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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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May
20
answered How do you Open with an Anecdote in a persuasive writing? :'( Or maybe in the middle?
May
20
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
@ShantnuTiwari But Brits make much better villains. c.f. Alan Rickman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Malcolm McDowell, David Warner...
May
15
revised Is it strange if a novel starts the first chapter without one of main characters?
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May
15
reviewed Approve What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
May
14
comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
Thank you, dear. :) I can offer a few links on "length per genre" suggestions, so assuming it's "epic SFF": storytime.booklamp.org/2012/03/19/… writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/… theswivet.blogspot.com/2008/03/… and the upshot is probably that 100K per book is a good target. Feel free to write more as long as you're confident you can cut it back down if needed.
May
13
comment Maintaining the consistency of voice and spontaneity throughout a piece
@Jeremy There's no set rate. Everyone is different. When I edit, I read a timed sample (that is, I read for one hour and see how far I get) and use that to extrapolate how long it will take for the rest of the work. My estimates are usually quite good. Some people offer flat rates per word or flat rates per piece.
May
13
comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
What font and what size are you using? What are your margins? Are you in Word, InDesign, BBEdit?
May
12
comment Maintaining the consistency of voice and spontaneity throughout a piece
@Jeremy Yes, I'm being cute in saying you're too close to the text. You're so involved with it that you can't step back and see what doesn't work or what could be trimmed, and what is a "good part" vs. what is a killable darling. A third party who didn't write the text and isn't as invested in it can often be more objective about what does and doesn't work.
May
12
comment Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
@Mussri Yes, you have an excellent point. The plot could be such that the ingredient is deadly, and the bartender would have to sanitize his hands after adding it. That just supports my original comment that we need context to say whether the placement of the simile works.
May
12
revised Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
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May
12
revised Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
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May
12
answered Maintaining the consistency of voice and spontaneity throughout a piece
May
12
revised Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
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May
11
answered Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
May
11
comment Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence
Oh, thanks for the Weird Al Yankovic earworm.
May
10
comment What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
@Jeff Depends on your definition of "literary." Cabbagehead is a casual term, but who's to say it couldn't be adopted in academic circles and thence to serious public analysis?
May
10
answered What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?
May
8
reviewed Approve Is it possible my book could be taken off-line for sale if there is a cease and desist letter?
May
7
comment My Reviews for Free Books?
@NeilFein I VTC because it sounded like self-promotion and a list question. Your edit makes it more answerable.
May
7
comment How to format dialogue with an embedded long monologue
@Psicofrenia Is that the standard punctuation rule for where you are?(dashes for dialogue and quotes for thoughts)