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Forum: Classifieds 11-06-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 733
Posted By Dan Hauer
Proofreading and copyediting with discount rates for new clients

I'm a copyeditor based in the Pacific Northwest. I offer special low rates for first-time clients. I also provide a free sample edit so you can assess my skills before committing. Check out my...
Forum: Non-Fiction 11-05-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 996
Posted By Dan Hauer
Half and half

Is the glass half-empty or is the glass half-full? I guess it depends on what we’re talking about here. Are we thirsty or are we not? That could definitely influence our interpretation of this glass...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-06-2012, 03:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,104
Posted By Dan Hauer
Ever read "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do...

Ever read "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again?" You'll piss yourself.

And yeah, lot's of vocab there, too.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-06-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,168
Posted By Dan Hauer
Hey, let's keep on topic. With the few posts...

Hey, let's keep on topic. With the few posts previous, I thought we were really starting to get somewhere on this whole subject.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-04-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,145
Posted By Dan Hauer
Short stories often have pretty simple titles...

Short stories often have pretty simple titles that come from an object, character, setting, or specific moment of the story. Some examples:

The Lottery Ticket
After the Ball
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-04-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,834
Posted By Dan Hauer
Sentence fragments are fine. And, as you say,...

Sentence fragments are fine. And, as you say, they can be very effective. There are few skilled contemporary writers who don't use them. Anyone who says you shouldn't use them was probably too...
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-30-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 623
Posted By Dan Hauer
Know-it-all machines

My company just got some shiny new microwaves for a couple of our break areas. They’re gigantic and stainless steel and programmable and very 21st-century. They have about as many bells and whistles...
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-30-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,533
Posted By Dan Hauer
Heh heh. Nice.

Heh heh. Nice.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,134
Posted By Dan Hauer
Everything is a competition. By God, the ranks...

Everything is a competition. By God, the ranks are the only reason to join this forum! Without them we would have no sense of our place, and no impetus for our forumly ambition.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-30-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,776
Posted By Dan Hauer
Stick with what works for you. If you get bored...

Stick with what works for you. If you get bored writing novels, maybe novel writing isn't for you (at least not right now). I think the important thing is writing—fiction, nonfiction, short, long,...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-30-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,942
Posted By Dan Hauer
Variety is the spice of life. I think more than...

Variety is the spice of life. I think more than focusing on making all your paragraphs longer or all of them shorter, you should focus on mixing it up. Reading something composed of lots and lots of...
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-26-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,533
Posted By Dan Hauer
Yeah, I dislike it, too. I don't know if I...

Yeah, I dislike it, too. I don't know if I dislike it just because it's newfangled or if I dislike it because it's displeasing to the ear. It sounds like a sound a squishy animal would make.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-20-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,284
Posted By Dan Hauer
Well maybe, kind of, yeah. People should write...

Well maybe, kind of, yeah. People should write about these things—but they should write well about them. Ever see the Seinfeld with Jerry's bad haircut? That's good writing about something pretty...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-19-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,598
Posted By Dan Hauer
I've always thought winning the lottery is...

I've always thought winning the lottery is something people imagine they want more than they actually do. Coincidentally, I wrote about this on my blog just yesterday:...
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-19-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By Dan Hauer
Getting and getting rid

I got rid of some stuff a couple weeks ago. Clothes, old shoes, a few other things. Now that all that stuff is gone, I can’t remember why I ever had it. I can’t even remember what it all was. If you...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-19-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,168
Posted By Dan Hauer
Yeah, I wasn't so much thinking of this. I was...

Yeah, I wasn't so much thinking of this. I was just thinking of italics (and other formatting) being used to emphasize things. I also read this interesting article, which makes some good points about...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-19-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,168
Posted By Dan Hauer
Are italics insulting?

Here's an interesting quote:

"Italics rarely fail to insult the reader's intelligence. More often than not they tell us to emphasize a word or phrase that we would emphasize automatically in any...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-19-2012, 04:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,284
Posted By Dan Hauer
I think you should write about this. Give your...

I think you should write about this. Give your unique perspective on these things. I don't think readers are interested in particular topics so much as they're interested in particular voices. Bill...
Forum: Classifieds 06-17-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 801
Posted By Dan Hauer
Let me edit a chapter of your book

I'm a copyeditor in the process of expanding my resume. I will edit a chapter of whatever you're working on at no charge. I'd like it if your chapter was between 10 and 30 pages. Send me a PM, and...
Forum: Non-Fiction 06-17-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,533
Posted By Dan Hauer
Having a blog doesn't mean you have to tell the...

Having a blog doesn't mean you have to tell the world what you're doing. I have a blog, but I rarely right about specific things happening in my life. If you were to read it, you probably wouldn't be...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-17-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,521
Posted By Dan Hauer
Potter E. X. Kveyter

Potter E. X. Kveyter
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-17-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,700
Posted By Dan Hauer
I definitely agree. "Went missing" has never...

I definitely agree. "Went missing" has never bothered me, and it provides a convenient way to indicate at what specific point in time the person (or object) was noticed to be absent.

I don't think...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-17-2012, 10:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,944
Posted By Dan Hauer
Mid-morning: 9:57—11:23 am. These exact...

Mid-morning: 9:57—11:23 am.

These exact times are not debatable. I have conducted empirical studies.

Basically, I consider mid-morning to be the time later than which it would be strange to...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-17-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,655
Posted By Dan Hauer
I'll jot down notes on a scrap of paper if I feel...

I'll jot down notes on a scrap of paper if I feel I've stumbled upon something really good in the spark of the moment, but I rarely rely on those scraps for long-term idea storage. When I get a...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-16-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,104
Posted By Dan Hauer
I think the guiding principle in choosing a word...

I think the guiding principle in choosing a word should be that it expresses the idea you're trying to convey. Ideas come first. Words come second.

In some cases a big word is called for. When I...
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