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comment How to expand beyond a single series?
@MonicaCellio That's brilliant! Lackey has edited like a half-dozen anthologies of short stories set in her universe, but official fanfic is awesome!
Apr
28
comment How to think of a plot in 5 minutes
@Roger I love that! Brillliant!
Apr
27
comment How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?
you may have to go through an actual printer and do it yourself rather than use a POD service.
Apr
26
comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
@Jay All the nicknames for Aragon in LOTR must drive you nuts, then. :)
Apr
25
comment Is my writing style okay?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board or a workshop. We require clear, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. We do accept critique requests if they follow our guidelines: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/878/… Please take our tour and see our help center to see how Writers specifically and SE in general work. writers.stackexchange.com/help You may also wish to try Critique Circle critiquecircle.com for more personal feedback.
Apr
25
comment How To Organize Writing?
@LadyFickle I'm a planner; I need a lot of worldbuilding, character construction, and plot outline before I write. But other people cannot write that way and must just sit down and see where the wind blows them. Try both methods and see what works for you. Just because planning works for me doesn't mean it will be right for you.
Apr
24
comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
"The first line of this book is "Call me Ishmael", indicating that his real name is something else." I never thought about it that way; I thought he was just inviting the reader to be casual or even intimate with him — "Call me by my first name rather than Mr. Smith or Lt. Jones."
Apr
24
comment Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?
@Filip Feel free. :)
Apr
20
comment Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?
Related, might be useful: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/21438/… and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1204/… and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7262/…
Apr
20
comment Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?
eh, better, but: 1) your post again says you have not yet introduced the character. Therefore it's still not quite accurate. 2) Is this the main character you haven't yet introduced?
Apr
20
comment Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?
Your title says "any of the characters' names," but your post is about one in particular. Which question are you asking?
Apr
19
comment How do I write from a non-person point of view?
@KenMohnkern Yes, it can be an acquired taste, and I myself would make those short chapters. But I think it would be the most accurate representation of machine thought from machine perspective.
Apr
18
comment How do I write from a non-person point of view?
@Thomo "Baffling" is not defined the same way for a non-sentient computer as it is for a human. If you type a formula with an error into Excel, Excel can be said to be "baffled" by it, and it will spit back a dialog box with an error message. Essentially, you have given Excel an instruction it can't follow. So it "understands" the request (instruction), but it can't execute it. Thus, non-sentient computer bafflement.
Apr
17
comment Name for introductory section about the author
I'll second "About the Author," although it's usually at the end, not the beginning.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey I understand you now. In English that would more likely be called "midlife crisis" than "coming of age." Two entirely different problems. "This isn't what I thought it would be" is an adult with sad experience; "I am trying to find my feet for the first time" is someone becoming an adult who has no experience.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
Good points here; your posited society is a lot more dystopian and much less like modern life.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey Also, you specifically cited that your 30YO finds a new love and has to decide whether to stay with the new person or return to his existing marriage and kids. Right there is the point of "wanting" and "deciding" what to leave/sacrifice. If he chooses to remain faithful (a fling notwithstanding), then he hasn't left them in his heart, and that's the finale of his arc: returning to them.
Apr
15
comment YA novel with old protagonist?
@MadMonkey As a person with a spouse and child, I can say that if I were separated from them but they were still alive, that would not make me feel like I had to "come of age" again. Marriage you might be able to elide under "what's expected," but not parenthood. If this person is any kind of decent, responsible parent and not a selfish monster, the transition to parenthood will make him grow up whether he chooses it or not.
Apr
15
comment How can a writer efficiently manage many text snippets?
it sounds like you need a relational database program; I only know about FileMaker.
Apr
15
comment In a house on fire, do children faint more easily than the adults?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. This is a research question, or "what to write," which is not on-topic for us.