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Apr
15
comment Does my first paragraph grab your attention?
It could be "lampshaded": "It's such a cliché to picture your audience naked but ... "
Apr
15
answered Our note in footnote of a book
Apr
15
comment Books to improve writing skills
There are good writing manuals out there, just as there are good sex manuals -- but really, would you rather be reading a manual or learning by trial-and-error?
Apr
15
answered Books to improve writing skills
Apr
15
comment Books to improve writing skills
I would say, read bad books only in small quantities. My mother and I (both of us writers in our own fashions) read the first paragraph of Angels & Demons aloud and howled with derision for 15 minutes. Read a little tiny bit of bad and then go through your own word and notice all the Dan-Browny bits and hack them out.
Apr
15
comment Books to improve writing skills
Stephen King on writing? That's like Bernie Madoff on investing: he may have gotten rich doing it but I wouldn't recommend anyone else try it his way.
Apr
15
answered What makes a good action scene?
Apr
15
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
Did someone tell you you can't write? Your question is on the verge of being beautifully written. "the brutal strength of the need of self-expression" (I would have written "for" instead of the second "of", but that's a nit.) "stories keep invading my head", nice strong image (weakened by the word "bugging", which is not what invaders do). I think you do have the talent and just need someone to point out a few mechanical flaw.
Apr
15
comment Write a resume objective that expresses my desire to hone and sharpen my skills
A good first step might be observe that "hone" and "sharpen" mean the same thing. Recall what Professor Strunk said to his class on the first day: "Omit needless words! Omit needless words! Omit needless words!"
Apr
15
comment Potential confusion: referring to home planet as “Earth”
I know you didn't ask for a critique, but I can't resist. You need to tighten your writing. A lot. Try this: "The sun was high in the sky, not quite as warm as a summer back home on Solum but inviting nonetheless. Pexus was lighter than Solum, so trees were taller and more slender. The deer-like animals that slipped among the trees were graceful and delicate, and the vulpine predators that pursued those deer were like dark blades." See how the writing is specific rather than quantitative, making the reader feel he is there, not reading an almanac about it.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
I hate that. Whenever I read someone using Latinate words just for the heck of it, I want to beat him to death with a hardback copy of Roget's Thesaurus.
Feb
24
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Feb
18
answered Are there good tips on being a better *creative* writer?
Feb
7
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
How many writers really have the problem of people stealing their work? Most of us have pretty much the opposite problem: people ignore our work utterly. Just go ahead and save your work on GMail. On the other hand, about 10 years ago, I sent out a screenplay about the problems endured by a group of vampires trying to fit into non-vampire society. I've only seen that used in maybe a dozen movies and TV shows since then...
Feb
7
comment What are the tricks to avoid repetition in writing?
I vociferously disagree here. If you mean the exact same thing, you should use the exact same word. John's changes suggest that the handling of composition rules is to be different from the handling of optimization (which is not, I take it, the truth). I'm up for bullets.