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I'm not sure when my obsession with stringing words together took root. Maybe it was that first trip to the library when I was 4. Maybe it was that unit on sentence diagramming in the eighth grade. I remember both vividly and fondly.


Mar
28
answered Avoiding cultural differences
Mar
28
comment What are effective ways of working with a nonfiction editor?
To clarify, it's not a book but a series of articles. And yes, there is a style guide involved. I own a copy and write to it carefully so as to minimize the amount of editing that will be necessary. (This helps some.) And yes, I suspect I have a newbie editor. The person who edited these works before she took over edited me very lightly.
Mar
28
awarded  Student
Mar
28
comment What are effective ways of working with a nonfiction editor?
I'd rather not be too specific. But things like relentlessly rewriting any sentence that uses passive voice, even if changing it to active voice makes the sentence harder to parse and/or obscures the information the sentence conveys.
Mar
27
asked What are effective ways of working with a nonfiction editor?
Mar
26
answered What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
Mar
24
awarded  Commentator
Mar
24
comment Taking notes while reading
Great idea. I've heard it said that people are way too squeamish about highlighting and scribbling notes in books. They say books are meant to be used in whatever way the reader needs. I can't seem to get past my upbringing, though!
Mar
24
comment Taking notes while reading
Many times I've wished I had the discipline to do exactly this! I got a Kindle recently, and it has some annotation capability, but I haven't worked it out just yet. I'm not sure how helpful it would be in any event. The Kindle desktop app might be a different story.
Mar
23
comment Please help me polish this paragraph.
Whether to use contractions would depend on whether trVoldemort is writing in a style that allows them. Some, like APA, frown on them. But I agree with you that their absence can make writing stiff.
Mar
23
answered Please help me polish this paragraph.
Mar
22
revised Using the real world in writing
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Mar
22
comment Using the real world in writing
I've edited my response to the original question to address trademark dilution more fully. I think we agree where it matters. :)
Mar
22
revised Using the real world in writing
Added info on trademark dilution.
Mar
22
comment Using the real world in writing
OK. The issue seems to be "genericide," which is the turning of trademarked brand names into verbs that are no longer capitalized - as happens often with Hoover and Band-Aid. Interestingly, the same writer I cited below also has a piece on "genericide" (or trademark dilution, as it's known in legal circles) here: bit.ly/Vng77. I don't see how a trademark acknowledgment page would be necessary as long as any brand names are used properly (i.e., not turned into verbs) and capitalized.
Mar
22
comment Using the real world in writing
@Ralph How interesting. I have never noticed that. Is it for situations where the product plays a significant role in the story, or is it simply any brand name that gets mentioned? And what is the rationale for it?
Mar
22
answered Using the real world in writing
Mar
22
comment Using the real world in writing
@Ralph In what types of books have you seen a section telling the reader who owns the trademarks to businesses mentioned in the book?
Mar
21
answered Are complex sentences uncommon or unwanted in English?
Mar
20
comment Checklist for making sure your writing is Atomic?
Yes, please put this great question at Writers. We need some over there!