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Student at Brown University.

Feb
12
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.
Dec
21
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
Dec
18
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?
Dec
17
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.
Dec
17
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!
Dec
17
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
Dec
17
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.
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
@Martha: i think that is still telling. You're telling me you were greatly relieved. were you, really? how did that show? did you sit there thinking "well now that that's done, i am greatly relieved!" i tried making another edit.
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
@Corey: ah just my point. the problem isn't so much that you stop at 3, it's that you went past 1 in the first place! so all you have to do is less - not to say that's easy. be honest with yourself; write what you really think.
Dec
8
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
appropriate might be this discussion on how to make your book marketable .
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
@Martha: heh true, i forgot to mention to avoid cliches.. re-reading it i don't like it at all. can you suggest a better one?
Dec
8
comment What makes writing emotional?
They sure can, intuitively. Give up the throne, or relinquish it? I am full of anger, or I am filled with ire? An array of characters, or a sequence of characters? I'm well aware of the fact, or I'm cognizant of the fact? A harbinger of doom, or an indicator of doom? A feeling or a sentiment? which ones sound more gut-wrenching to you? (Also: gut-wrenching, or visceral? =P).