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May
13
comment Time management for part-time writing
You may find this article useful: The Turret, a meditation by a friend of mine who's in a similar situation.
May
11
comment Good style guide on order to list people for non-fiction writing?
Where will this style guide be applied? It's hard to recommend one without knowing that.
May
11
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
I've never heard of this. Where have you seen it?
May
11
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
I think so, thanks.
May
11
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
I'm guessing your example uses horizontal lines since extra carriage returns don't show up on the web easily?
May
11
comment What are the reasons behind Writer's block?
This answers a different question. The original question is asking about the causes of writer's block. Perhaps you can post a version of this answer here?
May
11
comment Direct thoughts
Related, maybe a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/8832/punctuating-thoughts
May
2
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
1
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.
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.