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bio website ancestor-envy.blogspot.com.au
location Australia
age 62
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Dabbled in family history when I first retired from full-time employment. Now regularly put in 60-hour weeks. Is that obsession?

Delighted to have a new focus for my writing.


May
9
comment Which one is correct?
If you opt not to use the second "will" then there is no requirement for "allow" to refer back to the first. So "This book allows you to ...". If you don't like "allows" then make the second "will" explicit as in your second version.
May
7
answered When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
May
7
answered The manuscript Summa Logicae (William of Ockham)
May
6
comment Chopped sentences with too many conjunction, and repeating the subject again and again
To what extent is this question limited by the condition "for a screenplay"? Would the same techniques be relevant in the case of a news report or a literary novel?
May
6
answered Words for Sounds in Screenplay
May
6
comment Does writing in a certain mood change how a writer writes?
Is the reductio ad adsurdum that to write about an amputee I should hack off my leg? I think it was Wordworth who spoke of "emotion recollected in tranquility". There is no guarantee that you will be able to exercise your writing craft while in the grip of the object mental state.
May
2
comment How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
@Neil Fein Are we responding to the same question? The one I read makes no mention of "how to decide" but asks "how to ensure"; and my (albeit) theatrical response was to acknowledge the similarity but then to introduce a dramatic deviation from the (apparent) parallel storyline.
Apr
29
answered How to assure your plot isn't a carbon copy of another story?
Apr
29
answered Table of content in Newsletter
Apr
25
comment Is there a reference for “dumbing down” material?
When writing textbooks for junior high school, I used variants of Flesch Reading Ease, and the Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level to assess reading difficulty. Since the basic methodology balances word length and sentence length, my rule of thumb was that a new (necessary) polysyllabic term should be introduced in several short sentences to enable the reader to build familiarity.
Apr
25
answered Visual methods of plot development?
Apr
22
comment How should I begin my research for my Military Fiction?
Perhaps a more relevant form of this question might be "Is it a good idea to write about something of which I know very little?"
Apr
20
revised Multiple tasks and a step by step tutorial
Roll back to original intent.
Apr
19
answered Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
Apr
19
comment Multiple tasks and a step by step tutorial
Then use 3 To view (a) a single contact {Go to 4} or (b) all contacts {Go to 5}. 4 To view a single contact, click on the name 5 To view all the contacts, click the "contacts" link.
Apr
19
answered Multiple tasks and a step by step tutorial
Apr
8
comment Is a glossary needed in a novel?
@Des From your example, I cannot see why you want to include the word "banjar" at all when village hall will do for readers in English. Thinking about why you want to use the term should give you an insight into how to explain its meaning in a less obtrusive way.
Apr
7
answered Is a glossary needed in a novel?
Apr
1
comment For Kindle, are hard paragraph breaks that serious?
Have you misinterpreted the advice not to use ADDITIONAL hard returns? If you have hit return TWICE to create space between paragraphs (instead of using style formatting) then Kindle will see an empty paragraph and try to style it. That can look really ugly.
Mar
28
comment Is it acceptable practice to use contractions in a fictional first person narrative for children?
The relevance to the question "Is it acceptable practice to ..." lies in determining who is the arbiter of acceptability in your context. In the case of a children's book, that can often be librarians.