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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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Apr
2
comment How should I introduce new and complex technologies or tools?
I love this! There are plenty of ways to peel the cabbage, so to speak.
Apr
1
answered How should I introduce new and complex technologies or tools?
Mar
30
answered Tips for writing sentences like a native speaker
Mar
28
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
"A six year old using a contraction "isn't" wouldn't ring true to me" -- can you unpack this? I've been thinking about this statement since you posted it, and my experience doesn't jibe with it.
Mar
27
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
@JSBձոգչ Children's stories -- as in, pre-school and earlier -- really don't use contractions; that part made sense. When you're learning the language from a very basic level, you need to learn what do not actually means before you figure out that you can also say don't.
Mar
27
revised Effective techniques for describing pain
deleted 7 characters in body
Mar
27
revised Effective techniques for describing pain
fxed typo
Mar
27
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
I amended your title, because I think it makes an enormous difference. I can't conceive why anyone would worry about contractions otherwise.
Mar
27
revised Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
edited title
Mar
26
comment How can I consistently distinguish among tables, fields, and records in a database?
I think your sentence-level formatting is excellent. I'd have to see an example of the relational database, but it sounds like you have a good idea.
Mar
23
answered Critique wanted for a fantasy prologue
Mar
19
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
@Jay I'm not stepping into a steel-cage death math for anything less than "the fight to ban impactive, impactful, and the use of impact as a verb when not applied to meteorites."
Mar
19
answered How to tell or retell basic character and setting information in a series?
Mar
18
comment What is the correct way to write a fractional number in a formal letter?
@Jay Yeah, I wouldn't get in the steel cage over it either. Neither is wrong.
Mar
18
answered Effective techniques for describing pain
Mar
17
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
Why does the publisher have to accept only under X age?
Mar
16
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
:) No, sorry, I was being snarky. "A winning competition for a novel" is getting a publishing contract.
Mar
16
comment Are there any contests for teenage writers?
a publishing contract?
Mar
15
comment Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
Tightened up a little to make the last line more of a punch, yes, that's a nice hook. It would work fine as a prologue.
Mar
15
comment Does this qualify as a prelude or prologue?
I have never heard of the prologue posing a super question. I can see how it should be a hook, but if the book has no prologue, the first chapter has to serve that purpose, no? It's not like the prologue replaces the first chapter.