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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.
Feb
16
comment How to write a conversation
The "tag" can also be bits of action that are unambiguous. For example, if the dialogue is between a man and a woman, instead of "he said" you can say "he paused, pacing across the floor" or "she fiddled with her hair" or "he took a sip of his now-cold coffee".
Feb
5
comment Technical writer degree with an English BA?
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/5341/1993, writers.stackexchange.com/q/2053/1993.
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.