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Mar
16
comment Balancing loads of equally-important characters
I'll third the format question. I really have a hard time seeing a novel with 12 equally important characters working. None come to mind with that many main characters, but maybe that's just cause it's late and I'm tired. Funnily enough, it's alot easier to image a graphic novel with that many, and certainly a web series.
Mar
16
comment Need help to rephrase this sentence to prevent a run-on
You know, I think both your options are grammatically correct and conveigh the information well. For fiction though, I don't care for constructions that start with "Because...". It cries out to me - 'I'm telling, I should be showing!' (Of course, all bets are off when it's dialogue.)
Mar
16
answered Need help to rephrase this sentence to prevent a run-on
Mar
15
comment Balancing loads of equally-important characters
+1 for "It isn't about duration: it's about quality."
Mar
14
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Mar
14
comment How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?
@Standback dang it, now I want to go back and rewrite it with technical writing examples :-).
Mar
14
comment How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?
@Standback I answered the the question asked, not what you reworded it into after I answered. Your rewording may have matched the poster's original intentions, but not the original question. I did miss tags about technical & business writing, though I had the nagging thought that glitch wasn't a fiction writer. I'll give you the first one - writing groups - which might be hard to find anywhere but online in technical writing. For the rest, I stand by them. My examples leaned to fiction, and that may be a bad thing, but all four are applicable to any kind of content writing.
Mar
13
answered How do I use my blog as a platform for practice and improvement?
Mar
9
answered Describing a machine's world in a metaphorical manner
Mar
9
comment Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
@xEnOn also, thanks for the compliment on the story version! I almost cut it before I posted, now I'm glad I didn't. As for sounding as dynamic as that, tackling the passive voice issue will go miles toward that. You'll be surprised the difference it makes. That book I recommended has no less than three major types of passive voice; just knowing about them changes the whole way you see your words on paper. You also start seeing it all over the place in other people's writing too, and wanting to correct it, which can make you obnoxious at parties. :-D
Mar
9
comment How do you track random thoughts and ideas?
@JFW I'll also add that OneNote has some incredible search features. It'll actually find, say, a name on a sign inside a picture.
Mar
9
comment Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
@xEnOn For curing passive writing, I highly, highly, highly recommend the book "The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier" tinyurl.com/6wu9uta It's thin and a fun read, and it will immediately help you identify and correct passive writing. The way she teaches it, you'll actually understand why something is passive, and you'll have "flags" to look for that indicate that what you have is passive. The book is awesome. I have a shelf full of writing books, and that one's in my top 3.
Mar
9
comment How to concentrate when writing?
I've got a large piece of paper on my office wall that says: "Time to get your BITCHOK mode on!" That stands for Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. It helps, actually.
Mar
9
comment How to concentrate when writing?
Great post. Good points, all of them.
Mar
9
answered Problems with constructing a complex sentence with many ideas in it
Jan
12
comment Regarding Professional Report
Fair enough. I should have left off the "painful to read" bit.
Jan
7
comment Regarding Professional Report
Hilarious: your question on how to learn to write better, sparked from your inability to communicate via writing, is closed because you did not communicate effectively in written form. -- Oh, and go to a local community college and take an English Composition course. Report writing is one thing, but you need to go learn the foundations of English first. Your post is painful to read.
Jan
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Jan
4
answered What software can handle both revision control and layout?
Jan
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awarded  Supporter