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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
awarded  Revival
Aug
5
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
(Shrug) Not a question that will lead me to challenge you to a duel to the death. It seems to me that a brilliant detective would value his mind highly, and would want to keep it clear and functioning at peak efficiency. Hallucinogenic drugs would seem like the sort of thing a brilliant detective would have no desire to use. I suppose you could make a case that "a mind forever wandering" would try such drugs out of curiosity, but that's not how I recall it presented in the stories. Of course one must also consider that cocaine and heroin use were viewed differently back then. Whatever.
Aug
5
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
Sure. And I thought it seemed out of character. Of course Holmes was supposed to be .. quirky.
Aug
5
answered How could a criminal forget a crime?
Aug
5
comment How could a criminal forget a crime?
Whether anyone really has committed a murder while sleep-walking, the idea doesn't seem obviously, blatantly impossible. By definition, fiction is not limited to things that you can prove really happened -- that's called "non-fiction". I'm pretty sure that no one has ever actually travelled to the planet Vulcan or survived a total nuclear war, but that doesn't mean you can't include such things in a fiction story.
Aug
4
answered Writing succintly. Does it matter?
Aug
4
comment How should changing the point of view be handled?
Don't rely on subtle clues, like, "Oh, the reader should realize that we're now talking from Sally's point of view because I'm talking about colors and Sally always pays attention to color." Make it 100% clear: Use the character's name or some other blatant identifier.
Aug
4
comment How should changing the point of view be handled?
I agree. Just be sure that the change in POV is clear. I think that in general the first sentence of each chapter should establish whose eyes we're seeing through. I've read stories where I was three pages in to a chapter before I finally realized, "Oh, this chapter is back in London, now I get it", or "Oh, this is a flashback", etc.
Aug
4
answered Handling an Inauthentic Character
Aug
1
answered Is it legal to use a parental advisory on a book?
Jul
25
comment Is writing even profitable
... for the past 30 years put together.
Jul
25
comment Is writing even profitable
I've published a handful of magazine articles and two books. My income from this has been small, but expenses are small too, so sure, I've made a profit. But if my goal was just to make money, I can confidently say that the opportunity cost was huge. I could have done much better by getting a part-time job at McDonalds and earning minimum wage for those hours. Never mind that I have on occasion done computer consulting work, which pays WAY better than writing. I'd have to add up the numbers, but I probably made more with one day of computer consulting than with all the writing I've done ...