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Mar
16
comment Is it a good idea to write a summary of a plot before writing the full version?
What do you mean by "Use string."?
Mar
4
comment Techniques for minimizing redundancy in a document, paragraph or sentence?
@leeand00, first paragraph should be an introduction or, if feasible, an abstract; the purpose is to ease your readers in not (necessarily) to make a summary. Everything in-between is your own business. At end you should have some sort of conclusion; not necessarily a verbose one, simple facts will do (particularly for technical writing) and simply wrapping things up with a opinion is sufficient for others. Just my take on it.
Mar
4
comment Techniques for minimizing redundancy in a document, paragraph or sentence?
@Lauren Ipsum, I've converted it to community wiki, so feel free to edit away. :)
Mar
4
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
That blogpost was brilliant.
Mar
4
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
+1 for the tip on using "said" :) I'm not really sure about stage business though; I really wish to avoid these sort of narrator or semi-narrator pauses in dialog (if possible), as a matter of personal style.
Mar
4
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
I'll take that as a bomb shell on the 2nd style. Ty for the clear explanation. :)
Mar
4
comment Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?
Not really writing a novel; meaning what I'm writing is not near novel length. However, you make a very good case for action tags and how they improve the writing.
Feb
28
comment Character with extreme manners
(continued) In combination with some more research I've been able to deduce sentences follow a very simple [greeting] + [low key message] + [high key message] pattern in dialog; and a sort of monolog/story-telling pattern when expressing broad ideas. Sentences also would seem very short and usually complete—no one part of the message tacking too many syllables or containing too many complementary words (which seem reserved for "bang sentences"). A thesaurus seems like a very good tool to get that upper class crust; albeit cheap, searching for a less used relative does seem to do the trick.
Feb
28
comment Character with extreme manners
The "Class: A Guide Through the American Status System" was pretty interesting and gave me a good leap in the right direction. Thank you. You may wish to add that to your answer; I'll give it more time but that was pretty helpful so I'll gladly accept it if a better answer is not provided.
Feb
28
comment Character with extreme manners
The plot/story is actually pretty light hearted and the characters a little crazy—more importantly the timeline is present/future, not past/victorian (I'm actually trying to avoid using "expired" words if possible). I understand what you're saying but what I need is just a character that acts/talks the part for a certain angle I'm trying to pull with the story, not a dramatic character, or a character with social problems (that would have been more straight forward to research). But thank you for the answer nonetheless; I don't think I can make too much out of the letters however. :)
Feb
28
comment Character with extreme manners
"My Aunt Agatha, the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth." …is not really what I'm looking for. When I say manners I'm not referring to discipline (nor bad disposition), just language ticks. But ty for the link, I'll take note of it. :)
Feb
6
comment Dashes vs. Commas vs. parentheses?
Excellent answer, +1. But please use em dashes there — (Alt + 0151). It is also important to note the em dash can be used as a interruption or to mark a unfinished part of a sentence: "Oh look, a cute kitt— WHAT the hell!?". I prefer them over ellipsis … (Alt + 0133), which was suggested in another answer.
Feb
4
comment What to do about noun clusters
when first letter is capitalized, no re-phrasing should happen. This is like "National Aeronautics and Space Administration", you take it as-is. Should you re-phrase it people may not realize you're talking about NASA anymore. ;)
Feb
4
comment What to do about noun clusters
you misread. What I meant was that your reformulated sentence looks similar to google translate sentences, not that you've used google translate there. It is toooo similar ;) gives a very bad impression to the reader. Terminology like that mustn't be altered!
Feb
4
comment What to do about noun clusters
Technically "Web Product Provider" may be a technical term, in which case you have killed it's meaning and probably confused the reader at the other side. Also, the way you changed it, if I were the one reading, I would have guessed you passed it though google translate...
Jan
28
comment What is the preferred way to type out ellipses?
On the web, try to use the … (i.e horizontal ellipse) if you can. Example… :)