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I want patience and I want it now.

Also, I find that nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Laziness is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

正宗で大根を切る。

言い出しっぺ。

Some of the smartest things people have ever said:

No language makes perfect sense. — John McWhorter

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision — Bertrand Russell

Every good thing that happens in your life is a gift. — Yours Truly


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
awarded  Nice Answer
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. ^)^
Jun
11
revised How do you come up with a fictional character name in a historical era/region?
added 3409 characters in body
Jun
11
answered How do you come up with a fictional character name in a historical era/region?
Jun
6
comment Write a 1st person story with a 3rd person narrator
To see this done well, I suggest reading Tom Robbins' Another Roadside Attraction, which starts with an omniscient narrator who at a point in the book actually becomes the first-person narrator, actually made flesh as a character in the book. It is a kind of god-the-father/god-the-son parallel, and very funny in context. A great use of voice and POV shift.
Jun
5
revised It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?
of => off
Jun
4
comment It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?
@Ralph: I think you missed the "n" in "never". Lauren Ipsum is a careful writer, and got it right the first time. :)
Jun
4
answered It is unprofessional to use double exclamation marks and CAPS in a product or service?
Jun
2
comment Writing about drug induced hallucinations and paranoia
@One Monkey: I never said one is "rendered incapable of talking about it"; I'm talking about treading lightly in areas where you have no first-hand knowledge. In such cases you don't know what you don't know, so you may fail in ways you cannot foresee. That's all.