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Jun
28
comment Synonym for 'overly obvious'?
This sounds like peeving in the form of a question, which is likely to be closed on EL&U.SE as well.
Jun
12
comment Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
I think a discussion of books like Watership Down or Animal Farm would be germane here.
Jun
12
comment Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?
@dbliss: Well, the character of Gregor Samsa is a human who has been transformed. Not quite the same thing.
Jun
5
comment Good way to create character names?
The problem is, names don't fit settings. Names acquire associations with settings. In the final analysis, names don't really matter. My advice: pick a name at random and write with it until you think of a better one. Then search and replace.
Feb
4
comment What does being “heavy handed” mean? And how does one avoid it?
@AE: I'm still laughing. Thanks for that.
Jun
6
comment Improving my English
The grammar checker in MS Word is execrable. I wouldn't steer anyone to it.
Aug
5
comment Hand gestures of “Come on” and other short words
"He beckoned to her to join him." You need the preposition.
Mar
23
comment Getting details of a past century right
Related.
Mar
20
comment Best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer
All right, then let me say it straight: There is no "best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer." There are only ways that work for what you are trying to do. And you have to be the judge of that.
Mar
17
comment Best way to emphasise the greenness of the fields in spring in comparison with summer
@shomif: If you are trying to develop your own style, why ask about it in some forum about writing? Sheesh.
Feb
18
comment Does using version control system make backups unnecessary?
+1 As sharptooth correctly notes, if you have your version control on the same drive as your backups, you're living in a fool's paradise.
Feb
16
comment Proper use of the “historical present tense”
Cue to a bar ...? This sounds very odd if you're writing prose instead of a screenplay. (N.B. in a screenplay, the direction would be Cut to .... You don't use to with cue, as it takes a direct object: Cue jackhammer noises outside the window.)
Jan
27
comment What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?
Agree with Andrew that InDesign is a pain to use, and that Scrivener's exporting features can be clunky and unintuitive. Try to write a novel with subparts in Scrivener. It's easy to set that up and write, but when it comes to exporting it's a royal PITA getting the section title pages to format and display correctly. Scrivener is far from perfect, but I still prefer it to anything else.
Jan
8
comment What language style should I use for a tech blog?
What Prof. Lawler said.
Nov
19
comment How does one write a character smarter than oneself?
When you get a good answer, make sure you notify Dan Brown.
Nov
6
comment How applicable are screenwriting ideas to novels?
Contrary to what the Write a Novel in 30 Days books may tell you, there is no exact formula for writing novels or screenplays. And if you think you have written something because you have a certain number of words or followed a preordained pattern, that thing is very likely not a novel or a screenplay.
Oct
3
comment Scrivener project statistics is showing an incorrect word count
Make sure all the folders that contain the text are descendants of the main project folder.
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@NeilFein: Why would I add my own answer when Craig Sefton has covered it handsomely? Note my comment on his answer. Also note that we are wasting an ass-ton of words to argue about what is essentially a quibble. I think antithetical is too strong an adjective in this context; you do not. Let's move on.
Sep
25
comment Are contractions antithetical to academic writing?
@NeilFein: I don't see contractions as being either of those things with respect to academic writing. What that style of writing needs would be accuracy and clarity. If a contraction promotes clarity, what's the harm?
Sep
6
comment Path to publishing a technical book
You are much better off not having a complete copy of the book. Publishers want to shape the books they publish to address needs they have, and that is far easier to do at the proposal stage. Note that technical publishers frequently assign parts of books to several authors. Writing part of a book is a good step toward getting the credentials to write an entire book yourself.