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Jun
21
revised Separate paragraphs without line breaks
added the non-breaking spaces which OP intended
Jun
21
answered Does the following piece have too much dry narration (mundane tasks, moving about)?
Jun
21
comment Why can't I write something longer than a few pages?
Have you tried plotting with the Snowflake method? Forces you to do all the hard work upfront but makes it pretty easy to do. Once you have the skeleton of the plot, you don't have roadblocks to writing it. advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method
Jun
20
comment Why can't I write something longer than a few pages?
Can you explain what you mean by "Be Like Star Trek" in this context? I'm a Trekkie; I'm always interested in learning how other people interpret the show.
Jun
20
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@sh1ftst0rm No, I don't think you can say grammar is only required for school and a guideline elsewhere. Grammar is the skeleton, the architecture on which language and thereby communication both hang. You can creatively break the rules if the message or the aesthetic justifies it, but not just randomly because you don't feel like writing correctly. There's a difference between a jazz solo and a preschooler banging on a keyboard.
Jun
19
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@Tannalein Yep, it's called poetic license. Sometimes you just gotta break the rule. :)
Jun
19
comment What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
"If you've manually added blank lines between every paragraph or typed in spaces at the front of the first line of each paragraph or whatever, and then you change your mind, you have a ton of work to change them all." No, you do a Search and Replace and pay attention. It's not as quick as a style sheet change, but it's a whole lot faster than doing each instance individually.
Jun
19
comment Creative writing use and abuse
@Tannalein Yes, SF is correct. The rule about not splitting infinitives was a prescriptivist rule left over from Latin, where it's physically impossible to split an infinitive because it's one word. English uses two words (to VERB rather than VERBare), so something can physically go between them. Personally I lean towards not splitting when I can, but sometimes it just sounds better with the intervening words. The Powers That Be in re English were finally convinced of the same thing, in part by "to boldly go."
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
@PaulA.Clayton "Know your audience." Exactly. When I was working at a firm of 40+ people who all knew me, I could set up a business card template with James T. Kirk as the generic person, because everyone knew not to print that. But I couldn't send that out to the client. (On the other hand, we did have someone come in to do a software demo, and the pre-made presentation used a photo of Harry and Tom from Star Trek: Voyager. The presenter didn't know who the characters were, so I had to explain my hysterical giggles to him.)
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
@PaulA.Clayton That was a good edit, by the way; thank you. :)
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
mysite.com is good too!
Jun
18
revised What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
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Jun
18
answered Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
Use "New Age." Native English speakers will know exactly what that means. "Exotericism" is the opposite of "esoteric," but it's not what you mean.
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
I think we're talking past each other. "Esoteric" means "bizarre, out there, uncommon, not well-known." Jut because one is "using of various ways of thinking in a mix" does not mean any of those various ways are uncommon. So I still don't understand what you mean by "esotericism" in this context.
Jun
18
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
@NeilFein OP mentioned literary analysis from his/her experience; I contrasted the literary analysis I have seen. In any case, I'm thinking that cultural and industry differences may mean that the OP should probably go back to the person who gave the assignment and ask.
Jun
18
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
What is "esotericism"? I've never heard the term. I know what "esoteric" means, and I can't connect it to your word.
Jun
18
revised What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
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Jun
17
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
Oh, I see. That may be a function of your country's schooling; in American literary criticism, it's legitimate to talk about the writer (the writer's intent, the symbolism the writer used, the writer's history) as well as the characters and the plot of the story within the same analysis. Same goes for movie and TV critiques.
Jun
17
comment Writing a newspaper article summary
Your English is fine. :) What is the difference, to you, between focusing on the article and focusing on the story? I don't see how they aren't the same thing.