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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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What methods can I use to pinpoint my own stylistic choices?

I will admit that I am years out of practice in consistent writing on a personal, professional and academic level. Even even when that wasn't the case, I have always had difficulty understanding what ...
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What is this literary device called where a quote is changed for comedic effect?

A direct quote from the Bible is changed for comedic effect. Is it an allusion? maybe a paronomastic pan? And God said: “Let there be cake. And there was cake. And God saw that it was good.”
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A Question on 'Topical Progression': How to Address Internal Inconsistencies in the Framework

(This question has been moved from English Language Stack Exchange on account of relevancy.) In my mission to improve my writing, I have come across a concept called 'topical progression' (discussed ...
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Are runon sentences more permissible in legal writing?

In a legal filing, as long as the meaning is not at all ambiguous which seems to be the cardinal objective of legal writing, are runon sentences which may be more cumbersome to read less undesirable ...
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What is the origin of shorthand for "with" -> "w/"?

In many places, I've seen "w/" written where "with" should be. At least, I think that one replaces the other :) I couldn't find anywhere what is the origin of "w/". Is ...
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How do you format a song when it's part of a larger spoken piece?

I'm editing a children's book which includes songs. I usually format the songs as a block quote in a slightly smaller type size and centred on the longest line. However, I've just come to a song that ...
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Where do prose rhythms come from?

Do you think that the rhythms of poetic prose compositions are produced by their author with a sense of rhythm in mind, or by tinkering with their wording until they arrive at a rhythm they like? I am ...
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What is the proper way to insert a subsection into a section / end a subsection within a section?

Not sure if this belongs here, or math.stackexchange but what's the proper way to do a special case subsection in a section? This is mostly in a proof/logical statement context i.e. To show ... \...
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Reading Aloud to Write in a Lyrical Prose Style

Most of the time when I edit my words, I never read aloud to see if my language flows, and the last time I tried it, I struggled to yield the sound that I wanted when editing. I also fear that when ...
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Thoughts on using "looking to" in marketing content

I've been writing content for years, and over the last 6 or so, in marketing for software companies. Very often, I'll see sentences include "looking to" as a way to explain that the reader ...
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Non finite (..ing) v finite (..ed) verb form correct usage

The rhythm of these 3 excerpts below are different, they read to me more or less the same though. Are any actually grammatically wrong? It's funny the sort of questions that pop up when you start ...
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How to provide translations, moods, and registry in multilanguage dialog within an narration in English?

I am starting a serious writing project (a novel book from a story I once drafted as a TV show; I am not a script writer either). Furthermore I decided to write in English, which is not my native ...
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You have purple prose, and you have basic writing- What's the median called?

To start with, you have a form of description and furtherance of the intended narrative composed almost wholly of a horribly verbose and impenetrably confusing style known disaffectionately as "...
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Need help in figuring out how to write dialogue as if my mouth was full (+18)

I saw a similar question, but it didn't really have the answer I was seeking and it wasn't concerned with the same thing — sucking someone, thus the full mouth. I saw an answer there that suggests ...
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How to cite Terms of Use in APA 7?

I'm trying to find out how to cite the Terms of Use of an app (BeReal) - I found this answer to a similar question, but I wasn't sure if this was still accurate to APA 7. I apologize if this has been ...
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Best Order of Semantic Parts in a Clause for Clarity

It is not that I want all my writing to be so easily understood, but in some writing of mine, perhaps, I want to be as easily understood as possible, such as in certain kinds of fiction, which I plan ...
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Can some please clarify the rules of stress for me?

I was having trouble determining which words are stresed. How do you tell the words that are stressed from the words that are unstressed? Thank you.
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Capitalising after punctuation within speech?

I've notices that Emily Bronte does not always capitalise in dialogue after exclamation marks or question marks, for example (light spoilers): "Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! ...
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Indianisation of "Thank You, M'am" written by Langston Hughes

Thank You, M'am To Indianise the story, along with the name of the character & place, the story has to be adapted in an Indian context and style. Both style and context are critical here. Langston ...
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What is a format for writing Introduction part for a economics/finance paper?

I read a couple of papers in economics and finance areas. I saw that in the different papers they used different styles. Is there any outline for writing an introduction with easy-to-follow ...
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Flow of Today's Recommended Style

I know I've already posted many questions about the rhythm and flow of prose, but now I am asking a sort of specific question about the principles of style in relation to such things. All the style ...
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Use of "set down" in a formal document

I was recently asked to translate a Spanish letter of recommendation into English. Not being an English native speaker, I was bound to make a few mistakes. According to a reviewer, one of these was ...
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How to properly include credits for the author, location, date and time?

I'm working on an amateur article about various topics and want to include my name (as the author), location of where I'm currently writing the article, and the current date and time. I've seen many ...
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How to describe types of hum a character uses to convey their thoughts and opinions

I have a character who struggles to put his thoughts, feelings and opinions into words - he finds words somewhat too contained and specifically defined to adequately convey what he wants to say. He ...
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