Curves

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 1st Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is for writers to differentiate between curves and straight lines.

Curves

All men like curves and women yearn for curves. This is a universal truth. Anyone can draw a straight line, but it's only the artists that can draw an attractive curve. The better the artist, the more aesthetic the curve looks. God is the best artist and his creation the woman looks beautiful with her curves.

Men

This is not to say that curves have no role in men's' physique. A man with broad shoulders, narrow waist and an aerodynamic body looks like a Greek god and is as much of a head turner as a curvaceous woman. Men prefer designer coats/jackets which sport curves and shapely cuts. Men also like curves in sports. A curved ball in baseball and a swing in Cricket fascinate men.

Landscape

A landscape with plains stretching for miles may be good for farming but no pleasing sight for the eye. Scenery of hills, valleys and running brooks is a tourist's delight and attracts hordes of artists and photographers to capture its beauty. Similarly, a curvaceous road that takes a motorist up a hill or mountain fascinates and poses an interesting challenge to drivers whereas a long six-lane expressway provides no emotion other than boredom. A manmade canal engineered to run straight is no sight compared to a perennial river that meanders through the land route before it meets the sea.

Physical sciences

Curves play a significant role in physical sciences too. The curvature of the wing of an aircraft is the primary factor that provides an excellent lift to it. The cars of the recent years have done away with straight lines and sharp edges to make the body as curvaceous as possible and to make it aerodynamic. The new shape of the cars increased the speed and immensely contributed to less fuel consumption.

Ships

Curves in ships are a different ball game. The cargo vessels that have holds and tanks to transport cargo and oil are more concerned about safety and load carrying capacity. They have less concern for curves. The warships, on the other hand, look sleek with aerodynamic bodies to give speed and high manoeuvrability. Some of the warships with their elegant design and high superstructure look like eye candy to mariners. No wonder ships are always referred to as she and not the male pronoun. A flat topped ship like an aircraft carrier may pack a punch but provides no pleasure to the eye as a destroyer or a guided missile frigate would do.

Writing

My reader must be wondering why this admiration for curves is under the heading of writing. Most of us as writers go for curves. This may sound strange, but when we use quotes, they are often curved. So is the case of apostrophes. The quotes can also be smart quotes: straight without any curvature. For example, when I write a dialogue, I write, "How do you do?" Here the quotes are smart and straight. It's not that I hate curves but recently I had to edit my manuscript substituting straight quotes for usually curved quotes. It was for a simple reason: the publisher wants it that way. He prefers smart quotes for reasons best known to him. It's not for me to ask why he abhors curves and prefers smart quotes, but to comply with his wishes.

Apostrophe

The apostrophe is a larger problem. The Americans use contractions extensively. The general rule is that contractions are to be used only in dialogues, but a clinical examination of a few books showed authors use contractions in the narrative also. Contractions save little space but create more headaches. The second concept is the children use contractions more in their dialogues. When I wrote a children's book I asked my granddaughter, a seventh grader, she expressed surprise and deleted several contractions I used in dialogues. Although I've been writing American English for some time, I have not been able to figure out when to use contractions. Here again, the apostrophes can either be curved or straight.

Computer work

Most of us use the program 'MS Word' for our writing. Initially, I thought changing the quotes and apostrophes to straight forms would be an easy task but found it difficult. I used the command Find and substitute on one document. The result was far from what I desired. The quotes changed to straight form but appeared alongside the word and not above the words. So did the apostrophes. I went back to settings and selected smart quotes and apostrophes as my default settings. This worked well for new documents, but it would not help an existing document. Finally, I had only one choice, to change each quote manually. Needless to state the longer the document, the greater is the effort required to affect the change.

Conclusion.

In conclusion, I appeal to the fellow writers to suggest ways and means to change the quotes and apostrophes from curved to smart and vice versa to meet the requirements of publishers.

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I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar viewgreen
2nd Feb 2015 (#)

Excellent article and a full of interesting information. Thank you for sharing this sir.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Feb 2015 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
Many thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
2nd Feb 2015 (#)

so well written and so detailed too, writers will sure benefit from reading this one :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Feb 2015 (#)

My dear GenkiWorld,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Very interesting post and nice to have you in circulation

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Feb 2015 (#)

My dear Madan,
Many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Carol
5th Feb 2015 (#)

Very interesting. Many thanks

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
6th Feb 2015 (#)

My dear Carol,
Many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you so much for sharing this article. I have never seriously thought much about straight and curly quotes. I have something new to think about and I thank you for that. I'm sending blessings to you today. Congratulations on being author of the day.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Feb 2015 (#)

My dear Nancy,
Many thanks for your wonderful comment and blessings.

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author avatar Carol
9th Feb 2015 (#)

Congratulations Rama for being author of the day

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol.

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