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Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
@NeilFein Okay. If that's the case, you can close the question if you wish. If I can find an acceptable rewrite, I'll use that instead.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
^ Mary Sue is used for both genders, while Gary/Marty Stu is exclusively male.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Of course, in my ventures, I've seen people use the term "Mary Sue" in a way that it need not apply to only those characters that are written as versions of the author.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I prefer "Gary Stu" myself. "Marty" sounds androgynous.
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
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
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
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
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.
Jan
4
comment Must every piece of speech get its own paragraph?
Now, my addendum to that is, sometimes the paragraph where I had Jill say two things will have two different speakers, but not in dialogue.