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Student at Brown University.

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comment Using “he/she” instead of “it” for animals
Interestingly, in Russian you always refer to an animal as he/she. However nouns also have genders in Russian so I guess if the gender is unknown you would default to the more common word's gender. This isn't Russian, we use "it" for animals most of the time. Is this dehumanizing? Well they're not humans, they're animals. Is it not giving animals enough respect? Maybe, or maybe it's just an artifact of the language.
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answered Asking for exam results
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answered Tips for expanding my vocabulary?
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comment Which amount of side-story is acceptable?
wheel of time is closer to an amalgamation of side-stories, than one plot and many side stories.. in any case, the 'main plot' seems to shift between different side stories as they grow and fade in importance
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comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
hmm interesting, I saw this snippet: "he notion that merely by posting your manuscript online you exhaust your first publishing rights dates back to the early days of the Internet, when the concept of electronic rights was brand-new and it wasn't clear what sort of competition they might present to print rights. I doubt that many editors these days would be greatly bothered" written 2008, is that still true?
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comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
oo critters looks close to what I'm looking for. Thanks for the warning about rights.. I'll keep it in mind, but for now I'm just looking to write for fun.
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comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
couldn't find whether this would be on-topic, so now is the time to decide!
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asked What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
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comment Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
I'd also avoid constantly describing things with that level of detail as that can be too burdensome. I think one of H.P.Lovecraft's novels was about a dream world, and each page was just tons and tons of fantastical (and good on their own) ideas and descriptions, but I think he himself admitted it was a bit too much to put together in one place
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comment Techniques for lengthening or merging chapters
one thing you shouldn't do is add random description to an intense scene. i was reading a Tom Clancy novel where the protagonist was just escaping the enemy compound. Running, he jumped into a boat... and before speeding away, spent two or three paragraphs describing just the model and make of the boat and its texture, etc. totally killed the pacing.
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answered What are some examples of modern original plots?