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Sep
10
answered Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
Sep
8
comment Is it important to describe how the characters are dressed?
In addition to the first impression, basic descriptors like clothing can be used for quick identification and distinction, especially when characters are more numerous (or perhaps are not shown for a longish time such that the later appearance needs some reintroduction). In addition to expressing the nature of the character, clothes can also be environmental components with which characters can interact to express emotional state or their general nature (e.g., "he brushed imagined lint from his shirt sleeve" implies nervousness).
Sep
7
comment Person who invented “formula” for good poetry
@LaurenIpsum From the comments at that linked page: "The Pritchard of Dead Poet's Society is just a pseudonym for Laurence Perrine; the text itself is taken verbatim from Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry." with the later correction that it was not a verbatim quote though that view was expressed in the book.
Sep
4
comment Should a beginning writer start with a series or a stand-alone?
It might also be worth noting that publishers do not want to break up a series among different publishers and so may reject one book if another in the same series is rejected. From the "Author's Afterword" of Lois McMaster Bujold's Young Miles: "Seven months later Warrior's was returned unread from its first submission, because they'd decided not to take the revised Shards and didn't want to break up the set. This was devastating at the time, but I was in fact grateful later."
Aug
24
revised Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
correct (assumed) intended meaning ("question"->"answer"), homonym ("there"->"their")
Aug
24
suggested suggested edit on Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Aug
20
comment Is there a disadvantage to transcending genre?
I considered mentioning in my answer Bujold's Shards of Honor which is classified as science fiction but has strong romantic content and (not uncommon for SF) significant socio-political criticism (yet is a fun, easy read). I am a bit disappointed that my (more flowery than rational) answer gave a flat "no" without much explanation of the tradeoffs (where this answer adds value) and no advice to walk before you run (like Ally Bishop's answer: "break the rules after you have followed them").
Aug
20
answered Is there a disadvantage to transcending genre?
Aug
11
comment Non-Linear Storyline: Dynamic vs. Static chapter sequence
I should probably go back and edit this; the recognition that these effects were all about expectation came relatively late in the writing and the minor changes made to earlier parts to include this recognition seem inadequate. Structuring this answer around the idea of expectation could make it a better, more complete answer.
Aug
11
answered Non-Linear Storyline: Dynamic vs. Static chapter sequence
Aug
9
comment How do I cover a lengthy time period with only a few interesting details?
@what I could call that question closely related. Since that question deals with fiction, solutions would be somewhat different. (While a single question could probably cover both, I think separate questions with cross references would be more appropriate.)
Aug
4
revised How should changing the point of view be handled?
corrected typo, increased directness, expanded abbreviations, made title (hopefully) more accurate
Aug
3
suggested suggested edit on How should changing the point of view be handled?
Jul
28
revised Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book
changed <pre> to <blockquote> and added <blockquote>; shorted two paragraphs (hopefully without removing important content)
Jul
28
comment What techniques can be used to describe a character's terror?
The change in pace/tone can also play a significant role in communicating a mood. E.g., briefly building tension, then relieving, building tension less briefly and relieving, and finally building tension with release via the bad event. Foreshadowing (including presenting why the situation would be terrifying to the character) can also increase the impact. In addition to hindering analytical thought, fear can also induce clumsiness in thought/speech and action and mistakes made from such clumsiness can amplify the unease.
Jul
28
suggested suggested edit on Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book
Jul
25
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.