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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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You set a bounty and wrote in the comment you want a "credible and/or official source". And I'm not sure what's the purpose of that. It's a matter of style. You got some decent suggestions. If you … choose one than that's your style, and that should be "credible" by definition. Otherwise why do you write the textbook in the first place if you are not credible? There are several "official" styles …
answered Feb 6 '14 by John Smithers
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It sounds awkward, because you repeat "think": ... made us think with Descartes' "I think, therefore I am". Besides that, your sentence is missing a logical step, which is another source for you …
answered Apr 8 '12 by John Smithers
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I guess it depends how you compile your text in Scrivener if you get the '#' or not. Scenes within a chapter are normally separated by blank lines. Like this: This is a scene. And here is its e …
answered Jul 12 '12 by John Smithers
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I think underlining for emphasizing is a little bit old-fashioned. But if you write for an audience which is used to it, why not? If you want to publish your writing online, I would advice against un …
answered Dec 22 '11 by John Smithers
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I've written this before, but I like to emphasize it, because it is really important. So here we go again: Your first draft is always (no matter if your name is Stephen King or Jakub Hampl) a big pil …
answered Nov 28 '10 by John Smithers
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If you want to know, if you use particular words too much, count them. I gave one answer where I explain a revision process from Andreas Eschbach. At point four (marking filler words) you also can ma …
answered Dec 10 '10 by John Smithers
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StrixVaria is right: too many adjectives are a sign that you are probably lazy – and less precise. The standard example why killing adjectives/adverbs is worth considering: "The man moved slowly." W …
answered Nov 23 '10 by John Smithers
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Using third person offers the benefit, that the profile can be used by other persons referring to you. E. g. you wrote a book and a newspaper/magazine is writing a review, then they also want to add …
answered Jul 20 '11 by John Smithers
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After introducing the most relevant research papers we will look at the composition rules we have selected and how to evaluate them. Then we discuss the optimisation method we use and camera search …
answered Feb 7 '11 by John Smithers
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left the train. Using past tense this trick is possible, because it's plausible that the narrator knows more afterwards than he did when the crime happened. If it is good style or not, I leave open …
answered Jul 17 '11 by John Smithers
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Yes, just repeat the citation. If you consider beauty aspects, you can also use ibid. for the second citation, but that's depending on your citation style (Vancouver or other stuff). …
answered May 11 '12 by John Smithers
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scientific writing. Eliminate filler words, be more precise, etc. As example I deleted some words of your first sentence: The writing style in papers in the natural sciences, e.g. chemistry and biology … remove too much. The writing style in natural sciences seems different from others. Too terse could puzzle people. Also read scientific papers and learn from other authors. If they get published …
answered Feb 5 '11 by John Smithers
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I've spent a decade of my life writing this script, now it will pay off. Hollywood I'm coming. (or: Hollywood is waiting.) Edit: past tense I spent a decade of my life writing this script, it was tim …
answered Mar 12 '11 by John Smithers
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Why does it matter, if your word count is 50 or 500 after a rewrite? You should ask yourself, why do you want to count your words. If you use the number to motivate yourself ("Look, I wrote 100 words …
answered Dec 2 '10 by John Smithers
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Mark the passive use in your text. Read them aloud. Change the sentences to active. Read them aloud. What sounds better? With the passive form it is harder to visualize your story to your reader - le …
answered Nov 25 '10 by John Smithers

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