Do you have any tips on improving the answers of the person who A2A'd you?
Rob Young, I’m still trying to figure out Quora, and I’m guessing A2A means, ask to answer? I’m so new to this site, and am amazed by how thoughtful responses to questions are.
It’s obvious that people really take time, research and have a keen understanding of the topic and they then bring in their personal life experiences, which makes their words even more impactful.
I’m not a good writer, I’m hoping to learn, and understand what it takes to be better, and more interesting.
It depends on what your intent is when you write.
Many of the best writers – the ones whose names you remember a hundred or five hundred years later achieved all those things, but for every Shakespeare there are hundreds of writers who had success if you measure success by their own standards.
BUT imagination plays a big role as well.
Even if your English is great, but your imagination well is dry, then most likely it would be boring to read that person's work.
Rich imagination + great grasp on the language, can lead to some success.
If your object is to write for pleasure and you're still having fun even if everyone else hates your writing, then keep on writing!
As it was mentioned more eloquently by those who answered before me, there is one definition for writing for a specific audience, another definition for writing for invoking emotions and thoughts (artistry), and yet another for feeling a sense of reward writing.
I’m looking forward to learning right alongside you.
Write on, enjoy every aspect of it, we can learn together!
I need to be the one to ask you that.
All I can say now is don’t force yourself to answer A2As.
Only answer the ones that set your writing gears on fire at first sight; Seriously.
A2As or just any other questions, when the gears turn, fire away.
Have a note pad, a journal or any writing mechanism handy and available, ready to capture the fire when the the gears start turning, you know.
Take it to the rest room, the bad room, the wash room, the mushroom… Woah! Sorry, I got carried away.
Take ’em to the beach, the streets the hills and valleys.
The world is so beautiful, don’t let it pass you by.
If the world won’t listen, write for your children, your cat, your pet iguana and the neighbor’s Chihuahua.
The hell with what the world thinks.
You saw the light, you must not contain it.
Throw it in the air like a prism would; radiating colors of dashing beauty.
Some day some how, some one will see.
And one after another they all will too.
Fire away, man!
Something like this.
Just throwing your thoughts in there.
No matter how messy they look at first.
You can always edit, you know.
I need to do this first before suggesting to anyone.
Just my two cents.
I humbly apologize.
I might be losing my mojo.
I looked at this question and my first thought was: “Why would you take your life in your hands by trying to improve the answers of a person who asked you a question?”
Then of course, with an audible sound, the boxes on that game people used to play started clicking into place, like the colored balls on a pool table click and scatter.
What was the name of that game? Shapes would float down, and you’d have to fit them in place before something happened.
Maybe the Gameboy blew up in your hand, or you got buried in blocks and needed a rescue dog to get you out.
I think the game was Tetra.
Like the good scout I am, I read the other answers and gleaned that you want me to give you specifics about your answers.
Okay, I will give it a go.
I chose this answer:
Why did I choose this one? Because it kind of broke my heart.
That could be because I know you somewhat from reading your answers over the last two years, but this little story has possibilities for breaking other hearts.
Yet it has only 4 upvotes.
Not that you should go around trying to break everyone’s heart, but this answer has a human theme that readers can relate to:
There was three of us for the core.
Up to five or six if we include the peripherals.
Three latinos, one black and one white.
The main core being two latinos and one white.
We were a mix of stereotypes.
Emo, gamer, nerd, ghetto wannabes.
We had our fun times.
We laughed, we hanged out, we got bullied, we fought.
After middle school, I was transferred to a charter school instead of going on to my town’s only public high school.
The other two stayed until one transferred on to another school around sophomore year.
We just broke up like that.
At that time, I did not own a cell phone nor did I have any social media so I could not contact them.
You straight up answer the question, but your answer has the bare bones of an interesting story.
You’ve described a universal theme in a dry manner, like someone summarizing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off by saying “A high school kid skipped school one day.
(Oh, but there was so much more to the story.
Pull up a chair and let me tell you about that day.
You had a core group of diverse friends with diverse backgrounds and interests.
You ‘hung out, got bullied, fought.
’ What did you fight about? Who bullied you and why? What were the things that made you all laugh? Why can’t you find your former friends now? Do you not remember their names?
Yes, we should leave readers wanting more, but I want too much more from your answer.
I want you to find those friends and rekindle your former camaraderie, even if it’s only online.
Happiness is finding an old friend and reconnecting.
After reading a few of your other answers, I think you’d do well to edit more thoroughly.
You opened with a one word sentence: ‘Zero’.
You could have fleshed this out more.
“There was zero of my friends left when the dust cleared after school ended.
” Or something like that.
(I’m not even positive if it should be ‘there were zero, or there was zero of my friends left after school ended.
’ Suggestions happily accepted from one more erudite.
has said it is “There were zero.
” Thank you, Mary.
Don’t forget your punctuation and other formalities of style.
You didn’t put a period after ‘zero’.
“There was three of us for the core.
I love that sentence.
It sounds so Musketeers.
However, it should read, “There were three of us for the core.
Verb tenses, number agreement, and other rules of grammar are important.
“We hung out…” not ‘hanged’ out.
Latino should be capitalized.
Not doing something as simple as these is distracting to the reader and takes away from your story.
“Up to five or six if we include the peripherals.
Three latinos, one black and one white.
The main core being two latinos and one white.
This makes your story sound like a demographic chart in a study of middle school students.
You’ve taken away the humanity of your friends by describing them as not only ‘peripherals’ but as ‘two latinos, one white.
Let’s try this:
“There were five or six guys in my group of friends.
” (Don’t repeat the word ‘core’.
Use different adjectives.
) “Other guys came and went, but three of us stayed tight.
” (You could give us their first names and make them real.
) “Two of them were Latinos and one was a white kid.
Also, ‘we’ are not including the ‘peripherals’, you are.
Saying ‘we’ sounds as if you’re creating a demographic again.
This is your personal story.
“We were a mix of emos, nerds, gamers, ghetto wannabes.
‘Stereotypes’ sounds a little insulting.
Your friends probably didn’t think they were stereotypes.
I got rid of the word and merged the two sentences into one.
“Our group broke up after middle school.
I didn’t have a cell phone or access to social media sites, so I lost contact with them.
End of story.
Changing it up and fleshing it out would make you sound less distant from your story.
Edited for grammar and style and this simple story would be compelling.
As an example, I’ve spent two hours writing this answer.
I’ve changed the placement of sentences, corrected errors, made sure I included several aspects that improve it, and I re-read it several times.
Even after I hit ‘publish’, I re-read and edit.
I use too many words where less says more.
That’s my big weakness.
You used too few.
I like your writing, Irvin.
If you gave us more of you, instead of bare facts, you’d have a genuine Bottom Writer vibe going on.
*Answer requested attribution.
That was fast.
This is a helpful site for grammar and style:
This is a tough one.
Much like everything I’m going to give you is more stylistic than anything, because really, there’s nothing technical or core to your writing I can suggest.
But, I know that the worst thing is to ask for help and not get anything, so hopefully this is at least something to think about.
I’m going to pick apart some of your answers.
I do so out of care.
I get to weave my pain or my happiness or my sorrow into something which occasionally has a little bit of beauty in it.
One thing I would caution you on is noise.
In your case (and specifically this answer), you use them to downplay yourself.
“I get to weave my pain or my happiness or my sorrow into something with a little beauty in it.
All the extra stuff takes away from your core point: What you experience can be turned into something beautiful.
Don’t tell us that sometimes it doesn’t work.
It comes from me, and so must, by definition, be a reflection of my personality.
In a certain sense, at the very least.
Don’t minimize yourself (unless, of course, it’s for the effect of the answer).
I’d cut that last sentence and let the first part stand.
It’s, of course, a reflection of my own style that I insist upon fewer words, but so it goes.
I’m also going to agree that I want to see more of you.
Oh my god, not like that.
You have such gorgeous storytelling.
Do this more.
Not that your other stuff is bad—not at all.
When you get vulnerable, you do some amazing work.
Perhaps don’t be me and put it all out there every single day, because you can never take your words back.
But a little more often, I’d like to get to know you.
I would love to see you open up more.
Otherwise, what you’re doing is awesome, and you should definitely keep at it.
You’re a joy to read.
You write in a casual, informal way.
Your answers are witty, focused on the core of the questions (quality over quantity!) and they're very informative, especially the ones about movies, since you are involved in the motion picture industry and have watched a gazillion of movies.
Your comments are always kind and friendly, and you always reply to your readers.
I find your answers enteraining, especially the ones describing your life experiences.
This one is among my favourites:
I like your brilliant in medias res beginnings in which you make the readers to pay attention to every single word to find the meaning of the dialogue.
The answer may seem confusing at first (Who is she?), but everything is clear if one reads carefully.
But, if I had to name one thing.
I'd like to see more pictures in your answers.
That way, they would attract more people.
Other than that, I enjoy reading all of your answers.
Fancy running into you on Quora.
You write very well in general, and you often write very good answers on Quora.
I'm not sure I could give you any specific constructive criticism beyond the pedantic or the stylistic.
Be sparing with semicolons.
How's that? If you feel the need to use one, it's quite likely that your sentence is too long, anyway.
That's both pedantic, and stylistic advice, so take it for what it's worth.
Here's my real advice.
You've heard it before.
I'll echo what said to you last night in a different context.
Be like yourself more often.
Be kind to yourself more often.
Your writing is fine.
It's good even.
Some of it is very good.
I only ever rarely catch more than fleeting glimpses in it, though, of the fuller, richer Fred I've come to know and like so much off Quora.
It's perfectly OK to be tentative and take small, slow steps, of course.
I'm sure you're right to be careful.
Just don't let being careful become a muzzle.
Let yourself soar once in a while.
That's the only meaningful tip I have.
Sorry , but you write excellent answers.
Your answers are approachable, beautiful, and often laden with a good deal of atmosphere.
Your writing is elegant and unpretentious, while retaining a staid emotionality.
You depict interesting scenes and describe compelling events without being distracted by extraneous details or self-indulgent futzing.
Really, you could be more self-indulgent without harming your writing a hair, but that’s not a suggestion.
You’re fine as you are.
I’m sure your writing will improve as you age and gain experience, but I can’t at all predict how it will, or what will change.
You’re going to have to find wiser people than me, or wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, don’t take my Fred-answers away.
They’re too pleasing to read.
Just like myself.
First and foremost, I must ask you the most important question to improve your knowledge of history as well as your answers on Quora.
Do you know de wae?
Ok, jokes aside, I mean honestly you have pretty solid writing, not much needed to actually improve the quality of your answers.
I love the topics you write about, especially the answers about the Roman Empire.
The only piece of advice (it’s pretty generic) I can give to you is probably just read more history books, which I recently started doing in 2017.
You’d be amazed by how much more information you can learn about your favorite historical topics in those dusty, ancient books that haven’t been rented since Ronald Reagan was President.
It’s also somewhat interesting to see how past historians/writers views changed about certain historical concepts/topics.
Also, while I’m pretty sure you can notice errors, still keep an eye out for them.
That determines quality of the writer.
Keep up the good work, love those answers.
I showed you the way! (This meme needs to die lol)
Ok let’s see
Your writing seems to get large amounts of upvotes signifying that your writing is good and entertaining and it certainly is.
It is interesting and informative.
I actually don’t have a lot of tips but I can list one.
First and foremost, I realized you had some short answers, that’s is something you want to avoid, unless it contains the utmost amount of quality.
So that summarizes your request.
I’m not familiar at all with your answers, but the first thing that I noticed is that you use too much bold.
I know that using bold is somehow popular among Quora writers, as Quora algorithms apparently favor answers using it.
But you asked me to answer, and my opinion on the matter is that it makes answers difficult to read when I try to read an answer with attention instead of scanning through them.
I don’t claim that my opinion is representative of other people, and there are probably a lot of other people thinking otherwise, but this is still my opinion.
Ram, you’re an awesome writer.
Keep doing what you do.
Sorry, that’s all the advice I can give.
Maybe start writing about how life in India is different from what you have heard life in other countries is like (especially America, given a majority of Quorans live in America).
Also, write more about high school, I want to know what’s coming my way :P
asks me how he can improve.
If he needs to improve, the rest of us might as well pack up and go home.
As far as I’m concerned, Oscar produces word for word the best content on Quora.
I’d be pretentious in the extreme if I were to tell him how he could improve.
Not that I can come up with,
Your answers communicate their points incredibly well and have no mechanical problems that I can detect.
Style-wise, I usually prefer slightly longer answers for some questions, but overall your answers do a good enough job at conveying their ideas within their current lengths, so it’s not much of a problem.
Overall, I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing.
Hope this helps in some respect, at least.
Well, Ronnie, I really like your answers and your unique perspective.
It’s great to have someone like you who lives in that part of the world educate us about what is really going on there and disabuse us of our faulty perceptions.
The only tips I can offer are:
Watch your grammar (I edited one of your answers a couple of minutes ago to illustrate)
More pics of Kenya please! Even of the things you think are ordinary.