, but I forget the details. Been a while since I've read those stories.
Aug
6
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