Tag Archives: perfectionism

Questions 653: Dialog Golden Ratio

Ephraim asks: “Is there a golden ratio for narration/dialog in fiction? How do I know if I have too much of one or the other?”

Resources Mentioned:
Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of
They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson (from his collection Bears Discover Fire)

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Questions 652: Grammar Gold

Caine asks: “Is there one gold standard for perfect grammar in fiction, or does it vary by publisher? Is there a guide or software to help?”

Resources Mentioned:
Strunk & White’s Elements of Style
Grammar Girl
Grammarly.com

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Questions 185: Do Not Rewrite? Are You Crazy!?

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Dan Dan The Art Man asks:
“I’m really struggling with Heinlein’s Third Rule. How can you NOT rewrite and still turn out good stories? Can we fix stories before we abandon them?”

Books discussed:
The Republic by Plato