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Dec
19
comment How much leeway can be expected from an editor regarding my preference for nonstandard punctuation?
@Nick - I don't agree with everything you're saying, but there is more good in your answer than bad.
Dec
16
comment How much leeway can be expected from an editor regarding my preference for nonstandard punctuation?
@Nick, it's probably for sarcasm. It doesn't translate well in this format. I didn't downvote it though because he as a point.
Dec
9
comment What is a “Gather” service for?
Looks like a lot of work for less than US minimum wage.
Nov
29
comment How do you vary dialogue within stories?
@ash - Great link. I almost ejaculated with laughter.
Nov
29
comment How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
@foggyone, yes you nailed it. It's reflection rather than rehashing. In the midst of an action scene there is little time to expose the inner workings of a character past the traditional one liners. In a casual setting, a campfire, the author is free to use extended dialog to build the relationship and intimacy between the characters as they move the plot forward through foreshadowing.
Nov
28
comment How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
@foggyone - +1, Good words of caution. The campfire scene can work though, if the writer wants to expose the characters through dialog instead of needless action (as StrixVaria refers to it). The discussions of the day are simply a catalyst to introduce each character's tendencies. The actual events discussed are not so important, thus no need to show them.
Nov
23
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
StrixVaria: I agree with your answer, but am often surprised by the high levels of explicit sex that makes it into mainstream fiction.
Nov
23
comment Third-person objective in action scene
Omniscient is fine for any purpose because you don't have to show more than you want, it just gives you the option. Third person limited is also fine to use and even preferable in many cases. Didn't mean to exclude third limited in my answer.
Nov
20
comment Should I translate my own writings into a second language I also know well?
Your English is better than my Russian.
Nov
19
comment How deeply should I study the background of a community before writing about it?
Define what type of writing you are asking about: Fiction, Anthropology, Historical? Without knowing some details about your intended audience there is no real answer to the question.