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Jul
11
comment Does my title/opening paragraph grab your attention?
Saki has one extra finger more than the average person (eleven if you count both hands). Would it be clearer if I changed the title to Saki's Eleventh Finger? I think it doesn't sound as good as Sixth though (I think you were thinking of the sixth finger of a normal hand?)
Jul
11
comment Does my title/opening paragraph grab your attention?
Thanks for the feedback. My idea was to make the reader wonder: "What's possible relation could be between Saki having a sixth finger and her coming to a paradise island?" I guess I have to rethink the opening sentence.
Jul
10
comment Does my title/opening paragraph grab your attention?
Damn, I think I picked the wrong metaphor, ha.
Jul
8
comment What's a minimum recommendable word-count to generate sales in Amazon Direct Publishing (ADP)?
@Jay Ha, OK you guys convinced me. I'll just let the words flow.
Jul
8
comment What's a minimum recommendable word-count to generate sales in Amazon Direct Publishing (ADP)?
@Javeer Baker I totally agree, Javeer. Nevertheless there's still a sale gap between short stories, novellas, and novels. Correct, me if I'm wrong.
Jul
5
comment Opening a story with a reference to what someone just said followed by a setting description
Ha, nice example. I'll consider doing something like this.
Jul
3
comment Using pronouns properly in order to avoid confusion and repetition
"She told me about how her mother used to take trips to Mount Everest every time her parents fought." I think its sounds as "Monica's mother used to take trips to Mount Everest, every time Monica mom's parents fought." EDIT: Oh, wait, I'm not sure anymore. I think I'm going crazy.
Jun
27
comment Opening a story with a reference to what someone just said followed by a setting description
Thanks. I modified the text based on some of your suggestions.
Jun
27
comment Opening a story with a reference to what someone just said followed by a setting description
@Jay Thanks for the feedback. Ha, the dialogue is just random stuff I came out with. They will discuss about something else. Something more interesting.
Jun
23
comment Is the following sentence structure allowed in fiction?
@Monica Cellio♦ Well, I guess which sentence is more morally correct. Or which one is smoother on the eyes of the reader.
Jun
23
comment Is the following sentence structure allowed in fiction?
@markovchain I'm not sure if it's cheesy. But it has to do with the story. Previously Benjamin talks with Erin about the fact that the concept of things being solid is probably just a human thought. That everything is always in constant change.
Jun
23
comment Is the following sentence structure allowed in fiction?
Damn, I started panicking upon reading the first sentence, ha. Thanks for your feedback.
Jun
23
comment Is the following sentence structure allowed in fiction?
@Tannalein You mean the comeback?
Jun
21
comment Does the following piece have too much dry narration (mundane tasks, moving about)?
Thanks for your suggestion. I think you've become very familiar with my work (you know all my cheap tricks and patterns). Please see my EDIT. Is that better?
Jun
21
comment Is the following allowed under the ungrammatical exceptions in fiction?
@Aerovistae Thanks, man. I improved mainly because you guys and this site. By the way, here's the full text in case you wanna read it: alexandrochen.quora.com/…
Jun
15
comment Is the following allowed under the ungrammatical exceptions in fiction?
Thanks for the feedback. So I guess the second example reads better?
Jun
13
comment Is it better to make clear immediately in which country/continent the story is taking place?
My novel is set in China. I decided to give most of the characters Chinese names (Mei, Jung). So I guess there's no need for me to mention the country at all? (I suppose people would link a Chinese name with China). And at the beginning of the story I also mention the use of chopsticks. Though, the characters are a common urban environment.
May
28
comment Are my metaphors/similes effective?
Thanks for the suggestions (though I just realized different people have different taste for metaphors/similes). I'd been wondering recently actually whether some people catch more errors if they print their drafts.
May
11
comment Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
Thank for the suggestion. I updated the question.
May
3
comment Hooking the reader by omitting a piece of information
I finished the story (in case someone wants to read it): alexandrochen.quora.com/The-Flying-Stone