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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. — Mark Twain

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Nov
19
comment Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
The last period should never be omitted from U.S.A. That's a mistake.
Nov
19
answered Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
Nov
19
comment Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
@SaberWriter It's pantser from "flying by the seat of your pants," meaning that you have no plan. "Pantsless" means to me that you're writing either with no trousers or no underwear, or both. The practicality of that depends on the comfort level of your chair.
Nov
19
comment How to structure paragraphs of dialogue properly?
Yes, the two formats are for different kinds of work. The first one is for prose. The second is for performance. You really can't mix them. It's nothing to do with grammar.
Nov
19
answered Long or short form?
Nov
18
revised How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
fixed several typos
Nov
18
comment Non-dialogue sections: single quotes or double quotes?
@what I did not know that about German books. Fascinating.
Nov
17
comment Non-dialogue sections: single quotes or double quotes?
@what Actually I think his example is a good use of sarcastic or scare quotes. It succinctly indicates that the meeting was meant to be friendly, or was pretending to be friendly, but in reality wasn't.
Nov
17
comment Non-dialogue sections: single quotes or double quotes?
And to clarify: In American English you use double quotes for quotations; in British English you use single quotes. So use whatever the convention is for whatever flavor of English you're writing in.
Nov
14
answered Writing many entries/articles, storing them, and browsing them
Nov
13
answered Should I write my novel?
Nov
12
answered Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
Nov
11
answered Do I really need disclaimers?
Nov
11
comment What effect does the gender of the narrator have on a story?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. We require practical, answerable questions which have the potential to help others. There's the kernel of a good question here, in your last two sentences. Can you rewrite to focus on that and make it less of a discussion?
Nov
11
comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
@Jay True. You could have put the characters in some kind of highlight as well, or even on their own line.
Nov
10
comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
@dmm As a proud American and a typesetter, I find the white space of the British version visually irritating. :)
Nov
10
comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
@AmitSchandillia Yes, you have it exactly right in your comment. (In the American system.) I find the American style more visually pleasing than the British, but not everyone does. Whichever way you choose, do it consistently.
Nov
10
comment Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
@Jay That would have been a good place for different formatting, like bold or italics.
Nov
10
answered Use of punctuation within quotes with single words or letters
Nov
8
comment Referring to fictional version of an author in essay
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Your additional paragraph about your account is a meta issue which can be brought up in the meta for Stack Exchange as a whole, or the meta for any SE board you're on. meta.stackexchange.com I've removed it here.