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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.
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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?
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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."
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comment Saving/exporting search results
This question should go to Super User, as it is a "tech support" question.
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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
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
25
comment Children's Dialogue
Sure, if you aren't looking at them, there's no way for me as a parent to tell. @Watercleave is suggesting that gesture, movement, and body language are part of dialogue, so if you aren't watching the kids while they're talking, you're going to miss part of what you're supposed to be researching.
Jan
25
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
I'm not sure how you can say this is "impossible" when there are half a dozen answers here (and I've linked to two related questions) giving explicit examples of how it is possible.
Jan
25
comment Children's Dialogue
It depends on location/society. I see on the news that in Denmark, it's normal for parents to leave their babies in a stroller outside a restaurant and go eat inside. In the U.S., this gets you arrested for child endangerment, and your children taken from your custody. Maybe in Germany the morés are different, but in the U.S., if I saw a man eating alone in McD's and taking notes on my kid's behavior, I would alert management, recommend they call police, and leave the place immediately. That's predator behavior here.
Jan
25
comment Setting price $8.99 or $8.95 instead of $9
It's not publishers; it's general retail. It's because people see the "8" and subliminally think it's a bit cheaper than if they saw the "9" first. Really. I don't have the studies to hand which showed this but you should be able to Google them.
Jan
25
comment Naming my character
Possible duplicate? writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7262/…
Jan
24
comment Unofficial Fan Fictions - How can I Secure Them?
Other than possibly on the Wayback Machine, people can no longer download your PDFs from your site, no. That doesn't prevent people from posting them on other sites, or just emailing them around.
Jan
24
comment On using InDesign or Scribus
What's the job? what are you reflowing text into, and what will the end product be?
Jan
24
comment Question about this brochure i am writing for an assignment?
"Assignment" often means "homework." And you are explicitly asking about your local, particular, specific issue, not a general question which might be able to help someone else. Stack Exchange is not a discussion board, and we do not do work for free. Your company may prefer to list the original service first while another may omit it altogether. There is no right answer. Therefore, this is too localized, it's about "what to write" for your situation, and should be closed.
Jan
23
comment How to decide whether contract “had”, “did”, and “would”?
This is very much Your Mileage May Vary. There's no real rule here. It's whatever sounds right.
Jan
23
comment How do I convince readers to keep reading poems with fixed rhyme?
If the fixed-rhyme poems are a problem, why not move them to later in the book? See if you sell more copies.
Jan
22
comment Getting help and/or mentoring, later in life
^^That sounds like a writer's group or a workshop. Google one in your area.
Jan
22
comment The tenth doctor's expression
Isn't it obvious? They're cosplaying as Sherlock and John. That's his "I'm deducing you with a withering but piercingly accurate zinger" face.
Jan
22
comment Getting help and/or mentoring, later in life
I haven't used it, but some people here really like Critique Circle. critiquecircle.com It's free and volunteer, I think.