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Nov
12
comment Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media?
There's a huge difference between "not get sued" and "not get sentenced". The law may be clearly on your side and you can still get sued. People will often use threat of lawsuit as a deterrent against writers/publishers of material they don't want published. That doesn't mean they can win these lawsuits, but that in order doesn't mean the lawsuits won't be lengthy or costly.
Nov
12
comment How should I execute this idea?
Well, I do agree with Elemecca. If you remove all the good stuff from the middle and pack all in the end, the middle will be terribly bland, but leave something good for the end. Also, do make sure these revelations are worthwhile. There are few more disappointing endings than a boring, plain man discovering to be a boring, plain man.
Nov
12
comment Are these examples of tenses? Why do writers use the tenses that they do?
@LaurenIpsum: Exception: describing common truths and facts that outlast the reader. Say. the story takes place in the 50s of past century, describing the Vatican City, you're allowed to use present tense. Vatican didn't change much since then. Same, if you describe some caveat of Japanese Etiquette. It's not dependent on the moment of the story.
Nov
12
revised Should I get rid of short sentences that don't provide much information?
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Nov
12
comment How should I execute this idea?
@what: 1. The asker didn't write what story does the protagonist write. I seriously hope he doesn't write a story about a writer discovering true self through writing a story about a writer discovering a true self through writing... - that would be too ironic. It may be as well the protagonist writes a crime story. 2. The motif of self-discovery all by itself is a worthless meta, a road, not a goal. Now WHAT is that self that has been discovered is what matters. So, if through self-discovery the writer discovers to be a murderous psychopath, and the characters died in real life? A great story!
Nov
12
comment State the method of how random data are produced in scientific paper?
@what: If the temperature is cropped to 2 significant digits, yes. If it measures temperature to a thousandth of a degree, the lowest bits are really a white noise.
Nov
12
comment How should I execute this idea?
especially if that's longer than a short story, the reader will be bored to death if you pick out all the juicy bits from the middle to leave them for dessert.
Nov
12
comment How should I execute this idea?
@what: That depends. Say, the story is a crime story, and the writer discovers to be a perfectionist, incapable of committing to paper ideas he didn't try to work for real? ;) Don't judge a book by its cover :)
Nov
12
answered Should I get rid of short sentences that don't provide much information?
Nov
12
comment State the method of how random data are produced in scientific paper?
@what: although there are good ways of obtaining truly random data, e.g. lowest bits of values from temperature sensors, which are essentially white noise.
Nov
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Am I breaking the “show don't tell” rule in the following passage?
Nov
10
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
Definitely upvoting this. Typos like typos, errors: rise/raise, lie/lay, they are my bane nowadays.
Nov
10
comment Proper way to punctuate “oh so slow”
Depending on the context. If it's used as adjective, it would be oh-so-slow.
Nov
9
awarded  creative-writing
Nov
8
comment 1st-person POV vs. 1st-person narration
I never claimed 2nd person can't be narrative. It's rare but not unseen. Conversely though, it's fairly common in guides and manuals, so I gave that as a representative example.
Nov
8
comment 1st-person POV vs. 1st-person narration
Not entirely; Perspective is the class name, POV is the instance name ;)
Nov
8
answered 1st-person POV vs. 1st-person narration
Nov
8
answered Am I breaking the “show don't tell” rule in the following passage?
Nov
8
comment Composing a single narrative by writing small chunks
My best bet: Fill all the fields with placeholders, [FIELD-1-80chars], [FIELD-2-3000chars], then obtain the output of that, and then use any common text editor to fill the blanks in with text that makes the whole thing appear as a common narrative. Then extract from the document what you filled in, and put it in proper form fields. There is no way to get the result look correctly if you don't know how your data is formatted exactly.
Nov
8
answered State the method of how random data are produced in scientific paper?