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Q&A How can I shorten a piece of writing without losing its original essence?

I need to know how to make my writing more brief without maring its original meaning and message. I have been struggling with that for a while, and still cannot do that. It simply seems to me that ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stacy‭  ·  last activity 18d ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Very long sentences: personal style or just bad writing?

I'm writing a story targeted towards children in which the protagonist is a young girl. I find that in writing her dialog and the narrative, I'm producing a lot of very long sentences, to the point...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by brianmearns‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you write short-short nonfiction?

I need to write an opinion, narrative of only 80 words in length. Examples: write about your fondest childhood memory/comment: homework should be banned, etc. How are short-short pieces like this...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stacy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would I extend a line in poetry?

I'm writing a villanelle as a school project and one of my lines is too short. Can somebody give me tips on how to extend the line?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Aaron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Repetitive sentences

How do I start off sentences without them being too repetitive and boring? I have a problem of starting a sentence with something like "The person" and end up using "The person" in the next one aga...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by cthulong‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is the construct "'hello' says Pete" most common?

I am asking this from the point of a reader not a writer and just wondering why, so sorry if this is a bad place. I read loads of books to my kids and the construct always seems to go: "What a...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by WendyG‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using rhythm to evoke emotion

When writing there is one area I am not great at leveraging. That's rhythm or meter. I don't hear meter naturally like some people do so I have to really break down the meter in order to work on it...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by AGirlHasNoName‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are run-on sentences always bad?

(TW, depression related stuff?) In my AP Lang class, we've recently started an activity called Visiting Author, where a student does a cold read of a piece they wrote and the others give criticism...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why don't writers add commas to lengthy sentences, to make them far more readable?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 124.         Listen to the stri...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chrome‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sentence starters for summaries?

I'm writing a technical book (step-by-step sort of book) and noticed that all my summaries start with 'In this chapter we ...'. What would be some other sentence starters that I could use to make t...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Iris Classon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is sentence in English with long subject bad?

I heard from someone that in English, sentences with a long subject are considered confusing and hard to read. Is it true? An example for such a sentence: ...(Some statements about how mathem...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Aqqqq‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good rule of thumb when varying sentence lengths/structure [closed]

My question is, are there any good rules on how to vary your sentence length/structure to keep your writing interesting? Eg. start out with shorter sentences and then start to lengthen the sentenc...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ryan Cameron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Parentheses in scientific writing

I occasionally use parentheses in scientific writing when a piece of information is related to a previous statement but not to the central story. Is it bad style in scientific writing to use pare...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Bananach‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Alternatives to starting a sentence with well [closed]

I'm new to narrative writing and especially have trouble with dialogue. I too often am using the word well to start a character's sentence after receiving some information to then ask a question ab...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Seth Painter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which authors' style would be more appropriate for me to write in? [closed]

When I study the style of Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and other authors, I find that they use very simple language and simple words. But when I look at present day authors, such as Stephenie ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kakoo bacha‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you use adverbs properly in fiction writing?

How do you use adverbs properly in fiction writing? In a related question, a reply states: When to use [adverbs]? When your alternative would be pretentious. There are strong nouns and verbs, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by elika kohen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to "Show" and not "Tell" for nervousness?

I was told to ask this question here. There’s a saying in writing to “show; don’t tell”. For example instead of saying: “She was angry”, you would write: “Steam started coming out of her ears”, or:...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by iiRosie1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it necessary to use words like "said", "asked," etc in dialog?

I am writing a novel. I'm not sure if the below sentence structure is correct. I have not used any word like said/replied/asked. He was looking at the painting. “You do not have to believe me. ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Abhishek dot py‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it good to add 'I believe' at the beginning of the sentence?

I believe that people should eat apples. or, People should eat apples. Which one is best, or when to use which? Is it good to say 'I believe' or 'We believe' in public speaking or public...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by AMahdy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I use colons and semicolons to summarize information?

I'm writing a paper that goes something like this: To quickly summarize MIT is located in Massachusetts FIU is in Florida, The tuition cost for MIT is 45 thousand versus 6 thousand for 30 credi...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Paul‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to decide which sentence structure is correct?

I'm trying to describe an action (a gust of wind blows) and its result (the flame is doused) and its subsequent effect (the room is plunged into darkness). However, I'm facing some issues with how ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user96551‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the effect of placing "of course" at the beginning or at the end of the sentence?

Example from my writing: Not everything was rainbow and roses, of course. Sometimes rain would fall on my head or a thorn prickle my finger. Of course, not everything was rainbow and ros...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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