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I think the dream sequence is a much better read than the dialog after it. There are some minor things in the dream sequence that make it a little confusing for me - for example in paragraph 13 there are so many emotions at play, - guilt, relief, fear, shame, happiness, conflict/indecision. Is he really "happy" that it is her in the machine, or is he ...


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Italics are a common way to emphasize words. As such, it's best to use italics sparingly. A text where every proper noun is italicized gets very annoying to read; it'd be like listening to a commercial. If you're writing for a specific publication, check their style guide.


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Hyphens indicate a compound adjective: a do-it-yourself project. The hyphens are to let the reader know that all the hyphenated words belong to one thought. If you're using capitals to denote a proper name, the hyphens are unnecessary. The caps make it a unit.


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"See Figure 9" is fine when you're referring to a figure on the same page. If you're referring to a figure that's further away, you also need a page number ("See figure 9 on page 72").


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Last episodes tends to be epic and end in a cliff-hanger so viewers remember the show and are eager for it to come back with another season. It's basically guaranteeing a viewer base for the next season. If they didn't do this then they'd risk losing viewers between seasons. The first episode of the next season is big because it has to resolve the ...


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In the books I read (mostly SF & F and YA) the thoughts are given in direct speech but not marked up. Here are the first six books I randomly pulled from my book shelf: Robert Charles Wilson, Bios "Even so. It's different, isn't it, when the landscape is alive under you?"Alive, Zoe thought. Yes, that was the difference. Kim Stanley Robinson, The ...


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I use italics, I find it is the clearest way to define thought as different to speech, and denoting actual thought as a form of dialogue can help draw distinctions between actual thought and narrative. In third person narrative it is common to write from the perspective of the character in question, and colour the tone of your writing with the way they ...


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I'd leave the capital letter in. Seems less problematic to have a capital letter than to have that bracket monstrosity: They published a “manifesto” proclaiming “All are welcome to walk through our doors and speak." Just a suggestion. Style should be about helping readers, not creating symbolically correct code.


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When using the MLA guideline and quoting a text, if you are introducing any modifications into the quotation, mark the same by placing square brackets [ ] at the appropriate spot. For example (adapted from here) Original quotation: "Reading is also a process and it also changes you." 1) Margaret Atwood wants her readers to realize that ...


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Too many legal questions to ask writers about. You need advice from a legal expert on the laws in the jurisdiction where you are publishing. Libel laws in the UK and US are quite different (but I'm not an expert). And to get useful advice, you need to have a completed manuscript that the expert can review. Anything else is pointless hypotheticals.


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The Apple and the Microsoft style manuals (do not have the exact names with me to provide) are valuable for as style guides for software documentation and any writing about computers. They were formerly available easily on the websites, but have become harder to find. Maybe someone has archived these? Search around in MSDN and you'll find the current ...


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I've always called it "nonlinear multi-perspective". Rashomon is probably the best known example of this structure in storytelling. It's a movie based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story "In a Grove" (the movie's title is from another of Akutagawa's stories). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_a_Grove http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ry%C5%ABnosuke_Akutagawa ...


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Unlike a work of prose, which has a generally accepted predefined length (be it a short story, novella, novel, etc.) poetry is not governed by such precepts. Poetry is akin to art. A white canvas with a single stroke of paint on it can be a painting, if that is the intention of its creator. A poem can be any number of words, or just one, or even one letter, ...


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I'd consider rewriting, I don't think it's common to put such bodily interruptions into dialogue. Consider this wince from Harrison Bergeron, by Vonnegut: George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas. Hazel saw him wince. Having no mental handicap herself, she had to ask George what the latest sound had been. "Sounded like somebody ...


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Surprise requires context, so don't worry too much about it not being at the beginning of a sentence. Jane listened intently, nodding, then immediately hiccuped. Bob smiled slightly but kept going. On a side, note, if she was simply "embarrassed", that's probably obvious, and could be omitted. Now, if she did something to show that she were ...


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In the absence of a style guide saying otherwise, your approach is fine. (So is abbreviating to "Fig.", though I prefer to spend the extra three letters and use the full word. It's also consistent with "Table", which I haven't seen abbreviated as "Tab.".) Whatever you do, be consistent -- refer to all of your figures as "Figure N" and use that same text ...


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Left to my own devices, I don't use figure numbering (or table numbering either). However, I have worked on some assignments where its use was mandated by the corporate style guide. I always insert images right where I discuss them and make sure I use formatting that will keep the figure with the related text. In that case, there's no need to refer to the ...


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From the filmmaking side, being on set, we refer to the printed copy as a script. The script is a tool that the actor and rest of the crew use while on set at a particular location, and is often only a portion of the entire screenplay. Directors, actors, continuity directors, script supervisors, and film loaders (clapper/slate operators) often make ...


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Since asking the question, I stumbled across another single-letter poem. Poem I was skeptical about accepting such poems as true poems, but this is a rather neat one I have to say: Critique The letter i with the author's own unique thumbprint to complete it. The thumbprint is the most meaningful symbol that can express the meaning of the object it ...


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I know. So go. Doesn't that qualify? It rhymes, keeps a meter, and "says" more than it says. That's pretty much my definition of poetry. Not saying it's any good, though. Even more minimal: Hi. Bye. (Wow, that's soooo deep. The minimalism powerfully evokes the impoverishment of social interactions in a technological society, ...


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The shortest poems are lighght and by Aram Saroyan.


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I don't know any one word that encompasses both. But if a narrative is not chronological, it's anachronic, and if it follows multiple characters, it's heterodiegetic. So maybe heterodiegetic anachrony is the term you're looking for. Source: Gérard Genette, Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, trans. by Jane Lewin (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, ...


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Like you mentioned, introducing the source in the first line is usually what is done in case of citing the same source multiple times in the same paragraph. You could state the first line as something similar to The product documentation (inline citation) states that blah blah blah Now you can continue writing the rest of the lines in your paragraph. ...



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