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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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comment Intensity scale for romance novels?
"How racy is this novel on a scale of 1 to 'I'll be in my bunk'?"
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comment How to weave the world's socio-political state into a story?
possible duplicate of When do I explain my created world scenario in a prologue vs. letting it unfold in the story?
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comment Does anyone know where this is from?
The upvote to that is from me. Those auto-generates are annoying.
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comment Foreign holidays from the UK between 1970 and !975
@dmm Asking for details is doing story research, and a "what to write" question, which are not on topic for us. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
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comment what is the best way to make money on the side as a beginning author?
The best way to make money as a beginning author is to have a day job. Which day job is left as an exercise for the student. :)
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Apr
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comment Foreign holidays from the UK between 1970 and !975
Asking for personal anecdotes, for free, to put into your story, which you might be trying to sell for money, is not on-topic for us.
Apr
18
comment Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions
@MohitKumar Write it all down, even if it's not "in flow." Then you can decide how to edit it so that it does flow. You may also decide that upon reflection, seeing how the characteristic is being shown to the audience, your story is going in a different direction than you anticipated. But you can't edit a blank page.
Apr
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revised Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions
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Apr
17
answered Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions
Apr
16
answered Capitalize and/or hyphenate “ the Start Your Own Business project”?
Apr
16
comment Should programmers/DBAs be co-authored on papers for their contributions?
Maybe a "with" credit? "By Jane Doe and John Smith, with Bill Jones"
Apr
14
comment Fan works… are they allowed?
I don't think it will work well with Pokémon specifically, but EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic. She changed some names and details and got large book contracts.
Apr
14
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Should I indent the first line of the first paragraph in a chapter?
Apr
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comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
You can be "welcomed by cold air" if you then describe the cold air as "welcoming": for example, if you've just been in a hot, humid, stale environment, coming outside into cold air would be welcome. But you are comparing cold air to an angry person who wants to leave work and go home. There's nothing welcome about that.
Apr
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comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
"Analogy" comes from "analogue": something similar but not identical which serves the same purpose. "If your circulatory system were a bus route, then a blood cell is the bus driving from one stop to the next" is an analogy. "The blood clot careened through the artery like a crosstown bus driven by a 16-year-old on Red Bull" is a simile. "White blood cells are the body's army" is a metaphor.
Apr
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comment Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?
You're mixing up terms. The first one isn't an analogy or simile; I wouldn't even call it a metaphor. It's just poetically descriptive. The second one is a simile (not an analogy), but poorly written. It should be more like "She welcomed the icy air like a secretary welcomes a visitor at 4:59 p.m. on a Friday." (meaning that she didn't welcome it)
Apr
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comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
@what I agree with all that, and your comment would be an answer to the way I rephrased the question in my second comment. The way the OP wrote his/her question, however, is subjective and therefore off-topic.
Apr
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comment Framemaker/ Software Question
Hi, and welcome to Writers. I think you'll get better answers if you ask this on Graphic Design graphicdesign.stackexchange.com as it's not about the writing (the content) but the execution (the tool).
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comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
@DaveMG Hocking explained that she took the contract in part because the promotion and marketing of her books was so time-consuming and exhausting that she didn't have time to write any more. Does Christopher Paolini count? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Paolini