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Feb
25
comment “Where did X go?” vs “where had X gone.”
Thanks, I incorporated your edits. How about the passage in the EDIT?
Feb
19
comment Is the following repetition unnecessary?
Oh, that was a typo. Thanks for noticing.
Feb
11
comment Is the following passage confusing?
@Neil Fein♦ I can post it here as a comment once I finish it. Or should I use the chat instead?
Feb
9
comment Is the following passage confusing?
@NeilFein OK, I updated. Ha, but I think the surround text doesn't add much for clarity. I explained the context a bit.
Feb
8
comment How can I get rid of the “things” in the following passage?
Thanks for noticing the worst. I don't know why but I always write it instead of worse.
Jan
30
comment I'm a new author and I have three projects with complete drafts. Which one should I focus on first?
@John Smithers I do know about rewritting. I've done it with seven stories based on the feedback of beta-readers. It just takes longer for me. Maybe because I don't plan or outline at all. I usually write the second draft from scratch.
Jan
29
comment I'm a new author and I have three projects with complete drafts. Which one should I focus on first?
@Standback♦ Interesting option. But since all of them are first drafts, I think it'll take me like one or two years.
Jan
23
comment I feel my protagonist is too “detached” from the main plot. What should I do?
So, as the girl looks for her place in the world as a soulless being, the protagonist is doing it also. Again I never tell this to the reader; I just throw subtle hints.
Jan
23
comment I feel my protagonist is too “detached” from the main plot. What should I do?
Thanks for you feedback. Well, he's visiting his half-sister because she asked him to. As for the reason he came looking for the girl without a soul, the truth is a mystery even for himself. However, the girl later explains to him that they are somehow "connected." A possible interpretation for this is that the girl symbolizes his own skepticism towards the existence of the soul. But I never reveal that to the reader. Not sure if that will do, though.
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.