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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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Jan
3
comment Attributives in dialogue
I just find "he sighed" to read better than "he said with a sigh" or "he said, sighing." In fact, the latter two indicate "he spoke, then he sighed," while the first indicates he was breathing out gustily as he spoke, which isn't the same series of actions. Just as adverbs are not always evil, neither are attributives. (And Stephenie Meyer's problems go far deeper than attributives.)
Jan
3
revised What software can handle both revision control and layout?
added 280 characters in body
Jan
3
comment Attributives in dialogue
Yep, consider them peppercorns in a basket of melons. One every now and again livens up the joint. Too many overwhelm the palate.
Jan
3
answered Attributives in dialogue
Jan
3
comment Is writing a light read or “chick lit” a good option for an aspiring literary fiction author?
Am I seriously the only person who's heard of China Mieville here? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Mi%C3%A9ville#Literary_influences
Jan
3
answered What software can handle both revision control and layout?
Jan
3
comment How to further improve the flow and crispness in the essay?
1) I see your point. How about "...precarious state. This added to my main concern: my student visa..." 2) yes, but it's not a new sentence. "...short-term comfort, so I decided..."
Jan
2
answered What did Norman Mailer mean?
Jan
1
comment What software can handle both revision control and layout?
What are your needs as far as layout? I think Scrivener might be able to handle the version control, but you do have to export to something else for professional layout.
Jan
1
comment Using poetry in novels a good option?
John Smithers made a good suggestion: at the beginning or end of a break (scene, chapter, part, section). But not in the middle.
Dec
31
answered Using poetry in novels a good option?
Dec
31
answered How do you connect a non sequitur hook to a novel?
Dec
31
comment How do you connect a non sequitur hook to a novel?
Yes. "Kill your darlings."
Dec
31
comment How do you connect a non sequitur hook to a novel?
Kate, not Tarrantino, but Joss Whedon: lbgale.com/2011/11/01/…
Dec
31
comment Is it okay to attempt to write in the style of another person, and how is that done well?
Other questions which have been asked about humor on this board: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1415/tips-for-humor-writing, writers.stackexchange.com/questions/295/…
Dec
31
answered Is writing a light read or “chick lit” a good option for an aspiring literary fiction author?
Dec
30
answered Is it okay to attempt to write in the style of another person, and how is that done well?
Dec
29
comment Quality examples of 'in medias res' starting sequences in SF literature
Watch TV. Seriously. It has been everywhere this year. I'm coming to hate it as a narrative device. You get the teaser, you're dropped into the story in medias res, and then after the credits you get "[X amount of time] earlier..." and the rest of the episode is building back up to that point. Honestly, most of the time it strikes me as a lazy way to build up suspense.
Dec
29
answered How to develop a story for a novel?
Dec
29
answered How to explain a war scene?