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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?
Oct
10
comment Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?
I guess I'm better at writing analogies than questions.
Oct
10
comment Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?
I edited the question. How about now?
Oct
10
comment Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?
Oh, you're right. But the character just wants to point out are not the perfect pebbles that fall down but those with right shapes. So maybe I don't have to explain the whole process?
Oct
1
comment When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
@Philipp Oh, you're right I edited that later. I made it four storeys. You think that's enough?
Sep
20
comment How do you know when there's something missing in your story?
Thanks. But I think it's not necessary to close all the threads. If you leave them open the reader ends up thinking about them even after the end of the story (it lingers in them and that's good).
Sep
14
comment Should the opening of a short story mirror the ending?
Oh, I see. Well, maybe she is right. But I still think it's more important to make the opening gripping. Plus, if you write a gripping opening sentence, the rest practically writes itself. But that's just me. It may not work for everyone. Just remember rules in writing are just scaffolds to build upon. No scaffold suits every building.
Sep
13
comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
Hi Rick. Ha, I've been there for ages: scribophile.com/authors/alexandro-chen