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Nov
6
answered Synonym recommendations for “chuckle?”
Nov
6
revised Rhythm in the following passage
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Nov
6
answered Rhythm in the following passage
Nov
5
comment Using quotes for sarcastic text
Note: Use that only for short sarcastic pieces - 1-3 words at most. If you quote a whole sentence, you'll just confuse the reader.
Oct
30
comment Capitalized opening lines
Also, plainly capitalizing words (as opposed to using smallcaps) implies SHOUTING. So, "WHAT?!!" Eri exclaimed...
Oct
28
comment What kind of rhythm should I use for these settings?
Nope. It's like I went to Seasoned Advice and asked "I want to make plain scrambled eggs and black instant coffee. What vessels should I use, what is the optimum temperature, how long do I prepare them, what spices should I add? What direction should I stir the scrambled eggs, and how many teaspoons of sugar should I add to the coffee?"
Oct
28
comment What kind of rhythm should I use for these settings?
@Monica: I don't really agree with you. This is a question "how to write", not "what to write". I must say this approaches the subject from a very weird angle ("my wife cheats on me. What kind of ammo will be best to kill her?") but I could answer it... providing the asker tells us what's his problem. I mean, 9mm will do the job just fine, why asking?
Oct
28
comment What kind of rhythm should I use for these settings?
Are you writing a story or a poem?
Oct
27
comment What are First Drafts, Second Drafts, etc.?
let me just add usually if you're at 4th or 5th draft and still not satisfied, usually subsequent ones will only make things worse.
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
Oct
25
answered Worried that my opening is not gripping enough
Oct
25
comment Does reading books help writing skills?
HELP: yes. But reading alone will not make you a good writer. You need a wide palette of skills and reading improves only a small subset of them. You need other exercises to improve the rest.
Oct
25
comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
One note: Your customers are by definition 1. Immoral, 2. Stupid. While you may be in the clear legally, if they are caught, they will look for a scapegoat and they will blame you for their failure. You won't be fined or imprisoned but with enough bad luck you may end up a few teeth short and with some limbs in a cast.
Oct
25
comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
I'm fairly sure your graduation thesis must be your own, and proving that someone else wrote it for you is basis for revoking your graduate title. Anything else is subject to personal policy of teachers: if they catch you on "ghostwriting" they are expected to fail you.
Oct
24
comment Can I use real presidents (past and present) and real companies in a fictional story?
Note: if the presidents in question are still alive, and the story implies them performing questionable activities, make sure you made it perfectly clear your story is a work of fiction. Otherwise you run at risk of libel.
Oct
22
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
@MichaelKjörling: A(n interesting) book cannot be written without a CONFLICT. That's the word you're looking for. Antagonist - person. Conflict - effect - be it caused by antagonist, impartial forces of nature or shortcomings of protagonists.
Oct
21
comment Cutting down the length of a short story
Write two. The one you want to write, and the one butchered to size.
Oct
21
comment Can a book be written without an antagonist?
What about books of discovery? Where the only antagonist is the unknown, which upon closer examination is not hostile at all, and all problems came from lack of understanding?
Oct
20
answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing in first person?
Oct
20
comment Writing simple short sentences first and connecting them later
Speaking of disadvantages: Structure of sentences sets mood and pacing of the sequence. Short sentences - rapid action. Run-on sequence of actions - routine. Long, florid sentences - slow pace, smoothness. Many pauses, ellipses - hesitation, awkwardness. One can paint the mood of given scene without saying a single word about it, just shaping the sentences right. In your technique you completely strip this layer off the early draft. You only add it later - and I couldn't: in creative writing building the mood is possibly more important than what is being said!