Author Topic: What if you have questions about the way your editor does things?  (Read 2145 times)

Wolfe

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Re: What if you have questions about the way your editor does things?
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2012, 03:07:37 PM »
He wore a greayish undershirt

giant squid- . . .

These may not appear the exact same way they did in the document. But I think the general idea is there. He had the ellipses underlined and an em dash put in after 'squid.'

Again, the color thing is simply a nationality tic. If you intend your audience to be Americans, use gray. In the United Kingdom, or overseas, use grey.

The reason the editor chose the em dash over the ellipses is because the dash shows or reads as emphasis and the ellipses show or read as hesitation. In this case, without seeing a complete sentence in context, ask if the sentence reads better emphasized or hesitated. This depends on the emotion you want to capture within the sentence.

There's a big difference between:

You're . . . a man.

-And-

You'rea man.

Don't forget, fiction is all about emotion.
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