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comment Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions
@MohitKumar Write it all down, even if it's not "in flow." Then you can decide how to edit it so that it does flow. You may also decide that upon reflection, seeing how the characteristic is being shown to the audience, your story is going in a different direction than you anticipated. But you can't edit a blank page.
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comment Should programmers/DBAs be co-authored on papers for their contributions?
Maybe a "with" credit? "By Jane Doe and John Smith, with Bill Jones"
Apr
14
comment Fan works… are they allowed?
I don't think it will work well with Pokémon specifically, but EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic. She changed some names and details and got large book contracts.
Apr
13
comment Different categories of spaceship engines
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about Science Fiction. You should try scifi.stackexchange.com instead.
Apr
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
You can be "welcomed by cold air" if you then describe the cold air as "welcoming": for example, if you've just been in a hot, humid, stale environment, coming outside into cold air would be welcome. But you are comparing cold air to an angry person who wants to leave work and go home. There's nothing welcome about that.
Apr
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
"Analogy" comes from "analogue": something similar but not identical which serves the same purpose. "If your circulatory system were a bus route, then a blood cell is the bus driving from one stop to the next" is an analogy. "The blood clot careened through the artery like a crosstown bus driven by a 16-year-old on Red Bull" is a simile. "White blood cells are the body's army" is a metaphor.
Apr
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
You're mixing up terms. The first one isn't an analogy or simile; I wouldn't even call it a metaphor. It's just poetically descriptive. The second one is a simile (not an analogy), but poorly written. It should be more like "She welcomed the icy air like a secretary welcomes a visitor at 4:59 p.m. on a Friday." (meaning that she didn't welcome it)
Apr
12
comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
@what I agree with all that, and your comment would be an answer to the way I rephrased the question in my second comment. The way the OP wrote his/her question, however, is subjective and therefore off-topic.
Apr
9
comment Framemaker/ Software Question
Hi, and welcome to Writers. I think you'll get better answers if you ask this on Graphic Design graphicdesign.stackexchange.com as it's not about the writing (the content) but the execution (the tool).
Apr
8
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
@DaveMG Hocking explained that she took the contract in part because the promotion and marketing of her books was so time-consuming and exhausting that she didn't have time to write any more. Does Christopher Paolini count? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Paolini
Apr
8
comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
If you wanted to state as your premise "I see that many arc-based TV shows have seasons with strong beginnings and endings but weak middles" and you want answers as to how to overcome that problem, that is a question the community could help you with.
Apr
8
comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. It's not a discussion board. This is a subjective, opinion-based discussion question, so it's not the kind of question we answer. There are probably any number of TV-based discussion boards where you could take this conversation.
Apr
7
comment How do you write a character's internal monologue?
I prefer italics to quotes because quotes are conventionally used for speech. You can relate thoughts in narration as well, but for real inner monologuing, italics are the way to go.
Apr
5
comment Should I make the gender of the narrator more obvious?
@PaulA.Clayton Yes, all true. So Alex would have to make a point of being unambiguous in choice of name or description.
Apr
4
comment Should I highlight or downplay a character's quirk to make her seem more odd?
Is she a main character, or just one secondary character of many? How prominent a role does she have in the book? How often is she "on-screen"?
Apr
4
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
I don't know about your existing books, but Amanda Hocking famously got a huge contract after her self-published books were doing $2 million a year.
Apr
2
comment Legal and Social effect of story involving real life people
Welcome to Writers. Browse the other questions under the Legal tag, as your question may have been addressed already. writers.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/legal
Apr
1
comment Starting a novel with internal dialogue?
@dmm Or the OP asked about novels, and you're countering with examples of short stories. :)
Mar
26
comment Stardate(Julian Day) - Problem
Related; not quite a duplicate but probably useful: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7394/…
Mar
24
comment I need advice regarding the use of real-world locations in a novel
While I'm not a lawyer, I suggest that you chat with one. If you get a publishing contract, the publisher's lawyers will do the research.