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reviewed No Action Needed How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
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reviewed No Action Needed Writing succintly. Does it matter?
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reviewed No Action Needed Is it unnecessary to mention that there is a silence in the following cases?
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reviewed No Action Needed How should changing the point of view be handled?
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comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
@lea: Nevertheless, that never happens "by itself". Somehow, that nature came to be. What kind of failings of the society led to it? That's the backstory!
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comment Handling an Inauthentic Character
"If her Polly Pure self is authentic, but she takes on multiple other personae..." - it's vain to seek the one authentic personality. One specific trait of this kind of characters: Wear too many masks too long, and they become the true 'you' - you forget your own face.
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answered Handling an Inauthentic Character
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answered Usage of metaphors
Jul
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comment Is it unnecessary to mention that there is a silence in the following cases?
"The remained silent for a while. " The Who?
Jul
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comment Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book
I agree, a large excerpt would be helpful. As for choice between modern and old-fashioned - both are fine, but stick to one within one tale. Neither of the styles is wrong, but the changes of the style are often jarring, especially if there's no specific purpose to these changes.
Jul
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comment Is it possible to write fiction as a non-sensing, non-worldly person?
Let's say, utter lack of knowledge about the Wild West didn't stop Karl May from releasing immensely successful "Winnetou". The book is ridiculously off-base when it comes to any historical truths and reality, but it reads as a great adventure and the world is internally consistent and believable (even if utterly fake), so it makes for a very entertaining read for everyone except those who actually have a good clue about life on the frontier.
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comment Examples of Successful Rule-Breaking in Novels
It's hard to give "a correct answer". I can give one: Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Lots of deus ex machina events - no foreshadowing, and defying common logic. Continuity is all over the place, there are some timelines but you'd need a notebook to follow them all. Mary-Sue protagonist character - Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Universe. "Coincidences" that defy suspension of disbelief, e.g. totally crappy reinvention of reopenable windows. Plot holes through defying common knowledge (dolphins and mice being perfectly tolerant of humans).
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comment Is writing even profitable
If we knew what makes books successful, we'd be signing books for my fans instead of sitting here! Think of it in terms of buying lottery tickets. Both writing and getting through publishers.
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comment How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?
Team up with a skilled user of the system being documented.
Jul
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comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Related question on SO: What do you consider good API documentation? although the answer contains more of negative examples.
Jul
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comment Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text
Additionally, you can cite sources. "X said that, ...", "A video of Person doing... appeared..." etc. Also note: that doesn't protect you from a defamation lawsuit, only from losing the defamation lawsuit.
Jul
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comment When Is a Relationship Too Antagonistic?
I'm speaking for myself, but I can say that if you drag out the period when the relationship doesn't evolve in any visible way (even if the negative resolve is being eroded invisibly) I'll quickly get bored with it, unless you introduce an interesting parallel plot line, which will keep me occupied while the tense romance is put on the back burner to simmer and soften. Otherwise, drag it out as long as you desire, have it weathered and turn it at a good pivotal moment, but only providing you give the reader a good, active thread in the foreground.
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comment no matter whether = whether?
I believe this question belongs to English Language Learners
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accepted Exercises for improving 3rd person perspective writing
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answered Typical Fairy-tale Story Especially Princess Stories