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May
10
comment How do you decide whether to use the infinitive or -ing version of a verb?
@what Yes, that's what I wrote: results in Google Books. The catalog looks interesting. I'll check it out.
May
7
comment How to improve/fix this short introductory paragraph and dialog?
Ha, I wrote this ages ago. I don't even remember writing that dialogue. This is the final draft: google.com.tw/…
Apr
30
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@sh1ftst0rm I checked your project. Good stuff. One question: why did you decide to come up with your own markup instead of extending Markdown? Isn't it easier, for instance, to type **word** instead of *{word}*?
Apr
30
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@sh1ftst0rm Hey, I'm doing the same. I'm writing a custom Markdown parser in JavaScript, which includes stuff like scene breaks, smart quotes, and small-caps (e.g. ^^Small-cap text^^.) It outputs a clean Kindle-ready zip file (with table of contents and everything).
Apr
18
comment How to write romance without falling into cliché?
@TomAu Yes, I believe in free love. (And same-sex relationships are becoming cliche, too)
Apr
2
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
@Neil Fein♦ OK, so which SE should I use instead? (By the way, I though it was OK since there's a formatting tag.)
Mar
25
comment How to decide the position of short phrases?
That was a very good observation. Thanks!
Mar
17
comment Point of view chapter to chapter
The current Amazon Bestseller in Fiction, The Girl on the Train, does precisely that. It's written in first-person present tense, from the POVs of three different female characters. And yes, it's intriguing. I've been going to bed at 2:00 a.m. for three nights straight because of the damn book.
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
@Monica Cellio♦ OK, I added an example of what I find to be strong.
Mar
3
comment Fiction writing: is using Git overkill?
I'm curious. Do you write your novels in Markdown? How do you format them so they look OK on Kindle? (I do that manually and it's a pain).
Feb
20
comment How can clarity and flow of long sentences be improved?
@PaulA.Clayton Oh, that's for spotting that. I took it from this Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keelung "From 1642 to 1661 and 1663–1668, Keelung was under Dutch control."
Feb
13
comment Is it OK to add chapters to slow down the pace of the story?
I mainly agree. One thing I've noticed, though, is that sometimes when the pace of a story is slow the reader feels as if the story is "happening" to them. But it has to be done carefully and correctly, I think.
Feb
12
comment Is it OK to add chapters to slow down the pace of the story?
@Lauren Ipsum Oh thanks, I'll read the answers to that question. (I think Tommy went to sleep. I don't see him in the chat.)
Feb
6
comment Are the tenses of the following piece correct?
I think you missed a comma somewhere.
Feb
2
comment How much repetition is too much repetition?
Once again, I'm blown away by your understanding of sentence structure. Thanks!
Jan
26
comment How much repetition is too much repetition?
You are totally right. Thanks for the suggestion!
Jan
15
comment Is it OK to use “I guess” in fiction?
As for "He was my only guide right now." There are some similar results in Google Books: google.com.tw/…. I'm still a bit confused, though. I think I should open a new question for this.
Jan
15
comment Is it OK to use “I guess” in fiction?
Thank! What an amazing answer. I guess this also applies to "That's when..." vs "That was when..." right?
Jan
15
comment Is the following “shortening” allowed in fiction?
@Massimo Ortolano Thanks for the info. I think I'll check a climbing YouTube video and rewrite this section. Are you a climber?
Jan
9
comment Is the following “…noun, adjective…” structure allowed in fiction?
@what seems like "lazily" became energetic again: books.google.com/ngrams/…