||[Oct. 21st, 2005|09:29 am]
This is weird. I would say that today was a bad day for writing - the words weren't really coming well, and I had to sit and think about what I wanted to get across in the scenes I had (since I didn't outline them despite saying I should). Yet I managed to reach 1,329 words. In the past, sometimes I've had to suffer at only 300 words a day, and yet...
Maybe I'm getting the hang of this.
Momentum and habit are powerful forces, if you can enlist them to your side. ^_^ I'm still reading (started at the beginning).
Do you use Word? I've been using change tracking to make my comments, and I want to make sure you can read them. I'm still going to save them for a while, since they're more editing-phase stuff.
As for the comments you asked for, if I don't have those done tonight (possible but not particularly likely), then I probably won't until Monday. Sorry.
Apologies, but the more I read the harder this is to keep in: Good God, but you love ellipses. I suspect that, were ellipses a woman, and you a man, you would marry them. You're secretly plotting to replace English with LICE (Language Involving a Crapload of Ellipses). You use ellipses like Zelazny uses single-sentence-fragment paragraphs.
Semicolon: Why don't you ever use us, siliconrose
Colon: Yes, why do you hate us so? It's dark and cold out here... please, let us into your story.
Ellipse: I'm so... so very tired... tell my children... I loved them...
Hey, I'll admit I overuse ellipses, but I use colons and semicolons just fine.
Except for time and inside "code", you have used 3 colons in all of Familiar. One of those uses was correct. Semicolons you use significantly more of, as you should, but you still replace them with ellipses far too often.
I was pointing out that your comments about never using them was a dramatic overstatement. They're supposed to be used rarely. When I rewrite it, most of those ellipses will probably end up as neither.
...sorry. I'm probably taking this too seriously, but to me, your post crossed from humor to mocking. I'd say I'm fairly good at handling concrit in general, and I'll try to keep my emotions under tighter rein in the future.
I'm sorry too; it was a little much.
My position has always been that if your sentence requires a semicolon, it needs to be rewritten. Semicolons are for formal reports and computer code, not for smoothly flowing fiction. ^^
I disagree entirely. Semicolons are extremely useful in dialogue, as they represent a gap between two complete sentences shorter than a period, without resorting to a comma splice. People speak that way all the time. They are also, about two-thirds of the time, the correct punctuation to use in place of an incorrect dash or ellipse.
2005-10-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
I use semicolons all the time, because I think in semicolons, and because I secretly like long, meandering, Fenimore Cooper-esque sentences. I don't write fiction, though. If I were writing fiction, I would try to stop using semicolons all the time.
This comment was entirely pointless, wasn't it? Oh well.
Yeah, don't worry. I have a full happy copy of Word and more other Office apps than I can shake a stick at.
It's no rush. I'm going to keep up my writing pace this weekend, but at the rate I'm advancing through the plot, even if you got them to me right before NaNo I'd still get some good use out of them. (Word count aside, my progress is slow - I think I've gotten more wordy.)