Table of Contents:
- 1 Titles:
- 2 Capitalize Your Sentences:
- 3 Punctuation Time!
- 4 The Annoying Wall of Text
- 5 The Common Errors One should Avoid
- 6 Other Quality Things.
- 7 Disclaimer
- Most words in titles should be capitalized. Exceptions include the words "a(n)" and "the".
- They do not need periods at the end. A title is not a sentence or a statement, it’s a title.
- A title doesn’t need quotation marks. In any way, in any shape, in any form.
- Exclamation points and question marks are fine, however.
Capitalize Your Sentences:
- The BEGINNING of a sentence starts with a CAPITAL letter. it doesn’t start like this. It starts like this.
- Only the first letter of a sentence, and Proper nouns/pronouns/names in general need capitalized.
- Capitalize the first letter in a quotation. (Example: Bob looked at me and said, “Wow!”)
- EXCEPTION: When a sentence quotation is split in the middle. (“Wow, you know,” Bob said, “that was amazing.”)
- Capitalize “I.” It’s I, not i. I walked the dog. I killed a man. Etc.
- Please Do Not Capitalize Every Word Like This.
- If it’s a punctuation mark, put a space after it. Punctuation marks include but are not limited to: Exclamations (!), periods (.), semi-colon (;), colon (:), question mark (?), and comma (,).
- SPACE after the end of a sentence. <---- See that? There’s a space after that period. Without a space, a pasta looks crunched together and becomes hardly readable.
- If there is more after the end of a quote it ends with a COMMA. (“That’s a lovely dress,” he said with a grin.)
- If there isn’t, it ends with a PERIOD. (He glanced at the dress, eyeing it up and down, and said, “That’s a lovely dress.”)
- PERIODS and COMMAS go INSIDE the quotation marks.
- A question mark that belongs to a quote goes INSIDE the quotation marks.
- A question mark that doesn’t goes outside of the quotation marks.
- If you are using “air quotes” or quoting something while you are quoting, use a single quote mark. (“And then I ‘maced’ him with the perfume. Just as effective as pepper spray,” she said.)
- DO NOT PUT A SPACE AFTER A QUOTATION MARK.
The Annoying Wall of Text
Use PARAGRAPHS. Here’s when you should if you are unsure and need a guide:
- After someone speaks.
- Changing speakers or dialogue.
- Transitioning subjects, or
- Breaking up long amounts of text for idea transitioning.
The Common Errors One should Avoid
Common mistakes one should avoid (Words.):
- "It's" is not a possessive pronoun. "Its" is the correct term. "It's" is a contraction, meaning "it is."
- "Your" IS a possessive pronoun. "Your bike." "Your thing." etc. "You're" is the correct term for things like "You're busted." etc. It means "You are."
- There: Is a place. Their: It’s their toy. They’re: “They are.”
Common Mistakes one should avoid (Fragments)
- A sentence that is COMPLETE has a subject, and a verb, and forms a complete thought.
- A fragment often contains conjunctions that cause them to no longer be complete thoughts. (“Because I ran.”)
- Imperative sentences have an understood “You” at the beginning. “Take out the trash” is basically “YOU take out the trash.”
- Keep tense the same all the way through the sentence.
- Common past tense words have “ed” at the end of them.
- Common mistake: It’s not “Bringed.” It’s “Brought.” Not “buyed”. It’s “bought.”
- Another common mistake: It’s “sat,” not “sitted.”
- Future tense words that are common have the word “will” preceding them. “I will take out the trash."
Comma Splicing/Fused Sentences
- Use a semi-colon to separate two main clauses. “The man was old; he was at least 70.”
- Use a period to separate two main clauses. “The man was old. He was at least 70.”
- ^ Both make sense.
- Use a comma and a coordinating conjunction. “The boy was small, and his weight had to have been less than 100 pounds.”
- Use a colon when the second clause explains the first. “The man was old: he was at least 70.
Other common mistakes:
- Numbers: Use figures for numbers above 10. Use words for numbers one through nine.
- Use modifiers correctly. A modifier is something that relates or “modifies” a word in a sentence.
- Use synonyms. Don’t use the same word 35 times. It makes things boring.
Other Quality Things.
- USE SOME DESCRIPTION. Which is better: “Character X stabbed Character Y,” or “Character X jammed the knife into Character Y’s chest, smiling cruelly as blood began dribbling out.”?
- A pasta can be short, but it must be able to tell at least SOME story. If your story has no plot, pointless, and anti-climatic, please post them here, where there are two categories for them.
- If a person you write a pasta about exists in real life, ASK THEM PERMISSION, and DON’T OFFEND THEM.
- THERE IS ALREADY A TITLE ON PAGES. There is no need nor reason to repost the title in the pasta itself.
- This may be a wiki for spin-offs, but TRY TO AVOID CLICHES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. They’re boring, and so over-used that they’re over-used here.
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