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Feb
26
revised Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
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Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Note: I'm not asking about how to avoid writing them, because I've already learned that writing to deliberately avoid an archetype will only lead to disaster. I'm simply asking about the definition.
Feb
26
asked Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Feb
26
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Feb
26
comment First conversation scenes I've written (looking for errors, conventions, and improvements according to writting standards).
I almost thought I was reading a passage from a real book there.
Feb
26
comment Literary criticism term for character espousing author's ideas?
TVTropes uses the term Author Filibuster.
Feb
26
comment How do I better handle my nameless main character when trying to retain mystery?
You mean the first person?
Feb
15
comment What makes good writing software?
Most writing apps of this variety are a form of "zenware". An example that I've used in the past is WriteMonkey.
Jan
6
revised Must every piece of speech get its own paragraph?
Since everybody seems to be commenting on whether such usage confuses the reader or not as the primary rule.
Jan
5
comment Must every piece of speech get its own paragraph?
I agree with you completely, though, that every turn of action should get a new paragraph. It's just that sometimes changing speakers doesn't count as a turn of action if they're not engaged in dialogue (at least the way I write things).
Jan
5
comment Must every piece of speech get its own paragraph?
I'll admit the last sentence was a bit hasty of me.
Jan
5
comment Is it a bad practice to occasionally add first-person narrative to third-person narrative?
I walk down escalators all the time.
Jan
4
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Jan
4
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Jan
4
revised How many commas is too many?
The "most contentious" didn't fit anymore.
Jan
4
comment Intellectual Property Rights & Reuse of the Written Material
"But what is a "reasonable length"? The extremes are obvious:" Ah, the intermediate value theorem - always there will be a point of maximum controversy in between the extremes.
Jan
4
answered How many commas is too many?
Jan
4
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Jan
4
comment Must every piece of speech get its own paragraph?
If it's actual dialogue, each speaker will get their own line, but sometimes speech isn't dialogue.