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Dec
5
answered How can I help a writing-phobic but competent student develop their writing?
Dec
3
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
@JohnSmithers I like your title change.
Dec
2
comment figures and tables always on top of the page?
Yes, and for what it's worth, as a typesetter, I either put the images as close to the applicable text as possible, or they go where the client wants them (top, bottom, margin).
Nov
30
comment figures and tables always on top of the page?
Unfortunately Writers doesn't have that path available; we can only move things to EL&U, I think. You can just join the Graphic Design SE and copy-and-paste the question there.
Nov
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Using dashes in writing dialogue
Nov
30
comment figures and tables always on top of the page?
This might be better suited to graphicdesign.stackexchange.com since it's more about layout than text.
Nov
29
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
Would it be rude of me to point out that you missed the apostrophe in "didn't"? :)
Nov
29
comment Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
I can see if this is closed for being subjective (which it is) but it's not about proofreading.
Nov
29
answered Is it good style in fiction to write sentences as a flow of (disjointed) thoughts?
Nov
28
comment Using dashes in writing dialogue
@tylerharms If you get a book contract, remind me to pick up a box of Band-Aids before I read your work. :)
Nov
28
comment Using dashes in writing dialogue
ggambett: I know, and French (and I think Italian?) use guillements. I'm perfectly aware that it's local convention and that I'd be used to them if I grew up elsewhere. They still make my eyes bleed. :)
Nov
28
comment Using dashes in writing dialogue
oh good gravy that makes my eyes bleed. Quote marks exist for a reason. Use them.
Nov
26
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
@Mussri housemd-guide.com/showinfo/davidfoster.php is the closest I can find online. I know I saw it years ago in a producer interview.
Nov
24
comment How many short stories make a collection
However big the publisher will offer a contract for.
Nov
23
comment Believable (but easy) archaic English
If the author is "being difficult for the sake of being difficult or being artsy," I agree. Gael Baudino's Water trilogy is a perfect example of this kind of writing experiment gone wrong. But having a character who speaks in a difficult way for a reason can be a characterization tool just as much as giving the character a rough upbringing or a public-school education.
Nov
22
answered How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
Nov
22
revised Should it be a Short Story or Full Story
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Nov
21
comment Believable (but easy) archaic English
can you expand on this, please? you may have a valid point, but the poster won't learn anything from a simple declarative.
Nov
18
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
This is similar to how the writers of House, MD came up with their diseases of the week. They picked something way out there and then worked backwards to see how many things were like it and how many false trails they could lay.
Nov
17
answered How does one write a character smarter than oneself?