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Nov
24
comment How many different words are in the average novel?
New answer just brought me back to this question almost 2 years later. Still not happy with any of the answers, even though I'm itching to accept. Haven't been around much for awhile-- glad to see the beta's still going :)
Aug
18
comment How do I cleanly show the passage of time, with multiple, varying time scales?
Very gratifying to get a satisfactory answer two and half years after asking the question.
Aug
27
comment Tips to identify “noise” or “clutter” in your story
I don't know... I can't remember where I saw it. I tried looking for it and couldn't find it. Give me time, I will find it eventually.
Aug
27
comment Tips to identify “noise” or “clutter” in your story
The single most useful piece of writing advice I've ever encountered came from the author Haruki Murakami, who said something to the effect of "Spend as much time as possible on the things the reader has never seen before, and minimize everything else."
Aug
10
comment How to write in past tense?
That is exactly a key part of this question, yes. I will edit in when I feel like it.
Aug
10
comment Level of description in a story
I'll always +1 a Harry Potter reference. Any time at all, all you gotta do is call, and I'llll be there, plus 1'n you!
Jun
21
comment Is the following allowed under the ungrammatical exceptions in fiction?
Your first example verges on being a beautiful sentence. Keep going, Alex, you're getting better.
Jun
20
comment Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
Yeah, I think Nabokov is an unfair example-- he was a linguistic genius almost without peer. And moreover, he grew up in a trilingual household, so I wouldn't say his situation was entirely analogous.
Jun
20
comment Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
Sorry to break it to you, but Nabokov has been dead for 35 years. He's not writing in any language.
Mar
11
comment Do you have to be good at grammar to get published?
What is an MS ?
Feb
17
comment Do script readers start at the beginning?
anomal?? what is this anomal???
Feb
14
comment Do script readers start at the beginning?
I suppose I'm asking because some plots have slower beginnings than others, and I'm wondering if that might be an inherent disadvantage.
Feb
7
comment Do script readers start at the beginning?
It would be very good to wait for an answer from someone with some actual insider knowledge.
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
Oh wow, great point. In all seriousness whenever I've gone there, within seconds I've ended up with between 20 and 30 tabs open.
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
@LaurenIpsum why the warning? TV Tropes is work safe.
Feb
5
comment Should dull dialogue be removed completely?
Edit. Edit, edit, edit, until you love your work through and through, or until the deadline arrives.
Jan
31
comment Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?
Aw, for a second I thought that was a link to a source, I got so excited. Links to promising scientific info are like flytraps for engineering grads.
Jan
29
comment How do you avoid purple prose?
Sometimes I just come back and read this. Just for fun.
Jan
28
comment How to write to a famous author?
I agree that this is somewhat off-topic. Does not pertain to writing in any particular sense-- could just as easily be asked with regard to any profession by changing only a few words in the question. "How can I write to a famous director? Politician? Starfish breeder?"
Jan
27
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@msh210 So is enthalpy, if you're into chemistry.