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answered When is it acceptable to refer to an undefined group of people in academic writing?
Oct
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answered How to make a debate/discussion between characters less dry?
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comment How to make a debate/discussion between characters less dry?
RE adding action. Even throw in quick, simple things. "Tony thought a moment. Then he replied ..." Or, "The chaplain laughed. 'Okay, hypothetically.'" Etc. This helps break up the dialog, and gives you an opportunity to make clear who's speaking without endless repetitive "Tony said ..."/"The chaplain said ..."
Oct
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comment How to depict Australian characters
... commentary, whatever -- then you probably want to exaggerate the stereotypes, at least a little.
Oct
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comment How to depict Australian characters
That's surely true of writing any nationality, religion, occupation, etc. I often get a laugh out of the depictions of Americans in British TV shows: so often over-the-top brash and arrogant and obsessed with money. I guess that's how the Brits see us. But if you make, say, an Australian talk and act just like an American, that's surely not realistic either. If you're going for realism, you want to make him just distinctive enough to be noticeable without being a caricature. If the point of the story is to point out cultural differences, perhaps for humor, perhaps as social ...
Oct
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answered Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
Oct
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answered Is there enough money in writing for me to quit my dead end job?
Oct
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answered Using pronoun in an essay: 2nd person or 3rd person?
Oct
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answered Do publishers take the time to look at works from writers who have no qualifications or experience in the industry?
Sep
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answered Create and using a custom version of a part of an existing mythology
Sep
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revised Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
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Sep
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comment Choosing a word according to its length
@PaulA.Clayton Oh, sure. If you're quoting someone, you quote what he said, not what you think he should have said. If you're writing a fictional character, you put words in his mouth that fit the character, not necessarily what you would say. If a character is supposed to be an MBA executive, then yeah, he probably should say "paradigm" and "utilize" and "synergy" a lot.
Sep
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answered What should I look for or look out for in a publishing deal?
Sep
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answered Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Sep
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comment Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
We regret to inform you that Mr Smithers will no longer be contributing to this site, as he was arrested yesterday for ending a sentence with a preposition. Trial will be held in Third District Grammar Court.
Sep
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answered Overusing “the” and “I”
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comment Overusing “the” and “I”
While we don't say "I went to the Russia" but simply "I went to Russia", we do refer to tsars as "The Tsar of all the Russias." I have no idea why, perhaps it has to do with how these phrases are translated from the original.
Sep
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answered Is extraneous language appropriate in academic writing?
Sep
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answered Choosing a word according to its length
Sep
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answered How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?