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Nov
26
revised What should I know to better decide which of my names to conceal/abbreviate/elaborate/modify/invent for signing my writing?
Title needed a preposition
Nov
9
comment Unpunctuation: bug or feature?
@bwkaplan: If the Czarina was writing in Russian, there wouldn't have been a copula anyway.
Oct
9
comment Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?
And, in the case of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, way too long.
Sep
19
comment Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
@StevenDrennon: True, to a point. The problem is all the false positives you find using such software. Do you really need it to flag all instances of ain't, for example? It takes too much brainpower to deal with the mechanics of imperfect software, which is why I always turn off the grammar checker in MS Word. I don't need someone's crummy heuristics forcing me to justify my writing style. My proofreading method is much simpler and way more effective: I read all my serious writing aloud before I consider it complete.
Sep
19
answered Any experience with Serenity Editor software?
Sep
17
comment Is there a rule of thumb about the number of pages a work of fiction should have?
50K is a very short novel. I've been told that most novels are over 80K words at least.
Sep
10
comment What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?
+1: Any piece of writing is organic, and its length should be dictated by the necessities of plot, character, and action.
Aug
29
comment If in real life the antagonist is often oneself, shouldn't it work in a full length novel?
I disagree about Remains of the Day. Miss Kenton certainly is an antagonist. She struggles to pull him out from behind his facade. The irony is that, in defeating her, he defeats himself. A brilliant book, by the way.
Aug
26
comment How could my friend publish his Steve Jobs biography?
And OP's friend should get his team of lawyers ready for the inevitable lawsuits.
Aug
22
answered Is it possible to figure out the ROI of an MFA?
Aug
18
comment Submitting a novel for publication: do editors still expect Courier font?
Courier doesn't italicize well. Is it the convention to underline instead of italicize in manuscripts?
Aug
10
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Aug
8
comment Tips for adding more personality to characters?
If your characters never surprise you, they will never surprise anyone else. Give them the freedom to be human, to act and speak of their own accord rather than rigidly adhere to the skeleton of a plot outline.
Aug
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
22
comment Best e-book formatting process?
Absolutely. Word and word processors are a thing of the past for me. Check the link and look at the features.
Jul
22
answered Best e-book formatting process?
Jun
30
revised Style of writing as told from the point of view of the main character
added 1 characters in body
Jun
28
answered Style of writing as told from the point of view of the main character
Jun
23
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
This is my feeling as well. "Said" is an invisible word that doesn't get in the way of good dialogue, whereas screeched, shrilled, and so on simply call attention to the writer's inability to elicit emotion inside the quotes.
Jun
18
comment Please advise on this comma among semi-colons and provide a more concise sentence
I agree and +1. But please don't listen to Joe Blow. The last thing the world needs is more PowerPoint slides. ^)^