Thom
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Introducing the hero first?
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Clive Cussler always started with the Damsel in Distress, never with the hero. This is your book. People will always hate what you've written. Do your job right and some people will love it too, but ...

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Influence of The Protagonist's Birthday
3 votes

Everything is about the plot. Harry Potter's a little special in that his birthday signaled a new year at Hogwart's. Mostly birthdays play pivotal roles because they're a time for reflection on ...

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"Till now" in formal letter
2 votes

I don't see any problems. Till now is a very old and proper English phrase from which until derived. Shouldn't be a problem.

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Misspelling and punctuation how to improve?
1 votes

Good grammar was created to help us communicate our ideas accurately and effectively. In general, using good grammar will improve your writing. In general, though, the perfect grammar community is ...

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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?
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Why? Is that extra bit of space needed for something? My advice is to stick with the generally accepted four digit year. While resume styles evolve, this is not the place for you to push the envelope....

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Building empathy with a character and interest in a story
1 votes

Your problem is that you don't know your character. Until you know what drives the protagonist, you can't know his obstacles and so you can't establish the tension you need. I had a book recommended ...

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Can I use an old painting of Lilith as my book cover?
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In the US, his painting would long ago be public domain. Don't know how that works in UK.

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Is there a name for the **writing** tic/technique in which the **writer** inserts an aside beginning with "well"?
1 votes

Technically, I'd say it's an interjection. In this case, a verbalized pause while the speaker collects their thoughts. Generally, I'd say avoid it unless you're developing a hesitant or insecure ...

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Making modern references
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Another way of thinking is that many writers avoid references to pop culture for fear of dating their work. If you were watching a Humphrey Bogart movie and it referred to President Roosevelt, you ...

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I'm writng a biography; what questions should I ask when interviewing the subject?
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1 votes

I am not an expert at all in these types of matters, but thought I'd put in my $.02. I would say that the open ended questions are definitely the way to start. Get them talking. Then, when you move ...

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Techniques to get rid of "was" and make one's writing more engaging
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What most people mean when they're talking about passive voice is really lazy, static verbs. Passive voice can be a useful tool, but lazy verbs put your text to sleep. That said, I'm hardly an expert,...

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What is the problem with starting a sentence with “and”?
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General wisdom says starting sentences with conjunctions, conjunctive adverb, etc. can weaken your sentences, especially if done frequently in the same text. Plenty of good writers start sentences in ...

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Referencing real and fictional people/characters in novels - legal implications
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1) Sherlock Holmes is public domain. No one's going to sue you for it. We all own it. 2) While classics like Sherlock Holmes are safe, referencing pop culture can date your work. Just FYI...

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When is passive voice acceptable?
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Passive voice weakens your writing. So you use passive voice when you want your writing weakened. It is not a thing to be avoided, but utilized correctly. Perhaps after an explosive anger scene where ...

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Non-linear style used by *Arrow*
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Since none of us were able to come up with a name for this, I'm going to coin one: Paralinear narrative. This will at least give us a place to hang other examples we find on.

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