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Oct
24
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
"Good" is objective. No writer can please them all, no matter how much he has read/written. If you feel the urge to write, then, by all means, write! Video games also tell stories. You either read them on the screen or listened to them via speakers. Go for it.
Oct
24
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
I really wanted that you could make your point more terse, but +1 anyway.
Oct
24
comment What size should images in eBooks be?
'dpi' means 'dots per inch'. This refers to paper when the image is printed. For an (pixel) image viewed on a digital device it is meaningless. What isn't meaningless is the size of the image (height x width).
Oct
17
comment What are some rich but respectful ways to describe various skin colors?
Why is it important to put this effort into describing skin colors beyond black, white, ...? Are the colors essential to your story? If you want to be unique with that detail, tell us why it is unique to your story.
Oct
17
comment Writing a short story with a secret code
What? You want to be a writer so please put more words into this question to describe your idea.
Oct
17
comment How do I write my own character sketch?
You are asking the wrong people. We are writers. For us a character sketch is whatever works for us to define a character. You are a student. If you want to know what your professor wants, ask him, not us. And if you want to be a writer some day, use whatever sketch suits you. At least the time you don't do it for an assignment.
Oct
2
comment Stranded Society Speaking Same Language
@dmm, I do not even want to know where you get all these details about apes from ;)
Oct
2
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
Well, I cannot say anything about his story lines, but he says he does not have an ending in mind toward which he writes (in most cases). google.com/…
Oct
1
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
First, you can ask himself. From what I have read about/from him, I assume he will answer such questions freely. But I can say, that it took him some years to write the way he does today. He talks about that from time to time on his blog. His 'breakthrough' was when he started listen to his gut feeling (trust his subconscious) while writing and followed Heinlein's rules. You can learn a lot about him and how he is doing it when reading his Sacred Cows and Think Like a Publisher articles. Which I highly recommend.
Oct
1
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
Then let me introduce you to a professional writer who does not need an ending toward he is working: deanwesleysmith.com
Sep
29
comment Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
You are in the plotting phase, aren't you? I do not see why several possible endings should bother you at this stage. Just leave the possibilities open. Start writing the story. It will (most probably) deviate from your plotline, giving new options which make the ending more obvious.
Apr
4
comment Are there agents or representatives who only specialize in book promotion and not distribution?
deanwesleysmith.com/?p=12014
Mar
25
comment Name of writing style or structure of novel that is in non-chronological order
+1 for a word combination I cannot even pronounce :)
Mar
18
comment How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?
Preparation. Or you mean Meta-Writing, but that's more about writing itself and not about the plot.
Mar
10
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Sillier than Nazis on the dark side of the moon? I think, you do not know much about conspiracy theories ;)
Mar
8
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
More trouble than is needed? Wait? What? Do you really ask for less conflict? In a fiction story? You are doing it wrong. I mean it. No, it is no good idea to use less conflict. Especially not if it is handed on a silver platter.
Mar
5
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Merge? I have no idea. I've never tried to merge Word files automatically. Just the idea makes me shiver ;) Honestly, I try to avoid Word docs.
Mar
5
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Let me add one more time: You can disable white space changes (at least in the diff tools I know). And it can be a binary format if you have a comparison tool for that. If you use Tortoise for Subversion, then Tortoise can show the differences of Word documents (using the inbuilt mechanisms of MS Word).
Mar
4
comment What is the purpose of version control?
I want to add that some of the benefits (like merging) are based on the possibility to show the differences between versions. So you have to use a file format where that is possible. I.e. either no binary formats or only binary formats you have a comparison tool for.
Feb
28
comment Do novels that are set in not-so-famous countries sell less?
You know that many people do not know where famous places are, even though they made vacation there? Now I have to mention that your question is very vague (and opinion-based). Sell less than what? Fantasy novels where the world is completely made up? Crime stories playing in Venice compared to horror in Timbuktu? I promise you if Stephen King chooses Santiago de Chile as location for a book, it will sell, no matter if any of the readers know where Santiago is.