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comment Formatting for floating text with gradient effect
I think ebooks.SE is a better fit for this; I'm migrating over there. Best of luck!
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comment What to avoid when writing the downfall of a character?
In its present form, I think the question is unclear and too broad, so I'm closing it. Of course, edits or a new post with a more focused question are extremely welcome :) And, as always, trying and learning is A-OK on Stack Exchange!
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comment What to avoid when writing the downfall of a character?
I strongly suggest trying to structure Writers.SE questions as "I'm trying to do X; however, I've run up against Obstacle Y." Even in the planning phase, you can have obstacles - maybe you're worried that the downfall will feel unpersuasive; maybe you're worried readers will hate the character; maybe you're worried readers won't even notice he's gone bad. Tell us what you're trying to do, what your concern is, and why you're concerned about that. Don't go for a catch-all "Give me advice about the thing I want to do," because that isn't really answerable.
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comment What to avoid when writing the downfall of a character?
IMHO, this isn't a very answerable question - you're presenting a fairly broad scenario ("A protagonist falls from grace") which could have a million different crucial details to it, and asking "what to avoid." IMHO, "what to avoid" questions are very problematic to begin with, and I'm inclined to close them - they aren't "I'm having a problem," they're "I'm intending to do X, give me general advice about X before I actually attempt it." In your case, I think it's also hard to tell just what it is you need advice on, making it doubly hard to answer.
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comment How can I create drama in a story that is mostly political and procedural?
@Lostinfrance : Oh! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :-)
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comment Future-In-The-Past Version of 'Should?'
English.SE is the place for grammar questions; I've migrated this over there. Cheers!
Apr
20
comment “The signal on the Zibby is dead” - what is the meaning of “Zibby”?
Heya, Cool question! We don't take research questions on Writers.SE; the place to ask those is on respective sites related to the research topic. In this case, I'll migrate to History.SE, where I think this is on-topic :)
Apr
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comment Name for introductory section about the author
IMHO this is asking about correct naming for a particular type of section, which personally I'd see as on-topic. Other authors with similar sections will find this useful.
Apr
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comment In a house on fire, do children faint more easily than the adults?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a research question.
Apr
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comment In a house on fire, do children faint more easily than the adults?
@Keyaku: No worries; people learn here by trial and error :)
Apr
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comment Describing protagonist's experience from using magic
I should point out that we try to avoid "what to write" questions here - they don't have any one answer, and they aren't helpful to others. So we're looking for something beyond "I need to write X; how should I do that" -- be specific, tell us why this specific thing is difficult for you.
Apr
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comment Describing protagonist's experience from using magic
Hi Tanya! It's not entirely clear to me what it is you're having difficulty with here. You say you want to capture the sense of what the magic user goes through , great -- can you go ahead and, well, describe what he feels and what the experience is like for him? What is it that's giving you trouble here?
Apr
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comment Using latin words in fantasy
This is a cool point. It's pretty familiar to English speakers that many words and phrases derive their meaning from an older language; Latin is recognizable enough to recreate the same effect in a fantasy world. Even if fantasy-world Latin doesn't literally sound like our Latin (or their Common like our English), you can imagine that our Latin is standing in for whatever their ancient defunct language is.
Apr
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comment MLA: Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism in Essay Writing
-1. Your example paragraph doesn't look like it's trying to demonstrate MLA style at all; it's demonstrating cohesion and paragraph structure (opening statement; advantages of Smith, each one with a clear "lead-in" statement in red, then supporting detail; finally a summary of the main claim). That invalidates pretty much all your assumptions regarding citations.
Apr
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comment Writing and sharing Microfiction
Hi Maladictus! Welcome to Writers.SE! We're a Q&A site; feedback and sharing stories is beyond our scope here. Finding resources for a niche like microfiction or flash-fiction is on-topic, though; that's your primary question, so I've kept that (and removed the fiction piece). All the best!
Apr
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comment illustration copyright
As per @LaurenIpsum 's suggestion, Law.SE is probably a better place for this.
Mar
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comment Would a government care if my novel mentioned their controversial / questionable practices?
Please elaborate; this isn't helpful as an answer if you don't provide the basic details of the case...
Mar
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comment Is it possible to write about failed detective novel?
Great insight. If the closure isn't coming from "case solved," it should be coming from some other direction. Lots of options, but you need to know what you're aiming for; where you expect reader satisfaction to be coming from.
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comment how to write an essay in less wordy way
So I'm going to close this for the moment. If you (or anybody) has suggestions for rewriting the question to focus more on improving succinctness in general, I'd be happy to reopen.
Mar
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comment how to write an essay in less wordy way
I'm sorry, but on Writers.SE, requests for rephrasing and feedback on specific texts are off-topic. General questions about succinctness might be on-topic, but at least as currently written, this question is just getting specific edit suggestions for your one passage. Not very helpful to other writers, and not even very helpful to you beyond the one specific passage!