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john cox:

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john cox:

Try to have your protagonist quoting poetry during the shoot-outs.

john cox:

Nouns, then verbs.


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#9 - Punctuation is important when conveying meaning.

"Not getting any, better come home soon." Does not convey the same implications as "Not getting any better, come home soon."

Kevin The Zeroth:

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Kevin The Zeroth:

If you make the story long enough, it doesn't have to make sense.


#21 - When the plot is thin, spice it up with gratuitous violence and sex.


#11 - When the muse escapes you, try copious amounts of your favorite libation.


#5 Be very Clear!

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Ed B:


Eschew obfuscation.

Kevin The Zeroth:

Gesundheit, Ed.

Dr. Bob:

Nice touch John, with the RED pencil!

How to write with power:

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Try it.


#24 - Speling counts!


One for each State!

Larry the Dial-Up Guy:

They's actually 58 states. Obammy sayed he'd done been to fifty-seb'm states with one to go, an' somebody as clean an' artikulit an' as bright as Obammy cain't be rawng.

Doc Al:

#58: Never write more than you have to.

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