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Forum: Tips & Advice 09-05-2013, 10:09 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 16,822
Posted By Emerald
This thread (plus about 80% of the other threads...

This thread (plus about 80% of the other threads in this advice forum) boil(s) down to:

Obviously I am an amazing writer;
I do X;
Therefore, if you want to be amazing too, you should also do...
Forum: Publishing 05-05-2013, 02:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,720
Posted By Emerald
That's true, but have you ever tried searching...

That's true, but have you ever tried searching through an Internet archive?
It's like searching for a needle in a haystack, except you're searching through every haystack that was ever created.

I...
Forum: Publishing 05-04-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,720
Posted By Emerald
What's to stop you from deleting your stuff from...

What's to stop you from deleting your stuff from the Internet prior to submitting?

Unless someone from WB decides to narc on you. :p
But even then, it's your word against their hazy memory.
You...
Forum: Fiction 05-04-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Emerald
A quick note: watch out for clichéd phrases like...

A quick note: watch out for clichéd phrases like "[expression] etched on one's face" or "I couldn't believe it!"

The problem isn't so much that they're overused, but that they're used...
Forum: Board Games 04-14-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12,150
Views: 239,706
Posted By Emerald
I am confused and slightly disappointed, because...

I am confused and slightly disappointed, because someone I was having a rather interesting conversation with just upped and blocked me and I'm not exactly sure why.

Guess I hit a sore spot with my...
Forum: Tips & Advice 04-14-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,444
Posted By Emerald
I feel the need to point out that: Who's =...

I feel the need to point out that:

Who's = who is/who has
Whose = belonging to whom

Examples:
To whom does this hat belong?
Whose hat is this?
Who's left their hat behind?
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-04-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6,898
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Views: 321,758
Posted By Emerald
My... doll.

My... doll.
Forum: Members' Feedback 04-01-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 888
Posted By Emerald
You mean this...

You mean this (http://www.writersbeat.com/forumdisplay.php?f=122)?
Forum: Writers' Cafe 03-28-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 6,898
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Posted By Emerald
That takes too much effort to determine. Easier...

That takes too much effort to determine. Easier to judge someone based on how many times a dirt-encrusted ball of molten iron has rotated around a flaming ball of gas.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 03-28-2013, 05:10 AM
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Posted By Emerald
Whipper-snappers like you need to learn to...

Whipper-snappers like you need to learn to respect 22-year-olds like me. We're your elders, goddamnit! That used to mean something!
Forum: Writers' Cafe 03-25-2013, 05:09 AM
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Posted By Emerald
Not all engineers are boring corporate drones,...

Not all engineers are boring corporate drones, was what I meant.

Hah, I'm willing to bet by the age of 30 you'll be an upstanding mother of two living in a quiet suburb. Who knits and watches...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 03-23-2013, 03:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,293
Posted By Emerald
Personally, I dislike excessive slang terms and...

Personally, I dislike excessive slang terms and apostrophising. I think it's too gaudy and distracting and just ends up looking forced (even if it's realistic; dialogue shouldn't be realistic).
...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 03-22-2013, 11:08 AM
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Posted By Emerald
Pff, I have a friend who's a software engineer...

Pff, I have a friend who's a software engineer who does more coke than Tony Montana. You can't generalise.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 03-22-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By Emerald
I think the main challenge would be keeping...

I think the main challenge would be keeping readers interested in a story about someone's continual romantic failures which have no real purpose except to set up a twist ending.

For example, in...
Forum: Tips & Advice 03-16-2013, 03:00 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 16,822
Posted By Emerald
Steps for how to be an Internet writing expert: ...

Steps for how to be an Internet writing expert:

Step 1 - Concoct an extremely vague, loosely defined model for story structure which could be applied to just about anything.

Step 2 - Generalise...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 03-14-2013, 12:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,917
Posted By Emerald
Wow, I read all three books in The Hunger Games...

Wow, I read all three books in The Hunger Games series, and completely forgot it was written in the present tense. In fact, I don't even remembering noticing. I was surprised when you mentioned it...
Forum: Free Writing 03-01-2013, 08:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By Emerald
That wasn't the point I was making. Maybe I was...

That wasn't the point I was making.
Maybe I was being presumptuous by implying that you don't really talk like that in real life. But whether or not your narrative style is authentic is largely...
Forum: Free Writing 02-28-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
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Views: 531
Posted By Emerald
Is this about a gun?

Is this about a gun?
Forum: Free Writing 02-28-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,904
Posted By Emerald
I like this, but here's the thing: there's a...

I like this, but here's the thing: there's a certain art to talking like a "working man." You lay it on too thick, and it just looks like you're trying too hard. Real people try not to be caricatures...
Forum: Classifieds 02-28-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,002
Posted By Emerald
That doesn't exactly bode well for quality.

That doesn't exactly bode well for quality.
Forum: Non-Fiction 02-27-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,054
Posted By Emerald
http://www.kursuslex.dk/billeder/104_kursuslex2_Be...

http://www.kursuslex.dk/billeder/104_kursuslex2_Beliggenhed_billede4_%7BFF67A663-9262-4C59-BEB0-22B54304322E%7D_stor_.jpg
Forum: Writers' Cafe 02-26-2013, 08:48 PM
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Posted By Emerald
How often do you change your profile pic maidahl?...

How often do you change your profile pic maidahl? Like, seriously.
Forum: Non-Fiction 02-20-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 14,279
Posted By Emerald
But those are the best kinds of fests... ...

But those are the best kinds of fests...


Since we're dwelling on the past all of a sudden, whatever happened to Lin? I get the impression from the way his account is listed as "Guest" that he's...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 02-13-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6,898
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Posted By Emerald
Why don't you post a picture? I've got no idea...

Why don't you post a picture?
I've got no idea what you look like.



If you're short on money this might be a moot point, but the "electronic ink" feature of the Kindle (not the "Kindle Fire"...
Forum: Poetry 02-12-2013, 03:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,177
Posted By Emerald
You seem a lot more interested in talking about...

You seem a lot more interested in talking about yourself and your own opinions than helping the OP with his depression.
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