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answered How do you make a character witty?
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comment How do you make a character witty?
starts to look lame. If you never actually tell the joke but are always giving us these dangling punch lines, I think that's really going to stand out, like you're trying to hide the fact that you can't actually think of any funny stories.
Aug
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comment How do you make a character witty?
I've seen lots of movies where we enter a scene just as a character is telling the punch line to a joke or funny story. I recall a particularly strange one where the movie picks up a scene with a character saying, "... and we never did find the other shoe", and everyone in the room bursts into laughter. That gives you the idea that the character is very funny without the writer having to make up an incredibly funny story, and also creates a mini-mystery where the viewer wonders what the funny story might have been about. But if you try to do this too often in the same story, I think it ...
Jul
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answered Using “by” on the book cover
Jul
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comment When to use semicolons and when to use em dashes?
@LaurenIpsum Yup, Rob H's answer on that question was pretty much the same as what I was trying to say here.
Jul
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comment When to use semicolons and when to use em dashes?
@PaulA.Clayton Okay, I guess there's an ambiguity in what we mean by "break". I was thinking "bigger break" in the sense of "bigger separation of the offset thing from the main thing". You're apparently thinking of it as "less separation of the flow of the thought in the main thing".
Jul
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comment First person pov with more than one main chars
@Fortiter I can think of at least one story I've read -- and sorry, at the moment I can't recall title or author -- that switched between husband speaking first person and wife speaking first person. It wasn't about their marriage, but there were a few places where each would describe the same incident from their own point of view, and you'd get a chuckle how they completely misunderstood each other. (I think if this technique was used for a story that WAS about the relationship, you'd have to be very careful not to overdo the he-said/she-said and make the story trite.)
Jul
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answered When to use semicolons and when to use em dashes?
Jul
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answered Is it common for flashbacks to not to follow a chronological order?
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Jul
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answered When to use contractions and when to use complete words?
Jul
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comment API reference doc: best practices for describing opaque parameters?
RE weak typing: If the tool provides something like Javadoc's param block, then I'd think that's the logical place to put information about the "real" data type. Just like in Javadoc I might say something like "@param month 1 to 12, where 1=Jan, 2=Feb, etc", so in a "Javascriptdoc" I might say "@param month integer from 1 to 12", etc. If there is no param block, then in the general comments area I'd create one.
Jul
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answered How can I dig conflict out of an optimistic SF-nal premise?
Jul
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answered API reference doc: best practices for describing opaque parameters?
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answered Is it necessary to make clear “when” an event occur in a flashback?
Jul
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answered How to decide whether or not to accept publishing offer for short story?
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comment How much can I talk about other people's works?
machine, not write a work of fiction.
Jul
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comment How much can I talk about other people's works?
@jwpat7 I actually thought about DaVinci's flying machine when I wrote that. But DaVinci was not writing a work of fiction but a serious work of science. In any case, I don't doubt that there are scale models, etc, of DaVinci's machine, I wouldn't be surprised if someone's tried to make a full-scale working model. But Boeing and Airbus and Sikorsky et al do not model their aircraft based on DaVinci's design. Someone might try it for scientific or historical curiosity, but not as a serious commercial or military aircraft design. And again, DaVinci was trying to design a practical flying ...
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answered How much can I talk about other people's works?
Jul
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answered Attributing quotes to fictional characters