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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.


May
8
comment Is this clearly expressed: “The real power is information”
I think the way you're saying it is fine. It's concise, unambiguous, and to the point. That being said, however, it's not a terribly original statement.
Apr
20
comment Explicitly correcting yourself while writing - how appropriate is it ?
Thanks for a comprehensive answer and a great book recommendation, too!
Apr
15
comment Indirect Narration Style
+1 Enlightening.
Apr
14
comment Indirect Narration Style
Actually, I think it might be us. I just did a Google search of "indirect narration style" and it does appear to have something to do with point of view. I'm not sure what is being asked here, though. Maybe someone will answer and educate us all. ;)
Apr
4
comment How credible is wikipedia?
@Ralph: Google Scholar is great, but it works best as a starting point, since, as @Charles noted, most of its results are behind paywalls (where almost all scholarly papers are, sigh). After finding a promising-looking source using Google Scholar, I used my school's subscription database to see if I had free access to it. Having a specific author/publication/reference number in hand makes your school's subscription databases a lot easier to navigate.
Apr
4
comment How credible is wikipedia?
The fact that you're asking this question means you have doubts. Trust those doubts. And for the sake of all that is holy, don't just search Google, either. At least use Google Scholar to find academic papers on your topic. And there are these things called books. They consist of sheets of paper glued or sewn together. There is actually stuff in them that you won't find on Google. Wikipedia authors even cite them sometimes. Amazing but true. :)
Apr
4
comment How credible is wikipedia?
+1 Wikipedia's two greatest (perhaps only?) strengths for academic writing are overviews and source lists. It's a godsend for those features but should not otherwise be taken too seriously.
Mar
29
comment Common words to avoid when writing formally
+1 for a good answer. Just one nit: "it might seem that..." isn't passive voice. Passive voice involves the subject of the sentence being acted on rather than doing the acting.
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
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
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
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
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
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
20
comment Checklist for making sure your writing is Atomic?
Yes, please put this great question at Writers. We need some over there!
Mar
20
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing in first person?
@Ralph I've seen this, too, and it can be done well for sure. It niggles at me somewhat, but that's probably just because I'm seeing it as a writer. I doubt the majority of readers are at all bothered by that format.
Mar
16
comment Asking for exam results
I would think people you don't know well would be the very ones not to call "dear." ;) Seriously, though, I think a courtesy title (Mr/Ms/Prof/Dr) should be fine, although it shouldn't hurt to use "dear" if you're in doubt.