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Business systems analyst.


Dec
16
comment Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?
Not just Southern US. I'm a Yankee and I'd use it. It wouldn't be considered ignorant-sounding where I come from.
Dec
11
comment Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?
I think it's fine, much like using some in the same context. It gives the story a conversational feel.
Dec
2
comment List of wars someone could be a part of, if they were born a certain date
Out of curiosity, have you tried googling "wars between 1990 and 2014" (1990 being the age your character would have been 18)? There's a whole book on that very specific topic called *War in the Modern World, 1990-2014 not to mention that you can find lists of wars by date on Wikipedia. Also, tours of duty are going to depend largely on the kind of tour and the branch of service, as well as the country.
Dec
1
comment How to format the following dialogue without the parenthesis?
Is the detective supposed to actually be saying those things? If so, try using dialogues tags.
Nov
13
comment Should I write my novel?
I have a day job and a contract to fulfill, two children (4 and 6), and an old farmhouse that needs a woodstove installed, a wall built, and wood laid in before winter. I'm doing NaNoWriMo right now. It doesn't seem like much time, but if you love it, keep doing it, even if it's only fifteen minutes a day before you collapse in a heap. Also, write it all first, then review it; keeps you from getting stuck.
Nov
12
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
"in to what she perceived as guilt" seems very telling rather than showing. What if you describe the behavior he's exhibiting that makes her perceive it this way instead?
Oct
28
comment Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
How do you know they are only suitable for big novels? I don't think you will know for sure until you actually try writing one. The first time I did NaNoWriMo, I thought I had a plot well over 50K. It lasted me through 20K, then I had to come up with something else.
Oct
22
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
I agree. You have to get limber before you can really enjoy acrobatics. Start with something a little less dense first, like Ursula K LeGuin, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle, Tad Williams, Orson Scott Card, and Stephen R Donaldson before you get into Tolkien and Eco.
Oct
21
comment What comes first: the hook or the rest?
No way are you 53. You look like my cousin.
Oct
21
comment How many pages long should a chapter book be?
You need as many pages as the story asks for. If you're trying to fill a certain page count, then you might need a different story instead.
Oct
14
comment Need A Way To Avoid Excessive Use Of Subject When Refering To Character
I think your method is a good suggestion, but the first two changes bother me because of the resulting fragments.
Oct
14
comment How to write good erotic scene?
And if we just need to know that they slept together, the entire sex scene could be skipped altogether and alluded to after the fact. For instance, she's stuffing her panties in her purse on her way out the door to catch the train. (This has the added advantage of making the extent of the author's experience less obvious.)
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
You need to put more content into your questions. Are you writing a screenplay? Can you describe the context in more detail, maybe explain what the scene is?
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
I don't understand what you are asking. Please provide more context.
Oct
8
comment Series: Is there a disadvantage to the number of books?
@Lauren I stand by my statement.
Oct
8
comment Series: Is there a disadvantage to the number of books?
I assume that if there are many books in a series, the author is trying to milk the audience and generally the work will get progressively worse. There are very few series that I can think of that were equally good or even better all the way through.
Sep
6
comment Where can I find co-authors willing to share writing duties for a fiction novel?
When you have at least 20 rep, you can talk in our chat room. You might find some interested parties there.
Jul
18
comment no matter whether = whether?
Also, English Language Learners is not the same thing as English Language and Usage. I believe that would require some revision to demonstrate research effort as well.
Jul
18
comment no matter whether = whether?
This should not go to English Language and Usage without much improvement.
Jul
13
comment Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?
Ending it the first time, or ending it in revision?