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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?
Jul
6
reviewed No Action Needed Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Jul
6
reviewed No Action Needed Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?
Jul
6
reviewed Looks OK How important is it to know the end before the writing the beginning?
Jul
6
answered Confusion on inconsistent verb tenses in a magazine article
Jul
4
reviewed No Action Needed Do romances need to have a happy ending?
Jul
4
reviewed No Action Needed Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Jul
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on A novel without verbs?
Jul
3
comment What to write in an impressive about me section
I think @AndrewCheong is right; Academia is the place for this question. If you wrote it and then came back to say "Please give me some suggestions about how to make this sound more professional/formal/accomplished etc." we might be able to help with that.
Jul
3
comment What to write in an impressive about me section
Hi and welcome to Writers. "What to write" is specifically off-topic for us. Sorry. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/397/…
Jul
2
reviewed No Action Needed Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
Jul
2
reviewed Looks OK Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
reviewed No Action Needed Is there such a thing as the “master copy” of a book?