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comment BIOGRAPHY BLUES
@Hopeful Thanks for editing. Your edit definitely helps focus the question, despite completely changing it, but it's still a very broad question. Before reopening, can you tell us more about the writing challenges you face? For example: Do you have a tendency to be be overly formal? Why is a conversational style important to this project? Also, I'm planning to clean up this comments thread and some of the information here in the comments could be incorporated into the question: The interviews you've conducted, for example.
4h
comment Basic postmodern techniques
Welcome to Writers. This question is vague and difficult to answer in its current form, and sounds more like a homework assignment than an answerable question. (Homework questions are fine as long as they're answerable questions about real-world writing.) Can you tell us more about this situation, and why you're asking this? What sort of writing project will this be applied to?
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comment BIOGRAPHY BLUES
I've placed this on hold as too broad. @Hopeful, please consider editing to make this more specific and answerable. Welcome to the site, and please be assured that we do want to help! Our site tour might help clarify how the site works.
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comment Absolute In An Iambic Pentameter Line
@Xrahdio I thank you for your sympathetic stance,/ But queries like this oftimes have more chance/ of getting answers fitting to their needs/ on writing forums, not sites such as these./ So I suggest discussion pages might/ yield you a person who would shine a light/ on what words of our tongue could be coerced/ into your noble effort's rhyme and verse.
2d
comment Does using version control system make backups unnecessary?
Not really sure this old question is on-topic, since it's not about writing, more about backup software. It's about a writing tool, but the question and the answers could apply to backing up source code or 3-D models or music. If we go by the consensus in this meta thread, we should close this or at least edit it to be more on-topic. I'll place this on hold for now, but if people want to argue for keeping it open, let's talk about editing it to make it more relevant to the topic of this site.
May
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comment How Do I Fill In The Gaps Between The Chapters
Please consider editing your question to narrow it down, as per Lauren't suggestion. We'll edit the answers if needed, too.
May
1
comment Difference between efficacy and viability
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about writing or a related field, but can be answered by using a dictionary or other reference. Please take our site tour for more details.
Apr
30
comment Is it OK to omit the following “grammatical rules” in fiction?
@TommyMyron meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/301/…
Apr
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comment Is it OK to omit the following “grammatical rules” in fiction?
This is really a proofreading request, and a question about grammar, both of which are off-topic here. Placing on hold, but please feel free to edit into something more on-topic. (If you want to ask about the grammatical reason for a rule, English Language and Usage is the way to go.)
Apr
28
comment Absolute In An Iambic Pentameter Line
Poetry is on-topic here, but I don't know if this is a question about writing poetry or a homework question or what. Closing for now, but please feel free to edit if you have a specific question you'd like to ask.
Apr
27
comment Urban Writing Question
I think this is a little too broad; we also don't answer questions asking what to write. Can you narrow this down more? If not, this question will probably be closed.
Apr
27
comment Should I use ellipses in narration?
Agreed, this isn't a duplicate, just closely related to the linked question. @what Close votes can't be retracted, but they will expire in time.
Apr
27
comment Using “and/or” in a manuscript
Style guides often give good advice, but I recommend using caution and common sense when trying to apply them to fiction or informal writing. I think it's better to make an informal style sheet for projects like that.
Apr
27
comment Using “and/or” in a manuscript
Interesting answer. If you ever come across a link, I'd like to read about those studies you mention. Your answer also supports my gut feeling, that "and/or" is a linguistic cancer that should be excised, but it's often a necessary evil in technical or academic contexts.
Apr
27
comment Can I legally use experimental items in my book?
I don't like these questions; we're not lawyers, and can't possibly give legitimate opinions on these questions. However, meta decision on these questions came to the conclusion that, among other things, we should guide users towards information that will help them find the answers. I don't think any of these answers do that, they're mostly non-expert reasoned opinions and guesses. I'll cast the final close vote for now but I'm open to editing and reopening if we can clean up the answers.
Apr
27
comment APA Citation Page - problems with issue number and journal names
I'm not sure why people are voting to close; citations and style guides are clearly on-topic here, as is academic writing. If this gets closed, let's open up a meta thread to discuss why. Perhaps this is being looked at as a proofreading request?
Apr
23
comment How do I choose a name for my character?
@MonicaCellio Nice edit; reopened.
Apr
21
comment How do you decide where to place a filler?
This would strip the prose of all style and make it hard to set the scene. While a bare-bones style like this might work for some, it's not going to work for everyone. But I'm willing to be convinced; If you're advocating a simple style, maybe you could expand on where and why it might be helpful?
Apr
14
comment Possible Mage Jobs in an Urban Fantasy
Welcome to Writers! While brainstorming questions like this aren't on topic here, I suspect this one might work better on the Worldbuilding site. I'll send it over there.
Apr
13
comment Is the word block in 'block D' capitalized?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because proofreading requests are off-topic here.