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Numbers in Dialogue
We get a lot of feedback on this topic after editors and copy editors have had their say.
Here are the rules:
Writers Digest says that people speak in words, not numbers.
Strunk & White Elements of Style 4th edition says:
The Chicago Manual of Style (the most common guide used
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Travel Any Way You Can
Some of us aren’t in a position to get on a boat, plane or train and take off for a couple of weeks. Some of us aren’t able to jump in the car and get away from it all for a few days. But all of us live in or near a place where there’s something unique and interesting about the area you call home.
If you haven’t explored lately, do it. Put on your traveller’s hat and act like a tourist in your hometown. Aside from learning about your surroundings, you’ll find at least one fact or place you knew nothing about, and, odds are there are a ton more than one.
A great way to gain “new eyes” is to play tour guide to visiting friends or family. If you haven’t walked the trail in the nearest state or national park, take a hike. The great outdoors are a wonderful balm, and when your mind is clear, new story ideas come flooding in.
When was the last time you went to a play at the community theater? It’s fun. It supports local culture, and you get to see your neighbors singing, dancing or being Tinkerbell. Sometimes shocking, at the very least, it’s a far cry, and usually more entertaining, from having a quick chat in line at the grocery store. For folks that live in big cities, go see the touring company of a Broadway play. Any two hours when your brain is focused on the exquisiteness of top-notch playwriting, combined with powerhouse acting, is never a bad thing. Do you live near museums and/or art galleries? Take a few hours and let the wonder of someone else’s expression of art seep into you.
Sure, most of us don’t have the time to do this every week, but you should make it a semi-regular occurrence. Broadening your horizons is not limited to trekking with a Sherpa in the Himalayas. We have a world of beauty around us, and taking it in makes you a better person, and a better writer.
If you can’t get out, but want to tour around, try a few of these websites:
Met Museum --
American Museum of Natural History --
National Park Service