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Apr
9
comment Should I highlight or downplay a character's quirk to make her seem more odd?
@Ice-9 Thank you for putting me exactly on 1K. For that, sideboard, you have earned the privilege of having my finest claret sit atop you.
Apr
4
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
Come hang out in Writers chat in September as we gear up for National Novel Writing Month in November.
Feb
10
comment Does excessive use of prepositions make writing unclear?
"The benefit...has many benefits."
Feb
10
comment Is the following passage confusing?
I didn't go to art school, but I knew this from physics. I thought it made a nice metaphor too. I wasn't sure what it was a metaphor for, but it felt like one, so it would cause me to look for that theme in the story.
Feb
10
comment Is the following passage confusing?
This was my difficulty reading the passage too. I am an engineer, so I was wanting to explain it to him while reading about his musings.
Jan
15
comment Is there a great manual for technical and scientific writing?
We have a couple of technical writers who are regulars in our chat room, if you are interested in socializing about that kind of work. (You'll need 20 rep to chat.)
Jan
9
comment Does this opening somewhat grip the reader?
That's a complex question. You might enjoy dropping by the chat room to discuss it. We have a regular chat on Tuesdays, and people are there other times too.
Jan
8
comment Does this opening somewhat grip the reader?
I think this is heaps better than the first sample. The only thing that I immediately noticed was that he wouldn't describe his sister like that unless he was attracted to her, which is icky.
Jan
3
comment How do I write a proper cover letter
Also, I would add that you should repeat the exact phrases that are in the job description if you are including technical terms. That is, if it says "C# programmer", don't write "proficiency with .Net", write C# programmer. HR won't know that it means the same thing or better, so it won't get checked off on the list and it might not get passed on then.
Jan
1
comment Method for handling non-canonical fantasy fiction
I would be very surprised if anyone thought it was derivative of D&D. I should say, it might be obvious from my question that I am surprised that my readers are associating it with D&D. Having my non-geek friends take a look at it is a good idea though. Maybe it is reader bias and not the writing in this case.
Dec
12
comment Using LaTex medium to enhance writing
The LaTeX recommendation had to be because it was developed for formatting equations prettily, something a calculus prof would appreciate and possibly assume was too complicated for anyone who was not a computer person to do.
Dec
11
comment Multiple Same Source Citations in the same Paragraph in MLA format?
Hello, Writers! I thought this question would get better answers here, so I migrated it. If you do not agree, let me know, and I will see if we can get some support for it on EL&U.
Dec
9
comment How to handle a character when she is lying about her name
Your answer is the closest to what I ended up doing, which is that earlier in the story she lifts a fake ID off someone, and laughs about the name to her friend -- "Hey, this one says her name is Cherry..." so that the name is familiar to the reader later, and the reader can guess that it is Nicene. I felt the other methods (distinctive feature, catchphrase, etc) were too intrusive in the writing style for this story.
Dec
8
comment Method for handling non-canonical fantasy fiction
I see what you are getting at, and I am sure this would work in some stories, but I feel it would be terribly ham-fisted for me to write "Gosh, that demon that possesses you is behaving like the personification of some kind of desire, rather than like the supernatural creatures from the Christian mythos or something that Gary Gygax put together."
Nov
19
comment What are the 3 all-time best-sellers in each genre?
Books that have been around longer will tend to have more sales than new ones. Modern books have a broader market than books that were published fifty years ago. Do you want to account for this? What are you using this information for?
Nov
14
comment How to handle a character when she is lying about her name
I think this would be more confusing, since it is written from Shadow's point of view, and he only knows her as Cherry.
Nov
8
comment State the method of how random data are produced in scientific paper?
One sentence to describe how you produced the random set is usually both necessary and sufficient. It is necessary precisely because of the many ways random data can be created.
Oct
21
comment Cutting down the length of a short story
Step 1. Cut out all the tangents.
Oct
16
comment What steps to follow in thinking through the writing of a conclusion?
That was how I learned it too. In a 5-paragraph essay, the conclusion has one (or two) sentence summaries of the first four paragraphs, then a one (or two) sentence 'and that's why we should blahblah'.
Oct
14
comment Is it possible to write a novel completely devoid of dialogue?
I've read a lot of HP Lovecraft, and he doesn't use a stitch of dialogue. People seem to like his work.