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Dec
24
answered Can I use an old painting of Lilith as my book cover?
Dec
24
answered Swearing in a book, within a context. Too offensive?
Dec
24
comment Swearing in a book, within a context. Too offensive?
@Lostinfrance I thought the original "Battlestar Gallacta" series was rather clever about this. The characters are supposed to be from a culture far from Earth. And so the writers invented swear words like "frak" and "faldercarb". It struck me that viewers could interpret these words as being as mild or offensive as they were comfortable with and as fitted their conception of the characters. One person might interpret "faldercarb" as being equivalent to "bummer man", another to the F-word.
Dec
18
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Dec
17
comment What is the story structure called when someone doesn't know they have the solution to their problem in hand?
I don't think the names on "TV tropes" are, in general, widely accepted and recognized names for these ideas. Very few sound like the sort of names that literature professors give to such ideas, so I doubt they would be respected in an academic paper. Frankly, I often hear people ask "the name" of some complex idea, or even "the word", and I think the reality is that there are many ideas that do not have a single, recognized name. You have to describe them.
Dec
17
answered An online resource where writers can get quickie answers to questions about the real world?
Dec
16
answered Any techniques to make the reader feel sad and very sorrowful?
Dec
16
comment Any techniques to make the reader feel sad and very sorrowful?
Write a book that is really bad and then charge a lot of money for it. Then when the reader realizes they were ripped off, they will feel very sad and sorrowful. :-)
Dec
15
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
@VilleNiemi RE psychiatrist: For it to work the hero would have to be talking to the heroine's psychiatrist, or would have to be talking to his own psychiatrist about a third person's problems, which may or may not work in the story. It seems unlikely that the woman's psychiatrist would discuss her case with another person -- wouldn't that violate confidentiality? And if it's the heroine who has suicidal tendencies, why would the hero be going to a psychiatrist? Not to say it wouldn't work, but you'd have to come up with a plausible scenario.
Dec
15
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
@VilleNiemi Possible, but to the extent that a man is less likely to think of such a diary than a woman, and so the hero is unlikely to think of such a solution himself, supposing that some other man thinks of it doesn't solve the problem. I think superluminary's idea is to get a woman to suggest what is basically a feminine idea to a man, to avoid any question about how a man came up with a feminine idea.
Dec
11
answered When does satire (parody) become plaigiarism?
Dec
11
comment How can I avoid using the first person in a report when directly referring to work and experiences I have had?
Ditto @LaurenIpsum. I'd ask for clarification of the instructions. If you are specifically required to engage in "review and self-reflection", how can you do this without talking about yourself and your own perspective? Perhaps you have misunderstood something, or perhaps the tutor is contradicting the written instructions.
Dec
7
answered Can I write a Hero's Journey without them leaving an Ordinary World? (Monomyth template)
Dec
7
comment How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
I think that would work. Of course as with any work of fiction, exactly how you say it -- all the details of dialog and action etc -- can be the difference between believable and not believable.
Dec
7
answered How should I have my male character express strong feelings?
Dec
7
answered Do I need to cite quotes when conversing casually with friends?
Dec
7
comment How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?
"straight at the beginning" <- hidden pun :-)
Dec
6
answered APA Headings- Frequency
Dec
3
comment Use of the Oxford comma
"Chiding" someone because he wrote in accordance with one popular style guide rather than another seems rather silly to me. That's like getting mad at someone because he has a different favorite color than you do. I can see saying, "In this company, we use this style", and chiding an employee for failing to follow the policy. But a resume? How would the applicant know what style guide you use?
Dec
3
answered publishing my first book - in an economical way