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awarded  Notable Question
Mar
21
comment Does a Haiku needs to have exactly 17 syllables?
Would that single word haiku have been "Supercalifra- / -gilisticexpiali- / -dociosity"?
Mar
21
comment How do I better handle my nameless main character when trying to retain mystery?
I know what second-person narration is; it's just I thought the main character (as narrated) was definitely intended to be somebody who was not the reader, which would make the second person not make sense.
Mar
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comment How do I better handle my nameless main character when trying to retain mystery?
Ah, so the reader is the mystery character?
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awarded  Popular Question
Sep
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comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
(^ Talk about black holes.)
Apr
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comment What are some examples of modern original plots?
I'd dispute Harry Potter, due to this.
Apr
12
awarded  Critic
Apr
12
revised I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
Fixed grammar.
Apr
12
suggested suggested edit on I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
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awarded  Excavator
Mar
15
revised Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
Sentence case rather than title.
Mar
15
suggested suggested edit on Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
Mar
13
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
And I guess an obligatory "warning" that the above link is a TVTropes link that will immediately kill three hours of your time.
Mar
13
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
McCann's answer also focuses on "undue attention". It would seem that the "real" definition of Mary Sue is the Black Hole Sue.
Mar
13
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
"violet eyes and fiery hair." This reminds me of the dragon girls from the Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D'Lacey.
Mar
12
revised Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Not a useful part of the question, I think.
Mar
12
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
"Embody"! That was the word I was looking for!
Mar
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comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
It makes people think Mary Sue is some a priori categorization of a character that will ruin the story just because it's there.
Feb
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comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I think "encompass" or "cover" would have been correct. Anyway, I still consider the listing of character traits that are "considered harmful" (and treating a Mary Sue as an archetype in general, as people are wont to do) to generally be a negative thing, as people will bend over to avoid those traits and create something equally as contrived but avoiding those things. Best to get to the root of the problem if at all possible.