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Apr
7
answered How Important are essay writing conventions in the university level and above?
Apr
4
comment What should be put on scene notecards? (for novel writing)
"How this affects the characters and the story"-->Take that to mean "Why do we even have this scene? What does it add? What is its purpose as part of the greater story?" If you can't answer this for a scene, then the scene is probably just filler, either because you didn't realize it was unnecessary or because you didn't pull it off correctly. Make sure it's achieving its potential. This is a good opportunity to ask yourself "How can I remold this scene into a superior shape?"
Apr
2
comment How can one write about illegal deeds without getting into trouble?
Also, in the case of O.J.-- even if my prior comment were invalid, remember the law regarding double jeopardy.
Apr
2
comment How can one write about illegal deeds without getting into trouble?
In essence, the question is: "Can a purportedly nonfiction book be used as evidence in court?" Logically speaking, the author could have written anything whatsoever. There is no physical evidence to prove that what is written actually took place. Therefore, the answer must be 'no, you don't have to worry about it.' However, if you say you murdered someone and buried the body at latitude X and longitude Y and someone goes digging and finds it, that's a whole other can of worms. You get my drift?
Apr
1
comment Is calling this process a “convergence” accurate and clear?
Can't beat that. +1
Mar
31
answered Is calling this process a “convergence” accurate and clear?
Mar
31
comment Floating vs Float
I can't back this up with a grammar rule, but I feel that "floating" is definitely the only correct option here. If you "watched it float down to the bottom," this implies to me that the action was completed. It made it there. Whereas "you watched it floating down" implies that it was on its way, and does not specify the conclusion of the action. Therefore it suits the action being interrupted by the giant demon fish, whereas "float" is at odds with that unfortunate turn of events.
Mar
31
answered What is the best way to learn technical writing?
Mar
30
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
Doesn't aperiodic mean not occurring at regular intervals...?
Mar
28
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
Please see my comments beneath Ali's answer for "cons." I can sum up my opinion with this: You need to be able to write on your own, using only your mental facilities, in order to create anything decent. None of the great poets ever used syllable counting software, and it won't help you. It'll be like learning to open a Lunchables box and then using the knowledge to try and prepare a dish of fine cuisine. It just won't help, unless you're only feeding a bunch of hungry third graders.
Mar
28
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
@Patches AND, on top of that, there are frequently multiple possible pronunciations which allow for an altered syllable count, allowing the writer to twist language to fit his needs. Ex. "cursed"-->'curst' vs. 'curs-ed"
Mar
28
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
@Patches, no I actually don't use spellcheck because it's wrong more often than I am. I'm sorry, I really just have no faith in lexical analysis software at its current level of sophistication.
Mar
28
comment A letter of recommendation
LMAO. I'm sorry I just had to say it.
Mar
28
revised College Application Essay Opening and Help
added 2 characters in body
Mar
28
comment Are there any syllable-counting applications for poety writing?
I don't know for certain, but I find it unlikely that this software functions flawlessly. It's just impossible. There's no consistent way to analyze text to determine the phonetic syllable count. It isn't something that's governed by stable rules. Words like "deontology," "noel," "bored," "actual, and "allowed" would completely negate whatever logic rules you tried to construct. And if the software functions via an English language database, it would fall short for names, foreign language references, gibberish (i.e. the jabberwocky), and onomatopeia-type impressionistic words. Overall, fail.
Mar
28
answered College Application Essay Opening and Help
Mar
27
accepted Why are some words in screenplays set in all caps?
Mar
27
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Mar
25
comment Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?
HOWEVER: That's probably the general sort of answer you'll receive from a writer. I'm willing to bet you'll get another sort of answer entirely if this is posted on the English Language se. They like categorizing.
Mar
25
answered Is there a name for this kind of sentence structure?