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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 Should I translate my own writings into a second language I also know well?
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Dec
19
answered Creative Commons and / or Public Domain library
Dec
19
asked A cross-[What] kind of romance?
Dec
19
answered Peeking through character's mask
Dec
19
revised Introducing the next sub-section or not?
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Dec
19
revised Are there any good tablets out there for writing/editing?
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Dec
19
revised Please help me re-word this sentence
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Dec
19
revised Characters with no names
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Dec
19
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
An "informed characteristic" of evil. Yep, that just makes you angry with the writer, not the alleged bad guy.
Dec
19
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
@Jay I could come up with four more examples which are entirely different from those above. My point is that "lack of empathy" is my suggested tool for creating a villain who is truly worthy of being despised.
Dec
19
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
@Jay: Yes, I did draw from some real-life examples. (I'm a she, BTW.) And yes, fiction can be used as propaganda. However, you don't have to agree with the author's viewpoint or the author's portrayal of a villain. And if you really disagree, then put the book down; it's not for you. I am sure someone who holds political views opposite mine could come up with a villain in this vein who is a gloss on someone I admire. I just wouldn't read that book. I don't read the "Left Behind" series for that reason; I don't identify with the heroes, and the people I do identify with are the villains.
Dec
18
answered Characters with no names
Dec
18
comment Finding before/after examples where writing has been improved, to learn from
If you've ever thought LOTR was dense and difficult (and it is), once you read through a few of the rough versions, going back to the official text is like reading nursery rhymes. Tolkien went through a lot of edits to his printed works over his lifetime, not the least of which was changing "Riddles in the Dark" in The Hobbit to bring it in line with the later trilogy.
Dec
18
answered Finding before/after examples where writing has been improved, to learn from
Dec
15
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
@Mussri No, not at all. It's a learning process for everyone. Why remove it just because it took a while for us to understand one another? The entire comment trail is worthwhile.
Dec
15
revised Are music lyrics copyrighted?
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Dec
15
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
Yes, that's probably more accurate. I was trying to indicate that by using "music" in quotes; I'll edit.
Dec
15
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
"English is an SVO language." That doesn't affect where those items appear in the sentence in relation to other items. (I know English is not your first language; I did eventually understand you. :) )
Dec
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Text referencing protected, trademarked™ and copyrighted© names, what is the correct procedure?
Dec
15
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
@Mussri Okay, your new comment makes sense. But saying "English is an SVO language" (which describes how the grammar functions) is NOT semantically the same as saying "English sentences must START with a noun and END with a verb" (which demands the same structure of every sentence). The former is correct. The latter is demonstrably not.