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Jun
25
revised How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood
spelling, em dash, rearrangement to move attribution before quote
Jun
23
answered How to avoid repeating the adjective “corresponding”?
Jun
23
reviewed No Action Needed How to avoid repeating the adjective “corresponding”?
Jun
23
reviewed Approve Are there any metrical (scansion) dictionaries?
Jun
23
reviewed Reopen How to sell a screenplay?
Jun
23
revised Where are some good places to publish free flash fiction?
linked to related question
Jun
7
comment Can a character arc “overshoot” and then revert?
What the character settles on does not have to determine the message. Characters can make foolish (as depicted by the author) decisions; people have been know to cut off their noses to spite their faces (and not recognize or admit even to themselves that they made a mistake). The interpretation of a conclusion can also depend on the reader; e.g., a stoic might view painful consequences for abiding by a principle as affirming that virtue and the character's nobility while a hedonist might view the same result as indicating that the principle is wrong and the character foolish.
May
28
comment Does the first sale doctrine invalidate non commercial licences?
For electronic copies, the cost of copying is extremely low. Having an organization provide this as a free service would break such licenses. (A non-profit organization founded to support the idea of commercial use could do this; they do not violate the CC-NC themselves but encourage others to violate its spirit. Such could receive donations unrelated to specific downloads to cover costs. A similar anti-GPL organization could be imagined.) Even with physical copies, setting up a True Freedom Foundation could be cheaper than paying the lost opportunity costs of the license.
May
28
comment Does the first sale doctrine invalidate non commercial licences?
Wouldn't distribution without license mean that the recipient could distribute GPLed software without the reciprocating factor, allowing the recipient to do as he pleases with that copy? If distribution strips the license in this way, then getting around the GPL would seem fairly trivial, especially for electronic copies. Even for physical copies and CC-SA, the first user could make N copies with attribution at the very bottom of a page and the second user (not constrained by CC-SA) could remove the bottom of the page. GPL and CC seem to depend on license transfer. Again, IANAL.
May
28
revised Does the first sale doctrine invalidate non commercial licences?
added specific location in link, punctuation change, used blockquote (ideally attribution would be right aligned on separate line but inline seems better than left aligned)
May
28
revised Does the first sale doctrine invalidate non commercial licences?
punctuation change, used blockquote (ideally attribution would be right aligned on separate line but inline seems better than left aligned)
May
24
awarded  Yearling
May
21
comment Should “plot” or storyline be the main determinant of what goes into a story?
@LaurenIpsum I prefer to send my (unsuitable) darlings to an orphanage. At worst I can look back and see how unsuitable the genetic material was for my household, feeling grateful that I did not try to raise them to adulthood and increasing my fondness for my other children. (Or I am reminded of how poor a parent I am to my thoughts; killing does have some advantages.) Sometimes orphans can be adopted later after moving to a different house or produce grandchildren for adoption. (Yes, this image is also imperfect.)
May
19
comment General copyright - How much is actually copyrighted?
There is also a significant difference between trademark and copyright. Names can be trademarked (but not, I think copyrighted). Trademarks must be registered and can be renewed, copyright is (currently in the U.S. at least) automatic and expires without possibility of renewal. (This page gives some information on U.S. copyright duration; 95 years from first publication/120 years from creation or 70 years after author's death.)
May
18
answered Should word choice be varied or consistent?
May
17
comment Studies of when to kill a character
Of course, such early killing may be too early for the particular purpose of generating an immediate emotional reaction in the reader from an emotional relationship with the character but can still be useful to present the nature of the world (or other characters) or even retrospectively to develop sorrow (through the grief and other effects of the death as well as revelation of the deceased character) or the satisfaction of justice (e.g., a leader who dies from starting a nuclear war in a story that begins after the death, initial in-story reaction may be just or unjust, hero or villain).
May
13
comment Are there times when delayed character development is acceptable in fiction?
I receive the impression that she hides her character to facilitate promotion. I suspect part of the challenge is hinting to the reader that something is being hidden from other characters without revealing so much that the reader does not feel at least a portion of the surprise that the other characters experience. Perhaps having other characters speculate about what she might be hiding might foreshadow the reveal. Multiple speculations might emphasize that something is hidden, perhaps with some true but on less significant hidden information (e.g., a lesbian or a liberal vs. a tyrant).
May
11
comment Direct thoughts
Did you mean "non-vocal communication" rather than "nonverbal utterances"? "Utterance" indicates speech (Google: "a spoken word, statement, or vocal sound") and "verbal" indicates words "relating to or in the form of words" (again, Google).
May
9
comment How do you decide whether to use the infinitive or -ing version of a verb?
"started to avoid" seems to imply more an abruptness of the start (e.g., a reaction to a fatal faux pas) where "started avoiding" seems to imply a more gradual increase of avoidance (e.g., growing tired of a topic of conversation). There may also be some hint of greater intensity or at least decisiveness with "to avoid", where "avoiding" might imply less intentionality but perhaps more persistence. Cf. "Striving, seeking, finding, and not yielding" and "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield", the latter fits Tennyson's emphasis on will (intention) versus strength (action/persistence).
Apr
29
comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
It's not my question; I was merely pointing out that using multiple POVs could influence how the setting is presented (similar to omniscient narrator in that thoughts and feelings are easier to present but with the ability to present facts from multiple perspectives), responding to your answer's first sentence. Seeing how people understand magic only via externally observable responses (colored by the observer's perspective) constrains how this information is communicated (which also constrains what information is communicated). The OP may merely have mentioned multi-POV as background.