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Jun
27
comment How to improve logic/reduce plot holes?
advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method
Jun
27
comment Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
William Shunn replied, "My recommendation today would be to use smart quotes (curly quotes)." He intends to update his format guide "soon." He also says, "The fact is, anything you can do in your manuscript (which will almost certainly be delivered electronically) that makes life easier for the typesetter or book designer is probably going to be welcomed. So, if no one needs to go through your document and convert the straight quotes to curly quotes, that's going to be a good thing for all involved."
Jun
27
answered How to improve logic/reduce plot holes?
Jun
27
comment How to improve logic/reduce plot holes?
Isaac Asimov worked that way, though he omitted step 4. Robert Heinlein also omitted steps 2 and 3.
Jun
25
comment Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
Vonda replied that she put her article into PDF "because the formatting is preserved in PDF." She also says: (1) the details that matter to the editor are "a good story, style, voice, and a grasp of the tools of your profession: grammar, punctuation, syntax," (2) "look at the market's website for their guidelines and follow them slavishly," and finally (3) "Auntie Vonda's unsolicited advice: Concentrate on the story."
Jun
25
comment Should I completely eliminate passive voice
Isn't the focus on the subject in both of your example sentences--John in the first, and Bob in the second?
Jun
25
comment Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
@what I'm confident, given that those authors posted their guidelines on their own web sites, that they intended the typography to be exemplary. Confident, but not certain. So I'll ask them.
Jun
25
revised Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
Corrected factual error about the style of quotation marks in McIntyre's description.
Jun
25
comment Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
I think Lupton's typography statutes apply to published works, not to manuscripts.
Jun
25
answered Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?
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25
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Jun
24
comment The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
True. Perhaps you could rephrase it in simpler terms. "There may be other factors involved ..." Or "There may be other explanations ..."
Jun
24
revised Should I completely eliminate passive voice
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Jun
24
answered Should I completely eliminate passive voice
Jun
24
comment Where are some good places to publish free flash fiction?
True. You will have to market your work, just as if you had published it in some other way. The challenge is discoverability. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a whole series of blog posts about that. kriswrites.com/business-rusch-publishing-articles/…
Jun
24
answered The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader
Jun
24
answered Questions about book
Jun
24
answered How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood
Jun
22
comment Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?
Ah. I did not know that.
Jun
22
answered Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?