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"Dear SE, I don't even know how to express how disappointed I am in you--literally. Because I don't know all the facts. But all the indications I've seen make me fear that the full facts would only make my current disappointment even greater." Thereby: Injecting some smartass humour, but also Expressing how huge your current disappointment is, while ...


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Clickbait isn't like news where you tell someone the headline so they'll click for more information. Eggplant linked to lower cancer rates. Clickbait is where they have to click just to find out the headline. This one vegetable stops cancer! There's no nuance in clickbait. Not like medical articles where you use caution about overselling things. ...


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Dear Stack Exchange, for once can you be honest with us? Why didn't you give Monica Cellio a second and private hearing? Yours, The volunteers who make up Stack Exchange.     Update #1 An explanation and an apology has recently been posted. An Update to our Community and an Apology The line We removed a moderator for ...


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Even if you don't intend to index your entries by page number, you'll annoy quite a few people if you omit page numbers. Librarians, who need to file number of pages, printers, who need page numbers to assemble the book from sheets, archivists, who prepare digital copies and need page numbers for these, ...and so on. Table of contents should always refer ...


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It depends on what your goal is --an open letter can have many different audiences, and the putative addressee may not be the actual target. With that said, the best structure for a persuasive argument is to start with common ground, and to show how the same things that all sides agree on lead inevitably towards your conclusion. Then, bring things full ...


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Read, read, read, read. The only way to learn words is to ingest them, to feed on them. The only place where to look is books. Read a lot of different authors, styles, genres, ages. The more words and expressions you put in your head, the more you can use them in your writing. Every time I wrote something, I realized I was heavily influenced by the things ...


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CSS supports media queries since Level 2, Revision 1. That's from way back in 2011, so any modern web browser should support it. If you're able to specify custom CSS, and apply custom CSS classes to your content, then you can define a CSS class such that the pictures and other ancilliary content is shown on screen, but only the actual recipe is printed on ...


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Click bait works by pushing psychological buttons. Most of those buttons are in the form of tangible curiosity and fear. Fear: If you don't know this hinted secret you will die Tangible Curiosity: List. "10 secrets of the incredibly famous" (your test, rewritten) Also, promises and calls to action tend to trigger people's BS reflex. So, avoid those ...


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Never I would have believed to consider StackExchange but the mask before the monstrous face of intolerance. That's not stronger than your first attempt. It's so archaic even experienced writers (e.g. me) have trouble parsing it. It took me several tries to see it's not full of errors, and several hours later I'm still not sure about "believed to consider". ...


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"I am horrified to find..." whatever you are horrified to have discovered "I am most disappointed..." or maybe "I am shocked" or if the event you are writing about is worse you can say "I am appalled to discover..." or "I am disgusted to find that..." Or you can readily swap to a past tense by "I was..." English has many ways to express dislike of ...


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Along with balancing positive and negative feedback, it's helpful to stick to 'I' responses, rather than 'You should do X' type responses. I try to frame my responses using my own experiences as references. So I'll say, when I was in this situation, I did XYZ which resulted in ABC, which was helpful to me because of blah blah blah. The OP is less likely to ...


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A common trend between your clickbait titles (and clickbait in general) is that they're promising to give you something, but only if you click in and read the article/watch the video/signup for the newsletter. As @Cyn's answer mentions, this "something" that they give is Sometimes [...] about making money, achieving fame, or curing disease. But other ...


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Some general rules for frame challenges 1. Be nice. There's no point in being sarcastic, judgemental, or rude. This is also mentioned in the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct, so it should not even have to be said. 2. Be empathetic and reflective. What might be obvious to you is not obvious to the OP, and you might also be missing something in the intent of ...


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Don't worry about them stealing your idea. Ideas are cheap. Publishers care less whether your idea is original than whether you can execute well on your idea. Here is an excellent article about the topic. And another from O'Reilly books. So I'd say that you should reveal as much about the book as you need to in order to impress the publisher. You have ...


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Pages are the unit by which users manipulate physical books. Personally I hate books that are indexed in anything other than page numbers. Even if your excerpt sizes are extremely consistent I'll still hate you for making me do math in my head (there are about 6 excerpts per page, so to find excerpt 1397 I should turn to approximately page...uh...hrm.) If ...


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Don't ever use the word if. It is a sign of lack of conviction. If you want to impose your clickbait on the audience, don't give them an opportunity to make a choice. Look at your own examples. They are affirmative. The audience feels like making a choice, but they really aren't. There are a few things I would like to add. Probably I couldn't make my point ...


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I'm inclined to suggest that you go with what DPT posted as a comment. Start writing things down in some manner. If nothing else, record the facts, including the facts about your thoughts, feelings and emotions in the moment. You don't have to share the first revision with anyone. In fact, it's normal to write a first draft or two before showing it to ...


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All of those examples imply there is some specific kind of secret knowledge you can learn quickly that will change your life. In your example, "really famous" is not specific enough. First, in writing, "really" is an intensifier without meaning. What exactly is the difference between being "famous" and "really famous"? Or "mad" and "really mad"? Even then, ...


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If you want to be really famous you only have to click here. "you only have to click here" - you can remove that. Your audience knows how the internet works. They know that in order to receive more information, they have to click. It's obvious. "If you want to be" What do you mean, if you want? Your audience must know about your amazing secret. There is no ...


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If the non-fiction work is an essay or similar analysis of the literary work, I would use present tense. Tom Sawyer's friendship with Huckleberry Finn represents unity between middle and lower class Americans. In the scene where Tom is painting his fence... (I've never read the book, I just made something up for an example)


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Be Socrates In my view the champion of frame challenges is Socrates. His famous method always starts with an attempt at a frame challenge. The success of the Socratic method stands on the basis that it is based on logic, and it leads to check if a frame challenge exists on the basis of logical contradictions. Socrates poses a lot of importance of factual ...


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I highly suggest you do nothing. A) is a very bad idea - it will tarnish your reputation as argumentative and rude. C) could easily be construed as doing A) -- even with the best intentions, someone could take it out of context -- so it's also best to avoid that. As for if my answer would change for a different type of novel, definitely no. This is good ...


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It's been decades since I was a kid watching cartoons on TV, and I can still sing some of the Schoolhouse Rock songs. Schoolhouse Rock, for those unfamiliar with it, was a series of short (2-3 minute) bits of educational programming interspersed among Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Bullwinkle, et al. Each episode taught one concept -- math, grammar, US history, ...


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TL;DR: Put the important stuff atop. This isn't the technical solution you were looking for, but it's another way to give both types of readers what they want. Readers who want the full story will read your blog post regardless of where you place the actual recipe. So why not place it right atop, maybe prefaced with a "TL;DR" (too long; didn't read)? Busy ...


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Don't worry - everything has been done before; just try to be yourself Your goal shouldn't be to be the only one to ever blog about something. This is especially true for fiction as there are only a handful of basic plots in existence and the main goal of an author is to provide a new version, telling the story in his own words. But this also applies to ...


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It's fiction. It's probably closest to memoir, which is basically autobiography, a type of non-fiction. But then you say: The exact course of events in the story has never really happened in my personal life, but each piece does come from my personal life. The other characters are based on real people... If you're not certain (or if you'd really ...


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The book exists in the present, so the characters do as well. The author, though, exists in the past, since he's no longer with us. Mark Twain wrote about a boy, Tom Sawyer, who has adventures with his friends. It would not be wrong to write about the character in past tense if describing his actions that have already happened (because you finished the ...


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I find that in the course of angry letter writing, you are walking a balancing act in which you have an action taken that could be motivated by bad faith or by incompetence or an incomplete picture of the situation, so it's best to approach the subject in a clinical manner and lay down the factual merits for your case, rather than your emotional merits. ...


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I'm not a lawyer. Any questions about specific rights, etc. should be directed to someone knowledgeable about the rules in your jurisdiction. That being said, there are a number of things that could complicate this question. For example, you say 'your children' and refer to your 'ex-husband'. Is he the father? If so, do the custody arrangements allow him ...


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