Post by ScienceGirl on Jul 17, 2021 22:53:38 GMT -6
I just posted this in answer to the writing discussion thread, but figured it should go here as well.
Numbers between one and ten are spelled out. Larger numbers are given as numerals. So five dollars and $25 is most appropriate.
UNLESS the number starts a sentence, and then you always spell it out. Fifteen people attended. instead of 15 people attended.
If you have two numbers that come in a row in a sentence, spell one of them out, even if both are greater than ten. This rule applies to hundred and thousand, too. You'd say four hundred or ten thousand, but 12,000 generally. I usually write out twelve thousand, too, in fiction because seeing the numbers is a pause and we don't want readers to pause.
Spell out decades or centuries, but if you give the exact year, give the numeral. The roaring twenties vs. 1920.
Percents and decimals are generally written as numerals for clarity (and wordiness because two point seven five is just long and annoying to read)
Hyphenate your compound numbers. Twenty-one, forty-six, etc.
Use words in place of symbols when you can. So you'd say four degrees Celsius or 15 degrees Celsius. Or hashtag blessed instead of #blessed (although I think with the modern use of hashtags readers wouldn't mind #blessed as much these days).
Always use periods for a.m. and p.m.
Do not use dashes. Say eight a.m. to six p.m. or 11 am to 12 pm and not 11 am - 12 pm
Say o'clock or a.m./p.m. but not both. This also means do not say 8:00 a.m. in the morning (redundant) because 8:00 technically is the same as eight o'clock
Say noon or midnight instead of 12:00 a.m. or p.m.
For dates: when you give a range, use an "n" dash. You'd say, for example July 18 - 22. And especially do this if you give days of the week with it, but no dash for the days themselves. Ex: Monday through Thursday, July 18 - 22
pelwrath: I’ve only had such a contract for a story once before. That doesn’t excuse my stupidity.
Sept 20, 2021 15:37:51 GMT -6
pelwrath: Did about 1200 words on Vampire #2 this morning with more for tonight. Wife and daughter watching Candyman.
Sept 20, 2021 17:11:05 GMT -6
pelwrath: My wife said with pouting eyes, “don’t you want to watch Candyman with me?” Horror not a genre of preference. Monster scary (Alien, etc.) fine. That said, movie isn’t that bad with an interesting twist at the end.
Sept 21, 2021 11:40:08 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Oh, ugh, no! Saw that one waaaaay back. Never again. Not my genre either. Still, I've never said "Candyman" three times while looking in a mirror. No way! LOL
Sept 22, 2021 11:49:31 GMT -6
pelwrath: This one is brand new and answers questions from the first.
Sept 22, 2021 12:04:10 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: i dont think Ive seen it either.
Sept 22, 2021 15:05:34 GMT -6
pelwrath: Researching the city of Edinburgh isn't hard, but trying to connect two disjoint locations in and near the city for my book 2 draft, ain't easy.
Sept 22, 2021 20:04:13 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: We've been joking about Candyman at work because the lead was excited to see it
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:27 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: "Okay, you guys go home and say candyman 3 times in the mirror and then come back and tell me what happens"
Sept 22, 2021 20:17:40 GMT -6
whaleworkforfood: What do you guys think happens if you say Candyman (or Bloody Mary or any other mirror-related apparitions) non-consecutively? Like if you say Candyman once tonight, then says Candyman again the next night. Do you still summon Candyman?
Sept 23, 2021 7:58:06 GMT -6