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Tutor profile: Damian M.

Damian M.
Undergraduate English/Pre-Law Student at Stanford University

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

In terms of novel/creative writing, what is the difference between a "pantser" and a "planner"?

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Answer:

Very rarely is anyone ever just a "pantser" or just a "planner" – typically, individuals are a mixture of the two. However, a "pantser" usually jumps right into the writing after generating a general idea of the plot and message of the piece. "Planners" like to plan, either on the general scheme of novel structure or, quite literally, scene by scene, before actually beginning to write the piece.

Subject: Economics

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In what circumstances/instances might monopolies actually prove valuable rather than predatory?

Damian M.
Answer:

A major instance where monopolies prove beneficial is whenever patents are at play. Patents give individuals/companies the right to an invention for around 20 years before the patent becomes public. This allows for more innovation. Another instance is when more competitors would cause redundancy and inefficiency – think: garbage trucks, natural gas lines, and so on.

Subject: English

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Question:

In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf takes on a highly materialistic argument when discussing the basic socioeconomic needs for a successful writer. To what extent does she leave open the possibility that a prodigy or genius may rise above their socioeconomic challenges and achieve success?

Damian M.
Answer:

Woolf does leave open this possibility to some extent (giving examples such as John Keats). However, her argument bases itself more around the statistics. That is to say, it is possible that a genius might rise above the challenges their socioeconomic status might pose. However, it is not necessarily likely – the odds are against them.

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