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Q&A What is the Current State-of-the-Art / Any Successful Experiements with EPUB Format?

As a zipped web-page, EPUB has long offered the possibility of completely changing how a book looks and feels with dynamic content and interactive content. But since EPUB came out (2007), I really...

3 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by James McLellan‭  ·  last activity 4d ago by James McLellan‭

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Q&A block-quotation narrative with dialogue

Over on the Judaism site, I summarized a narrative text in a block quotation. Because the narrative is well-known, I expected many people to skip the block quotation; therefore, I did not want it t...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How should I document a database schema?

I am going to be writing some user-facing documentation for a database that visitors can query. That is, the people writing queries are not the ones who created the database; they can come in, look...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Telephone Conversations

The Situation: I am writing a short story. My POV character is listening to another person having a telephone conversation. The POV character only hears the one person speaking and not the response...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Walter Sanville‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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Q&A In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?

The end user documentation I'm writing makes use of screenshots (and partial screenshots) to show the user what I'm referring to in procedural instructions or conceptual explanations of the softwar...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Matthew Rodatus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Can we dialoguify sounds?

Can we dialoguify sounds? By dialoguifying I mean turning something that shouldn't be put in quote when that something correspond to sounds into a dialogue by putting it between quotes and treating...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by blackbird‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A What are the indentation rules for the paragraph introducing a bulleted list?

I'm writing a formal document for my company where it'll be shared and used by a number of teams. Unfortunately, we don't have any official standard style guide to follow, so I've attempted to be a...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Troyen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there something "wrong" with my writing? How do I improve it? [closed]

So I usually use stackexchange as a last resort, but I'm completely stumped. If this question is inappropriate here, I will gladly delete it. None of my teachers say that anything is wrong with my...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Carlos Cienfuegos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Correct punctuation for showing a character's confusion

I'm trying to show that the narration (third person limited) is being interrupted by the character's thought process, and I'm not sure what punctuation is best for this situation. So far, I've tri...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Indicating multiple different modes of speech (fantasy language or telepathy)

All the viewpoint characters in my story are orcs and speak Orcish as their native tongue, but some are bilingual: they use English to talk to humans. Additionally, the main character has a magic p...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Robyn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Switching languages within dialogue [closed]

I'm writing a story which requires frequent switching between languages, sometimes in the same sentence. I thought about writing the foreign language in italics, but the problem is that I already ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by romebot‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing a Non Fiction: Need to Format a Continuous Side Bar

I am writing a novel with two stories simulatenously running alongside each other. That is, on each page there is a main story, taking the body of the page, and there is a 'side story' which runs a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Max‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Question mark in use with colon

Do you use a question mark in hand when you use a colon, if yes how? I Will Fix Any Error Or Bug is the title of the service. Should I place the order in: I Will Fix Any Error Or Bug Sho...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by nicoX‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do you pluralize a Roman numeral?

My work has Validation Engineers I, Validation Engineers II, Compliance Consultant I, Compliance Consultant II, etc. When discussing more than one person, do you write Validation Engineers II, Val...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by C Aaron N‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting used when introducing a term

I found a previous post about introducing terms, but it doesn't quite answer my question. I have a more specific question about the punctuation used when introducing a term, and not how to stylisti...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by stila‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Caption title for screenshots

When creating a figure caption related to a software screenshot, can I use title case or should I match the case that is in the application? For Example, "Figure 1-1. New Virtual Machine – Select ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by barb higgins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I fix a text wall when I already have one?

When I write answers to questions on the stack exchange network my end result is often quite lengthy. While length itself isn't a problem for me, sometimes my answers end up like this. This happens...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Please stop being evil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting multiple languages while avoiding italics for native speakers in their POV

Looking at this question, I was trying to figure out how to format a small family of novels and short stories that use a number of languages. My original approach went with the above question's sty...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dmoonfire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should capitalization be used for emphasis for a character's tone?

Capitalization in a text has been something heavily debated in the writing community due to its nature as being preference based, and finding a hard set answer is fairly difficult. However, should ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Kyle Li‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to put a pronunciation key?

In a recent answer, "pronunciation key" was mentioned. I would like to provide a pronunciation key in my book. It would be about half a page. Where should I put it? I'm concerned that if I put ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by aparente001‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to distinguish two different voices in one book?

A relative (who is no longer living) wrote a number of autobiographical pieces which I would like to publish in a book. I would like to include four or five chapters written by myself, that would s...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by aparente001‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When dialog is italicized, should the quotation marks be italicized as well?

For example, in the following exchange, "Shut up!" she yelled. "I can't think when you ramble." (For context, it's for a novel or online story publication.) I want to emphasize the two words ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by whiterook6‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is generally the accepted format style for telepathic communication in the midst of verbal communication?

At this point in my story, it's already been revealed that 2 characters share a telepathic link with one another that allows them to communicate to each other with their minds. "Now before we g...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Memor-X‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting dialogue and single lines

Consider the following exchange: "Hello" "Hi" They were sitting on the bench. The dialogue lines are indented. Should the descriptive sentence also be indented? What if we had "Hel...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by socrates‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Capitalisation after punctuation in dialogue

I've seemed to have a problem with getting this right and doubting myself. In regards to writing dialogue, do you follow up with capitalisation after punctuation marks? Can someone tell me which is...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Colm Mulhern‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I use different fonts in my manuscript?

My novel contains emails, titles of news articles, parts of technical journals, and snippets of computer output in addition to regular dialogue and action. Is it common/acceptable to use one font ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by RichS‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting a Story Teller's Dialog

I'm writing a short story in which a story teller (the possibly-historic Aesop) addresses an audience. He tells his short story (within my short story), after which I will describe dialog between h...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Eric J.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Formatting Text from a Sign

I have a dialog heavy scene in which one of the characters walks up to a door marked with a sign. I wrote A warning etched under the sign read “Electromagnetics strictly prohibited.” Is it co...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Eric J.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Name of Journal-Like Setting Description Lines Under Chapter Section Headings

Some fiction titles put a small block of text listing relevant setting details like the scene's time, date, and location between chapters' section headings and bodies. Heres an example: Chap...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by RandomDSdevel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the formal way to write a reference in English?

I am writing my thesis and I need to know the correct way of putting the reference. For example: This is a sentence taken from someone [2]. This is a sentence taken from someone[2]. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by sarah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should you emphasise text within quotation marks?

e.g. Bold: Click "Setting" then click "Options". Italic: Click "Setting" then click "Options". Or even underline? Or none quotation marks? Click Setting then click Options. Wh...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by XPMai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you properly add paragraphs into a research paper?

I'm writing an MLA formatted research paper and want to add the following into my paper. "Legislature The Legislative branch is Parliament, comprised of the Head of State and the Legislati...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Nina‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing a trail guide for mountain bike trails - advice on the process

I'm writing a trail guide about mountain bike trails in a little known Eastern European country. I have many maps and trails but I would like some advice about which software to use to write it u...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Having a character quote an entire stanza of a poem

I am working on a long form fiction item. In this one of the characters will quote the first stanza from a poem. Normally with speech, one opens quotes, adds the text, and closes quotes. However I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Matthew Brown aka Lord Matt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format neural actions in a story

I'm writing a short story with androids and cybernetically enhanced humans who have access to neural interfaces. Essentially, they open up some kind of computer terminal, but it's via internal sens...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by MichaelS‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format common words that are made "special"?

In my novel, there's something that the characters refer to as "darkness". It symbolizes the bad thoughts of depressed/suicidal people. A short silence. I imagined Joel nodding his head in the ...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Position of Footnote on Page

This question isn't about a case that I have a problem with; it's just a purely hypothetical thing that I've been thinking about. Suppose you are writing a book or maybe an article for a journal. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Sam T‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I drop the quotation marks in a chapter that consists mostly on a character telling a story?

The structure looks like this: Chapter 10 (...) And so Cath began telling me her tale. Which turned out to be grimmer than I'd expected. Chapter 11 "I've been suffering fr...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I write "also known as" in full or as an acronym (aka)?

Example: It was located in the East Coast National Scenic Area, also known as China's Last Unspoiled Land. Is that how it should be written? Should I put it in quotes? Should I write it in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When to use normal caps and small caps in fiction?

Sometimes I don't know which one to use. For instance, what kind should I use when referring to the stamping on a t-shirt? Mark wore a t-shirt that said, SAVE WATER, DRINK BEER.

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I use ellipses or em dashes to denote pauses in speech?

I flipped open its latch and peered inside. A—gold tooth? I flipped open its latch and peered inside. A ... gold tooth? Was it an elephant? No, elephants didn't frequent beaches....

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined

I'm writing a short film that has the vast majority scenes set in a pub, with the main male character about to approach a woman, and he imagines/projects some of the possibilities of this - it goes...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Spiffeah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I search for tick marks not smart quotes in Word?

I'm doing a proofing check of a book prior to submitting to publication and want to make sure it's as neat as possible before doing so. Recently, I've had to merge two versions of the document - f...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Leon Conrad‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Capitalization of personal event names

I am working with a friend on a essay and we have encountered a capitalization question. The book we are analyzing is The Assault by Harry Mulisch. The central event in the book is the attack on hi...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by lswim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Script Writing as it pertains to TV and Radio lines

If a Radio or TV needs to be audible. How is that written in a Script? Is it written like the characters, or is written in the description in parentheses?

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user6796‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there straightforward instructions for MS WORD 2013 for numbering in different formats, yet maintaining a chronological count?

I have a master's thesis in the humanities undergoing its final throes before readers' examinations. The university's formatting rules are, understandably, very strict and, unfortunately, demand a ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by FountainpenLady‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to format and where to place the "thanks" section for websites in a book?

I just finished a "long" short story. And I want to include a section where I thanks Writers SE for the writing advice and Scribophile for the critiques and feedback. How is that properly done? Wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to indicate emphasis in plain text manuscripts

Some short story markets (e.g. Daily Science Fiction) request manuscripts in plain text. How do you indicate emphasis in a plain text manuscript?

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Dale Hartley Emery‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I italicise when the protagonist quote other character's words?

For example in a story I'm writing a character says the following: “Be careful,” An-Mei said, ignoring my question. “No matter what, don't get close to her.” Later on the protagonist thinks...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Background speech with foreground dialogue

A few days ago, I stumbled upon an issue of the type; meaning I had two characters talking between themselves and another character talking in the background; actually delivering a speech. What th...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Jerry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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