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Bracketed statements are typically found inside quotes. The words are bracketed to indicate that they were not the exact words from the quotes, but are either paraphrased or included to give clarity to the words. To use your example a little bit, suppose that the actual quote you want to refer to was: "See that hill over there? The man walked up that ...


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In psychology, "young adult" means people between around 18 to around 25. Adolescence, which is the time from the onset of sexual maturation until full adulthood, is subdivided into two parts. The first half of adolescence is called puberty and is defined by the development of the capability for sexual reproduction. Puberty today typically begins around ...


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The real difference about whether or not you use dialog is based in two terms: Narrative Exposition Which one you choose and to what extent will completely alter your story. Here are a couple of drastic examples: Narrative John Robinsky felt very angry and decided to obtain revenge upon his company for the way they had abused him. Exposition ...


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This is widely accepted, a rather common "flavor". Yes, there are legal implications, unless you use public domain works or made-up citations. In case of citations from works still covered by copyright, such use is not covered by Fair Use clause (unless you're parodying the content of the citation in in the following chapter, or referring to it by some ...


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Chapters don't need to have a title. "Chapter NN" is fine. Or you can have only a title — that's generally when the title identifies some kind of shift, like a different time, location, or narrator/POV focus. So you can have Chapter 1 Chapter 6 Chapter 47 or Location: Vulcan, 2265 POV: Brienne Time: A few hours ...


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You say that the persons asking you for feedback are friends. You are not asking how to criicize the work of other professionals. A professional writer is, in my opinion, someone who takes writing as serious as a job. He or she wants to excel in their writing, and when they ask for feekback, I would expect they want it honest and detailed. A friend is ...


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In most stories, one doesn't necessarily need a lot of dialogue but it sure helps to display the character's personality more than just telling your readers what they did. I think of it as "showing" vs "telling." A short expletive of especially creative invention can go a long way to describe who your character is, instead of using a lengthy sentence to ...


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A very good read which is informative and entertaining is, How To Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster. Another very good book is Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice by Charles Bressler. A bit more academic, but quite good.


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I think this all comes down to the one question: Does the writing work? Fiction writers often attempt to escape critique (and criticism) by saying, "well, who can say if it is right or wrong, it is Art." Take It To An Extreme Okay, let's take that to an extreme. Imagine if I created an a piece of writing that was so original that it used a new ...


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"Literary criticism" and "editing feedback" are two entirely different beasts. Litcrit is about looking at an existing text and analyzing it. You look at the author's intent, you look at symbolism, at context, at what the writer wanted to achieve, at how it fits into X genre canon, and so on. Editing feedback is what you give on an unfinished piece of ...


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My 2 cents: Focus on the objective of the writer, and let your feelings and taste aside. Everyone have the right to have a taste, but a professional critics needs, in my opinion, give a guidance to the writer so the creator can fulfill his objectives, not the critics.


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One of the standard introductions for university students is Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton.


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One of my go-tos is "Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction" by Jonathan Culler. It's great for people who are new to literary theory, or for veterans that are looking to brush up on the basics.



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