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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
5
revised It is a sign of bad writing to have many scenes that are disconnected with the main plot?
added 27 characters in body
Feb
4
answered Should dull dialogue be removed completely?
Feb
4
comment Setting up for writing
I'm not sure what you're asking. "How do I come up with a plot?" "How do I structure a novel?" Does drama mean the kind of work (dramatic as opposed to comedy) or a play?
Feb
3
answered It is a sign of bad writing to have many scenes that are disconnected with the main plot?
Feb
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
2
answered Should I close this quoted paragraph?
Feb
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
comment Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?
Nice opening pun. :) My only caveat is that if you use real technical terms, DO make a point of using them correctly, because your experienced readers will know if you get it wrong, and not all of them will respect you for trying -- some of them will lambast you for getting it wrong.
Jan
31
answered Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?
Jan
30
comment Is it a good idea to first write the linear plot when writing a segmented screenplay?
This may be a "Your Mileage May Vary" situation. It's a question of process, and there's no One Right Process for every writer, or even one writer's every project. Write it however it seems to work for you at the time, and feel free to do it a different way the next time.
Jan
29
comment How do you avoid purple prose?
@Aerovistae Thanks. :) We should do a purple prose exercise in chat, just for the amusement of it.
Jan
28
awarded  Convention
Jan
27
comment How to write to a famous author?
Why would a big-name author be interested in mentoring you or providing some counsel or support? I'm not being snarky. What would you be bringing to the table? Why you out of everyone else in the world clamoring for Famous Author's attention? It's a bit like asking "How can I find Martin Freeman's home address so he can take me under his wing and teach me the business?" It's one thing if you want to write a fan letter, but you're asking how to create a personal teacher-student relationship with someone you literally only know from his/her fame.
Jan
26
comment What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?
@AndrewWelch I'm besotted with Scrivener, so I may be biased.:) What "structure" problems are you having that neither Scrivener nor InDesign can tackle?
Jan
26
answered What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?
Jan
25
comment How to quote from a foreign journal that has not been translated?
Good point about the original Arabic. But then, in translated works like Dante's Inferno or Beowulf, I've seen the original right across from the translation on the same spread. So as a reader, even if I didn't read Arabic, I wouldn't balk at seeing it. It would mean that the author was literally showing his/her work, so we could check that the translation wasn't hugely off.
Jan
25
answered How to quote from a foreign journal that has not been translated?
Jan
25
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae If your goal is "I want to expand my vocabulary, period," then pick up a Word-a-Day calendar or a thesaurus and just practice working your new words into a writing exercise.
Jan
25
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae If your goal is "I want to expand my vocabulary specifically with old words," then start looking for books published hundreds of years ago. I don't have a specific set of titles to recommend. But keep in mind that the same thing may happen to your readers: they are constantly running to the dictionary. Once or twice is fine for me; more than that and it ruins the flow of the book. Your example of Blood Meridian would make me put it down out of frustration. (cont'd)
Jan
25
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae The horse-related words (hackamore, farrier) I know from sword-and-sorcery novels. Caesura is a musical term (I took one year of clarinet). Shillalegh is the staff leprechauns carry. :) The rest: some are trade-specific (bungstarter) or ethnic (rebozo, jacal) and you're right, some are just esoteric. It could be that McCarthy found them deliberately for his book, or that he traveled a lot and absorbed them from locals. (cont'd)