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    This is a very awesome guide, I am bookmarking this. This is very helpful.

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    I have something to add that may be of use.

    When you're writing in the word processor, I would strongly suggest you

    A. INTENT ALL PARAGRAPHS

    B. FORMAT YOUR QUOTATIONS CORRECTLY

    I know indenting isn't all that technically practical or possible on the forum itself, but as you read it indented, I find it helps the writer read the flow of dialog more "properly", and in addition to doing your quotes right, this in my experience makes the reader feel less reliant on excessive dialog descriptors (such as, "Jack said.") or things like that and the conversation will more naturally fall into place for the reader even on the forum where it isn't indented.

    And by formatting quotes properly, what I mean is this

    1. Start with " at the beginning of a speakers dialog.

    2. If the speakers dialog goes into a second paragraph, DONT put a " mark at the end of the first paragraph!

    3. Begin the speakers next paragraph with "

    4. Begin each following paragraph with ", but don't end the paragraph with " until the speaker is done speaking!

    Doing things like ending ALL paragraphs of dialog with open and close quotes makes the dialog a bit harder to follow, which can cause the writer to add descriptors which aren't really needed, gumming up otherwise important and interesting discussion!

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    Default Re: A Guide to Good Writing

    Great info here, but in light of the new Academy comin up, I'm going to unsticky to remove some clutter from up top.

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