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Jan
15
comment Which font should I use when I'm writing?
@what Nice. I'll check it out.
Jan
6
comment Am I providing enough information to keep the reader gripped?
Thanks for spotting that.
Jan
5
comment Is it possible to turn a cliche into something original?
Hmm, the Bible is more original than I thought.
Jan
5
comment Does this entice the reader to continue?
@Nate_Writes To be honest, the first paragraph didn't hook me (as I said, I found it too general). The second one did it, though. That's why I suggested the example above.
Jan
5
comment Is it possible to turn a cliche into something original?
@hidred Thanks I liked the backwards technique. So in my case, daughter rapes father?
Jan
1
comment Will my readers find it hard to care/identify with a character who seems to lack human emotions?
@Seth Gordon Yes, it's a complex idea. That's why I decided to make it a novel not a short story.
Dec
30
comment Is it bad idea to directly state the message/moral of a story?
@Saint Georg Thanks for the info. I'll check it out.
Dec
29
comment Will my readers find it hard to care/identify with a character who seems to lack human emotions?
user2005 Yes, she literally doesn't have a soul. So I'm portraying her as less expressive than a normal person.
Dec
29
comment How to cover different perspectives/levels of thinking in one story?
How about Twilight? It only has one perspective/level of thinking: the benefits of having a vampire boyfriend. And it's one of the most successful novels all time.
Dec
27
comment Is it bad idea to directly state the message/moral of a story?
@Saint Cycle I checked the Wikipedia entry. Are you sure they share similarities? As far as I can tell, Re-Cycle is about a novelist who experiences the supernatural events found in her novel. Ghost Earthquake is about a girl who is trying to find out why she's the only one who didn't feel the earthquake that just struck her city.
Dec
27
comment Is it bad idea to directly state the message/moral of a story?
I'm not sure whether I should be happy or sad about the Ayn Rand comment: xkcd.com/1049.
Dec
3
comment Is the following extended metaphor/group of metaphors too overwhelming?
Ha, I was thinking of something like that, but I couldn't make put it into the page. I'll definitely ask for your editing services once I'm done with my novel (which I've already rewritten for the third time.) Only one question: why did you use a comma between jewels and the omelet? I always thought putting different ideas in different sentences made prose clearer?
Nov
28
comment “No longer knowing” vs “without knowing…anymore.”
I've never looked at it like that. Thanks.
Nov
25
comment What does/would it mean to code a novel?
@ggambett Well I agree too, I just wanted to keep the answer simple. I think designing a novel is a more accurate metaphor than coding a novel.
Nov
23
comment What does/would it mean to code a novel?
@natederweise One similarity I see is that you're constantly adding, changing, removing stuff. Refractoring would equal to editing. Beta testers in this case are the beta readers.
Nov
23
comment Should I avoid “lecturing” my readers?
I see. I think I realized it's a matter of style. Maybe what I'm looking for, though, is something similar to Murakami's characters. They just observe their surroundings without making any kind of judgments. I'll experiment with both types.
Nov
22
comment Writing simple short sentences first and connecting them later
I gave up on this idea. I realized writing a lot of garbage and editing later is better. You produce better work.
Nov
19
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
"I am a man and I am eating this sandwich in a manly way, tearing the bread and smoked turkey with my sharp teeth" Ha! I think I'll start doing that. Maybe it'll be good for my male ego. Well, I didn't write those description because she was a female. Actually, I just wanted to show the reader it was a sunny day in summer.
Nov
19
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
Thanks for the detailed feedback. I'm not very sure if I was subconsciously stereotyping the narrator. I'll go back and take a look at that. As for the second paragraph, the instability of her feelings has to do with the story. She used to have anger problems, and right now, she feels somehow alienated from her feelings overall (due to the constant traveling and distance).
Nov
18
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
@Monica Cellio♦ OK, you guys convinced me. I edited the question.