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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Jul
18
revised Defining Terms: To Capitalize or Not To Capitalize?
retagged
Jul
14
comment Jumping on the Zombie bandwagon
Twilight Sparkle Zombie Romance. It's gonna be big, I'm telling you.
Jul
12
comment How can I create drama in a story that is mostly political and procedural?
I wanted to write my own answer here, but I think you've nailed it. Good job.
Jul
11
answered How little “fantasy” can be in a story and it still be recognizably fantasy?
Jul
6
answered Using a town to symbolize/represent a character within a story (fiction)?
Jul
6
comment Using a town to symbolize/represent a character within a story (fiction)?
I disagree that this is uncommon. Using place to represent a character's mood or relationships is a very common literary technique--not that this means that the OP shouldn't do it!
Jul
5
answered How can I improve this description which includes actions?
Jun
29
comment Formatting blog posts like the pros
+1 for MegaPop.
Jun
10
accepted When to accept an editor's rewrite request?
Jun
8
answered Is character driven fiction more successful than plot driven fiction?
Jun
1
revised Can a book be written without an antagonist?
retagged
Jun
1
comment World Building critique: Building an SF society off a tangent of “Adaptation”
I don't see how this really answers the OP's question.
May
26
comment Do books have to be written in sequence?
"[B]ooks are good because of their characters" -- this is overly broad, and a lot of readers (and a lot of writers) would disagree.
May
24
comment How Do you Stave Off Boredom While Writing?
@Lauren, I'm exactly the same way as you. However, I've known writers who swear that they can't write a story if they do know what's going to happen. For them, the entire process of writing is a matter of discovering the characters and the plot, and if you already know the characters and the plot, then what's the point of writing the story?
May
24
comment Writing about extreme trauma
Additionally, I would be grateful to anyone that could suggest some better tags than these.
May
24
asked Writing about extreme trauma
May
9
comment Does Wiktionary supply what writers need in an online dictionary?
IMHO this should go to english.SE
May
3
awarded  Organizer
May
3
revised How much time do you spend writing one page on average?
added [tag:technical-writing]
Apr
27
comment What are the ingredients for a good book review?
Good answer. I'd add just one more thing: don't stick too closely to a template. The best reviews that I've ever read tend to be very creative in their structure and rhetoric, leading to a much more engaging experience than just marching down a list of bullet points.