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Apr
4
answered Would it be weird if I write “a simple sample something”?
Mar
28
awarded  Yearling
Mar
16
comment Trying to indicate that the frequency is annoying
I actually don't think that's an accurate rephrasing for exactly what OP wants to convey. This version could easily apply when the speaker isn't in fact annoyed at all, but for some completely unrelated reason wants to point out that it's being asked too often. Perhaps he even likes answering this question because he's done it so often he finds it easy - but his boss thinks this is a non-productive activity, and is planning to change the mechanism by which such questions are routed through to the speaker.
Mar
16
awarded  Critic
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
awarded  Nice Answer
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
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
16
awarded  Editor
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!