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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
Dec
1
comment How I should handle gender-neutral pronoun in technical writing?
Good discussion of this here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/48/…
Nov
30
answered What is the best way to avoid plagiarism when importing information from a source?
Nov
30
comment If I write an erotic / porn novel now, what are the chances that it might impact my mainstream writing career?
I'd certainly consider the possibility that someone will figure it out sooner or later. Lots of people have gotten burned because they assumed that no one would ever know they did X because they took some steps to keep it secret.
Nov
25
answered Should I describe my characters going to the toilet?
Nov
25
answered I'm unable to figure out the logical solution to a problem; how do I keep writing?