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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

There is no real grammatical rule for this and the very fact that you are using emoji shows that grammar probably isn't very important. That being said, from what I see on social media, most people ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

I have an insight that might or not help you : I once had the very same question, but for my native language: French. I sent a mail to the "Académie française", which is the french official language ...
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Starting a sentence with well. Does my sentence need to be changed?

I think you mean "while". "While" can be used as a conjunction to mean "even though" or "despite". As in, "While Bob is very tall, he still couldn't reach the top shelf." Using "while" here creates ...
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How long should each paragraph be in fiction writing?

There are many different thoughts on this. If you are writing a novel, then you can do basically whatever you want (and I'll get to that later), but if it's an academic paper, you should be more rigid ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

Emoji is new and I believe there haven't any grammar rules related to emojis. You can put it before, after, or even as a full-stop. If you ask me, I prefer to put it as a substitute of punctuation ...
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Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 🤔

A sentence is made up of words, hence Emoji should have no place in them. Putting them after a full stop is the most sensible option. Writing out a sentence, then inserting an Emoji, then the full ...
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How long should each paragraph be in fiction writing?

Purdue OWL gives a great definition of the concept of a "paragraph": Paragraphs are units of thought with one adequately developed idea. In other words, paragraphs are not just clusters of ...
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How can I improve my sentence construction or flow in general writing?

1. READ A LOT I agree with @Cloudchaser that writing is a craft you have to practise. You should absolutely read these books that have been recommended to you. Read as many as you can on the craft of ...
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What's the effect of placing "of course" at the beginning or at the end of the sentence?

The effect playing 'of course' at the beginning or end of a sentence is often dependent on the previous and subsequent sentences. At the end of a sentence 'of course' affirms a positive statement. "...
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Must every sentence be 25 words or less?

No, you should not always abide by this rule. However it depends on what type of writing you are doing. If you are writing instructions that need to be understood by people with a wide range of ...
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How should I designate a break in a sentence to display a code segment?

Assuming this is not for a non-fiction publication, but something more informal like a school report, or product documentation in some sort of HOWTO then using the colon to signify a transition from ...
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How should I designate a break in a sentence to display a code segment?

I try to avoid both "as follows" and "below". (Some book publishers love them because they feel they are more formal, but when I have a choice, I avoid them.) Instead, I use "...
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How to "Show" and not "Tell" for nervousness?

Showing instead of telling means showing the consequences of a character state (anger, anxiety, love, worry, hate, etc.) instead of labeling the state. "Steam coming out of her ears" is a ...
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Sentence starters for summaries?

"Now it's time to talk about..." "Next we will cover..." "We talked about..." However, I would suggest that such variation may be unnecessary, especially in a technical context. Consistency and ...
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What is the rule for commas?

How many commas? Instinctively you have too many, but you are using most correctly. The comma before 'but' is only appropriate if 'but' begins an independent clause or if there is another dependent ...
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How to "Show" and not "Tell" for nervousness?

"Show don't tell" doesn't mean that for every feeling there is a periphrasis that expresses it better. So there is not a specific phrase to use for each case. It's never about single expressions, but ...
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How can I improve my sentence construction or flow in general writing?

In terms of the most basic elements of good writing style, the classic text is called Strunk and White (after its authors). After you master that, I would graduate to Samuel Delany's About Writing. ...
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Repetitive sentences

If I understand the problem correctly, I think what you want to be doing is vary the subject of your sentences. Look at this example: John walked out of the office. He observed the sky turning ...
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Is there a rule against chopped sentences?

In fiction writing, grammar can be fast and loose. It's not as though there's a grading board that must rubber-stamp a book before it's allowed on shelves. More or less anything goes - as long as it's ...
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How long should each paragraph be in fiction writing?

My personal rule of thumb is that if a paragraph reaches 100 words, I should think about either trimming it down or breaking it into two, lest I end up with a wall of text. That's just a guideline, ...
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How can I improve my sentence construction or flow in general writing?

There are a lot of non-obvious elements to writing that once you understand them and begin to work on them, can make a huge impact on the impressions that readers get from your writing. There is a ...
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Are run-on sentences always bad?

Run on sentences are sentences without a pause. No place to take a breath. By using what might otherwise be a run on sentence as free verse poetry, you are creating those pauses. You have some ...
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Increasing the flow in descriptions of a sequence of events

Welcome to the exchange. To my way of thinking, you need to expand the sequence out because as it stands you are listing a series of events and symptoms of the characters. There is no reaction, no ...
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How do you write long, nonconvoluted sentences?

Sentence rewritten to be convoluted: "Self-absorbtion could be the real explanation, as I may have mentioned before, regarding certain people's perception of their personal quality in the area of ...
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Is it good to write long sentences with "and" like Hemingway?

The rules we are taught about writing are to ensure it is clear and precise. They work well for school and business reports, where facts and analysis are being conveyed. Fiction is a different beast ...
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How do you use adverbs properly in fiction writing?

Adverbs are not popular in modern writing, but one area where they are essential is in character development. If you are trying to present a character as effusive and excessively generous in their ...
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Is it necessary to use words like "said", "asked," etc in dialog?

No. They are often left off, if the context makes it clear who is talking. If I only have Mike and Nancy in a scene: "I had ice cream at lunch," Mike said. "I thought we agreed we ...
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