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Feb
14
comment What exercises will help me write my co-author's character?
Is that like a regular chat room that only types howls when it's a full moon?
Feb
12
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
Okay, I've edited my answer. Let me know if that helps.
Feb
12
revised How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
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Feb
10
comment How to get feedback about the quality of one's fictional writing from friends unbiased by the friendship?
(cont'd) Someone expecting a romance might not tell you that the dead bodies were getting in the way of the smooching, because she expects a certain amount of obstacle on the way to the smooching. But someone who reads crime novels, or is going in genre-blind, might be able to point out, "Hey, why are the two detectives kissing? I thought this was a crime novel. The romance subplot is getting out of hand!" and then you know your book is drifting out of genre.
Feb
10
comment How to get feedback about the quality of one's fictional writing from friends unbiased by the friendship?
The only thing I might disagree with in this otherwise excellent answer is that all your betas should read your genre. I think at least one should NOT be familiar with all the conventions of the genre, so that you can see if your book is accessible to someone who wouldn't ordinarily pick it up -- or if in fact it's the genre you think it is. Is it a crime story with a romance, or a romance set in a police station? Those are two different audiences. (cont'd)
Feb
9
comment How can I make description more natural to me?
(1) so you can visualize the room. Don't you picture the scene as you're reading? (2) because the details tell you something. Jane wants a bigger bed than she needs because she's a restless sleeper. She tosses and turns a lot because she's under a lot of stress. This leads to asking more of her wife on the domestic front, which will tie back to the central marital problem, which is the point of the story. (3) you don't mention all these details every time, just the first time. Or the first time the character spends significant time somewhere.
Feb
9
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
Wow, that is a great idea.
Feb
9
comment How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
I thought I answered that in the second paragraph, particularly in the last sentence: a lot of the text will be rewritten. Is that insufficient? Tell me what you're looking for and I'll expand my answer.
Feb
9
revised How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
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Feb
9
answered How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?
Feb
9
answered How can I make description more natural to me?
Feb
8
revised How to name the characters of your story?
added 1 characters in body
Feb
5
comment How far into a speculative novel should one go before introducing the central conflict?
NOOOOOOOOOO please don't use the "Introduce conflict in medias res/Twelve hours earlier...." teaser structure unless you have no other choice. It has been Done. To. Death. in the last two years in every medium. It's a perfectly valid choice, and it may work for you book, but I am so bloody exhausted with it as an audience member.
Feb
3
answered ISBN - does it uniquely identify book dimension?
Feb
2
comment LaTex vs. Word vs. etc
This is not a question as it stands; it's a poll. Please rewrite to be an answerable question, something like "is LaTex more flexible than Word?" or "which word processing program would you use for Task X?" Otherwise I have to vote to close.
Jan
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
comment Where should index and glossary appear in a report?
The Correct answer is whatever the recipient wants. (Thesis committee? I don't know) If your advisor said that the committee wants your thesis to be printed with a two-inch left margin and presented in a three-ring binder because that aids the committee in reviewing it, would you proclaim that "incorrect" because a thesis is "supposed to be" perfect bound with even margins? This is how your advisor told you to do it. Do it that way.
Jan
30
comment Where should index and glossary appear in a report?
@PeteWilson: Absolutely not. The secretary is there to take care of the needs of the department staff. It is the advisor's job to answer student questions, and formatting falls squarely into that purview. And frankly, since the secretary is not responsible for thesis formatting, s/he may not even know the answer. Don't harass the secretary.
Jan
30
comment Where should index and glossary appear in a report?
Why don't you ask your thesis advisor what the usual format is?
Jan
28
revised Is there a way of listing the elements that makes a real fact fun?
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