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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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Oct
6
answered How to write realistic injury scenes?
Oct
1
comment When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
@PaulA.Clayton I agree there's a case to be made for judicious euphony. Having seen many examples of Alex's writing here, I don't think he's at that point — at least not with this particular ms.
Oct
1
comment When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
@Philipp Sort of. My point is that if it doesn't matter how she covers her nose, leave it out. If we're in a potential plague situation, or she's a health care worker, then it does matter if she used her hand, elbow, rag, bandana, or the nightgown of the patient in front of her. In that scenario, there are other reasonable interpretations — there is more than one logical way she could cover her nose — so you have to specify.
Oct
1
comment Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
Well, the comment mostly made sense (other than being directed to the wrong person ;) ). Your point was "find what the character needs." @Nicole was adding "just because the character needs X doesn't mean she'll like X, and how you execute the character getting X can be done in a lot of different ways."
Sep
30
reviewed No Action Needed What's a good LaTeX template for self-publishing a short children's book?
Sep
30
reviewed No Action Needed Should dull dialogue be removed completely?
Sep
30
reviewed Reviewed What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
Sep
30
comment When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
The issue with "down to the ground" is that unless you're standing on something which isn't ground, it's redundant. Even then, if you're standing on a rooftop, "down" is still "the surface you're standing on." Unless there's a reason to highlight that the flashlight is pointing "down at a skylight" or "down at a puddle" or "down into the enemy's eyes," the word "down" is sufficient.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
answered When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
Sep
30
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
@MonicaCellio Gary Gygax did this with a series of novels. He did not do the necessary editing for the ending, however. (It was a total deus ex machina; I felt very cheated.)
Sep
30
revised Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
deleted 5 characters in body
Sep
30
awarded  plot
Sep
29
answered Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
Sep
29
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
JKR has stated in interviews that she came up with the entire idea of the seven-book arc in one marathon train ride. She may not have had all the small details, but I believe that the hallows were part of the original idea.
Sep
29
revised Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
fixed movie name
Sep
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
23
reviewed No Action Needed Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
Sep
23
reviewed No Action Needed Should I be using commas to suggest/enforce cadence?
Sep
23
reviewed Looks OK Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)