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I have a BA Hons degree in typographic design and Masters degree in business administration. I worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a setter, copy editor and proof reader, before moving into management. Now semi-retired.

My main interest areas are cookery, cricket, and reading/writing.


Dec
11
awarded  Yearling
Nov
15
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
21
answered How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
Jan
18
answered What is the proper way to use the pronoun “I” without too much repetition?
Jan
9
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@Jay You don't need a program capable of markup to put in paragraph breaks, italics, or chapter heads, that should all be available in even the most basic word processing program - that's precisely my point.
Jan
9
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@bmearns I understand fully what you're trying to do. Pick up any printed fictional novel you have lying around. How much emphasis do you see in the text beyond that of italicisation and punctuation? None! The writing does it all. However, if that's the way you want to work, then no advice from me will make any difference, but I think you're making a mistake working in that way.
Jan
9
answered Very simple markup language for writing fiction
Jan
9
comment What genre appeals to the widest audience?
Good story, good characters, good story, good characters, the genre doesn't matter.
Jan
9
comment How many different words are in the average novel?
J.R. Yes! But as I said, there's so many variables involved this is just a very rough estimate.
Jan
7
answered How many different words are in the average novel?
Jan
7
answered Can a mock-magazine with fictitious content count legally as fan fiction?
Jan
2
comment How many commas is too many?
@JoelShea If the OP is using them correctly, yet still feels there's too many then he needs to look at another aspect of his writing. The OP has not made it clear why he has too many commas, without that information any answer can only be speculative as to why he has too many of them!
Jan
1
answered Combatting Excessive Familiarity Of Writing
Dec
31
revised How many commas is too many?
consistency
Dec
31
answered How many commas is too many?
Dec
27
comment Switching from past to present tense?
Why be so obvious about them? Wouldn't it be far better to let the reader figure out that they're flashbacks by the narrative?
Dec
27
answered alternatives to “he said” in dialog
Dec
26
answered Intellectual Property Rights & Reuse of the Written Material
Dec
24
answered Various flavors for the action “irritate someone”?
Dec
24
comment Too much exposition in my full-length play: how to fix it?
Rewrite it without so much description would seem the most obvious way to go!