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Mar
16
answered Trying to indicate that the frequency is annoying
Mar
15
comment Need help to rephrase this sentence to prevent a run-on
Belongs on writers.se
Mar
15
revised How to write a book for a given reading level?
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Mar
13
answered How to write a book for a given reading level?
Mar
13
comment Deaf speechmarks?
Another alternative would be to use different speech demarcation symbols - put the signings <between characters like this, for example>.
Mar
13
comment Deaf speechmarks?
I think this should be on writers.se, but I suggest using a different typeface (italics if you've nothing better).
Mar
6
comment “The company from Redmond” vs “The Redmond company.”
I think in practice you'd be more likely to see "Redmond-based company" rather than plain "Redmond company".
Feb
24
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Feb
20
comment I want to explore the psychology of a ruthless, macho killer. What mistakes should I avoid?
@Carl Seleborg: The reader needs to be skilfully encouraged and guided, obviously, but he'll enjoy the tale more if he's been "actively engaged", even though he won't normally be consciously aware of this. The bonus for you if you get this right is that the reader fills in exactly the kind of "background details" that seem right to him - rather than always taking yours, which may not always work so well for everyone else.
Feb
19
answered I want to explore the psychology of a ruthless, macho killer. What mistakes should I avoid?
Feb
16
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Feb
16
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Feb
16
revised How can this technical message be made clearer?
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Feb
9
comment ESL Writing How to quote article sentence?
Just write shorter sentences. CB was the author of xxxx. His argument was xxxx. I think this is really off-topic bordering on proof-reading.
Jan
19
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
@HNL: I have no experience of submissions to editors, and I don't expect that to change, since I don't do creative writing. But if I did, I'd expect to do it on my own terms - if the editor didn't like my font, I'd either find another one who wasn't so hidebound, or just forget about editors and publish myself directly onto the net. Whatever - I was only trying to help. One can't help but notice that books from established authors use fonts creatively in this way when the need arises, and it seems insane that the author can't write directly in them. Jobsworth for later typesetters, perhaps?
Jan
18
comment How to start a book off?
Start with something you know you're definitely not going to keep in the finished version, like It was a dark and stormy night.... Assuming that gets you moving, you can just go back and change the beginning. There's not really any chance you'll forget to do that - but if you did, the first person you show it to for comments is bound to mention it!
Jan
18
comment How does one include sign language in a dialogue?
Per both answers, italics is a quick and easy way to do it. But if there's going to be a lot of this type of dialogue, you might consider using a distinctive font for the signed communications. And as a rule use a clarifying verb like "signed, indicated, gestured" for the first one in an interchange whenever it's been several pages since the last one. After that, use non-specific verbs like "suggested, replied, answered" and avoid verbs "said". But you might get away with the occasional "shouted" or similar in a metaphorical sense (perhaps in quotes to alert the reader to what you're doing).
Oct
1
comment Is concurrent first person / third person usage absolutely unacceptable?
@sXe: Presumably nobody would say "ABC is expanding my plan". My point is if I used "is" I'd feel compelled to follow with "..its plan". If I wanted to convey that I/we were part of the company I'd have to start with "are" to agree with the plurality of "...our plan". I'll raise this on EL&U to see if others feel the same (and specifically, whether Brits are more likely to agree with me).
Oct
1
comment Is concurrent first person / third person usage absolutely unacceptable?
@sXe: Neither usage seems odd to me. Probably I side more with the plural by default, because a lot of the time I think of companies/political groups/etc. as "collective" entities. But it does simplify things to see them as singular things sometimes. I'm quite used to seeing/using both forms - my only problem is with OP's example #1 using singular is and plural our in the same sentence. Perhaps if you always and only think of companies as singular that doesn't bother you, but it makes me wince a bit.
Sep
30
comment Is concurrent first person / third person usage absolutely unacceptable?
Stylistically I think example #1 is beyond the pale. As a Brit, I'd be quite comfortable with ABC are in the process of expanding our monitoring, but I think Americans usually refer to organisations in the singular, so maybe they wouldn't like that. But I don't have a problem with is or are in #2, because the switch to our comes in a separate sentence.