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>>>>Well, I don't know if anyone here can honestly say "I know what I'm talking about" since, as far as I know, none of us are published and highly successful fiction writers.

Hook: Even then, what works for Clancy is different from what works for King or Asimov or Jacqueline Suzanne. Everyone has a different style and while short choppy sentences work better in an action thriller, longer poetic prose might be better in a romance novel. To some extent the genres dictate style, and even substance. A writer would (or at least should) never spend pages explaining how the public bus in the movie Speed works (internal compustion engine, hydraulic brakes, etc.). Yet it's something of a necessity to explain to some degree how technology works in SF.

>>>>Sure, but that's a given. We express our opinions and commentary, and Mark (and whoever else opens themselves up) can accept or deny our "contributions". At the very least everyone's comments are food for thought.

Absolutely. Even if I discard the specific suggestions offered for a given passage, the fact that it bothered someone is enough to make me take another look at it and see if I can improve it some other way.

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