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Oct
14
comment Structure of a good summary
@cornbread ninja Yeah, I was worrying about that. OK, I'll do some editing.
Oct
14
comment How can I avoid word repetition in the following paragraph?
Thanks! I think this is what I was looking for. I think it works perfectly well, since "Earth" and "earthquake" are recurring motifs in the story.
Oct
14
comment How can I avoid word repetition in the following paragraph?
OK I'll try. Not sure whether I will succeed, though.
Oct
11
comment Rhythm in a list
How about the edited version I added?
Oct
11
comment Rhythm in a list
Thanks! By last item you meant the last item in the sentence or the list? Will the piece flow better if I use the same pattern in the last sentence?
Oct
11
comment Mixing dialogue and action tags
@dmm Oh, thanks. I will correct that.
Oct
7
comment Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
so I should post both the collection and single stories to my Facebook fanbase? I'm afraid that would be a little too overwhelming for them.
Oct
7
comment Am I adding too many unnecessary “actions/descriptions”?
That editing was a pretty good. Thanks a lot.
Oct
6
comment Am I adding too many unnecessary “actions/descriptions”?
Thanks. I'll rephrase that sentence. Well, the main conflict of the main character is that she is afraid of change or losing her solid ground. The earthquake is a kind of metaphor (as well as the fact that she didn't feel it). So I guess change and time, for instance, are just little branching themes.
Oct
6
comment Am I adding too many unnecessary “actions/descriptions”?
Thanks a lot! I like the phrase action without import. I'll consider the points you made. Well, the story is about a girl who fails to feel an earthquake, so there are many themes: change, time, etc. (by the way, you meant there are grammar mistakes and oddly phrased sentences in the passage? I'm not an native English speaker so I may have missed something.)
Sep
30
comment How to format news, poems, text messages, and other kinds of written text?
@Pravesh Parekh My paragraphs are formatted as 0.25 inches. That means I have to leave the poem as 1.25?
Sep
27
comment What to do when you get stuck trying to connect sentences?
Thanks for the advice! So after 7 days and 17 coffees I realized the original was just fine.
Sep
26
comment Should I use present or past tense when the narrator talks about an universal/most-often-true statement?
Thanks for the advice. So, if I decided to not to italicize them, I should change them to past tense? (I say this because I already have italicized thoughts in the previous paragraph, and I don't want to overuse it).
Sep
26
comment Should I use present or past tense when the narrator talks about an universal/most-often-true statement?
@Mussri So you would use past tense in the passage above?
Sep
24
comment Am I overusing the words “started” and “began?”
@Kit Thanks for spotting that.
Sep
24
comment Am I overusing the words “started” and “began?”
@John Smithers Well, that's the point. I think they sound strange without them. Or is just my imagination?
Sep
13
comment Is repetition justified in the following piece?
I was following Hemingway's advice, "Write sober, edit drunk."
Sep
13
comment Is repetition justified in the following piece?
Oh you're right. Thanks for pointing that out. No more drunk editing.
Sep
11
comment Changing the way one addresses a character in a dialogue to create variation
@Joe oh I think you are confused because I didn't add italics. The original text has italics.
Sep
11
comment Changing the way one addresses a character in a dialogue to create variation
@Joe thanks I'll consider that for the next draft