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Nov
19
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
When you get a good answer, make sure you notify Dan Brown.
Nov
6
comment How applicable are screenwriting ideas to novels?
Contrary to what the Write a Novel in 30 Days books may tell you, there is no exact formula for writing novels or screenplays. And if you think you have written something because you have a certain number of words or followed a preordained pattern, that thing is very likely not a novel or a screenplay.
Oct
16
answered Problems with character development?
Oct
3
comment Scrivener project statistics is showing an incorrect word count
Make sure all the folders that contain the text are descendants of the main project folder.
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@NeilFein: Why would I add my own answer when Craig Sefton has covered it handsomely? Note my comment on his answer. Also note that we are wasting an ass-ton of words to argue about what is essentially a quibble. I think antithetical is too strong an adjective in this context; you do not. Let's move on.
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@NeilFein: I don't see contractions as being either of those things with respect to academic writing. What that style of writing needs would be accuracy and clarity. If a contraction promotes clarity, what's the harm?
Sep
6
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.
Sep
6
answered Path to publishing a technical book
Sep
5
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
4
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
28
comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
Try Der Zauberberg, which is written in German and French.
Aug
26
comment Which language to use when writing a multinational story
I guess Thomas Mann must get your hackles up.
Aug
18
answered Is there a technique to help me write this character's notebook entries?
Aug
6
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
6
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.
Aug
5
revised Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?
deleted 5 characters in body
Aug
4
revised Are there any specific rules to write Prequels and Sequels so that we don't end up with conflicting situations?
added 4 characters in body
Aug
4
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.
Aug
4
answered Are there any specific rules to write Prequels and Sequels so that we don't end up with conflicting situations?
Aug
4
answered Is it better to divide writing time for a 'many short times' approach instead of 'one long session'?