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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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Jul
12
answered Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?
Jul
12
revised A novel without verbs?
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Jul
11
answered How to show characters learning something in a non-boring way?
Jul
10
comment Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs
I agree entirely. But de gustos non disputandum.
Jul
10
revised Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs
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Jul
10
comment Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs
While your second example isn't strictly grammatically correct, I wouldn't mind it if the entire piece had a similar stream-of-consciousness broken-grammar feel. I'd have to see it in context, though.
Jul
9
answered Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs
Jul
9
comment Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs
Related, not precisely a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1794/…
Jul
9
comment How to develop a story for a novel?
@Giuseppe ooh, thank you, I didn't know the link had changed. I've updated the one in my answer.
Jul
9
revised How to develop a story for a novel?
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Jul
9
comment How do I distinguish what makes a masterpiece?
It's a good edit, and probably a good question. Why don't you ask it separately and extract it from this (now on hold) question?
Jul
8
comment How do I distinguish what makes a masterpiece?
@Moby That's what other readers are for. Seriously. If you can't tell if your text is good or bad, you have to ask someone else.
Jul
8
comment How do I distinguish what makes a masterpiece?
For "O'Connor and Bellow" you can substitute any two writers who are considered to have written masterpieces. My point stands: there is no single universal benchmark for what makes a masterpiece. And it's not even just Person A's opinion vs. Person B's; what I thought was a masterpiece when I was in high school I find unreadable now. I cited those two authors because I can say I've read them (as part of a college course) and didn't enjoy either.
Jul
8
reviewed No Action Needed What are my headlines lacking?
Jul
8
comment How do I distinguish what makes a masterpiece?
How do you define "vision"? Because I thought the O'Connor/Bellow books I noted didn't have vision. They were boring, self-obsessed rambles. This is still YMMV.
Jul
7
comment How do I distinguish what makes a masterpiece?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. I think this is a Your Mileage May Vary question, because someone is always going to point at a Proclaimed Masterpiece and call it tripe. I find Flannery O'Connor and Saul Bellow boring, and James Joyce impenetrable. Other people think anything sci-fi is for kids. "Spellbinding" is such a personal, subjective thing that I don't think there's any single concrete answer.
Jul
7
answered What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
Jul
7
comment What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
@whiterook6 JKRowling hid one of the horcruxes in Book 5, when everyone is helping to clean out the credenza in the living room before school stars. They toss Slytherin's locket into the rubbish heap, where Kreacher finds it later and it becomes a macguffin in Book 7. I actually dropped my copy of Deathly Hallows to scramble to find Order of the Phoenix to look that up when I realized it. Amazing setup.
Jul
7
comment Confusion on inconsistent verb tenses in a magazine article
Your professor is trying to make sure you understand that, for example, all past events are described using past tense. In English, you can't (as another person recently asked here) switch from past tense to present mid-scene to make events seem more exciting, for example. For an essay, you would generally stick to one tense.
Jul
6
reviewed No Action Needed How to develop a story for a novel?