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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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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?
added 29 characters in body
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 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.
Dec
14
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
@Mussri The assertion that "English phrases or sentences can only ever start with nouns or a suitable substitute." And perhaps clarify what "a suitable substitute" is. Do you think that david.smith's examples below are not English sentences?
Dec
14
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
@SF. "Most likely, he became a monster gradually and grew to like it." You write that book, I'll buy it.
Dec
14
comment Are music lyrics copyrighted?
@Mussri: I would say that something like "John sat listening to Josh Groban's L'Ora dell'Addio until he thought his heart would break from weeping" would be fine from a legal standpoint, but once you start quoting lyrics, you should get permission. But if you have any doubt, talk to a lawyer and find out about getting permission. If your use or reference is not insulting or defamatory, it shouldn't be difficult.
Dec
14
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
@Mussri, can you cite a source for your assertion?
Dec
14
answered Are music lyrics copyrighted?
Dec
14
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
I guess this is one of those "Your Mileage May Vary" issues. :) That kind of villain pushes your buttons. The one without empathy pushes mine.
Dec
14
comment Non-cheap ways to make villains evil?
The ones who will do anything to save their skin... those are the ones I feel contempt for. I sort of want to wash my hands of them. I don't particularly care if they get their comeuppance or not; I just want them out of my hair. So yes, a good villain archetype, but not necessarily evil. There's a certain satisfaction in watching a powerful villain like Voldemort get properly Avada Kedavraed which you don't feel when seeing someone beg and bargain for his life.