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Aug
28
comment how many books by new authors get published every year?
I'm sure the number of people who at one time or another have said, "I'd like to write a book" is much larger than the number who actually put one sentence on paper, and that is much larger than the number who complete it. Just like the number of people who say "I'd like to learn to play the piano" or even "I'd like to lose weight" is much larger than the number who actually follow through. Etc.
Aug
26
comment Stupid Villain rather than Dark Lord
Or "Ensign Flandry", a SF novel in which the villain is a well-meaning anti-war politician whose actions nearly lead to the destruction of an innocent people.
Aug
26
answered Stupid Villain rather than Dark Lord
Aug
23
comment Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
I don't know much about psychology, but it doesn't seem impossible. And even if it is impossible, most readers would not know that. I think you'd get away with it easily.
Aug
23
answered Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
Aug
23
comment Characters with non-standard names
Those don't seem all that similar to me, but in any case, just because they are "real names" doesn't mean they're both good to use. If I was writing a story set in the US, I don't think I'd have two characters named Sally and Sully, e.g.
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
plugged gas line. Have you tried replace the fuel filter?" or something of that sort. If he said, "Yeah, those Chevies sure are tricky", I'd walk away disappointed that he wasn't able to help. But apparently when a woman tells a friend about a problem, what she most wants is for the other woman to say, "Yes, that sure is a big problem alright. You must be really unhappy about this." Etc. :-)
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Yes, this is a classic. I recall when I was in marriage counseling my wife once complained that "He always minimizes my problems." When I asked what she meant she said that any time she told me about a problem, I always gave suggestions on how to solve it. I replied, well, yeah, why are you telling me about a problem unless you want me to help you solve it? But it developed that what she wanted was for me to sympathize with her about how serious the problem was. If I told a buddy about a problem I have with my car I'd hope he'd say something like, "That sounds like it might be a ...
Aug
21
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
bookblog.net/gender/genie.php Just for fun I ran it on the posts on this question. It thinks I am male, which is correct; that Anna is female, which from the name I'm guessing is correct; and that Kit is female but the score on that one is close.
Aug
20
comment ISBN codes for privately sold books?
No, that's just for the ISBN. $125 to "register" your book and get a catalog number. I absolutely agree that's outrageous. $250 for 10 seems high but not ridiculous to me: that's $25 each. The big boys who publish thousands of books a year are paying $1 each. BTW, $125 doesn't even include a computer graphic of the image to put on your book cover. That'll cost you another $20 from Bowkers, though there are plenty of places to get them for free.
Aug
20
answered Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Aug
20
answered Characters with non-standard names
Aug
20
comment Characters with non-standard names
We gave our four kids all names that started with "A". That's because we didn't have to go any further than that in the baby name book before finding one that we liked. After giving the first child an "A" name, we considered a "B" name for the second child, but then we realized that by doing that we were committing to have 24 more children.
Aug
20
answered ISBN codes for privately sold books?
Aug
19
answered costs of self-publishing photo book, coffeetable
Aug
12
answered How to write in past tense?
Aug
9
answered Level of description in a story
Aug
5
answered How to find the plot to a message or theory
Aug
5
comment Hand gestures of “Come on” and other short words
... hand signal than what you had in mind, does it matter? If not, then there's no need to describe it. If the reader is unfamiliar with the gesture that you are thinking of, describing it will do no good. Except, I suppose, to teach them this hand signal, but again, unless that's your goal, it's just a distraction from the story.
Aug
5
comment Hand gestures of “Come on” and other short words
Dittos. Trying to describe exactly how someone held or moved his hands for some conventional gesture would likely be tedious and confusing. I think you'd have readers playing with their fingers trying to position their hands the way you describe and saying to themselves, "Wait, forefinger where? Fingers pointing ... oh!!! I get it ..." Unless the exact positioning of the hand for such a gesture is critical to the story, I'd just forget it, just say, "He signaled to her to follow," "Bob made a hand signal from across the room to indicate he was ok", etc. If the reader thinks of a different ...