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Jul
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answered Attributing quotes to fictional characters
Jul
19
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
@Singular1ty Well, Molly Weasley does tell Bellatrix "Get away from my daughter, you bitch!" in the Battle of Hogwarts, but she had really good reason.
Jul
19
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
@PaulA.Clayton I take some of your points, but you could write it as James muttered, "Shit," under his breath and it would have the same importance. The USB stick is what he's swearing about, unlike in Anthony Russo's answer, where the character's blurted obscenity is the point of that sentence.
Jul
18
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
Well, what the fuck did he do?
Jul
18
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
"If it's not clear to the reader that a character is angry or upset without including swear words in the dialog, there are problems with your writing." The swear words may or may not be for shock; they definitely indicate intensity. Sometimes you cannot indicate the depth of a character's feelings any other way than to show the extremity to which s/he is forced. It does not, by definition, mean "there are problems with [the] writing." As a reader you are of course free not to read books with profanity, but profanity doesn't make the book "broken."
Jul
18
answered Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
Jul
18
comment Swearing - Censor, allude, or include?
@jwpat7 No, I disagree. The very fact that I can't imagine a swear word which a construction worker wouldn't say makes it pretty funny to me. It's also clearly hyperbole.
Jul
15
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Jul
12
answered Should a piece of fiction be made of 100% concise writing?
Jul
12
answered Why do authors start a paragraph in an indirect way?
Jul
12
answered Who is the perfect rival to the right-person-wrong-time character in a love triangle?
Jul
12
comment permission to use emails from famous deceased person
Always nicer to get permission than fight a lawsuit.
Jul
12
revised Is it correct to use verbs like “sighed” and “laughed” as dialogue tags?
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Jul
11
comment Looking for source material on large, long-lived criminal blackmail rings
Try the TV series Leverage. Blackmail abounds.
Jul
10
comment Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
@Jay If "to what extent does this book uphold or attack Christian morals or ideas" is a priority for you, then yes, that's a completely valid classification (which is why I mentioned it -- and please note I did not attach "abhorrent" to "Christian"). My point is simply that it's a niche system which will not be useful for or appealing to people who aren't Christian. The OP wants something as wide-ranging as "genre," but based on philosophy, and I just think philosophy and morality are too personal and too subjective to be applied universally.
Jul
10
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
Uh... if you aren't marketing your book, how are readers supposed to know about it so they can buy it? Or buy the next one?
Jul
10
comment Using hyphen points
@Jay Not different bullets for different lists, true, but for different levels as you go deeper into the outline. (Imagine I., A., 1., a., and so on.)
Jul
10
answered Is there an alternative to the common genre-system for classifying books?
Jul
10
answered Referring to people in a book
Jul
9
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
Despite what John Scalzi posts, they aren't ALL like that. Some are... not all of them. I'm just saying that while self-publishing is ONE entirely legitimate venue, it's not the ONLY legitimate venue, and self-marketing is exhausting and expensive. You wind up spending all your time flogging your book and no time writing the next one.