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comment How can one write about illegal deeds without getting into trouble?
@Aerovistae Bear in mind that "double jeopardy" is an American legal principle. Britain repealed their double jeopardy law about 10 years ago, and many countries have no such law. And even in the U.S., the protection is very weak. The courts have ruled that you can't be tried twice for the same offense, but you can be tried for other offenses related to the same event. Ever notice how when someone is charged with a major crime, they often say "10 counts of robbery, 3 counts of assault, and 2 counts of kidnapping" or some such? Each of those is a separate crime. So if, say, you rob a bank, ...
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answered How can one write about illegal deeds without getting into trouble?
May
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comment Real cities & placing fictional cities
BTW You know New York is on the EAST coast, not the west, right? Maybe you're thinking it's the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean? But no one in the U.S. calls it that. We think of it as the east coast of the country. If you way "the west coast", Americans understand that to mean California, Oregon, and Washington.
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comment Real cities & placing fictional cities
If you're going to have a map, then presumably you have to have a specific location. Without knowing the details of your story, I can't say whether it's a good idea to have a map or not. If the specific location of this city matters, like if it's important to the story that it's so many miles to New York and so many miles to Baltimore and so forth, maybe because the characters are regularly travelling to other cities and you need to keep travel times consistent and realistic, then there's no avoiding it. But if you're adding a fictional city to a real country, as I say, I'd keep it vague.
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answered Degree of symmetry in lists
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comment How to «show» an irrelevant detail without expressively «tell»?
... where, say, a crucial clue is that the victim had two daughters and not just the one that everyone knows, and then on the cover we see a room with a photograph hanging on the wall picturing a man with two young ladies. But wow, how would you make clear that this is a picture of the victim and not some other character in the story, etc? And even if you did it well, I think many readers would consider that "out of bounds" for a fair mystery.
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comment How to «show» an irrelevant detail without expressively «tell»?
Conveying information through a cover illustration is tricky. The cover is more a marketing tool than a part of the story. Readers don't normally expect a cover to convey information relevant to the plot. Different editions of a book often change the cover. Every now and then I come across a book where the cover is 100% marketing, like the cover picture is a sexy, barely-dressed woman, and the story turns out to have no female characters. All that said, I suppose it would be pretty cleaver to have a crucial clue to understanding the story in the cover picture. Like write a mystery novel ...
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answered How to «show» an irrelevant detail without expressively «tell»?
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answered How do I cite an unnamed lecture that took place somewhere in Dade County and was published on YouTube?
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
@ghoppe I do agree that this is not the right place for an in-depth discussion of these issues. That may be the only point we agree on. :-) This thread started with me trying to address a grammar issue -- the etymology, use, and meaning of the word "Christianism" -- and we got off track.
Apr
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
@PaulA.Clayton Oh, sorry, the way your post was worded I just jumped to the conclusion that you were the OP, didn't think to check. Rather than edit my post, let me just leave this comment to say, Please interpret in light of this clarification.
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
... different perspectives, who all the groups are in the context of your story, etc. I think you have at that point pretty much forced yourself to explain the different perspectives on the rules as each new character narrator is introduced. Maybe you could have a statement of the rules once at the beginning, and then as each character is introduced he discusses his perspective or interpretation. That could actually be an interesting premise -- like Roshomon or Hoodwinked, if you are familiar with those.
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comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
Okay, that's a significant clarification to your question. You might add something about that to the question. But all that said, it sounds like you CAN'T just give the rules once up front. Unless you have a long list of "here are the rules from the perspective of a necromancer, now here are the rules from the perspective of a witch, now here are the rules from the perspective of a sorcerer", etc. That sounds like it would be REALLY tedious, especially as at that point you wouldn't have introduced any of the characters yet, so you'd also have to be explaining just why they all have ...
Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
If you think about it, what you are asking is what reporters do every day. They attend a speech by a politician or a celebrity and then write a news story reporting what the speaker said. I've never heard of someone suing a reporter for copyright violation for reporting on a speech. Maybe for libel if they radically misquote the speech, but not copyright violation.
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
I don't have a long list of relevant court cases off the top of my head so I can't cite a specific precedent on that, but this isn't an idea I just made up -- I don't claim any copyright on it! -- you can find this in many discussions of copyright.
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
@ochado Okay, maybe that particular court case wasn't the best example. But the same principle applies: an idea is not protected by copyright, just the words used to express that idea. If someone writes an editorial in which he says that he thinks the U.S. should send military aid to Ukraine (just to pick something at random), he has a copyright in the specific words he used. But he does not have a copyright in the idea of sending military aid to Ukraine. He can't sue everyone else who suggests aiding Ukraine for copyright violation, as long as they do not use the same words.
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answered Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic