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Mar
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comment How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?
@ShantnuTiwari No, he's referring to Space Before a paragraph. It's under Format-->Text-->Spacing. Select your paragraph and make the Space Before 12 points or 24 points or whatever.
Mar
1
comment What type of writing would this fall under?
Prosetry? Logorrhea?
Feb
28
answered How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?
Feb
28
comment How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?
Because the OP asked "with Scrivener," but if you think my suggestion is valid, then I shall make it.
Feb
28
comment How should I format a non fiction book with Scrivener?
If you're obliquely referring to me, I can't answer because (a) I've never encountered this problem (b) I'd fix it by using InDesign.
Feb
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
28
comment What type of writing would this fall under?
It's a stream of somebody's consciousness. Who's to say it can't be an omniscient being's?
Feb
27
answered What type of writing would this fall under?
Feb
27
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
There is also an entire page on TVTropes [TIME SUCK WARNING] devoted to this question: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MarySue
Feb
27
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
@NeilFein I think this question is fine, particularly after the edits. The OP's working definition may or may not be common, but it is definitely not how the term originated.
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
This is a good question, but I think it's a discussion question, which is off-topic per our FAQ. You could edit to ask something more specific and answerable -- the second sentence in your first paragraph is closer to an SE question. "What is the correct use of the term 'Mary Sue'?" is better asked here, but that's essentially what your other question is asking.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I would also add to this excellent answer that the male equivalent is called a Marty Stu.
Feb
25
comment How to minimize language mistakes while writing
@NeilFein That's fine; I'm not voting to close this as a dupe. I think they're both good questions.
Feb
25
comment How to minimize language mistakes while writing
This may answer your question, possibly to the point of being a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/5400/…
Feb
22
comment What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?
Yep, sometimes actual notecards on an actual corkboard is the way to go. You can even connect them with string to see how your plot flows and how scenes affect one another.
Feb
22
answered Writing from the middle
Feb
22
comment Writing from the middle
The idea that "the story will necessarily be inauthentic if I already know what is going to happen" makes me laugh. My stories could not be authentic if I didn't know what would happen, in very great detail, before I ever booted up Scrivener. But that's my workflow, which is neither better nor worse than yours or anyone else's. The OP may or may not find your advice useful, but please don't make pronouncements about how every single writer's process must match yours or it's "inauthentic."
Feb
22
comment Writing from the middle
I won't downvote just on this one bit, but do understand that not everyone uses the "jump in at the middle" workflow. I have the opposite problem: great openings, great endings, very hard to connect the two. And while "discovery writing" (aka pantsing) may work for you, I literally couldn't write that way. There should be some discovery in a first draft, but I couldn't even begin without a thorough outline and extensive character studies. I had better damn well write out "the inner logic out of which the narrative arises" ahead of time, or I personally couldn't write my book. (cont'd)
Feb
22
reviewed Approve Writing from the middle
Feb
21
answered Punctuation and capitalisation in poetry