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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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Nov
8
revised Referring to fictional version of an author in essay
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Nov
7
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Related, not a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1152/how-do-you-avoid-purple-prose/1159
Nov
6
comment Can prologues and epilogues change POV from the main text?
@AE Yes, I suppose you could, as a stylistic device, make it difficult for the reader to tell who the narrator is, if it served the purpose of the story. In this case, the OP isn't trying to be deliberately obscure, so being vague about the narrator wouldn't help. Everything has to act in service of the story being told.
Nov
4
answered Past tense vs present tense
Nov
3
comment Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
There's an even shorter summary for The Wizard of Oz: "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets, and then teams up with three strangers to kill again." (credit Rick Polito, Marin Independent Journal)
Nov
3
comment Does a proposed graphical scheme exist to organize the whole story?
you might Google "mind map software." they are more graphical than word processing software, and you might find one which helps you create a visual outline.
Nov
2
comment What stylometric pecularities are considered to be typical for stephen kings writing?
This trips me up constantly, because I learned the which/that rule when learning Italian, and the rule is unfortunately not the same. I always look at the subject of the sentence, and if it's the same as the clause, I use "which." In that wiki example, I would always write "The puppy which was born yesterday was tiny," because "the puppy was tiny" and "the puppy was born yesterday" have the same subject. "That" just sounds wrong there.
Nov
2
comment What stylometric pecularities are considered to be typical for stephen kings writing?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Can you define "stylometric features" for the purposes of your question? And if you want to know more about Stephen King, why haven't you read his books?
Nov
2
reviewed No Action Needed Hollywood script vs Bollywood script
Nov
2
reviewed Reviewed Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
Nov
2
comment How short can a poem be until it can no longer be a poem?
This is interesting from a philosophical standpoint but doesn't address the question. If you continue this train of thought, what is a poem? What is the smallest unit of anything which can still be labeled poetry?
Nov
2
answered Can prologues and epilogues change POV from the main text?
Nov
2
comment Can prologues and epilogues change POV from the main text?
making my comment an answer now that this is reopened.
Nov
1
comment Can prologues and epilogues change POV from the main text?
You are allowed to have the prologue narrated by a different character as long as it is absolutely clear who the narrator is. You do not have to change the whole book. In fact, every chapter can be a different viewpoint narrator; George R.R. Martin does this throughout his Song of Ice and Fire books. You can also have the prologue written in third person omniscent even if the rest of the book isn't. Prologues and epilogues, being set off from the main text, have a little more leeway.
Nov
1
comment Why is “It was a dark and stormy night..” not a good opening?
Some people do complain about a movie opening with thunder and lightning to indicate "something terrible is going to happen," for exactly that reason: it's obvious to the point of being trite.
Oct
30
comment What is the expected target age for a YA (Young Adult) novel?
An excellent and thorough explanation.
Oct
27
revised Chapter titles or numbers?
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Oct
27
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?