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Apr
8
comment The extent of obscure references
RE the Harry Potter comment: Yes. A fallacy that I see all the time is the assumption that because I and all my friends think this way or do this thing, that that means that everybody does. Don't assume that everyone in the world knows the lyrics to your favorite pop song, or shares your political beliefs, etc. Than given that, you have to decide how broad or narrow an audience you want to appeal to. And neither a broad nor a narrow audience is necessarily "better", any more than it's meaningful to argue whether a novel is "better" than a poem.
Apr
8
answered The extent of obscure references
Apr
6
answered Writing about a real place
Apr
6
answered Chicago- Paraphrasing a whole page from Author into 1 paragraph- what is the citation?
Apr
6
comment How to write a “state of the art” chapter
@morcillo We'd say, "I learned to read in a Spanish-speaking country". If you needed to distinguish reading from speaking, you might say, "I learned to talk ..." I comprehend the problem of trying to translate a word directly from one language to another. But it did bring a fun image to mind. On the serious side, it is not uncommon for people to be lined up in alphabetical order by name, for example in school or in the army. But I don't think we'd say that "we alphabetized the students", more like, "We lined up the students in alphabetical order".
Apr
3
comment How to write a “state of the art” chapter
Side note: I'm not sure what you mean by "I was alphabetized in another country." To "alphabetize" something is to arrange a list in alphabetical order or to insert a new item into such a list. Unless you were stuffed in a file drawer in between "Morbius" and "Mordred", you probably weren't alphabetized anywhere. Maybe you mean you learned to read in another country?
Apr
3
answered How do I write numbers in dialogue?
Apr
2
answered Can I Use “You?”
Apr
2
comment How to balance for readers who are not technologically literate
@LaurenIpsum Well, he said there wasn't such a character. It may be that he could put one in just for this purpose. Or it may be that if we read the story we would see that the presence of such a character would be implausible.
Apr
1
comment How to balance for readers who are not technologically literate
@ChrisSunami And viewers of television in general are used to seeing technical jargon thrown out to explain how the scientist knew there would be an earthquake or how the detective found the criminal, etc. Often wholly invented and incoherent to anyone knowledgeable in the field.
Apr
1
answered How to balance for readers who are not technologically literate
Apr
1
comment What are the copyright limitations for adopting a ficitonal character's name as your Pen Name?
Well, I'd just say; I wouldn't. I don't know where you live, but here in the U.S., people who demonstrate extreme devotion to a fictional character are considered very strange and are routinely laughed at.
Mar
31
answered Why are the paragraphs of an document often indented and not vertically separated?
Mar
29
comment How to name characters of unspecific nationality and race?
@MacCooper Not saying it was a stupid idea. Just that it has a lot of catches. Some of my most brilliant ideas also sometimes have the flaw that they don't actually work. :-)
Mar
27
comment How to name characters of unspecific nationality and race?
@MacCooper But if "well, that's a translation into English" is considered valid, then you could, say, call a character "John", and say, "Well, that's not necessarily an English name. It could be an English translation of Juan, or Sean, or Jean, etc."
Mar
27
comment How do you convey nonverbal utterances?
That is, don't do anything special. Just use the interjection as a word.
Mar
26
answered How to choose a good/suitable pseudonym
Mar
26
comment How to choose a good/suitable pseudonym
RE #1: Someone who generally writes children's stories, but decides to take a stab at pornography, might well want to use two different pseudonyms (or his real name and a pseudonym). Anyone who knew of the pornography would surely be hesitant to buy books for her children by this author, and people who had heard of the children's books and was looking for porn might think "what sort of sex novel would someone who wrote The Fuzzy Bear Goes to the Park write?" Yes, that's the extreme case, I can imagine wrestling with the question for less divergent genres.
Mar
25
answered How to name characters of unspecific nationality and race?
Mar
25
comment How to name characters of unspecific nationality and race?
Interesting thought on surnames, but I think it breaks down. Sure, there are people named O'Higgins in Chile. But they're surrounded by people named Fernandez and Rodriguez and Garcia. If EVERYONE in the story has an Irish-sounding surname, I'm not going to think, "Oh, this could be set in Chile, because there are people there with Irish surnames". Barring explicit information, I'm going to think, "This must be set in Ireland."