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comment How do you approach a philosophical creative writing piece?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. This is a question about "what to write," which is off-topic for us. writers.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
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comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
Very similar, not quite a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2110/… and this blog post: rightsofwriters.com/2010/12/…
Dec
15
comment How to correctly translate past-tense from languages without Pluperfect?
I think this would be better on English. I will flag the mods to migrate.
Dec
14
comment How do I structure a multiple POV, parallel narrative novel?
@what The only book I've ever felt that way about was The Two Towers, and only the Ent chapters, which I always skip. With GRRM, no, I don't find any of the chapters boring or irrelevant, and suspense is part of storytelling. But your mileage may vary, of course, and you can read the book any way you like. :)
Dec
13
comment Story beats for woman masquerading as a man
@what ^^That's an excellent comment. I think you should make that an answer.
Dec
13
comment How do I structure a multiple POV, parallel narrative novel?
@what !!!! wow, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone reading the books that way. Doesn't that confuse you about events happening out of chronological order?
Dec
13
comment What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?
Just so you're aware, there is nothing holy about "succinct" which makes it the single most desirable goal for any given piece of writing. Sometimes you don't want the shortest route between two points.
Dec
11
comment Book Title Generator that takes input?
It might not be quite your answer but there are a ton of name generators at Seventh Santctum. seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php
Dec
10
comment Should I use letters or digits in the following case?
@what Hmm, you make a good point. I would write out "five hundred" because it looks tidy in two words, but I wouldn't mark "500" as wrong in prose. It's a personal style, not a hard-and-fast rule I can cite. Looking up AP, I thought that was their rule, but apparently it isn't.
Dec
10
comment Character in Macbeth that maintains integrity in position of power?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. This is a literary analysis question, which is not on-topic for us. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/242/…
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
I have removed your edit only because it's a brand new and separate question, and on Stack Exchange we try to keep to one question per post. It's a valid question, though, so if you want to post it separately, by all means do so.
Dec
10
comment When to use normal caps and small caps in fiction?
@what Yes, of course. I wasn't saying that all caps is the only, or even the preferred, way of shouting in text, but that when writing in all caps in text, it means shouting.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k The disadvantages of emoticons are that they are culturally used in informal situations, and that they are conveying emotion. Formal writing is not supposed to be emotional. Adding a :) to a bank statement would look not just silly but a bit disturbing; I would wonder if my banker was 12.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k I think special characters are harder to read in copy both because they are out of place and because they are symbols, one-character pictures, which you then have to translate into words in order to continue. It only takes a half-second longer, but your entire premise is that these are shortcuts which should be part of formal writing. If the symbol makes reading take longer, it's not a short cut.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k Of course one double-checks numbers, but my point is that when you have a single digit, there's literally only one character. If you mistype it, you've mistyped the entire piece of data.
Dec
9
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Jay Good point. It's jargon usage for certain industries, and not formal writing as you note, but not Internet-related.
Dec
7
comment How can I turn my short story into a novel?
Not quite a duplicate, but closely related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/6095/…
Dec
7
comment How much is considered plagiarism?
Excellent. This is great expounding on my brief answer.
Dec
2
comment Having trouble finding an old book, perhaps someone here can help?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. This question will get much better answers on scifi.stackexchange.com. They even have a story-identification tag. I will flag the mods to migrate it there.
Dec
1
comment Can I adapt writing in a RPG forum to writing in a book?
I don't remember which Gary Gygax series it was (Gord the Rogue, maybe?) but he allegedly wrote it based exactly on that: A series of D&D games he and his friends played.