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Jun
25
comment The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
Change to: Correlation does not prove causation. In other words, finding a linkage between A and B does not prove that A caused B. Maybe B caused A. Or maybe C caused both A and B.
Jun
23
comment Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?
Spoiler: If the characters are having a noisy celebration of their rescue from the zombies, and we know that noise ATTRACTS zombies and makes them go berserk, then that's dramatic irony.
Jun
11
comment Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
Ironically, this answer boils down to what was said in the top answer: Take your total word count and divide by 250 (or 300). [And note the 20% difference you get, just by following different rules of thumb, which partly substantiates the pessimistic answer from @spiceyokooko.]
Jun
11
comment Converting Word pages to book pages, for novels?
@Aerovistae: 250 words / page. Not sure the answer is that helpful, but I think what he means is that, to get a (standard) page count from a word count, you can do the inverse of what used to be done to get a word count from counting standard pages. So, do a word count with a word processor, then DIVIDE by 250 to get the number of standard pages.
Jun
2
comment What is the role of memorable lines in movies?
technologyreview.com/view/427399/… (But then see my comment on the article.)
Jun
2
comment Trying to make a gun making scene realistic
Example of Worldbuilding comment: Your character might be better off starting with rifling of the barrel. More bang for the buck. Also lets him outrange his enemies, which is safer than outfiring them. (Also, historical note: there WERE flintlock pistols.)
Jun
2
comment Trying to make a gun making scene realistic
You might want to post this question on the Worldbuilding StackExchange site. I can post it for you, if you want, but then you wouldn't get automatic notifications of responses. Let me know.
Jun
1
comment Should I prefer writing a Hard diary or Soft diary?
@what: Good points about hacking. I was mostly thinking of a work journal that you want your boss to be able to read (any time he wants, so you have to leave it on your desk). But you don't necessarily want all your co-workers to be able to pick it up and browse through it.
May
28
answered Should I prefer writing a Hard diary or Soft diary?
May
28
answered Can a plagiarist sue one who plagiarized them?
May
21
comment Is mathematical poetry a form of poetry?
Just my opinion: If you can't understand a work of art without knowing the title, then it's not art. Is the following art? 1+1-->11 How about if I title it "binary sex"? Has it suddenly become an erudite work of skill, just by adding a title? I say no.
May
14
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May
14
answered Clichéd Actions
May
14
comment Clichéd Actions
Also, note that tropes are not necessarily bad, if you use them on purpose, sufficiently disguise them, and don't over-do it. Really, there are so many tropes that it is probably impossible to write a decent story without using some.
May
14
reviewed No Action Needed How to avoid repetitive sentence structure?
May
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reviewed No Action Needed Clichéd Actions
May
13
comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
@NeilFein: Although, I admit, OP seems not to "get it." He accepted my generalizing edit, which salvaged the question, but then promptly shot himself in the foot by adding more specificity to it with his revised paragraph.
May
13
comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
@NeilFein: I would have agreed with closing the original question. However, I edited it several days ago to make it generally useful, and OP accepted the changes. There must be 10s of 1000s of students every year who are told their writing is "stilted and cluttered." Now there are a number of good answers below to the general question. Please re-open.
May
13
comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
Since the F-K "reading ease" of your answer is now 67%, and the "grade level" is 6.3, you have convinced me to seriously reconsider the validity of F-K. However, you went to the trouble to respond to my criticisms, so I took away your downvote, even though I still disagree. (Unfortunately, to take away the downvote I had to upvote it instead, so now you have a misleading upvote. Maybe a moderator can correct that?)
May
12
comment Is there an objective way to determine that writing is “stilted and cluttered”?
This type of thing is exactly why I dropped my minor in mathematics. Flesch-Kincaid is NOT "arbitrary." It was developed based upon a very large data set. And it would only be "tedious to compute" if you were stupid enough to compute it by hand. But nobody does it that way. That's what computers are for. In contrast, your method is mathematically beautiful and precise, but entirely unworkable in practice, except for very short passages. Plus, it basically boils down to "use short sentences," which is EXACTLY what Flesch-Kincaid measures (in addition to short words).