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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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comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
@what Are you talking about the trilogy or The Hobbit? Because The Hobbit is literally a children's book, and very much intended to be easy to read. The LOTR trilogy is neither. If you found Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King to be straightforward, clear, and comprehensible on the first shot just after learning to read at what, age 5? then I salute your supergenius IQ.
14h
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
good grief; if you're just now starting to read for fun, I wouldn't begin with Tolkien. Start with JKRowling and PG Wodehouse. Plot, character, and sparkling language without the headaches.
14h
comment Use past or present tense for lasting fact
@dmm That was on the tip of my tongue yesterday and I could not think of it. thank you!
15h
comment Writing for the web: how do you submit your content
I'd suggest Word as well for the same reasons.
19h
comment What comes first: the hook or the rest?
I've added "songwriting," as that may be a useful tag, but I think "hooks" is too specific. And good question!
20h
comment Hey i just was wondering is this sentence grammarticaly correct?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. Requests to fix the grammar of a single sentence or paragraph are off-topic for us, as they are unlikely to help anyone in the future. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/301/… Also, it's "grammatically."
Oct
17
comment What are some rich but respectful ways to describe various skin colors?
Have you tried Crayola? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crayola_crayon_colors
Oct
16
comment Rules for creative writing?
Are you asking about the rules for the story or the prompt?
Oct
14
comment Improving the flow/rhythm of the following comparison
@PaulA.Clayton I think your second comment ruins the melody of the phrasing in an attempt to change up the parallels. You are absolutely correct about not using "problem" twice.
Oct
14
comment Need A Way To Avoid Excessive Use Of Subject When Refering To Character
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1204/… and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7262/…
Oct
13
comment Satirical prophecy
Hi, and welcome to Writers. This is too vague as written. If you'd like us to help you with an existing piece, please read our critique guidelines. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/166/…
Oct
13
comment Citing lecture notes
@MonicaCellio The poster is using periods instead of Greek to indicate "here's a whole bunch of text." However, the real problem here is that this answer is about "how to footnote something," and the question is about "what do I write for the referent of the footnote?" So this doesn't answer the question at all.
Oct
12
comment How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
Now this might be a dupe of either of these two? writers.stackexchange.com/questions/134/… or writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4705/how-to-develop-a-story-for-a-novel/4708
Oct
12
comment What are some tricks for managing debilitating writing anxiety/phobia?
I agree with @what. This isn't something you can work around with a listicle of helpful tips. If your anxiety is that severe, you need professional therapy. I also agree that CBT is the right place to start.
Oct
11
comment Making characters multidimensional and unique. What can i do?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Have you looked at other questions under the "character development" tag to see if they might help?
Oct
10
comment Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?
@AlexandroChen Your analogy is more precise than your question (it's not about "good or bad" but about "what works in that situation"), so yes, you've got it. :)
Oct
10
comment Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?
@AlexandroChen Your metaphor is fine if that's what the character is trying to express. But then that's not what you posted about. Which is fine; it just means that you didn't post what you actually wanted to ask. The character is describing the process of natural selection, which is one part of Darwinian evolution, not all of it.
Oct
9
comment Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?
Are you asking if you need to keep writing TED DIBAR or (40s)? Is this for a screenplay? A script?
Oct
9
comment How do you mention the same character with two very different descriptions?
Who are Masked Assassin and Martha Marigold? Are they are your character names or something we should recognize?
Oct
9
comment Which skills should an editor have?
+1 for "A Fein one." :D