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Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
...also, I wouldn't say such repeating makes it a bad simile. It certainly makes it weaker, less expressive, but I wouldn't go as far as "bad".
Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
That article really muddles the matter which is quite simple. A simile is not a type of metaphor. A simile frequently uses a metaphor as one side of a comparison.
Nov
5
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
If you want to write literature of fact, or technical, this question would be spot-on. But since you tagged it [fiction], you should really rethink your priorities. In fiction writing being informative is secondary to being expressive. Don't go shopping for the best ruler, setsquare and protractor if you're just starting painting classes.
Nov
5
comment Is repeating the action/verb in a metaphor a sign that is a bad one?
Actually, these seem to be more of similes than metaphors...
Nov
5
comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
I'm afraid no such study exists, and any attempt to create a comprehensive list would be futile. See my recent answer for multiple examples. Any half-decent author will adapt the description style to the purpose it serves on top of informing the reader about the object - telling the reader about whoever presents it, setting the mood, or attaching special properties to the object without writing about them expressly (say, "expensive, classy" or "very desirable").
Nov
5
answered How much information should a narrative sentence contain ,from experience on average, for good readability?
Nov
4
reviewed Reviewed MLA: Citing Multiple Facts from Same Source & Page in Same Paragraph
Nov
4
reviewed No Action Needed Why is “It was a dark and stormy night..” not a good opening?
Nov
4
reviewed Reviewed Is it better to describe the main character's physical appearance early on in the story?
Oct
29
answered What voice (active/passive) is most suitable for literary academic papers (literary journals)?
Oct
28
comment Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
Eh, I seem to have lost the ability to write anything short too. Back in the past I'd produce countless 1-3k word stories. Nowadays I can't seem to get under 10k no matter how hard I try.
Oct
27
comment Using citations in chapter headings?
@what: Personally, if I find these annoying, I just skip them. Sometimes they contribute quite a bit to a story, sometimes they are worthless fluff.
Oct
27
comment Using citations in chapter headings?
@am304: Yes, copyrights on anything published before 1923 have already expired. (except of some rare special exceptions covered by separate local laws, like in the KJV Bible in the UK, being under perpetual copyright of the Queen.) Note it's the publication date that counts, not the creation date (see a case of an XIX century letter only recently published.).
Oct
27
answered Using citations in chapter headings?
Oct
27
comment Consequences of autobiographical stories whose events are potentially illegal?
I wonder if acting as a ghost writer - having a different person (different enough that there will be no doubt that it's their autobiography) publish your story under their name.
Oct
27
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
Are you writing a novel or a report? The fundamental difference is IMMERSION. The reader lives through the events in his imagination, and inevitably the events will have characters conversing. By relaying the conversation faithfully, you maintain the immersion. If you just dump the clue of the conversation, you're committing the cardinal sin of beginner authors: "Telling, not showing".
Oct
26
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Oct
22
reviewed No Action Needed Use past or present tense for lasting fact
Oct
21
answered What is the Normal Process for Gathering Permissions for Quotation Collections
Oct
21
reviewed No Action Needed What is the Normal Process for Gathering Permissions for Quotation Collections