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Just some guy having too many accounts on too many sites (and most of those I can't even remember ;-)


Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
Not really a -1, but... "to be" is not that bad per se. Your "death" example, for example, changes meaning. "He is near death" is a state, while "He nears death" (apart from sounding slightly wrong) puts emphasis on the process. I'd prefer the former in almost all contexts, your teachers can go and... do something unpleasant. Teachers are not w/o fail, and to just take everything a teacher (or some commenter here, me included) says at face value is not the best course of action.
Mar
24
comment Should you read your own genre?
I think you should read a lot. If you want to call that a camp, then yes, I'm in it. Whether it's your genre or not doesn't really matter. But how are you supposed to learn the conventions, the tropes, of "your" genre? (I mean the good tropes, of course ;-)
Mar
23
comment Should you read your own genre?
I disagree and agree... hey, that's how I work ;-) I disagree with the salesman analogy (as I said elsewhere, I hope and think this site isn't for "professional" or "commercial" writers only). I agree with "Writers read. Lots. And in their own genre too".
Mar
21
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
Why was this downvoted? I +1'd... no, would have even w/o it being -1 when I saw it. I even hesitated a split-second because of the -1.
Mar
18
comment Is it a good idea to write a summary of a plot before writing the full version?
I like the bit about surprise. Many (or many of those I like?) authors claim that their characters did or started to do things they (the authors) didn't expect. I like that, and I like it in my own writing, but then I'm not really a planner, in whatever I do.
Mar
12
comment How to make easy and fast money selling a short book (which is available for download)?
@Ralph ditto ;-)
Mar
10
comment How does one go *back* to editing an older piece?
Your mind tells you two conflicting things, right? That it's done, but also that it isn't. Or who is telling you what?
Mar
10
comment How does one go *back* to editing an older piece?
+1 for the implied "don't *over*characterize". At least I think that's (a part of) what you're saying.
Mar
10
comment How should dialog be formatted?
I cannot stress this enough, and I'd give you +lots if I could: read, read, read. Best tool for learning how to write. Of course, read with attention to detail. I happen to go "wow, that was a nice turn of phrase" or "that sounds peculiar, but it's absolutely correct for the situation" all the time. Learning to love (or just loving right off the bat) words is another thing I consider important (William de Worde of Pratchett's "The Truth" is a nice example).
Mar
9
comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
Actually, great opener with "stories need to be written". First reaction upon rereading the question (that's the trouble with having so few question: go back a bit and you go back a month or 3 ;-)
Mar
9
comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
@MGOwen: Things that "go without saying" have a tendency to just "go" without saying them regularly. ;-)
Mar
9
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
+1 for the last bit in particular. Wish everyone were as wise. ;-)
Mar
9
comment How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
"properly" Mind the quotes. You know, all generalizations suck. ;-) (I usually value your input, but... too much generalization.)
Mar
9
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
I'm not quite with you on the generalizations (which names work is a very subjective thing). But +1 for the pulling-it-off-isn't-easy. Tolkien pulled it off because he was both extremely passionate about this part (it could be said that his world was built around the languages) and an expert on language and linguistics.
Mar
9
comment Does giving away free stories boost sales?
No budding author has Jordan's fan base. None can. ;-)
Mar
8
comment What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?
@TehShrike thanks for warning people ;-)
Mar
8
comment Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Although both Brave New World and 1984 are novels, not short stories...
Feb
22
comment Which edition of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style?
@DDay: thanks! I wasn't aware of that question/discussion.
Feb
21
comment Which edition of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style?
I have to link this: 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice ;-)
Feb
18
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
Haven't found anything about language on the site, so I guess it's "English". Too bad. :-(