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Oct
26
comment Worried that my opening is not gripping enough
Thanks, you gave me a good idea for an opening.
Oct
17
comment Should I edit the first draft until I'm totally satisfied or should I leave that to the third draft?
Thanks for your feedback. Sorry, I think I wasn't clear enough. By satisfied, I meant something like: "OK, looking good. I'll come back to it in the next draft." As opposed to: "Mmm, this doesn't look good. It's OK, I'll fix it in the next draft." I'm aware art can't be perfect. Like Leonardo said: "Art is never finished, only abandoned."
Oct
15
comment Structure of a good summary
Thanks for the feedback. Well, the story never reveals why she missed the earthquake. That part is open to interpretation. The whole earthquake thing is a kind of metaphor for the story anyways, so it doesn't have a definite answer.
Oct
15
comment Structure of a good summary
@John Smithers Thanks! Not sure where the w went.
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?