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Jan
26
comment Is there any research about the efficacy of illustration and example placement in procedure writing?
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/8164/1993
Jan
19
comment How can I effectively invent a language?
There is now Worldbuilding, where constructed languages are also on-topic. (You've gotten some excellent answers here and I'm not suggesting moving anywhere, just pointing out the site for future readers.)
Jan
19
comment Punctuation in a list
I generally agree with this, but I find it very hard to mix sentences (with periods) and fragments (without) in a single list. Once I've written a sentence and thus put a period at the end of one of them, I want to write the others as sentences so they'll get punctuation too, for consistency.
Jan
18
comment How can I ensure my POV character's writing isn't too sophisticated?
I wonder if it's known what method Daniel Keyes used in Flowers for Algernon to get Charlie's diary entries to fit his mental development (and decline). If he's ever written/talked about that, there might be things to learn there that would help you too.
Jan
18
comment How can I ensure my POV character's writing isn't too sophisticated?
You might also run the resulting text through one of those tools that analyzes the reading level (you know -- this text is for a 10th-grade level, that text is for a 7th-grade level, etc) just to sanity-check the results. I know I speak in semicolons and parentheses, for instances; if you do too, you may still need to do some refining.
Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou while all Berne Convention signatories (and there are a lot of them) have the same rules, it seems possible that the processes are different. If they're not -- if everybody pretty much handles the mechanics the same way -- then that's an important thing to cover in an answer. (I don't know what you mean about deletion; there are no deleted answers on this question.)
Jan
16
comment Copywriting Course
This is kind of sparse for an answer now. We're looking for answers rather than hints at answers; instead of saying "look these half-dozen folks up on Amazon" can you make specific recommendations and say why they are helpful for the asker's problem? Thanks.
Jan
15
comment Is it correct to use acronyms in a bio or should I omit it?
@EduardoHernández, your question has been reopened. I didn't see your previous comment, so sorry for the delay. To reply to a specific person (who has previously commented on a thread), you can use an '@' plus the user name, as I've done here, and that person receives a notification.
Jan
12
comment Editing: Those darn comma splices
@Sean the semicolon is correct in that case. If each of the clauses is a complete sentence -- if you could remove either one and still have a sentence -- then you use the semicolon. If doing that would leave a fragment, like in the passage in your question, use the comma.
Jan
12
comment What label to use in an article for a group of equations?
Thanks for the update. This is a good question; I hope we can provide an answer.
Jan
11
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Welcome to Writers and thanks for this answer!
Jan
8
comment The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!
Do the posts have visible dates on them? That is, can you tell by looking when it was originally posted?
Jan
8
comment Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?
@NikhilMahajan that's a good way to put it, yes. If the reader ever has a "wait, what?" moment because of the order you presented things in, see if you can fix that. (Well, unless you're deliberately doing that to prompt a teaching moment, but that's probably not common.)
Jan
8
comment Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?
Highly related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/8164/1993
Jan
8
comment How can I encourage more comments on my blog?
Marketing is on-topic here. Adding the part from your comment about "ways of writing that encourage comments" would also be good.
Jan
7
comment Right font style and size for a master thesis
Does your university have any guidelines or a favorite style guide?
Jan
6
comment Any way for revisions to show up in a different color from an older saved .fdr to a newer saved .fdr in version 7 of FinalDraft?
What software are you using? I don't recognize the .fdr extension or the reference to version 7 -- which, granted, means I probably can't help answer your question, but the more information you include, the easier it will be for others to help you. Thanks.
Jan
5
comment Using species from another novel, in my novel, copyright infringment?
@Jasper that's a good point; I was reading the question as being about independently publishing work using these species, as opposed to working through authorized channels, but it's good to note that sometimes there are authorized channels.
Jan
2
comment Software for keeping track of book edits?
Do you need to keep track of just your own edits, or do you also need to track feedback from other sources (reviewers or whatever) and whether you've addressed it yet?
Jan
1
comment How can I weave variety in this passage?
Welcome to Writers. Could you possibly edit in some pointers to examples of what you mean? (Links if they're online, citations otherwise. Short excerpts are also fine.) That'll help us understand what you mean by "weaving variety". Thanks.