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Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-10-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,020
Posted By Night Wanderer
I think split infinitives are no longer widely...

I think split infinitives are no longer widely disparaged (except by the most Nazi-ish of grammar Nazis :D). Sometimes they flow better, sometimes they don't! I proudly identify as a 5.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-10-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By Night Wanderer
Excellent point. I would like to see more power...

Excellent point. I would like to see more power at the state and local levels, and less in the hands of the federal government. In a large country like the US, different regions have different needs,...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-10-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By Night Wanderer
Agreed. But sometimes it's almost hard to believe...

Agreed. But sometimes it's almost hard to believe that personal political knowledge even matters, since in the face of such overwhelming corruption from the influences of power and money, it's...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-10-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By Night Wanderer
And to a certain extent, everyone does that. It...

And to a certain extent, everyone does that. It seems to be a very human thing to make up our minds first, and let our beliefs shape the evidence instead of letting the evidence shape our beliefs....
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-10-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By Night Wanderer
Even the makers of "truthful documentaries" have...

Even the makers of "truthful documentaries" have agendas, though. I think the biggest problem we face--in both the media and in individual thought--is an unwillingness to engage the other side on...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-10-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,440
Posted By Night Wanderer
Absolutely. The extreme views and fear-mongering...

Absolutely. The extreme views and fear-mongering tactics characteristic of our two current parties are becoming rather tedious. Not to mention, it's absurd to say that three hundred million people...
Forum: The SPaG Workshop 06-09-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,019
Posted By Night Wanderer
Sorry for the wait, PG. Mistakes in red, fixes in...

Sorry for the wait, PG. Mistakes in red, fixes in blue, comments in purple!

He lifts raw, thick boards up and out from the kiln. Lighter than yesterday, the rough edges now need taming and truing....
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-01-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,232
Posted By Night Wanderer
I vote for dubious.

I vote for dubious.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 05-29-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,232
Posted By Night Wanderer
I would probably say "a skeptical look" or "a...

I would probably say "a skeptical look" or "a disbelieving look" -- something like that. Or you could have the character raise an eyebrow as they look at the person; that usually works to express...
Forum: Members' Feedback 05-23-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,793
Posted By Night Wanderer
Don't worry, you can start a thread about any...

Don't worry, you can start a thread about any topic you like over in this section (http://www.writersbeat.com/forumdisplay.php?f=5)!
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-22-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 814
Posted By Night Wanderer
Yep. I prefer writing to classical--Bach,...

Yep. I prefer writing to classical--Bach, Vivaldi, Grieg. The rest of the time I'm a metalhead.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 05-20-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Night Wanderer
"Walked past" is correct. Alternatively, you...

"Walked past" is correct. Alternatively, you could use "passed" as your verb:
"I walked past the house."
vs.
"I passed the house." (If we already know your character is walking, this will...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-17-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By Night Wanderer
Well, my username isn't Day Wanderer. I find...

Well, my username isn't Day Wanderer.

I find the night extremely calming. There's something incomparably beautiful to me about being out under the stars with nobody else around. Shadows, cool air,...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-17-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By Night Wanderer
Day. ...Just kidding.

Day.

...Just kidding.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 05-16-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 818
Posted By Night Wanderer
You only need a new paragraph when a different...

You only need a new paragraph when a different person is speaking (or perhaps if a character is delivering a gigantic monologue that needs to be broken up, but that's rare). So A is formatted...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 05-11-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,187
Posted By Night Wanderer
I think your best variation is this one: "As he...

I think your best variation is this one: "As he fell onto his knees, I sidestepped and scrambled toward the exit." Flows fine in my opinion. The only change I would make is that instead of...
Forum: Members' Feedback 05-04-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,793
Posted By Night Wanderer
Should The Writer's Beat be fully welcoming for...

Should The Writer's Beat be fully welcoming for non-writers? The forum was designed primarily as a place for writers to share work and congregate, after all. I'm sure there are other forums tailored...
Forum: Members' Feedback 04-29-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,808
Posted By Night Wanderer
Small-minded and ignoble? Inferior in grade,...

Small-minded and ignoble? Inferior in grade, quality, or character? Clarity, Franklin, clarity.
Forum: The SPaG Workshop 04-28-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,026
Posted By Night Wanderer
Fixes in red, comments in purple! Oliver sat...

Fixes in red, comments in purple!

Oliver sat in darkness. Dusk had come and gone, and including the occasional moonlight that streamed through the small glassless window with four vertical metal...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-28-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,967
Posted By Night Wanderer
Yes. I don't have a telescope but I go to...

Yes. I don't have a telescope but I go to planetarium shows several times a month, research things about space (black holes most recently), love to stargaze, and I'm taking an astronomy class in the...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-23-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 6,898
Please Read: Post Your Picture!
Views: 307,325
Posted By Night Wanderer
Ah, a fellow abandoned-things fan I see! The...

Ah, a fellow abandoned-things fan I see! The third one is my favorite. Stunning composition.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-23-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By Night Wanderer
Agreed. Grammatically there's nothing wrong with...

Agreed. Grammatically there's nothing wrong with either, but the first sounds far more natural.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-22-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,032
Posted By Night Wanderer
Hey, CL, I don't think I know you as I've only...

Hey, CL, I don't think I know you as I've only recently returned from an extended hiatus, but life is indeed a roller coaster and I'm glad you're recovering. Returning to old pastimes and things you...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-21-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By Night Wanderer
Well, if she's trying to break into journalism,...

Well, if she's trying to break into journalism, that means she's not currently employed by a specific newspaper/magazine yet, right? So it would seem that she's a freelancer and is writing the story...
Forum: The SPaG Workshop 04-21-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,530
Posted By Night Wanderer
Fixes in red, comments in purple! I wish I...

Fixes in red, comments in purple!

I wish I knew how to approach a woman of her power and position. Even the way she walks – her perfect posture -- shows her royal lineage. Tarina is beautiful, the...
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