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Mar
26
comment How to invoke my creative side without investing too much time?
With regards to making writing a habit, this may help you: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2100/…
Jan
13
comment What are widely-used UK-English style guides?
@Tait This new version was published in August of 2012, more than a year after I answered, so I wasn't aware of it at the time. I imagine you'd want the updated version. However it looks like this new version is a consolidation of the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and the Oxford Guide to Style into a single volume, so it may be that you'd be just fine with the version I linked to. I don't know if there are significant changes to the Oxford Guide to Style in this book, so cannot say definitively.
Jan
6
comment How can I broaden my understanding of my characters?
possible duplicate of How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
Jan
2
comment Indentation, paragraph spacing, when?
This question actually comprises of several questions covering indentation and vertical spacing. Are you specifically asking about Latex and the usage of the commands you mention, or are you asking about indentation in general? If the former, you're better off asking your question at the Latex SE site: tex.stackexchange.com If the latter, you should clarify the answer with what style rules you plan on using, e.g. Chicago, as different style guides have different rules.
Sep
4
comment What is a “light novel” and how does it differ from a novella?
The Wikipedia article you link to explains what they are and the difference, unless there's something I don't fully understand from your question?
Aug
26
comment Writer's Notebook
The answer I gave here, although related to writer's block, specifically outlines things to write down in a writer's book. Hope it helps: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2100/…
Aug
26
comment Stupid Villain rather than Dark Lord
Hanlon's Razor describes this well: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. As for exmaples, the only example I can think of is the book "A Planet For The President", which had a president not-so-subtly modelled on George W. Bush, Jnr.
Aug
16
comment Scrivener: marking multiple (non-adjacent) phrases in a manuscript with same footnote
I don't believe Scrivener will keep track of the Ibids and Op Cits, but could be wrong as I'm not 100% sure. However, did some digging around and found a possible solution for you, which I've appended to my answer.
Jul
9
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
I'd like to recommend the answer I gave to this question: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2100/… There are a lot of tips and ideas there.
Jul
9
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
I'm not convinced that you've actually answered the central question Javeer asked: "What can some key things that I can do to become a more productive and accomplished writer?" Certainly in terms of productivity there are things any writer of any level of skill can do to increase their imagination and productivity. While you make some good points, I don't think they actually have any relation to his predicament; it's really not up to us to make a judgement call about Javeer's dedication or drive with respect to writing.
Jun
26
comment Can Anybody Write an “Unauthorized” Guide?
This quote is definitely falsely attributed to the judge. It was the defence team that said this in response to the ruling; even the Wikipedia entry linked to states this clearly.
Jun
19
comment What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
@Fortiter The OP may not be specifically referring to HTML/CSS styling.
Jun
19
comment What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
This may also help you: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3152/…
May
20
comment Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
I'm not a publisher, so don't feel I can answer this with any authority, but here's a small anecdote for you: a client once complained to me about a website saying, "I would find something and it would be in British, not English." Amusing, but it does demonstrate that, to some, it really matters.
Sep
5
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
Difficult situation. I would suggest using the APA Style Guide if it's an American-based publication and then doing whatever the reviewers suggest you should do. If it's not American, APA can still help, but perhaps do some research into what is seen as the most accepted style guide for that country.
Sep
5
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
That would be a reasonable assumption, @mcenley. Have you ever asked the reviewers and/or the publication's editors etc. whether or not there is a style guide they prefer? Just because they have not recommended it to you, doesn't mean there isn't one.
May
20
comment Help! I've got Writer's Block
Just curious as to why this has now been unaccepted?
May
14
comment How to cite an entire paragraph?
@Kris - You're right, I wasn't aware of the different variations when I answered this. I answered it as best I could based on what I did know. If you know of the variations, then add them in the comments, or post your own answer to help others.
Feb
20
comment What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
I disagree that this is vague. Although the intent is for me to use the word limit as an arbitrary target, I wanted it based on fact: average length of short stories, for example, that the marketplace prefers, or perhaps based on statistics which show what readers are comfortable with reading in one sitting (hence why I asked about a length of a story that readers are comfortable with). I really don't have it in me to argue the point further, but as I said before, this site has accepted questions on word counts for novels and children's stories before, so I don't quite see the problem.
Feb
19
comment What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
I thought I was pretty specific already as to the answer I was hoping to get, and to be honest, a down vote so quickly is just a little off-putting. It's a pretty good question IMO. I'm sure I'm not the only one who works better with a "target". Novels and children's stories, for example, have been discussed before on here with a recommended word count without any problems.