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    essay section needs clarification?

    Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by mammamaia, Apr 9, 2008.

    a recently posted thread in the essay section of the non-fiction area caused a bit of confusion [for me, at any rate], after cogito noted that it did not follow formal essay structure and i mentioned that all essays don't have to be as strictly structured as when writing one for an english class... he suggested i ask for a clarification from admin here...

    so, admin:
    would you please take a look at the exchange in that thread [ http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?p=155433#post155433 ]and see if perhaps the word 'formal' or something similarly specific can added to the sub-forum's descriptive blurb?

    ... and in re that, i have to admit i'm confused by the part in the current section description [above] that goes, 'rather than autobiographical or otherwise' ... what is that supposed to mean?... hope you can humor a momentarily addled old lady and unconfuse me... and make it easier to understand and follow?.. maybe something more like:

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    You're right, it is rather awkwardly worded. I've made some revisions. Thanks for pointing it out. :D
     
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    proving yet again, why we have the best admin on the net!

    thanks a bunch... extra hugs, m
     
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    lol. Thanks maia. ;)
     
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    Nonfiction covers much more than true stories. The "it happened in real life" part could also contribute to members thinking that all non-narrative fiction belongs in essays.

    Instead of
    How about something like:
     
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    Thanks - I'm not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that original description. I revised it. Thanks Cog.
     
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    Great! As for what you were thinking, didn't that description originate when Non-Fiction was a subforum of Short Stories? In that context, it's pretty clear what you were thinking. :)
     
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    Ah, perhaps you are right. I'd forgotten that it was a subforum at one point.
     

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