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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 Where would J. D. Salinger publish today?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Can you provide some context for your answer? Are you looking for a similar venue for your work?
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comment What is the main inner conflict in Harry Potter?
The community has decided that analyzing existing works is off-topic unless it directly pertains to your own writing. You're heading in the right direction, but this particular question is still not quite there. This question will likely be put on hold; sorry.
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comment Is there anything wrong or stilted in the grammar of this short announcement?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We're not a discussion board, and we don't offer proofreading services. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. Please see our help center to get a sense of what's on-topic for us. writers.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
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comment Should I turn my enormous novel into a series?
If you mean "art" to be "something which only the artist sees," and "popular fiction/art" to be something always intended for public consumption, then I guess I follow you. I understood your last statement as "write your book for you, and let the publisher tell you if anything has to change — because maybe nothing has to change, and then you can just publish straight art."
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comment Should I turn my enormous novel into a series?
I particularly like your closing statement. Start with art; edit if necessary for commerce.
Mar
26
comment Clear steps for developing a powerful inner conflict
This is an excellent point. Conflict does arise from plot, but it can also arise from a character forcing him/herself to act out of character. That's a stellar definition of "inner conflict."
Mar
26
comment Clear steps for developing a powerful inner conflict
Do you want to add that to your answer to make it more thorough?
Mar
26
comment Clear steps for developing a powerful inner conflict
That's good for half the conflict, but what about the other half? How do you also develop the character's desire for Option 1?
Mar
25
comment Multiple sentences in a parenthetical phrase - How do I punctuate properly?
@what I know two looks awful. I have seen it done elsewhere, and it most directly answers the OP's question, which is why I included it. But it's really awful, and the correct answer is version three.
Mar
25
comment Clear steps for developing a powerful inner conflict
Can you give us some examples of inner conflict (no hyphen, by the way, and no apostrophe on ICs) which you think are weak?
Mar
25
comment How to choose a good/suitable pseudonym
Your presence or reputation will be built from your stories, not your name. "Stephen King" is not a scary name out of context; King worked hard to associate his name with horror. (Ditto "Richard Bachman," which is the pseudonym King himself chose.) Choose a pseudonym you can live with and make your books as good as possible.
Mar
24
comment Why do writers sometimes use so much description?
because otherwise the characters would be faceless, genderless stick figures in a gray void?
Mar
23
comment My story moves too fast
@TommyMyron Gosh, hi, Ms. Cartland! Nice to see you with us again! ;)
Mar
21
comment Pieces missing from my narrative
Related, not exactly dupes: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/4705/… and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1/…
Mar
20
comment Problem with hired freelance editor
Well, the light editing was done on the wrong ms, so at the very least you could send it back for that. If you choose to send it back, point out the typos and ask what's going on. Why did the editor make those changes to make the words the wrong spelling? Is there some American/British/Australian etc. dialect thing going on?
Mar
20
comment Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format?
@Lara Yes, it's fine. If you want to make it a tag, you'd write it as "I did what I needed to do," he said, lowering his head.
Mar
20
comment Problem with hired freelance editor
Yikes! I'd either resend your correct manuscript and insist the person do it over again for no additional cost, or if the work is that bad, see what your contract says about cancelling.
Mar
20
comment How much do you get for publishing an article in the newspaper?
You should ask the newspaper.
Mar
19
comment How to pen complex ideas
I agree with @what; this seems pretty clear with the edit.
Mar
18
comment Prologues with no protagonist - How can they work?
Related, almost but not quite a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/7786/is-it-strange-if-a-novel-starts-the-fir‌​st-chapter-without-one-of-main-characters/7788