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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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Feb
2
comment Is sending your characters back to a different century a good way to disguise them?
@ChrisSunami My point would have been just as valid if I had used "charismatic political leader who spent decades in high office while hiding the effects of a crippling disease" who is ported to Starfleet or Camelot. You're still going to recognize FDR.
Feb
2
comment Is sending your characters back to a different century a good way to disguise them?
@TomAu "Crime-solver and sidekick" is a type. That's not what I delineated. Holmes and Watson have very specific characteristics (brilliance, personality, drug use, medical degree) which the other pairs don't have. House, MD had House and Wilson, who were recognizably (and deliberately) Holmes and Watson derivatives. But Reese and Finch on Person of Interest are not. So my point is that if you use a real person to create a character, you need to change enough details that the person is no longer recognizable. I happened to use fictional characters in my example.
Feb
2
answered Is sending your characters back to a different century a good way to disguise them?
Feb
1
revised When should headers be used in writing?
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Jan
31
answered Should I use hypophoras at the beginning of every paragraphs?
Jan
31
revised Should I use hypophoras at the beginning of every paragraphs?
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Jan
31
comment How to keep going after a failed project?
@what Perfectly legitimate. Make it an answer.
Jan
31
comment How to keep going after a failed project?
@what Yes, you are correct. Of course projects fail. The OP sounded very hung up on "my story failed" and I wanted to show how "failure" can be reframed in a number of different ways which aren't so momentum-killing. Also, the OP specifically wanted to continue with this project, so I was trying to show paths to take for that outcome.
Jan
31
answered How to keep going after a failed project?
Jan
30
reviewed No Action Needed How to indicate the topic has been changed without using words?
Jan
30
comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
Could you please edit your answer to include those extremely salient points? It turns your response around 180 percent. I was wavering about DVing the original, but with these comments, you've clarified and improved on your thought enormously.
Jan
30
comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
@KitFox Meh, there's a logic there, I agree, but if you don't care about readers, why bother publishing?
Jan
29
comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
1) but if you don't like to rewrite, how do you fix the "obvious errors"? 2) how do you know what an "obvious error" is? How do you define it? 3) if you don't spend time in rewriting, how do you learn how not to make "obvious errors"? Basically, "spellcheck and publish" doesn't lead to any kind of self-improvement, and you will never figure out how to become "readable."
Jan
28
reviewed Close What is the meaning of a cancelled publication in conference?
Jan
28
comment How to stay motivated while writing a story, after the initial burst of enthusiasm?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. There's a seed of a good question here, something like "How do I stay motivated to do the hard work of writing after my initial burst of enthusiasm?" If you can edit your question (and title) more along those lines, so it can apply to others, the community can help you.
Jan
27
revised Originality of Writing
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Jan
27
answered Originality of Writing
Jan
27
comment Naming my character
@NeilFein I figured. That's why I left a comment but not a close vote.
Jan
27
comment Originality of Writing
Great question!
Jan
26
answered How much repetition is too much repetition?