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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jan
30
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
19
awarded  Yearling
Jun
28
comment Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about understanding an English sentence, rather than about writing style and techniques.
Jun
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
15
comment Is the following allowed under the ungrammatical exceptions in fiction?
Who ever told you that your first example was wrong? It absolutely is not wrong, and is in many ways better than your second example.
Jun
11
comment Wait for the results of writing contest or try other means
"How can I tell whether an agent is legit" would be a very good question for Writers.se :).
Jun
11
answered Wait for the results of writing contest or try other means
Jun
11
comment Book Plot Sugestions
Hi, Lizzy. Unfortunately, this sort of open-ended plot question isn't really what we do here. There are lots of other sites where you could ask stuff like this, but we want questions to have a single focus and an objective answer.
May
27
comment How best to format a novel written in Markdown
@Mussri, yep, your experimentation should be valid universally. In fact, I may put my own templates up someplace public, since they should be usable for nearly everyone.
May
25
comment Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?
Short answer: dialogue is completely necessary, since dialogue reads completely differently from summary.
May
25
answered How best to format a novel written in Markdown
May
24
awarded  Enlightened
May
24
awarded  Nice Answer
May
15
comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
@Jed, there are lots of examples of long first epic fantasy novels, for sure. But I wouldn't want the OP to think that he should try to send in a 300K monster on his first shot.
May
15
answered Best Grammar checking software
May
14
comment How many words in 350 pages typed and double spaced?
You've correctly identified the wordcount for epic works from established authors. However, I've been told many times that first books should generally shoot for about 100K words, and that anything over 120K is a hard sell.
Apr
25
answered Why Use Excessively Short Chapters?
Apr
11
comment Can a self publishing author use a Pen name/Pseudonym?
The name an your Amazon account should be your real name. However, you can put anything you want as the "author name". Amazon will show the author name to people on the site, but it'll write the checks to you.
Apr
10
answered Can a self publishing author use a Pen name/Pseudonym?