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Apr
30
comment Is it OK to omit the following “grammatical rules” in fiction?
@TommyMyron meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/301/…
Apr
29
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
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
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.
Apr
12
comment Capitalization of Open form Compound Words in Titles
Using the style tag for now; if we get enough questions about capitalization we can always re-tag with a more specific tag later on.
Apr
10
comment Using expletives in an essay
In general, I'd suggest accepting the answer you think answers the question in the best way. I hope that helps.
Apr
5
comment How do I write numbers in dialogue?
@TommyMyron Revised my answer to clarify.
Apr
2
comment How do I write numbers in dialogue?
I'd like to add that I despise applying CMOS to fiction unilaterally, but it seems to be depressingly common.
Apr
2
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
Nobody's voting to close, so let's leave it for now. (Also, this answer makes a good point.)
Apr
2
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
I think this question is about formatting, not writing.
Mar
21
comment From Journal to first draft - most effective route to take?
This question is very vague in its current form, have placed it on hold for now. If you'd like to edit this to be more specific, we can look at updating the answers as well.
Mar
20
comment Problem with hired freelance editor
Did you contract this editor for proofreading? Was the presence of another editor discussed?
Mar
19
comment Where can I find examples of nonfiction book proposals?
This question is asking for, essentially, a list of examples. Can you tell us what it is you need to find out by looking at examples? Maybe we can help answer your question rather than just provide links.