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I am an aspiring author with a love for Irish breakfast tea, long walks, period costumes, and tales of the fantastical. I cling to the use of the Oxford comma and I blog about writing and literature at http://annailonamussmann.blogspot.com .


Apr
11
answered Hooking the reader by omitting a piece of information
Apr
9
answered How can I improve my analytical writing for a standardized test?
Mar
26
comment Are composite characters in creative non-fiction okay?
I suppose an alternative to a different genre title is to do what the author of "Call the Midwife" did (according to a news article I read). Because she fictionalized some things, she changed the names of people and organizations. Perhaps that helps prevent the appearance of deception.
Mar
21
answered Getting details of a past century right
Mar
18
comment Effective techniques for describing pain
This is great advice, and brings up the benefit of describing something you know: you will be able to mention the little, highly evocative things (sinuses, etc.) that might not occur to someone who hasn't experienced the cold wind, but help everyone imagine it.
Mar
16
answered Best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer
Mar
15
answered Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
Mar
13
answered How to use parentheses
Mar
6
accepted Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?
Mar
5
comment How can one plan elaborate crimes for fiction without getting into trouble?
Yes, be careful-- the jury in Harriet Vane's case thought her story "pretty thin" because they didn't understand the life of a writer.
Mar
4
comment How can one plan elaborate crimes for fiction without getting into trouble?
The scenario that Jay describes begins to sound like the plot of Strong Poison, in which poor Harriet Vane DID buy poison under assumed names as research for her novel, and then her lover was poisoned... and she was tried. But the point is that she was in a mystery novel. :-)
Mar
3
comment Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?
I guess it's comforting that even if my current, favorite literary flourishes seem embarrassing to me in the future, no one will remember them. :-)
Mar
2
asked Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?
Feb
27
comment Effect of real world brands and/or places on story tone
Another negative, though, is that the real brands can carry political/cultural baggage unrelated to your story.
Feb
26
answered Effect of real world brands and/or places on story tone
Feb
25
comment What's a good market for experimental novellas?
You mentioned that you are familiar with Duotrope. They list a number of small-press, themed anthologies that seek novellas/etc. Have you checked out those?
Feb
21
awarded  Scholar
Feb
21
accepted Does inclusion of significant quotations from literature make a novel harder to publish?
Feb
21
comment Does this riddle abuse language to make it fit into verse?
I agree that "bore" will be much clearer.
Feb
21
answered Does this riddle abuse language to make it fit into verse?