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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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revised Chapter titles or numbers?
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Oct
26
answered Chapter titles or numbers?
Oct
26
comment Chapter titles or numbers?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. These are both good questions, but they're not related. Can you separate them so we can answer each one individually?
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
Ocean is way better. It's a solid thing which is infinitely large and vast.
Oct
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comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
@PaulA.Clayton I get the idea that the other person's knowledge puts him at a higher plane than the narrator, but then use "plane" or "pushed him out of my reach" or "obscured him from my sight" or something. The concept of "all this intelligence separates us" works. The word "mist" doesn't.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
@what no, a mist is a fog, it's something you can't touch. A mist can't be formed of individual items.
Oct
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comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
I don't think it makes any difference which order you put them in, but I object to using "mist" to describe two very hard, down-to-earth concepts. Knowledge is concrete: I know something. Practicality is working with your hands, it's tactile, it's real. There is nothing nebulous or "misty" about either of those qualities.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
"Bees and cows" sounds better because of the vowels. It goes from EE (high sound) to OW (low sound). OW is a finishing sound. "Cows and bees" ends the thought on a high note, and it sounds jarring.
Oct
25
comment Writing for the web: how do you submit your content
A reviewer of content has no input into layout. The web designer will lay it out him/herself, and at that point can print to PDF for the IT person.
Oct
24
comment On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry
@Dal look under the editing tag on this site for some suggestions.
Oct
24
answered On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry
Oct
24
reviewed No Action Needed Literary criticism handbook
Oct
24
reviewed No Action Needed Can't write, can plan
Oct
24
awarded  formatting
Oct
24
comment Writing is it the plot, subplot or backstory
And of course you can have a historical novel without flashbacks if your entire novel is set in the past. If you never go to the "present," there's nothing to flash back to.
Oct
23
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Literary criticism handbook
Oct
23
revised In modern writing is there a a significant difference between satire and parody?
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Oct
23
answered In modern writing is there a a significant difference between satire and parody?
Oct
22
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
@what Are you talking about the trilogy or The Hobbit? Because The Hobbit is literally a children's book, and very much intended to be easy to read. The LOTR trilogy is neither. If you found Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King to be straightforward, clear, and comprehensible on the first shot just after learning to read at what, age 5? then I salute your supergenius IQ.
Oct
22
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
good grief; if you're just now starting to read for fun, I wouldn't begin with Tolkien. Start with JKRowling and PG Wodehouse. Plot, character, and sparkling language without the headaches.