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Apr
15
comment Technical Documentation Voice Preference : “Active Voice” - “Passive Voice” - A Mixture of both
Active voice is usually the way to go in technical documentation for the reasons you gave, and one more: such documentation is usually best written in imperative voice, and imperative + passive is a bad combination.
Apr
15
comment Using a foreign language that uses a different written alphabet
Glad to help! Another benefit: you'll teach your readers a little bit about how to swear in Russian -- skills they can use! :-)
Apr
14
comment Do publishers prefer a particular type of poem?
Poetry isn't my field, but I suspect there are different types of publication with different preferences/standards. Is that the case? If so, saying something about which part of the poetry market you're interested in would help. Thanks.
Apr
13
comment How should I translate this?
@Erciyes, welcome to Writers. Can you edit into your question something about the context in which you're doing this translation? "Is X allowed?" often varies based on "for whom?" -- academic journals, newspapers, and fiction may all have different norms.
Mar
25
comment Multiple sentences in a parenthetical phrase - How do I punctuate properly?
This last one is the only option that really makes sense to me. If you have multiple whole sentences in there, move them out of the other sentence and let them stand on their own -- much easier to both write and read that way.
Mar
24
comment What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
I've edited this to be more of a question and less of a discussion topic or opinion survey. That said, the question is very broad; our site works best for solving problems you're having, not for talking in general about stuff.
Mar
18
comment In APA style, how do I cite an indirect source?
I don't know about APA in particular, but a general rule of citations is that you should cite what you used, and if you want to report that your source used another source you can do that. But if you read A that says that B says something, you don't jump directly to citing B unless you verified it.
Mar
18
comment How to show that a character is quoting from a book?
Is he quoting explicitly/intentionally ("as the bible says, blah blah blah"), or is he just injecting the quoted phrases into his speech more passively?
Mar
18
comment Starting Out a Novel
This depends on what kind of story you're telling, what you're trying to accomplish, possibly the norms of the genre you're writing in, and probably a bunch of other things. I'm putting this on hold for now; please edit to describe your situation in more detail. Thanks.
Mar
18
comment Comparison for something that's 251 million tons
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because, as you said, it's not actually a question about writing. I'm sorry I don't know where to suggest you ask instead.
Mar
18
comment Commenting on blogs and forums
Are these blogs published by your company (or affiliates), or do you mean blogs "out in the wild"? Are they connected to your project in some way, or are you talking about some random blogger finding a comment one morning from a character he doesn't know, or what?
Mar
18
comment How do I create the rest of the story when I only know the ending?
Have you written an outline?
Mar
17
comment Best practices for maintaining documented code examples?
Oh, very cool! It'd be even better if there were a way to put markers in the file (instead of line refs external to it), so that when somebody adds an include or some code comments (hey it could happen) or the like, it doesn't throw off the excerpting.
Mar
15
comment simultaneous dialogues in novels and short fiction
Kind of related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/7761/1993
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
Thanks for the quick response; I'll reopen. Any further clarification of "strong" that you can add will help the question; maybe you could provide an example of something you consider to be strong, that evokes the kind of feeling you're going after? Thanks.
Mar
13
comment What are some best practices/dos and don'ts of managing an online editorial calendar?
Welcome to Writers. Could you add some information about your typical publication cycle (answers might be different for daily news, monthly magazines, and annual journals), how many writers and editors are involved, and how numerous and big the tasks are? (Your last bullet point hints at an answer to my last question here; is that just an example or is that the situation you're asking about? More specific is generally better.) Thanks!
Mar
5
comment Is there a format I can save my poems in that will make the publisher unable to copy and paste?
How does Excel help? What options are you thinking of? We're looking for answers that explain their reasoning; this sounds pretty speculative and it's not very detailed. Can you edit to expand it?
Mar
3
comment Fiction writing: is using Git overkill?
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/10440/1993
Feb
24
comment How to indicate the topic has been changed without using words?
Hi. Please don't use posts to carry on conversations; feel free to edit your question to add information or provide clarifications, but it's best if the post reads as an integrated whole, instead of "X... response to A... edited to add B..." etc. The questions work best if the question is clear (and the answers work best as answers); for discussion, please feel free to use Writers Chat.
Feb
24
comment Any advice on how to learn DITA for technical writing?
@NeilFein DITA is an information architecture/organizational scheme; while it's definitely on the geeky side and was presumably influenced by software principles, it's a tech-writing thing and IMO on-topic.