Questions tagged [style]

This tag should be used for questions that deal with a consistent style in your writing, such as when asking about typical ways to introduce a certain aspect to your reader by showing-telling or if you are concerned that your readers might feel that a change in the point of view might be perceived as inconcsistency.

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Changing Genres in the Middle of a Story

Let's say the story was introduced as a romance, then somewhere in the middle it becomes a horror/thriller, would you immediately think it's bad? Would you feel like "This is not what I came here ...
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“Well-loved use” vs “frequent and fond use” [migrated]

What makes more sense, grammar-wise? Mama admires the butter churn; the “sinks” in its “beautiful light yellow wood from … where Big Dee and Stash had lived” testify to its well-loved use. Mama ...
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Proper use of “operando”/“in operando” studies

There are research techniques where something is investigated under working conditions, and these techniques are commonly referred to as in situ. For the sake of being specific to my field of study, ...
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How to show a character with multiple personalitites?

To preface this, I have seen the question multiple personalities characters speech in text and I feel that my question is different enough, to warrant a separate question. In my book, a character has ...
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How does one strengthen their sense of rhythm?

Many pieces of writing are succinct, but they are not rhythmical, giving no pleasure to the ear of the reader. The reason for that is likely this: The writers themselves either are unmindful of rhythm ...
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If you're writing a story where the location is based in the USA, should you adapt your spelling to the American way, rather than British?

If an Australian writer writes a story based in America or another country that uses American English, should you change your spelling to American English, or continue using British English? Is this ...
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What is the literary form or style of a story with no heroes?

I have a piece of non-fiction to write that I'll be doing by telling a story. It's somewhere between a news report, op-ed, and historical lesson, but told as a short story. In this story there are ...
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What are the grammatical and stylistic alternatives to avoid overusing pronouns?

Recently, I've developed a habit of writing he/she/him/her and overusing the character's name at the beginning of sentences. For example: Pandora ran through the snow, following the coughs to a small ...
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Font Size for Book

I am writing a short book. What is the best font size to use with Times New Roman: 12 or 14?
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I want to incorporate a Men's Rights message into my book, how do I it properly?

I want to add a message into my book about Men's Rights, but I don't want to do it in an obnoxious way. I want to add it in without it being told. I want to show, not tell. This one book I was reading,...
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Hyphen for “multiple-response”?

I'm writing a help document for a website that tests people. In much of the copy for the website, I've referred to "multiple-choice" questions with the hyphen. Now, I have to write about multiple ...
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Adjective alongside verb [closed]

"Marlon walked suspicious along the corridor". It's important to stress that Marlon was (still) suspicious (not suspected, nor walking suspiciously) about something (that was already covered in the ...
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Book recommendation for keeping writing specific / concrete

My job requires formal writing, however after self-review, I found that my writing does not have enough substance. This was confirmed as feedback from higher-ups implied that I use too many phrasal ...
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Im wondering if for a unique writing tactic, could i shift from first to third person?

As a way to show exposition of my characters background,In a dream sequence could I use third person POV? Just wondering if this could work, as Im an aspiring writer and i'm looking for a way to make ...
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Alternative for “first” at the beginning of a sentence

I am writing a paper in the mathematics field, and I found out that very often (too often) I begin sentences and paragraphs with the word "first". For example, "First, define P as the string..." I ...
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MS Word correct the style of footnotes

I am having an issue with a bad documents that one of my colleague formatted. The footnotes appear to have a Return too much... I tried clicking everywhere around the area to be able to modify ...
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A compelling blog writing

Although I maintain a blog on which I give anime reviews, academically my english is really good, but I have experienced a problem that whenever I am writing a blog, I am not able to express exactly ...
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Apparent contradiction in rules about writing that I learnt throughout my education

I noticed that there are a few inconsistencies in what I was taught throughout my English education, and I hope to clarify them. I think the nature of the question is somewhere between "grammar" and "...
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How do you quote a quote? [duplicate]

There's this sentence from Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing that I want to use as a title of my project, and I'm not sure if I ...
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How to properly put asterisk around a term?

How do I properly put asterisk around this title? Do I put it at the end of the title of after the term, KonMari Method? Which one is correct? How the KonMari Method Changed My Daily Routine* or ...
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How do you properly quote a quote as a title? [duplicate]

There's this sentence from Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing that I want to use as a header/title of my project, and I need ...
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How to introduce a “fourth reason” after having stated that there are “three main reasons”?

In an academic paper, I have written "There are three main arguments for why X is not Z." I have then discussed them like this: "First, ....​ (of medium length) The second argument is ...
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Shall I put “implemented” on the end or in the middle of sentence? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? a) While there is considerable attention given to business controls, we identified lack of audit trail related security controls implemented. b) While there is considerable ...
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How to make my roleplay responses more lengthy/detailed?

How can I make my roleplay responses more lengthy and detailed? For the recent months I've been roleplaying with several friends. our replies are normally two or three sentences. While I've shown ...
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Third person omniscient or limited?

This is kind of difficult to explain (im sorry if its really long) and I haven't found a question yet that addresses my exact issue. Apologies in advance if this breaks a rule, I can't find them ...
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What Does A Person Mean That My Novel Reads Like A Screenplay?

I have recently heard from some literary agents that my book, my opening chapters, reads like a screenplay. Now, this is a minority view. Most agents just think my opening chapters are beautifully ...
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I am trying to write a Shakespearean-style play, but my “ideas” are always something I remember from Hamlet?

How does one come up with original ideas? Hamlet was amazing, but every time I think of a plot point or character, it just is not nearly as good as Hamlet or is a direct copy of the play. Is there ...
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Sentence Variety

Writers always talk about the importance of sentence variety in writing, but they never say which sentence type one should use for a specific scenario. So when do I use simple, complex, compound, and ...
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How to write in a clear narrative voice

I am writing a Narrated novel. Here is my 1st Person Narration followed by 3rd Person Account of Same Incident Grandmother was an old woman left to fend for herself. Ranjho's Mother walked ...
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Fault in writers logic and how avoid?

So yeah I have seen a situation where what the writer has put makes sense, but after thinking it through there are clear faults in the logic they used. Here's my example A small team is advancing ...
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If I am teaching someone through Video tutorial than how to ask question from him?

I am making a tutorial video on programming language. During video I want to ask question who is watching the video. Confusion is between 2 words. "I" or "You". Let's see few examples. After ...
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Repeated Use of Short Sentences

I am confused about why the repeated use of short sentences is read quickly when there's a period at the end of every sentence that should make the reader stop for a second or two every time?
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How can I steer myself away from using pronouns too often as I write in 3rd person?

I noticed that I use "she", "he", and "they"- and a lot of sentences also begin with the aforementioned pronouns. How can I steer away from doing this so often as I write in 3rd person fiction? HERE ...
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Is it bad for the narrative to lie?

What I want to know is if it is bad for the narrative to lie to the reader. I get that using it in first person can be a good use for misdirection and such, but it does that by making the character ...
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What Is Considered a Pet Peeve When It Comes To Writing?

I have had about two beta-readers who had pet peeves with respect to the use of certain words in fiction. I was wondering if these pet peeves are valid. For instance, is the use of the word, "then," ...
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Rules of Misdirection in Stories

I am wondering if there are any rules for misdirection like how would you tell if a misdirection was done right or wrong in a story? Are there do's and don'ts or a point where you can over do it when ...
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When should a chapter end and the next chapter begin? [duplicate]

I writing a short story and I would like to know when I should end a chapter.
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In an academic Paper, should you mention/reference stuff like Definitions or Theorems? Or are they part of the “text flow”?

I'm not sure if my question is entirely subjective or not. I'm asking because maybe there is a "standard" way of doing it. I haven't found anything about this because it's kind of difficult to search ...
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As a writer, how can I avoid exposing myself as a non-native English speaker in my texts?

I am a Japanese student learning English, and one of my current goals is to learn to write texts in such a way that no reader will realize I am not a native speaker. I am humbly seeking advice on how ...
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How do I ensure that my temper is not affecting my writing?

Usually, when I read my old blog posts, one thing I evidently observe is that my posts are affected by my temper at that time. I feel like I could have written them in another way (maybe due to my ...
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What word would people with outdated technology make up for a plane? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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If I were to publish a book series, each having 100 pages, would it be considered a children's book series?

I had an idea for something like a light novel of some sort, but I have a creeping concern. If I published a fantasy book series, each book has 100 pages each, would it be considered a children's book ...
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Can I put a strong sarcastic statement in “formal” speeches or debates

I have to write a speech on 'High level of illiteracy in [some country]', can I include a strong satire on bureaucrats, on power? I am not mentioning the sarcasm here, due to some reasons, (I will ...
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Mother is writing a book, thinks writing her life stories is same as telling them [closed]

My mother is a celebrity in a small niche world. Her contribution and experiences are wonderful and should be told. She says she can't write a book, so she has settled on a book that is something else,...
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How to write a drunk character slurring in speech

Question for the English pros: I am working on a scene in my novel I am writing and have a question about the style of wording in a drunk character’s speech. I have included the character dialogue ...
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Limited 3rd Person: How to reveal character's black skin?

I have a scene that I'm working on. The character in the scene is an actor who's black wearing a black face. At the end of the scene I have him wiping the makeup and resolving not to wear it again. ...
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How to refer to siblings who are friends?

Two of the MCs in the novel I'm working on are half-sisters, and also great friends. Currently, when referring to them, I alternate between using "sisters" and "friends". A Beta-Reader pointed out ...
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I abstain from using concise words in my writing, so as to “show” instead of “tell”. Is this bad writing?

Instead of explaining this whole practice, I'll rather give an example. In a scene in my book, there is this character. This character is pompous and arrogant. I describe their gait shortly after ...
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Why is sarcasm so hard to write?

I'm prompted to ask this question because I was troubled by some answers to questions about punctuation in rhetorical questions. The solution also calls into question the notion that 'said' is the ...
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Laughing in 1st person narratives

I've looked at other posts here, but none really get to the bottom of it, and none are specifically like my question. I'm writing the same story from two different perspectives. The first one is in ...

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