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It's all about the statement, not letters: When I met my wife, I described some of my friends as capital-C Catholics. My wife is a Catholic, but took it in good humor as I turned red. The correct capitalization isn't what this is about. That's a matter for English class. This is about a different meaning entirely. Saying someone is a little-c conservative ...


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I just came across this and although it is three years old I thought I'd add my humble opinion. This is a topic I have given a great deal of thought to and also researched since a couple of my beta readers tried correcting my tense to all past. I write third person, past tense but my internal monologue is in present tense. Internal monologue is the thought ...


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Since haiku have a very limited syllable count, one wants to minimize redundancy. They also tend to emphasize subtle, indirect expression beyond the constraints of length. A haiku's brevity also favors contrast or difference to guide the reader into its sense; when different images are declared true, the reader can form a synthesis that is more true to the ...


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No one can teach you to be a writer, but anyone can learn how to be a writer is on of my favorite axioms about writing. You’ve answered your own question, but rejected it as hokum when it is the truest and best and quickest path to becoming a better writer. If you rush through the setup of your story, in order to write the good stuff, it is entirely fine. ...


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I would suggest going with the italicized version as we get to be inside the characters head somewhat since he is recalling an experience he had, as opposed to having the narrator spell out a scene which we don't really know happened or not. It gives the reader a chance to get a little more involved with the story.


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American English convention is double quotes for dialog, with single quotes reserved for nested dialog, so we can rule single quotes out. The other three are all legitimate choices, with differing impact. O'Malley remembered the witness's directions precisely: "Take the first left on Pine, then the second right on Maple." This is being reported ...


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You can find a little bit of everything anywhere you look If you do some research you'll find that many authors have used many different types of prose. I would suggest to do what you think would be the best prose to use for your specific project and you might be able to find an audience that is attracted to that same kind of prose. Or perhaps try to think ...


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