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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.
Apr
29
comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
Is animating dead flesh (1) an abomination (a consorting with demons — and for that matter are demons enemies of the species or of a race which different people view differently, just another species, benefactors, or something else), (2) a statement of unconformity (like wearing unstylish clothes but not because they are cheaper), (3) an uncouth convenience (e.g., if animating mineral or even vegetable substance is more difficult), or (4) just the way one school teaches animation? For 3, "necromancy" might be used by the slothful or efficient and offend the prim.
Apr
29
comment Multiple POV novel - introducing rules of magic
With multiple POVs each one would tend to have different areas of ignorance ("Hey, how did she do that?! Oh, I see, [fine point of rules].") and different perspectives of knowledge (so the same "rule" can be presented from multiple perspectives without being dully repetitive, reminding the reader of a critical point or expressing subtleties or incomplete understandings of the rules). Given that the nature of magic will interact with the ethos of the characters/communities, it would be natural to present how magic works in relation to how it is viewed and used by individuals and groups.
Apr
23
comment Website to know about books something similar to IMDB for movies?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about reading (specifically what to read next/developing a reading list) not writing.
Apr
23
awarded  Curious
Apr
23
reviewed Close Can I name any popular place name etc in my fiction?
Apr
23
reviewed Close APA Citation Page - problems with issue number and journal names
Apr
23
reviewed Leave Open Female Pet Names that a Londoner might use
Apr
23
reviewed Leave Open Use of ampersand, colon and dash in the title of a newsletter article
Apr
23
reviewed Approve How do I choose a name for my character?
Apr
22
comment How does one avoid imposing one's own voice and preferences in critiques?
How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices? is weakly related.
Apr
22
asked How does one avoid imposing one's own voice and preferences in critiques?