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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
13
comment How to have a character be nameless for the first few paragraphs of a book?
Yeah, what he said!
Feb
13
revised Is it true that men (in general) can't write female first-person?
edited body
Feb
13
comment Is it true that men (in general) can't write female first-person?
Friday by Robert Heinlein has a first-person female narrator. One of my favorite books.
Feb
12
comment How to have a character be nameless for the first few paragraphs of a book?
It does make sense, and leaves room for jokes to be made at his expense (scatological, runner-up) so he has reason to be called "Quiet One."
Feb
12
answered How to have a character be nameless for the first few paragraphs of a book?
Feb
8
comment Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
@tylerharms Scrivener is available at literatureandlatte.com
Feb
8
comment What's the best version control system for a book writer?
The answers to this question might be useful as well: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/289/…
Feb
8
comment A cross-[What] kind of romance?
@Mussri Did what work, did they fall in love? Yes. The book's not finished yet, if that's what you mean.
Feb
7
comment What is the role of editors in news media today?
When you started yelling, "The music today, it's terrible! And get off my lawn!"
Feb
7
answered Tracing dependencies and emergent plotholes during edits
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
@Aerovistae Yes, exactly, me too. It's a great resource... just be prepared, and pack a lunch.
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
@Aerovistae No no, nothing to do with being work-safe. TVTropes a massive time-suck. Seriously, it's hard for me to spend less than an hour there, and I usually get dragged in for two or three. It's just courtesy to let people know they may lose an entire weekend before they click on the link. :)
Feb
6
comment Should paragraphs split over pages in thesis?
@SF. Sure, but the question is specifically about text with non-text elements, so that was the question I answered. If there are no non-text elements, of course you can break a paragraph. (There are rules about that too, but that's a graphic design question, not a writing question.)
Feb
6
comment Putting a dialogue a tag before a quote
@alexchenco Yes, as long as it's clear who is speaking, you can omit the dialogue tag X said completely. Not in every instance, of course.
Feb
6
comment Should paragraphs split over pages in thesis?
@SF. I'm saying that's a matter of reading comprehension and aesthetics. I worked with clients who preferred exactly what you suggest, and those who didn't. If my project is in Word, I would prefer the big blank space. If I were using InDesign, I would split the paragraph or wrap the graphic somehow. There's nothing inherently wrong with splitting the paragraph as long as it's clear what text the figure goes with. But if I'm working in Word, I would choose not to split it because I think it will read better. InDesign would give me more flexibility to split the text but keep it readable.
Feb
6
comment Putting a dialogue a tag before a quote
+1 for nice examples.
Feb
6
revised Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
added formatting, removed one unnecessary obscenity (kept the good one), added TVT warning
Feb
6
comment Killing off a character: deciding if, when and how
I only ask, nay plead, that you do not develop Joss Whedon Syndrome and whack beloved characters just because you can. Kill a main character if it makes sense to, but not just for shock value.
Feb
6
answered Putting a dialogue a tag before a quote
Feb
6
answered Should paragraphs split over pages in thesis?