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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 What is the expected target age for a YA (Young Adult) novel?
An excellent and thorough explanation.
Oct
26
comment Chapter titles or numbers?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. These are both good questions, but they're not related. Can you separate them so we can answer each one individually?
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
Ocean is way better. It's a solid thing which is infinitely large and vast.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
@PaulA.Clayton I get the idea that the other person's knowledge puts him at a higher plane than the narrator, but then use "plane" or "pushed him out of my reach" or "obscured him from my sight" or something. The concept of "all this intelligence separates us" works. The word "mist" doesn't.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
@what no, a mist is a fog, it's something you can't touch. A mist can't be formed of individual items.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
I don't think it makes any difference which order you put them in, but I object to using "mist" to describe two very hard, down-to-earth concepts. Knowledge is concrete: I know something. Practicality is working with your hands, it's tactile, it's real. There is nothing nebulous or "misty" about either of those qualities.
Oct
26
comment Do items on a list have to follow the order/logic of the previous one?
"Bees and cows" sounds better because of the vowels. It goes from EE (high sound) to OW (low sound). OW is a finishing sound. "Cows and bees" ends the thought on a high note, and it sounds jarring.
Oct
25
comment Writing for the web: how do you submit your content
A reviewer of content has no input into layout. The web designer will lay it out him/herself, and at that point can print to PDF for the IT person.
Oct
24
comment On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry
@Dal look under the editing tag on this site for some suggestions.
Oct
24
comment Writing is it the plot, subplot or backstory
And of course you can have a historical novel without flashbacks if your entire novel is set in the past. If you never go to the "present," there's nothing to flash back to.
Oct
23
comment Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Synonyms are general the province of English SE, and I'll recommend that the mods migrate this question there.
Oct
22
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.
Oct
22
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.
Oct
22
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!
Oct
22
comment Writing for the web: how do you submit your content
I'd suggest Word as well for the same reasons.
Oct
22
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!
Oct
22
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.