Fiction Writing GuideGuide to writing fiction
Belletristic Style Guide
It is a Styleguide for editing fiction. It' kind of an update of a play I posted a few years ago about writing fiction on-line. I' ve also recently compiled a few writing hints for fiction enthusiasts and a few detailled information on how I work. I hope this is a matter of course, but this guide is for writing in English.
Always use italic font only to highlight, never underscore, and never bold1. Capital letters should be used very seldom, and for excessive stress, screaming or otherwise. The accentuation should be through the thoughts or feelings of a person, implicit or otherwise. Authors should avoid setting their own accents, unless they are also a personality.
Simpson's lips are open at the crime site. It reflects the pure dimensions of the holes so that the accentuation is appropriate and efficient. Italicize thoughts without any delimiters. Emphasizing in thoughts should eliminate the italic. To sum up: thoughts are italic and the stress switches italic.
It uses technology to create a new angle without having to specifically recognize it as such, causing discomfort or discomfort to the readers. In order to do this, use brackets around italic in a separate section in the center of the story. Heel upsets are necessary. When you write Pulpahorror, I think you're all right.
Italicize the whole section and keep such paragraphs sparing. Comply with the rules by switching the highlighting to italic. Utilize curled quotations around language. In most cases, blame the discourse, but let the pace guide you. "When assigning language afterwards, put a decimal point in the final quotation marks2 (as with "Captain" above).
But if the discourse ends with an expression or interrogation point, leave out the decimal point (as with Picard's question). When dividing a voice record by attributes, try splitting at a phrase line unless you create an intentional pause effect. Do not make a multipartly speech. Utilize movement, gesture and mannerism to make language more natural and fracture it - humans don't just simply just standing around chatting about.
When you need to use a multiple paraphrase address, open each paraphrase with a quotation marks, but just end the whole address with a quotation-margin. Reasonably, a computer command-line port could be an exceptional case that is left-aligned in reality.
This is usually unlikely to be the case in normal language3. When there is a shift in speech, thought or action, take a new passage. When the same individual is in the spotlight for a while, take regular pauses in sales. Be guided by the rythm and to a certain degree by the seeming denseness or scarcity of the text.
Keep in mind that language is a phenomena for the ears and should be spelled as such. but the pendent possessionist single quotation mark looks tricky in fiction and is more difficult to read. You should think about four types of pauses: section, sequence, chapter and part.
You always need new paragraphs and captions. Scenewrap is useful for tempo and toggling between story lines, but you can use chapterwrap instead when you're ready to have tens of "chapters. Partial wrapping only makes sense if you divide your eBook into entire segments (almost always three).
You have two possibilities for breaking paragraphs: either take a new line and insert the beginning of each one, or let a space between the paragrp. and do not insert it. Conventions are the first for long-form fiction. Scenewrap marks a shift from place, elapsed times, or perspectives. Usually you have several of them per section.
Scenewrap can be either several empty rows or one empty row on both sides of a separator (e.g. three stars). Page breaking should always take a new page and then indicate that a new section has started, with a headline "Chapter 2" or similar. Split your books into sections as you wish.
Switching between big shows or venues is a normal place for a pause in the series. Partial fractures are an option, but are becoming increasingly frequent. Usually you have a prolog ( "often in an early stage when you write a Dan Brown story"), then you have parts 1-3 and maybe an epilog.
It is up to you how you divide up your parts, but it is a sensible structure: Partial breaks should always have their own page (not just a new page). When possible, place the piece header on a right side opposite a space page. Begin the next section on the next right, with a space in front (i.e. on the back of the cover page of the part).
I' ll be updating this Styleguide when I find the need to do so, which will probably (like now) be the case when I postpone working on a work. Hopefully you have found something interesting here, whether you are in agreement with the directives or not.