What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
How do I craft beautiful sentences? [more inside]
Most of the academic textbooks I've read have had a drawn-out presentation style based on psychological observations as part of an effort to project a particular voice. [more inside]
How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
I learned English as a second language (native is Finnish). The emphasis in school was on vocabulary and very basic grammar; we did not to my recollection deal with stuff like passive voice etc. So in terms of writing in English, much of my "voice" has developed simply from what sounds right inside my head. However, I've been told that the way I write is overly complicated. Is this so? [more inside]
I aspire to write beautifully -- what is some great writing that uses colorful, creative language and style? [more inside]
When addressing a formal or business letter to multiple parties, say, A, B, and C, is there a rule for the order, e.g. by how important people are? I.e. if A is more important than B is more important than C, is it: Dear Mr. A, Ms. B and Dr. C: or Dear Dr. C., Ms. B and Mr. A: and are there style guides that I can reference for this? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of fiction that heavily involve transcripts of online communication - forum posts, website content, emails, IM conversations, the more and more varied the better. [more inside]
What are unnecessarily formal "academic jargon" type words that I should seek and destroy in my papers? [more inside]
In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
Cheesy writing in "Heroes" -- is it stupid or is it stylized? [more inside]
I'm putting together a writing guide for my undergraduate philosophy course. What information should I put in the guide? [more inside]
How do I improve my writing style? [more inside]
What's the deal with Sarcastic Caps? You know The Kind I Mean. [more inside]
Who wants to share their favorite MS Word 2003 Style themes for writing academic papers? [more inside]
I need some tips for writing fiction that's appealing. [more inside]
We discussed improving penmanship once or twice. I'd like to know who is/was known for their distinctive hand. Links to letters or notebooks would be wonderful.
HelpMyWritingFilter: Am I overthinking or do I actually need these extra words of clarification when it comes to writing fiction? [more inside]
ZIP+4: Should I use an en-dash or a hyphen wth a ZIP Code that includes all 9 digits?