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Writing Tip wanted

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:05 pm
by shoppersplace
There does not seem to be a topic on proper writing protocol. Many of us are newcomers to the writer's market.

That said, I am writing a short story, and there is a scientist they call Doctor, let's call him Doctor Albert. Should I capitalize the D every time someone addresses him? Do I ever use a small d when mentioning him?

Thank you

Re: Writing Tip wanted

PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:52 pm
by ostarella
A title is capitalized when used as a name or part of a name. If it's used only as a common noun (The doctor showed up.), it is not.

Re: Writing Tip wanted

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:35 am
by rob-lost
To reiterate what ostarella already put so succinctly:

General reference, no. "The doctor looks over the results before coming in."
Specific reference, yes. Including title. "My name is Doctor Smith." "I'll let the Doctor know you're ready."

It's a bit fuzzy sometimes. For example, my non-specific sentence above COULD be a specific reference, hence capitalized.

Re: Writing Tip wanted

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:22 pm
by mike m.
[quote="shoppersplace"]There does not seem to be a topic on proper writing protocol. Many of us are newcomers to the writer's market.

That said, I am writing a short story, and there is a scientist they call Doctor, let's call him Doctor Albert. Should I capitalize the D every time someone addresses him? Do I ever use a small d when mentioning him?

Thank you[/quote]
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like rob and ostrella said

personally i would give him a nickname and use that instead

Re: Writing Tip wanted

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:28 pm
by pls
You probably need to take a trip to grammargirl.com for usage questions like these.