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Dec
27
comment Can I use parenthesis in a conversation
@SF. Once you're talking about a humorous book, there are an awful lot of rules which can go out the window. :)
Dec
27
comment How can I make sure readers find irony?
Making it "hidden" but so that "any reader will be able to see it." Congratulations; you have achieved irony.
Dec
27
answered Can I use parenthesis in a conversation
Dec
26
answered On the role of “accidents” in “realistic” stories
Dec
26
comment Listing names with titles
Using semi-colons per example 2 is the way I'd go.
Dec
26
comment Location description
@SF. Actually, the thrust of my answer was Holmes. You can't write something down if you haven't observed it. The point of Holmes is to show "this is what it means to observe. Yes, you walk up the steps every day... ever count them? Don't just look at the man's hands; does he have a callus? Which finger? What job or action would lead to that callus?" and so on. Maybe you just make a list of everything you really see about a person. Making the list pretty is practice (and feedback, as you note).
Dec
24
comment Balancing character levity in a serious narrative
@James Your Mileage May Vary. There's no right answer for that. Depends on the story and the characters.
Dec
24
answered Balancing character levity in a serious narrative
Dec
24
answered Are there straightforward instructions for MS WORD 2013 for numbering in different formats, yet maintaining a chronological count?
Dec
24
comment How to start a technical book?
Closely related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1699/…
Dec
24
reviewed Approve When should modifiers be avoided?
Dec
24
reviewed Approve How long does it take to write a 1000-word news article?
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reviewed Reject When should modifiers be avoided?
Dec
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reviewed Approve Are there straightforward instructions for MS WORD 2013 for numbering in different formats, yet maintaining a chronological count?
Dec
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answered Perspective and Balance with Multiple Characters
Dec
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answered Location description
Dec
23
reviewed Approve What is the difference between an ISBN and an ISBN Barcode?
Dec
20
comment Is it legal to name a character in a story after a disguised trademark?
@BruceAlderman C'mon, Brucie, you've never even planned a birthday party for someone? ;)
Dec
19
comment Is it okay to mention a person's nationality and accent only once or twice in a story?
@serfe At any rate, it was just the first example which leaped to mind. I understand that Russian puts the verb at the end of the sentence, so you could try mimicking that structure, but I don't speak Russian so I can't give an example without sounding like a bad Yakov Smirnov skit. ("In Russia, example gives you!")
Dec
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comment Is it okay to mention a person's nationality and accent only once or twice in a story?
@serfe That's how everybody on my block talks. Brooklyn has developed its own dialect of Italian, which is a combination of Sicilian and Neapolitan, based on the immigrants who settled there. The kids and grandkids of those immigrants learned English at school but were influenced by the "translating on the fly" speech patterns of the immigrant parents/grandparents. "Sono diritti i miei capelli" is the literal translation, which is how Nonna would say it. I can definitely tell you that I use English grammar patterns when trying to translate Italian on the fly.