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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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Feb
27
comment How to write a character who uses a lot of smalltalk without boring the reader?
Related, not quite a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/5457/…
Feb
26
comment How ordinary must my protagonist be if the book is written from his/her point of view?
+1 for citing CJ Cherryh. Her specialty is writing humans as the alien outsider in other cultures. Brilliantly.
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
25
answered Am I making the writing too complex?
Feb
25
answered How ordinary must my protagonist be if the book is written from his/her point of view?
Feb
25
answered Should I drop the quotation marks in a chapter that consists mostly on a character telling a story?
Feb
25
revised What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?
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Feb
25
revised What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?
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Feb
24
comment What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?
@TomAu Yes. I just wanted to clarify that simply because there are thought bubbles and speech bubbles, it does not require that the content be different.
Feb
24
comment What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?
@TomAu "Internal monologue" is the correct term for the mental stream of consciousness. It may be the same as what the person is saying or it may not; that term doesn't have anything to do with the content.
Feb
24
answered What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?
Feb
24
comment Does “reversing” characters provide enough of a “disconnect ”to defend against a libel suit?
@Jay No, but I wouldn't put your odds high against Lucasfilm lawyers...
Feb
24
comment Does “reversing” characters provide enough of a “disconnect ”to defend against a libel suit?
@dmm I believe the current status in U.S. courts is that anything ACD wrote before 1923 is considered public domain, but any elements of stories written after that are still protected by copyright.
Feb
23
comment Does “reversing” characters provide enough of a “disconnect ”to defend against a libel suit?
"Reversing" the characters is probably one good step. I wouldn't call it blanket sufficient, but it would depend on the characteristics of the source person and how recognizable that person is.
Feb
23
reviewed No Action Needed How to deal with online comments to published pieces?
Feb
23
reviewed No Action Needed How can I write a thesis statement and stay on topic in a persuasive essay?
Feb
22
comment How to write a conversation
Really? Have you seen that in a novel? A newspaper article?
Feb
19
answered How do you make a vague metaphor more easy to understand?
Feb
19
reviewed Reviewed How can clarity and flow of long sentences be improved?
Feb
19
comment How can clarity and flow of long sentences be improved?
1) This reordering actually makes it more confusing. The year is the most important thought here. 2) No comma after "island."