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This is a duplicate of Abinash's answer and downvoted for the same reasons.
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comment If you could design writing software, what would be your top 5 required features?
For me: no thesaurus, please. All the built in thesauri, dictionaries etc. are of very poor quality and I would rather use the best available resources (e.g. OED) than some free open source crap bloating my software. Also, for me: no built-in integration with any third party cloud data thieves. And I want to be independent of the internet, which often does not work where I write (trains driving through network holes, mountain tops). I'd rather sync through a cable. Finally, every text editor allows you to insert text anywhere, so writing non-linearly is a basic feature in all of them.
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+1 for "read it out loud".
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@MichaelB I understand the question to be about the way we say things, not about what we say. I can still test if the way I say something feels natural, even if I would never say it to anyone. And as for different conversational styles, if I cannot talk like a lowlife thug or a professor of philosophy, how the heck am I going to write them? As a writer, language is your tool, so you better master it.
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In which country do you want to publish?
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comment In fiction, is the use of old-fashioned verbage or voice (ex. Tolkien, Le Guin) advisable?
Well, I looked at the first few words listed in that book and, although I'm not a native speaker of English, I know most of them: "abashed, abed, abide, abreast, abroad, adamant". The first word I don't know is "affray", but I know "fray" (fight), so I can make sense of that. Maybe I know all these words because I have been reading fantasy for decades, but I wonder how unknown and archaic they actually are to a native speaker.
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comment In fiction, is the use of old-fashioned verbage or voice (ex. Tolkien, Le Guin) advisable?
[contd.] Beyond occasional uses of thou/thee, the grammar, style and orthography of the LotR are not archaic at all. (Tolkien quote from the page linked in your comment)
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comment In fiction, is the use of old-fashioned verbage or voice (ex. Tolkien, Le Guin) advisable?
@bilbo_pingouin Tolkien did not use thou/thee except in a few instances. He wrote: "In one or two places an attempt has been made to hint at [a distinction between a formal and a familiar form of address] by an inconsistent use of thou. Since this pronoun is now unusual and archaic it is employed mainly to represent the use of ceremonious language; but a change from you to thou, thee is sometimes meant to show, there being no other means of doing this, a significant change from the deferential, or between men and women normal, forms to the familiar." [contd.]
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