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Working on several writing projects and desperately battling scope creep on each.


Apr
8
awarded  Yearling
Jul
22
comment How to deal with self-criticism?
If you use research as an excuse to avoid writing, stop doing that. If you think research is easier than writing, you're probably not doing very thorough research. The adage, "write what you know" works just well flipped, "know what you write."
Jul
19
answered How to deal with self-criticism?
Jul
18
comment Does it look unprofessional to have my name and all the titles of my website in lower-case?
This is on-topic. He's not asking about design (placement, position, color, font, white space, etc...); he's asking about capitalization and as Smithers pointed out, the "hi, there" is bad writing because it makes the content seem like a header. Decisions about how to distinguish headers or chapter markers in a written work should be welcome here. The fact that it's a webpage doesn't make it any less a writing question.
Jul
10
answered Writing a math exercise book
Jul
10
answered What are some examples of modern original plots?
Jul
10
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I find "in order to" kind of clumsy. When I read "in order to" I expect the subect to be the deadweight "one." One writes like this in order to sound authoritative. Yech.
Jul
10
awarded  Commentator
Jul
10
comment Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
I think the past action the friend was referring to was "I read." I think the friend suggested changing the sentence to remove the passive voice. Although "in order to" still doesn't quite do the job.
Jul
10
answered Why does using this “-ing” verb construction make my writing weaker?
Jun
13
comment What's the modern way to handle gender in tech writing?
All of these suggestions (use specific names, pluralize, use the passive or imperative voice, etc...) demand that you change the meaning of your sentence. The hallmark of good writing is clarity. Any "rule" that requires you to obfuscate is a bad rule. Traditionally, the English third-person singular indeterminate gender pronoun has shared the same form as the third-person masculine pronoun: he.
Jun
13
revised Is it safe to create a wiki for a book (or something featured in it) before the book is published?
Edited after the question was amended
Jun
13
answered Is it safe to create a wiki for a book (or something featured in it) before the book is published?
Jun
7
awarded  Scholar
Jun
7
accepted Conlang question
Jun
7
awarded  Critic
Jun
7
comment Conlang question
Great points, Craig! I think I'm struggling with finding the right balance of spare usage. For example, when I think of foreign languages used in writing, I think of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum and Shakespeare's Henry V. Eco uses a number of languages that he doesn't expect the reader to understand, but he does it to great effect. Only a handful of spectators would have understood the French at the end of Henry V, but the scene is still intelligible. And better off for the French. Much to think on.... Thanks!
Jun
7
awarded  Student
Jun
7
comment Should I avoid modern words/phrases in fantasy writing?
These are valid points. The writing should be clear. But what if you have a character grab tamale for a snack? Or eat some sashimi? Now we've got three particular modern cultures that the character ahs no access to. To me, "tamale" and "sashimi" rip me out of the world in a way that "barbarian" or "assassin" do not. (Both words with very specific cultural etymologies.) I don't know where to draw the line.
Jun
7
asked Conlang question