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Jan
6
awarded  Yearling
Mar
29
comment What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
+1 for thesaurus would be useful when you just need your memory jogged. I have this all the time. I know I want 'that one word that means something like the plain word, and it was in that one book, but your brain is too full of other cruft to know what word you want!
Feb
15
comment For Fantasy Stories, Should You Include a Map At the Beginning of the Book?
Well stated. I'll point out two books where the maps really help bring clarity: The Safehold Series by David Weber, where the world is a huge archipelago and they are sending ships all over the world and conquering lands far away; and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which takes place in a relatively small region but it's of crucial importance where someone is located when things happen. He also engages a lot of artwork in the story and uses a character's sketchbook as a prop, a very nice touch.
Feb
15
answered What is the most cost effective way for me to get my book printed?
Feb
3
awarded  Commentator
Feb
3
comment How to write a polite reminder email?
Note on usage: if you 'do not believe' you 'have yet to receive' that means you have indeed received a response. Just sayin'.
Feb
3
comment Why are papers written in a two column format?
I had a history book in college which, while the size of a novel (but thicker) was printed in two columns, interestingly enough. I suspect it's as much tradition as anything else in academia, I haven't seen as much of it outside scholarly work.
Jan
31
comment How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?
+1 for using a cartoon character to illustrate how not to be cartoony.
Jan
28
comment Switching POV: Should it ever be done at all?
This can be effective, but it's often very jarring. I can't think of a good example where it's been done in a story I really enjoyed, unless it was done with some artifact like a journal. That at least gives some explanation for the radical shift in perspective.
Jan
28
comment What is the preferred way to type out ellipses?
My new Mac is breaking me of a bad habit. It will automagically insert the ellipsis symbol when I type three periods in a row. I then have to be careful backspacing, because the new character is a single one. So 'type type, (dotdotdot), pause, backspace-backspace-backspace takes two letters off my last word. I need to learn to stop and think without typing periods. ;)
Jan
24
answered What is the proper way to write time in a manuscript?
Jan
17
comment What techniques are used to create non-linear stories?
Software like Scrivener or yWriter is a big help with this. There's another one too, someone will know what it is...but software lets you shuffle the writing like you'd shuffle up your index cards, letting you actually read the plot in any order you'd like.
Jan
17
comment What does active voice mean?
Essentially, be aware of the voice you are using and you will be able to convey subtle shades of meaning and tone by switching appropriately. Think about how each sentence sounds in either voice and you'll get into a habit of doing this without conscious thought. An interesting note: everyday speech is much heavier in the passive voice than descriptive writing should be. If you write exactly as you would speak (and you're not writing dialogue) you probably are writing in the passive voice.
Jan
13
comment Formatting for stage, television, and the silver screen
The OP wanted info on how to format manuscripts for screenplays. I recommended two software programs he might be interested in, one of which in particular can output a 'screenplay' format and a link to the specific format requirements as listed at a school which teaches that sort of thing.
Jan
12
answered Formatting for stage, television, and the silver screen
Jan
12
comment Correct spelling errors while writing or after you've finished?
+1 for 'make sure it keeps you writing'! Whatever you do, keep your rhythm. I find it's much easier for me to do when I turn off the stupid 'red-squiggle' underline in the word processor...when I am writing I don't want to see all the things that the computer thinks might be wrong. I'll often run a spell-check on a day's work though for the last half hour or so...makes it so things are put away clean.
Jan
12
answered Will e-books prevent books from going out of print (and rights from reverting)?
Jan
8
awarded  Teacher
Jan
6
answered original story climaxes - rules / guidelines for this?
Jan
6
comment Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog
On the other hand, sometimes all you need is one character who's pulled out of his or her element...There was one sci-fi book I read where one woman was raised in Elizabethan England, and due to some hand-waving, was the only person still using words like 'forsooth' in the 23rd century...