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How do I remove Nikkud (vowel marks) from a Word 2016 document?

I am working on a commentary on Ethics of the Fathers and I want readers to be able to read sources I'm quoting in their original Hebrew. I am getting most of my sources from sefaria.org and ...
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Writing a phone call scene in a screenplay

I’m writing a scene that is on a phone call. I don't want to hear one person in a voiceover. Instead, I want to cut back and forth between the two people speaking. Do I have to use a new scene ...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Semicolon

I completed my novel and an editor friend graciously offered to assist me with formatting. As a former scientist, I am more familiar with technical or academic writing, so formatting fiction can be a ...
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How to properly format a post update on a company blog?

I wrote a blog post about a certain feature(in testing) of our online product. We finished the testing and changed a couple of things and added some improvements to this feature. So, I was ...
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How do I cite/reference multiple lines of cuneiform translations in MLA?

I have a text from the Nebonidus Harran inscriptions that I want to specifically reference in my paper. The quote looks like this: …(But) the sons of Babylon, Borsippa, 15. Nippur, Ur, Erech, ...
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Does it make sense to put a hyperlink into an answer within an interview?

Some media did an interview with me and published it - and I see a hyperlink inserted into my answer. I provided them the link separately but didn't expect to see it inside the quotation marks. What ...
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Do self publishers need to support punctuation differences for different markets?

I am an Australian, first time author, intending to self publish. I have prepared the manuscript using the Australian English dictionary in MS Word. Many words are spelled differently in different ...
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Typography for a book?

I know this must vary based on preference. I haven't gone to school for writing but regardless have started writing a book. I have a few chapters done, and need to start format and editing it. Should ...
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Page numbering. Empty pages for notes include in page numbering?

I have a few questions about the page numbering of the last few pages of my book. I have a section with further resources. It contains one page with information about a site and three more pages with ...
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What do you italicize when you create a compound word or worldplay?

For example, the mix of sup and herb: supherb. I want to show that it's a made up word and a playword related to herbivores animals. What should I italicize? sup, herb, or the whole word?
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Other Forms of Partitioning a Novel [closed]

I'm asking this because I haven't yet come across a similar discussion on the internet or anywhere else. My design scheme for my debut novel is to title major sections within the chapters. These are ...
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What font should I use to write alien language?

In my story, I'm using the font WingDings to represent the language for the alien race. Should I be using something different or am I ok with using WingDings to represent a constructed language? Any ...
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How to sound confident but not cocky?

I am working on this slogan, and it comes out like this. On the road to success. What I mean by that is that I have positioned myself to accomplish something, but while I am not there yet, I have ...
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How to ask a question and define what I mean?

I am in the middle of the painful process of buying a car. I am trying to do much of my legwork online before going into a dealership. One of the things I hate the most about purchasing a car is ...
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On Scrivener, Hitting Return Key is Causing Double-Space when it shouldn't

At the end of a paragraph I hit return ONCE. (I check to make sure, using format - show invisibles, and yes, there is one return.) Yet, even though I my entire document is single spaced, Scrivener ...
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Should I use quotes or italics when using the expression “… as though to say”?

Example sentence: "Sorry to bother." Kenji waved his hand as though to say, I'm up here. "But I think I've really seen you before." Should the bold section be double quotes or italics? And why?
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APA Citation for a undergrad-level book review

I'm writing a book review for sociology on the book Sidewalk by Mitchell Duneier. This book is the ONLY source for my whole paper. It is the only citation that I am using and the only outside source ...
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How to write long conversation of (whispers) when screenwriting?

If you have a conversation of whispering in a screenplay do you have to put: BATHSHEBA (whispers) Beneath each character’s name. I’ll add that the situation mandates whispering and could be ...
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I want to use something like V.O. or O.S to indicate my character is in a shadow, what should I do?

I want to use something like V.O. or O.S to indicate my character is in a shadow, what should I do? I like what the Wachowskis did in the Matrix, which is a major influence for me. Would readers throw ...
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Size of a Page While Printing

I am a book writer. I wrote this year a book and it is the first time I want to get my book published. Now, I have the soft copy of book in MS Word format, I set the page size to A4. The situation is ...
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Website for writing project management

Basically, I'm looking for something like Scrivener or other similar software, but online. Do such sites exist? I'm looking for something that allows you to manage your writing project, all aspects ...
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In a screenplay/script format, how do you handle several people saying hello or goodbye to each other?

In formatting a script/screenplay. How do you handle greetings and goodbyes when there are several people? I can think of a few ways to handle it and don't like any of them. I was wondering which is ...
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What is the line spacing in novels?

I don't mean in a manuscript or submission or anything like that--I mean in the actual novels we read. I googled it and keep getting different answers. In all the publishers I like--New Directions, ...
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Text formatting

Hello everyone! I want to know how to format text to something normal as depicted in the image. How can this be done quickly? Thank you for your time!
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How do you format partial song lyrics at the beginning of a chapter

How do I format and cite partial song lyrics at the beginning of a chapter? Can all lines be centered? e.g.: Chapter 19 Sweet Dreams Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to ...
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Manuscript Format in Microsoft Word

I plan to write a novel, but before I do so, I need to know if Microsoft Word's manuscript format is accurate.
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How long is a typical chapter? [duplicate]

I'm using Google Docs to make my first attempt at writing a novel (aka destroying my soul). I'm using 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced. I'm interested in how many pages in that format would make up ...
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Do you italicize fictitious television show in fiction book?

In a fiction novel. For example: Sanjay was watching World News. World News is a real television program so it's in italics. But what about: Sanjay was watching Dingdong News. Should Dingdong News be ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How to format code in an academic report

I write a report and must think about the reader. The report has some code and some illustrations. I wonder how to display the code readably. I now mix the fonts Times New Roman 12 for normal text ...
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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 a ...
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Is representing distorted voices via different typefaces, and different languages represented by enclosing brackets an advisable thing to do?

In the current draft of my book, the evil dictator whose body is encased in a silver alloy talks basically by allowing magic to move to seep into the silver shell, dispelling it and causing vibrations....
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MS Word Endnote Style Formatting

I hope this is the appropriate forum (and tags). I have a book written in MS Word (2007) ... with probably 250 endnotes. Every time I create an endnote, MS Word: automatically uses the internal "...
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When is it okay to insert a page break before a new paragraph?

I sometimes find myself with only one to three lines between the start of a paragraph and the end of a page when writing papers. When using the APA format, is it okay to insert a page break before the ...
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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 style. ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of original manuscript's page size in Word for the conversion process to Kindle

I was wondering if there is any advantage in the conversion process from Word to Kindle format if I create the Word document with any one particular page size? Would an original manuscript, created as ...
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How do you format equations in MLA?

I'm currently writing an acedemic paper on the topic of computation time. I have to include several equations similar to the following: O(N2) I am wondering if there is any special formatting or ...
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Book Format Shape

I'm writing a book which has about 60 pages at the moment, not even to the halfway point of the story. What puzzles me is whether I'm using the right settings about margins and font pt, and that kind ...
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Do 'text walls' scare off readers?

A comment on a recent question of mine claims Right, so that's [large unformatted text blocks scaring off some readers in certain contexts is] a myth. This is how I know: Harry Potter. Big long ...
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How do I avoid writing text walls in the first place?

I've recently asked a question about editing away text walls once I've already made the mistake of creating one, but it would probably be best not to have them in the first place. What writing ...
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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 ...
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What are these script formats called?

I have found two ways of formatting a script for a play. Character names go in the middle of the page, on a separate line. Example: http://filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm ...
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Which program should I use to write the first draft of my novel? [closed]

I'm working on outlining a novel and would like to start a first draft but I can't decide on any of the endless amounts of writing software available. What's the best place to start? Text editors? ...
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How should I set the inside margin for my 5x8" book with Createspace?

I've been going round in ever decreasing circles over the setting up of the margins for my novel, which I hope to publish with Createspace. I know what the Top, Bottom, and Outside margins should be, ...
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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 ...
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Need recommendation re: online resume format

I'm drafting a resume for a job opportunity & would love recommendations on a formatting issue. My resume has many bullet points and some tables. However, I'm challenged by online job applications ...
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How to add multiple carriage returns between documents in Scrivener?

When compiling, i'm given 4 options for text separators, in the "separators" tab. What I want to do, is have 2 carriage returns, a line with 4 asterisks, then 2 carriage returns, between each text ...
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How do you describe details of an object visually?

When writing in the first person, how do you visually describe details of a specific object, such as words written on a piece of paper? Take this for example: What was his name? That's something he ...
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Has standard manuscript format changed since 2011?

This question was asked in 2011: Do editors still expect Courier font in book submissions for publication? A couple people said they found a monospace font helpful to have space to insert editing ...

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