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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
26
revised Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
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Sep
25
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
24
answered What should I look for or look out for in a publishing deal?
Sep
24
answered Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Sep
24
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
23
answered Overusing “the” and “I”
Sep
23
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
23
answered Is extraneous language appropriate in academic writing?
Sep
23
answered Choosing a word according to its length
Sep
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answered How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
Sep
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comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
I read once -- sorry, can't give a citation on this -- that there are several hundred people in the United States who make their living as full-time writers. Compare that to the number of titles published every year, which is something like 200,000. I don't know how many books the average writer publishes in his lifetime, but the percentage of people who publish one or more books who earn enough to make a living from it is probably well under 1%. Now add in those who write but never get published.
Sep
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answered Is it okay to create a remote bibliography or works cited page?
Sep
11
answered Blog Contributions Copyright
Sep
9
answered Changing the way one addresses a character in a dialogue to create variation
Sep
9
answered Should this introductory quotation be translated, untranslated, or dropped?
Sep
9
answered Ways to refers to two people who were about to marry or just married
Sep
9
answered Punctuating Thoughts
Sep
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comment Should I use the words “My grandma” repetitively to start sentences in an essay?
Yes. As long as it is clear who "she" is referring to. That is, if you mention some other female, then you need to be careful that it's clear whether "she" in a particular sentence means your grandmother or this other person. And I'd say "my grandmother" or whatever every few paragraphs just to keep it clear and varied. But there's no problem with using a pronoun in paragraph 2 to refer to a person identified in paragraph 1, etc.