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Sep
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comment I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
"Beginning writers who just need to get their butt-in-char time taken care of" - that's me, to a T. Not aiming for anything publishable, just writing. And, yes, my "regular" approach leaves me idly making vague plans for too long, which is why NaNoWriMo's "just write stuff" sounds helpful.
Sep
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asked I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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answered How can I break up a lengthy explanation?
Sep
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comment How can I break up a lengthy explanation?
Having somebody "be the cabbagehead" is not a good thing. As you describe, it's very artificial, and instead of making the infodump interesting and palatable, it merely provides an excuse to deliver it dryly.
Sep
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comment Other options for “had had”?
Whereas "that's that" is a perfectly acceptable example I had had, and that's that.
Sep
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comment Other options for “had had”?
@Neil: I'm kind of assuming that if somebody really has this problem, it's because his favored formulation of the sentence leans strongly towards the "had had" construction. If he can easily swap the "had had" for a completely different sentence, that's rather less of a problem.
Sep
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comment Other options for “had had”?
When you say that using "I'd had" is "a little cheap," do you mean it's not a great solution, or that that's to simple to get rep for? :P Seriously, for general purposes, since you're just trying to avoid an awkward-but-simple construction, this can be a great solution. Of course, that kind of relies on the subject of the sentence to work... as do your other suggestions.
Sep
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comment A letter of recommendation
Heya, I'm responding to you over on chat, so as not to derail the question :)
Aug
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comment A letter of recommendation
@Zasz: I'm confused as to why you're editing repetitions of the answers into the question. Note that the most popular answers rise to the top, so no worry of missing them! If you think some of the answers have points that deserve emphasis, clarification, or expansion, please feel free to edit them right into the answer - or comment on the answer, if it's an addition or a response. Editing the answers into the question, OTOH, seemsmore confusing and less helpful.
Aug
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awarded  Analytical
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answered A letter of recommendation
Aug
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answered How could my friend publish his Steve Jobs biography?
Aug
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answered Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?
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revised Does this FAQ accurately convey the mission of DIY.SE?
edited tags
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awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
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comment How would one use punctuation to indicate tone changes?
Why do you consider it necessary to indicate the change using only punctuation? Consider: He's a _different_ sort of person, I suppose,, or "He's a different sort of person, I suppose," said Keith. He paused on "different" when he said it, making the word sound like a question, and hardly a subtle one. Punctuation only goes so far :P
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answered Finding words through meanings
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awarded  Revival
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comment “All of a sudden…” ?
@Unreason: Thanks :) I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to correct - if I read a book, and the last line is "Standback, I am Oberon the King of Fairies and I AM WATCHING YOU," I'm not reacting to something that happened suddenly. It wasn't written suddenly; I didn't read it suddenly. The suddenness is in my reaction to it - my train of thought was wondering who's got that darn Maltese Falcon, and as a result of something unsudden, I am now suddenly reacting in an entirely different way (even if my response is to do nothing). That's what I meant by "the reaction is sudden."