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comment Is writing even profitable
One can also look at the time (and other resources) spent writing from the perspective of lost opportunity cost (the resources could have been spent on a more profitable activity) and entertainment/recreational and educational expenses (e.g., 8 hours of writing might be less expensive than an hour of psychotherapy or 8 hours of MMORPG play).
Jul
15
accepted How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?
Jul
12
comment Pros and cons of using real brand/company names?
Can I use real presidents (past and present) and real companies in a fictional story? is closely related since this answer mentions literary issues even though the question's use of "can" implies only concern with legality. This question is more specifically about all the tradeoffs (and does not present any concern regarding use of historical characters), so it is not a duplicate.
Jul
12
comment Pros and cons of using real brand/company names?
Shouldn't that be "trademark lawyers"? From what I understand trademarks protect against false use of the name not correct use. This does not stop a corporation from making accusations. This link from this answer provides a good overview of trademarks.
Jul
11
comment Alternative word for “she”
Somewhat related: How to avoid repetitive sentence structure?
Jul
11
comment How to avoid repetitive sentence structure?
Somewhat related question: Alternative word for "she"
Jul
6
comment How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
I would guess that if one has a reasonably strong conception/intuition of the main characters and the starting setting, the story would tend to flow well from that base. Even with the end known at the start of writing, some consistency editing and tuning is very likely to be useful. I think I would compare pantsing more to role playing in a game than watching TV.
Jul
5
revised Do romances need to have a happy ending?
incorporated explanatory comment (with minor changes) into the question with minor addition
Jul
4
suggested suggested edit on Do romances need to have a happy ending?
Jul
3
comment Do publishers take the time to look at works from writers who have no qualifications or experience in the industry?
The linked post also points out that a good manuscript can be rejected (e.g., because the editor is overwhelmed by the slush). A merely adequate manuscript is more likely to have such random factors—including personal taste—influencing the decision.
Jul
3
comment Do publishers take the time to look at works from writers who have no qualifications or experience in the industry?
One does hear tales of the horrors of the slush pile.
Jun
26
comment Jumping between points in time in narrative
Ursula K. LeGuin used non-contiguous/non-linear narrative effectively in The Dispossessed which alternated between planets. I feel her Always Coming Home ('The story fills less than a third of the book, with the rest being a mixture of Kesh cultural lore (including poetry, prose of various kinds, mythos, rituals, and recipes), essays on Kesh culture, and the musings of the narrator, "Pandora".') was her best work in terms of literature (even though I did not like it).
Jun
21
revised What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
corrected "conclusion" to "confusion", changed double-hyphen to em dash and, expanded "self-pub", pluralized to avoid "themself"
Jun
20
suggested suggested edit on What's the distinction between “vanity publishing” and “self publishing”?
Jun
19
revised Can a textbook contain heavy reference to other materials?
put search content in "code" markup rather than quoted in parentheses
Jun
19
suggested suggested edit on Can a textbook contain heavy reference to other materials?
Jun
17
comment How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
+1 But I think the detective story could be made to work. E.g., if the murder was done by someone who (secretly) wanted a suspect to be sole heir but the suspicion of being a murderer caused a change in the will, the confession of an outside murderer might be more acceptable, especially if the detective ensured this fact was made public (foreshadowing) and the other suspects were cleared but found guilty of other offenses (sleeping with the victim's husband, embezzling from the victim's company, etc.). Perhaps not on the last page, a typical mystery will have more wrap up than one page.
Jun
16
asked Avoiding a juvenile/archaic feel in formal verse
Jun
16
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
@Jay Ignorant statements can be unpleasant to one knowledgeable in a field (movie/TV computers are a common gripe). Side note: while not applicable to a planet-sized body, a small object could occupy the L2 Lagrangian point at least temporarily. Even the tidal effect on Earth's surface from a modest body might not be distinguishable from a denser Moon given limited measurements, though a substantial body would shift the Moon's orbit. (IANA physicist but not entirely ignorant on physics.)
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
@LaurenIpsum This is related to time travel conception (a prophecy is just information time travel). With one immutable time line, the prophecy will come true. A mutable time line (or parallel universes) makes the prophecy a warning of what had happened without the prophecy. There is also the question of whether the prophecy was a true vision and faithfully passed on. Ancient prophecies can suffer from copyist error and mistranslation (word meanings/connotations can change).