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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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Dec
10
comment Character in Macbeth that maintains integrity in position of power?
Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We are not a discussion board. This is a literary analysis question, which is not on-topic for us. meta.writers.stackexchange.com/questions/242/…
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
I have removed your edit only because it's a brand new and separate question, and on Stack Exchange we try to keep to one question per post. It's a valid question, though, so if you want to post it separately, by all means do so.
Dec
10
revised What is the benefit of writing formally?
added a second question
Dec
10
comment When to use normal caps and small caps in fiction?
@what Yes, of course. I wasn't saying that all caps is the only, or even the preferred, way of shouting in text, but that when writing in all caps in text, it means shouting.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k The disadvantages of emoticons are that they are culturally used in informal situations, and that they are conveying emotion. Formal writing is not supposed to be emotional. Adding a :) to a bank statement would look not just silly but a bit disturbing; I would wonder if my banker was 12.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k I think special characters are harder to read in copy both because they are out of place and because they are symbols, one-character pictures, which you then have to translate into words in order to continue. It only takes a half-second longer, but your entire premise is that these are shortcuts which should be part of formal writing. If the symbol makes reading take longer, it's not a short cut.
Dec
10
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Kyth'Py1k Of course one double-checks numbers, but my point is that when you have a single digit, there's literally only one character. If you mistype it, you've mistyped the entire piece of data.
Dec
9
answered When to use normal caps and small caps in fiction?
Dec
9
comment What is the benefit of writing formally?
@Jay Good point. It's jargon usage for certain industries, and not formal writing as you note, but not Internet-related.
Dec
9
answered What is the benefit of writing formally?
Dec
7
comment How can I turn my short story into a novel?
Not quite a duplicate, but closely related: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/6095/…
Dec
7
comment How much is considered plagiarism?
Excellent. This is great expounding on my brief answer.
Dec
7
answered How much is considered plagiarism?
Dec
6
reviewed Close Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source
Dec
6
reviewed No Action Needed Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?
Dec
6
reviewed No Action Needed Why am I getting so many words per page?
Dec
6
reviewed No Action Needed Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Dec
5
answered Omniscient POV vs deep 3rd person POV
Dec
5
answered Changing main character within a trilogy, is a good idea?
Dec
3
answered Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?