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This technique is called meta-fiction and there are those, including myself, who really enjoy it when done well. I think it defeats the purpose, however, if you try to make it too realistic. Then that's just deception. You'll also want your "trimmings" to be considerably more entertaining and engaging than the real versions typically are, otherwise ...


Like lots of style questions, I don't think there's an absolute rule. It's not like you can say, Use rhetorical questions when discussing questions of type 147-B subparagraph 4. In general, I'd say don't overuse them. I read an editorial not long ago that consisted almost entirely of rhetorical questions, one after the other. "Is it acceptable for a ...


The actual document's title is: COMPTES RENDUS DES SÉANCES DE LA TREIZIÈME CONFERENCE GENERALE DES POIDS ET Officially the 13th Conference took place over both years. The actual paper's publication date is actually in May 1969. That's why they cite it as: Comptes Rendus de la 13e CGPM (1967/68), 1969, p.105 on http://www.bipm.org/en/CGPM/db/13/7/


I'd say that splitting it by chapter would be the most logical approach. However I think that only works if you are telling a story in your own right. So the reader reads a chapter from her on one aspect, then gets another chapter on your views on that event. You would need to be quite careful how you choreographed them, you wouldn't want to bore the ...


Intriguing. You could write it as almost like a screenplay with the speaker listed flush left--but then also do paragraphs of prose, probably from your daughter's perspective, outside of the dialogue. No immediate examples come to mind so I'm probably way out on a limb with this one.


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco provides a classic example of exactly what you're describing. You know that whole thing at the beginning where he discovers the medieval manuscript and all that stuff? Fiction. If you skip it, you don't lose much. Same with Nabokov, who is constantly playing with the nature of fiction. In fact, what you describe -- ...

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