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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 .


Jul
9
answered Roadblocks in my story: The Gladys Tribe
Jul
9
answered Books for children: complexity
Jun
6
comment Basing fiction on personal life
I'm glad it did!
Jun
3
comment Basing fiction on personal life
Funnily enough, I don't use caps except for CAN-- for some reason they appeal to me there. My own quirk! :-)
Jun
2
answered Basing fiction on personal life
May
12
comment Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
Even before Lauren provided this crime-related example, I thought that the phrase "like a surgeon..." suggested violence (because surgeons cut up bodies, and must remove blood from their hands). If you merely mean that he washed his hands thoroughly in a non-sinister fashion, you probably want to tweak the choice of simile.
May
9
awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
2
answered How to come up with a good title?
Apr
19
comment Best practice for stories based on other writers' stories
Apparently Dennis McKiernan originally wrote The Silver Call as a sequel to Lord of the Rings, but because the Tolkien estate wouldn't give his publisher permission to "add on" to Tolkien, he had to change his book so that his world could stand alone.
Apr
18
comment How to advertise a free e-book?
What genre/kind of book is it?
Apr
16
answered Where can I find lists of commonly used words to avoid?
Apr
15
awarded  Commentator
Apr
11
comment 1st person story, but the main character will die in the end and some of the story needs to be told after his death. How to solve this problem?
This framing idea works especially well if the reader expects the central narrator to die (say, in a historical novel about Julius Caesar or Cleopatra), but mightn't it be too much of a giveaway if the death is supposed to be a shocking surprise?
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?