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comment Path to publishing a technical book
You are much better off not having a complete copy of the book. Publishers want to shape the books they publish to address needs they have, and that is far easier to do at the proposal stage. Note that technical publishers frequently assign parts of books to several authors. Writing part of a book is a good step toward getting the credentials to write an entire book yourself.
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answered Path to publishing a technical book
Sep
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comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
+1: And I encourage the OP to pay special attention the last sentence, checking what style guide is in force for the school in question. Usually this will be either MLA or APA, depending on the subject being studied.
Sep
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comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
I'm not sure if I would call them "antithetical" in that context. "Out of place," perhaps?
Aug
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comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
Try Der Zauberberg, which is written in German and French.
Aug
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comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
I guess Thomas Mann must get your hackles up.
Aug
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answered Is there a technique to help me write this character's notebook entries?
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comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
Check out the details in this script, which was written by the Executive Producer of the show (also its inventor and lead writer). He is adding shooting details because he has the authority to. An ordinary screenwriter would not presume to frame shots and talk about production details as if his opinion mattered.
Aug
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comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
@Aerovistae: This is why writers are at the bottom of the pecking order in Hollywood. If you have any power, you become a producer.
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revised Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
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comment Do flashbacks break up short stories too much?
The flashback in the Bierce piece you mentioned is actually an inside-out framing device for the real action of the story. I wouldn't really call it a flashback, either, since it's more of a dream sequence — part memory, part fantasy.
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answered Are there any specific rules to write Prequels and Sequels so that we don't end up with conflicting situations?
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answered Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
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comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
+1: This is the foolproof way to proofread. If you read it out loud, every mistake is apparent. The only quibble I have is that frequently you find more to edit than you imagine, and so have to read the whole thing over again.
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comment Dealing with personal trauma in writing
Do you mean "mythos" (singular) or "myths" (plural)? There is a difference.