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Dec
13
comment Is there a coherence problem in my story?
Thanks for the feedback! Yes, I'll publish it as a Kindle. I'll post the link in this site's chat room when I'm done (and if I don't starve to death by then).
Dec
13
comment How to effectively jump from one period of time to another in a short story?
Thanks. You mean I write beautifully? Or that I'm handsome?
Dec
11
comment Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?
Why did I get a downvoted? Ha, I think this is the first downvote I get on this site. (I'm full of that @Stack Overflow.)
Dec
10
comment Should I use letters or digits in the following case?
Thanks for the edits. So, in the last example you did it because it's incorrect to use digits in dialogue? And one last question: why twentyfor instead of twenty-four?
Dec
6
comment Stories based on news: are they allowed?
@Mari-Lou A Ha! Wow, English is hard.
Dec
6
comment Stories based on news: are they allowed?
@Mari-Lou A Oh that was a typo. Fixed.
Dec
6
comment Stories based on news: are they allowed?
@Mari-Lou A OK, done.
Dec
6
comment Stories based on news: are they allowed?
@Mari-Lou A Thanks for the info. How about now?
Dec
6
comment Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Overt themes. I think this is what happened with Life of Pi.
Nov
28
comment Should I use ellipses or em dashes to denote pauses in speech?
Thanks. I think em dashes are also used in a sudden change of idea?
Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
@SF. I think a simile is a type of metaphor: google.com.tw/…
Oct
27
comment Are modern authors still using colons and semicolons in dialogue?
How about YA and mainstream fiction?
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
OK, I'll revise that part. Used to be worse, initially, I wrote a vast ocean of knowledge and practicality. (Or was it better? I'm not sure anymore).
Oct
21
comment Use past or present tense for lasting fact
@Carina Gunnarsson Oh yeah, that part is present tense.
Oct
16
comment Are the following passages examples of tense change? Are they allowed in fiction writing?
@Nick Bedford Thanks for the suggestion. I feel my version and yours talks about a different kind of character, though. Yours is more laid-back/intellectual and mine more impulsive/temperamental.
Oct
16
comment Improving the flow/rhythm of the following comparison
+1 Nice addition.
Oct
14
comment Improving the flow/rhythm of the following comparison
Oh my. And I thought I was struggling with this because I wasn't a native English speaker.
Oct
13
comment Are the following passages examples of tense change? Are they allowed in fiction writing?
@Philipp Oh, yeah. I edited that out. But maybe italics are OK?
Oct
11
comment Making characters multidimensional and unique. What can i do?
@user8727 I didn't take those from animes. The toe fetish is from a friend and the house cleaner from a movie called Synodoche, New York. But I'm curious, could you give me an example? I would like to see that anime.
Oct
11
comment Making characters multidimensional and unique. What can i do?
@user8727 Anime? Ha. Which technique of all that I listed?