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This 'about me' will probably be updated when I have the time to edit every site-profile manually, and when I can be more active on the network.

Till then, this remains a placeholder account with all of my previous questions, comments, and whatever else is tied to my alias on SE.

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Apr
23
suggested suggested edit on How to elegantly convey the finer nuances of language in written form
Apr
23
comment How to elegantly convey the finer nuances of language in written form
My succinct advice: Treat writing as utilizing language, language as semantics, semantics as absolutes. In other words, rely only on the meanings of the letter-strings, and unless you're writing poetry, don't even bother how two words sound together. Imagine you'll be read in plain ASCII text. That's for the initial writing. Then for editing/rewriting: Worry about how it looks and sounds, hollistically. Don't dwell on the finer details but do strive for what feels generally more pleasant in representation.
Apr
23
comment How to tell if my story is finished, or needs more?
First decide whether it does have a story; have you been following a plot? Or have you been following characters? It's impossible for me to know what yours is for sure but most rom-com's I know are 'slice-of-life'. Thus the pressure to provide an ending is far less than in other genres. Also, if that is the case, then I recommend the 'less-is-more' approach SF mentioned.
Apr
18
comment Best practice for stories based on other writers' stories
Something akin to this?
Apr
15
comment Critique a short essay
@LaurenI Eons hence, useless words yet unscathed, every kille- ehem, edit shall face deat- ehem, being edited. An eye for an eye, an edit for an edit.
Apr
14
comment Critique a short essay
@LaurenIpsum You shall suffer for the poor word's sin!
Apr
12
comment How should I introduce new and complex technologies or tools?
@JMcAfreak, that could work. But if you're publishing your notes, consider editing them to a professional 'independant' level. That is, give them the appearance of independent, tailored, technical books/notes/... . That's to give them 'the mood'. Also make it clear they're fictional. And remember that most of your readers may not get anything but the main books, so include the really good/necessary quotations in the main books.
Apr
2
comment How should I introduce new and complex technologies or tools?
Labeling your paragraphs 0-4, I'll add to number four. Consider the opening quotes in Dune, 'cited' from books like "The Manual of Al-Muad'Dib". If the 'MYTO' gets really dangerous later on, or possibly messes with reality on a grand scale, having those quotations come from a 'manual' or a history book suggests that a history is being played, or alternatively, that 'you've seen nothing yet'.
Mar
16
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
Yes, please. I asked a similar question a while back, what do you think the answers were? I hope you have better luck.
Mar
8
comment How to quote something twice
Would you use the exact same format if the repeated part isn't at the end of the original quote? Like mentioning "One day at the end of the fall..."?
Mar
3
comment Critique of this short text about inequality and contempt
Commenting on the idea, I don't think that a centralized authority is inherently bad. It's just that all available examples (historical/current) were/are. So my solution would be to romanticize it a bit - make it a real burden to be in power; those who have it have the word on everything except themselves. Else, I am non-native, am still in high-school, and have neither recognized mistakes in nor found difficulties while reading your text. I would call this a social essay but I'm not sure.
Feb
28
comment What type of writing would this fall under?
I'm not so sure about that. Yes, it's somewhat 'streamy' (and that's an important aspect) but I think its 'sound' is a more defining feature. It's like a semantically-rhyming (idea-rhyme/idea-flow/etc.) piece that is more focused and 'artistic' than plain prose but much more relaxed than poetry. There's got to be a name for that.
Feb
27
comment What type of writing would this fall under?
Well, it's not exactly skilled-native-level language and I'm not a native myself. There might be a name for this 'flowing/slightly rhyming/not quite prose and not poetry' style but I don't know. And "composed prose" in my previous comment makes no sense; disregard it.
Feb
27
comment What type of writing would this fall under?
An equivalent piece in Arabic would be called 'Nathr'. If I must, I'd say that poetry is poetry, prose is plain old talk, what you have is a 'composition/composed prose'. But 'nathr' is commonly translated to 'prose' while prose would be 'insha'' in Arabic so I'm shooting in the dark here.
Feb
27
reviewed No Action Needed Punctuation and capitalisation in poetry
Feb
25
revised How to minimize language mistakes while writing
A comment mentioned that 'editing' was relevant; I think here 'avoidance' is wanted 'during writing' not after.
Feb
25
suggested suggested edit on How to minimize language mistakes while writing
Feb
8
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@LaurenI So, did it work?
Feb
8
answered Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
Try Bokurano. It's a manga, not yet a classic, fairly mainstream and quite well-done. It has around 7 distinct examples of 'death' with their respective 'whys'.