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May
8
answered Do the following scenes feel like flashbacks?
May
8
comment Writing non-fiction in three perspectives?
A note: 2nd person writing is more than addressing the reader directly by the narrator. Your example piece seems to be all 1st person, narrator talking in general, addressing the reader or speaking of own experiences. For 3rd person your text must follow someone else. For 2nd person you claim direct actions and states of the reader.
May
8
comment Writing non-fiction in three perspectives?
I wholeheartedly agree. Rules of good writing require consistent perspective and tense. Excellent, experienced writers break these rules for specific effects. Poor, beginning writers break these rules and make a mess of it. What you do seems very convoluted to me, and considering this is your first book, there's more than a bit of a chance you'll make it an awkward, repulsive mess, instead of something with strong impact.
May
6
comment Thinking of a story for the past 10 years as an inexperienced writer, what should I do?
Scrap what you wrote. Write a bunch of other stories, maybe a novel or two. When you gain skill and some notoriety, go back to your original idea.
May
5
answered What can I do to make my writing less choppy?
May
4
reviewed Leave Open What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
Apr
3
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Mar
8
comment How to travel in a government restricted setting?
Give one of the protagonists a reasonable outdoorsman skill. Hiding from someone in the woods is much easier than finding someone in the woods, in general. Given similar skill level between the seeker and the hiding one, and moderately large and varied woods, the hiding one wins hands down. Simply have them hide from the patrols and that will create some pretty good scenes of tension too!
Mar
7
comment Published on blog but taken down: Still remains previously-published?
Check your blog in the Wayback Machine.
Mar
6
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Feb
28
comment How do I recover my confidence after a harsh writing group?
Remember every talented writers has about 5 novels worth of terribly bad material in their head, covering whatever good lies below. Until you've written that junk away you'll never dredge up the good stuff. So keep writing, keep writing crap, and good stuff will come eventually.
Feb
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Alternative to mindmap software
Feb
24
comment Attributing Quote to Fictional Characters (Who are based on real people)
@J.R.: More or less, it was a character fashioned after Benjamin Franklin, in a Twain's novel. ;^)
Feb
21
comment Differences between script and screenplay
Note, theater scripts (specifically meant as director's handbook, not a fancy format novel for reading) are bound by limitations of the scene: decorations, space limitations, audience unable to see small detail (e.g. read text on paper) etc. Movies can rapidly shift focus, change scenes, have whole cities explode, zoom in on detail etc.
Feb
21
comment Should I omit the “at first”s in the following pieces?
How frequent are they? Instead of "at first" you can anchor it in time, or split - adding detail between the "at first" and "But then" and making them separate sentences or even paragraphs. But that just depends on situation - if the story tempo requires it, they are entirely forgivable.
Feb
21
answered Attributing Quote to Fictional Characters (Who are based on real people)
Feb
19
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Feb
18
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Feb
18
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Feb
17
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou: You can sue for specific damages corresponding to value of sales of the plagiarist in case of commercial use (which may exceed the costs of attorney fees etc by far). In case of non-commercial use you can sue for statutory damages, which are unlikely to cover the extra costs of the lawsuit which will appear if you didn't register.