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Jan
20
comment Is this Shakespearean Sonnet correct in structure?
@Tom: You do break out of iambic pentameter in the couplet, especially in the last line. I would get rid of the feminine rhyme resurgent/verdant and find something that ends on an iamb.
Jan
20
comment Is this Shakespearean Sonnet correct in structure?
Cf. "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May"—which is from the Bard's own Sonnet 18. You could interpret "Rough winds" as a spondee, which he apparently did not, or you could simply unstress the initial beat and make it an iamb, which is what it feels to me like he did.
Jan
20
comment Is this Shakespearean Sonnet correct in structure?
@Stu W: 1. Shakespeare wasn't all that strict with iambic pentameter; 2. Shakekspeare wasn't that strict with iambic pentameter: "gusts" doesn't have to be stressed, and can instead be a pickup to "blow" . . .
Dec
2
comment Do I need to cite quotes when conversing casually with friends?
It's only considered plagiarism if it is substantial portions of copyrighted text. If you see an article in the New York Times that says the sky is turning green, you can go online or anywhere else and say "Hey, did you hear the sky is turning green?" What you can't do is copy and paste large portions of the article, claiming them as your own. And all direct quotes should be attributed.
Oct
1
comment Should you specify camera action in a film script?
Since link rot has triumphed in the former comment, here's another link to the Breaking Bad script I referenced earlier. You'll notice how it reads almost like a novel. And Gilligan certainly gives camera directions, because he can and because they are integral to the picture being painted before your eyes.
Sep
24
comment Software for determining verb tense
Can you tell me how such software could distinguish between "I read the book" (present tense) and "I read the book" (past tense)?
Sep
24
comment Writing Multiple Protagonists
Try reading The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin and then ask yourself if you think having multiple protagonists is still a good idea. It will take you months, but we'll wait.
Sep
16
comment What are the stylistic advantages/disadvantages of each narrative tense?
What do you mean by "tense"? Are you referring to past vs. present, or something else? I suspect you really mean voice here, but it would help if you describe what you're looking for a little more fully.
Sep
14
comment How to begin Ghostwriting Fiction?
Have you ghostwritten fiction before? If so, try going through the same channels you used to get that work. If not, the only real way to do that would be to have published fiction yourself, in which case your agent would be the person to consult.
Sep
14
comment How do I stop using 'which' to explain things
That is not a great way to use a semicolon, in my view. Putting a comma there would be more common.
Jun
28
comment Synonym for 'overly obvious'?
This sounds like peeving in the form of a question, which is likely to be closed on EL&U.SE as well.
Jun
12
comment Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
I think a discussion of books like Watership Down or Animal Farm would be germane here.
Jun
12
comment Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
@dbliss: Well, the character of Gregor Samsa is a human who has been transformed. Not quite the same thing.
Jun
5
comment Good way to create character names?
The problem is, names don't fit settings. Names acquire associations with settings. In the final analysis, names don't really matter. My advice: pick a name at random and write with it until you think of a better one. Then search and replace.
Feb
4
comment What does being “heavy handed” mean? And how does one avoid it?
@AE: I'm still laughing. Thanks for that.
Jun
6
comment Improving my English
The grammar checker in MS Word is execrable. I wouldn't steer anyone to it.
Aug
5
comment Hand gestures of “Come on” and other short words
"He beckoned to her to join him." You need the preposition.
Mar
23
comment Getting details of a past century right
Related.
Mar
20
comment Best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer
All right, then let me say it straight: There is no "best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer." There are only ways that work for what you are trying to do. And you have to be the judge of that.
Mar
17
comment Best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer
@shomif: If you are trying to develop your own style, why ask about it in some forum about writing? Sheesh.