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revised How to create a surreal/fantasy - feeling in a real world?
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Mar
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answered How to create a surreal/fantasy - feeling in a real world?
Mar
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comment Citation after a display equation
I think you've already answered your own question with your suggestions at the end. Personally, I prefer your last option, where the equation is embedded in a sentence. That's because I don't like putting a period at the end of an equation (since the period is not part of the equation). But your second-to-last option would work well also. I would never try to stick a citation on an equation. Too ugly. (p.s. 30 years of scientific publishing experience)
Dec
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answered Avoid blending Fantasy and Sci Fi
Dec
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comment How to avoid the 'magic explanation' info dump in Fantasy novels
Note that the original Star Wars trilogy does the same thing in the second movie, with Yoda teaching Luke (and the movie watchers) about the Force, while Han, Chewbacca, and Leia are getting tortured. For about 10 minutes there's not much going on -- and that's a LONG time for an action movie -- but the tension is building. I think that is key: build the tension, somehow. (Paolini's second storyline helps immensely in that regard, IMO.)
Oct
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answered What is the “inner consistency of reality” that Tolkein refers to in his essay On Faerie Stories?
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Aug
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answered Finding it difficult and stress provoking to write a long post
Aug
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comment Spacing for quotes within quotes
Piling on. You could shorten and simplify this considerably by having A use indirect quotes, which sounds more natural. Example: "First B says he likes apples," said A. "Then C says he prefers oranges. Then B says, 'What about plums?' And that's all they talked about, the whole time!" /parag/ D laughed. "That's nuts." /parag/ "Oh my god, don't get them started on nuts."
Aug
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comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
@DrZ214: I suppose one could see Moby Dick as a precursor to hard sci-fi. The "science" in Moby Dick is sometimes cringingly wrong, e.g., the narrator argues that whales are fish. But, yes, the story does depend upon the other hard science "facts". Facts like: "sperm whales are the most dangerous to hunt" and "sperm whales have great eyesight" and "sperm whales have great memories." But Moby Dick doesn't have the speculative aspect that I normally attribute to sci-fi. I would call it an adventure novel (on the surface), and a psychological thriller (below the surface).
Jul
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answered Creating An Original World
Jul
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comment Creating An Original World
I don't think OP is asking a Worldbuilding question. This is a writing question. The Worldbuilding site would consider this question as too "soft" and "artistic," I think. Let's try answering it, but only from a writing perspective.
Jul
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answered Narrating something that happened between chapters as a flashback in a present-tense novel
Jun
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comment The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
Change to: Correlation does not prove causation. In other words, finding a linkage between A and B does not prove that A caused B. Maybe B caused A. Or maybe C caused both A and B.
Jun
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comment Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?
Spoiler: If the characters are having a noisy celebration of their rescue from the zombies, and we know that noise ATTRACTS zombies and makes them go berserk, then that's dramatic irony.
Jun
11
comment Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Ironically, this answer boils down to what was said in the top answer: Take your total word count and divide by 250 (or 300). [And note the 20% difference you get, just by following different rules of thumb, which partly substantiates the pessimistic answer from @spiceyokooko.]
Jun
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comment Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
@Aerovistae: 250 words / page. Not sure the answer is that helpful, but I think what he means is that, to get a (standard) page count from a word count, you can do the inverse of what used to be done to get a word count from counting standard pages. So, do a word count with a word processor, then DIVIDE by 250 to get the number of standard pages.
Jun
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comment What is the role of memorable lines in movies?
technologyreview.com/view/427399/… (But then see my comment on the article.)
Jun
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comment Trying to make a gun making scene realistic
Example of Worldbuilding comment: Your character might be better off starting with rifling of the barrel. More bang for the buck. Also lets him outrange his enemies, which is safer than outfiring them. (Also, historical note: there WERE flintlock pistols.)
Jun
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comment Trying to make a gun making scene realistic
You might want to post this question on the Worldbuilding StackExchange site. I can post it for you, if you want, but then you wouldn't get automatic notifications of responses. Let me know.