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Proper way to punctuate an abrupt stopping of speech?

I'd like to properly punctuate one of my characters being stopped in speech, followed by a sentence that explains that the character didn't have time to finish. It's going to be something like this, ...
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Attributing a real quote to a fictional character

I've looked at a few fictional character quote questions on here but none seem to hit onto my question: Can I attribute a real quote to a fictional character? That is, can I take a quote that was ...
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Should I create my own ConLang for my story?

For my story I'm writing some of the characters speak a different language from the protagonists. Should I actually create a ConLang (constructed language) for them and use it in dialog OR should ...
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How formal should an article be?

I write articles, poems and essays but usually I tend to make them informal. My question is "Is it ok to write in a new style or informal style". Do I have to follow the normal rules of writing and ...
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Should MLA make an exception to the rule of “always post last updated date” for articles about recent events? [on hold]

Just an example: Suppose I were writing an essay in which I mentioned Ferguson, and I started this essay the day after the news broke out, when I found an article written and published between the ...
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How much can I copy before it is considered plagiarism?

How many words may I copy from someone's work before I have to begin paraphrasing it?
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Fiction writing: is using Git overkill? [duplicate]

Hope this question isn't off-topic because it involves programming software (for some reason I think many people in this site has used Git, though). Git is a revision control software to keeps track ...
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How to write the attractive content and meaning about a country culture? [on hold]

Write something on websites/blogs it's not the hardest thing to do, but seems it doesn't attractive to visitors. I have plan to create an article about my country's culture on to my website. Could ...
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Professional Review for scientific papers before publication

I'm looking for some professional, well-known company which offers to review ( from language point of view ) scientific papers before they are being published e.g. in a journal. Are there other ...
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Slang word or term for WWII food rations? [migrated]

Does anyone know of a slang word or term that was used for food ration stamps in WWII?
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34 views

Structuring a story like a television or graphic novel series [closed]

I have spent a lot of time reading graphic-novels and watching television series, most of which were Anime. Now that I have reached the point where i'm ready to begin writing i feel drawn to the ...
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APA Citation on online documentation

I am referencing the MySQL documentation in a paper. Would it be appropriate to reference it in its entirety, or should I create a citation for each page I use since it's very large?
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Funding for my writing project [closed]

How do I get funding for my writing project. I started a crowdsouring fund campaign on indiegogo I`m a new writer.
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69 views

In a dialogue, how do you write that a character says a letter?

Since I don't know how to make the title less ambiguous, I will explain myself with examples. Example 1: imagine that in a dialogue between two mathematicians, one reads aloud the following sentence ...
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How to write a character who uses a lot of smalltalk without boring the reader?

Since a lot of what they say is by definition irrelevant to the plot should I just skim over it? I'm worried this might make their manner unclear to the reader and I don't want their impression of ...
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Is this terrible third person? [closed]

Christopher pounds like a herd of bulls across the dry sea grass. (I was looking for a color that describes dead grass.) The closer he drew near, the more she felt the intensify force of gravity ...
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Including a deceased person in a dedication [closed]

What is the convention when you want to dedicate a work to someone who is dead? It is necessary to be explicit about that? For example, I am writing my thesis and would like to dedicate it to my ...
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How can I write in a way that encourages discussion?

I have a nice sideline as a freelance journalist. Obviously editors consider my work good enough on the whole to be worth commissioning, although I'm sure I could do better in many respects. But it ...
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How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?

In the movie, "The Perez Family," there was a scene that featured the band playing something like two lines of the song "I Will Survive" before there was a voice-over. In my screenplay, I have the ...
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Am I making the writing too complex?

My story is of a fantasy world where the wars of several species have all been fought, lost, and the protagonist is writing his journal from inside a jail cell. The writing he does can't be erased. I ...
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108 views

Skipping the action scene

My novel has a lot of fighting scenes. It's natural since its about a war. The problem is that people don't read books for fighting scenes. Numerous fighting scenes is just bad writing. Jrr Tolkein ...
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How ordinary must my protagonist be if the book is written from his/her point of view?

What I've found in most books I've read is that the protagonist is "normal" and/or "average" (at least in the beginning). I believe this is because most readers should be able to relate to the ...
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1answer
59 views

Should I drop the quotation marks in a chapter that consists mostly on a character telling a story?

The structure looks like this: Chapter 10 (...) And so Cath began telling me her tale. Which turned out to be grimmer than I'd expected. Chapter 11 "I've been suffering from ...
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55 views

Tips on writing a convincing romance/romantic scenes [closed]

The title is pretty self explanatory xD I just need some tips on that. A tip or two on writing a good growing romantic relationship would be great too! Forgive me if this is vague, I'm actually pretty ...
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40 views

What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?

An example comes from a cartoon where there is a woman talking to her boyfriend. There's a "cloud" that comes from her mouth, and the text inside reads: "You're so handsome." But there is another ...
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38 views

Question about longer chapter length flashbacks

I'm working on a novel. The POV never leaves my main character (third person point of view.) Throughout the story he is given hints at a past life so to say. In reality the man has been alive since ...
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Referring to characters that are too familiar for a name

This question is very similar to this one. However, I felt it was different enough, and I also did not find an answer. In the tale I am currently writing, a girl, whose parents have both been long ...
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Does “reversing” characters provide enough of a “disconnect ”to defend against a libel suit?

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were fictional, of course, but Lauren Ipsum has convinced me that if they were real people, a story about a "drug-using detective and his MD sidekick" might expose a ...
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How can I structure a novel to contain short stories?

I'm planning a novel where the protagonist is an author and regularly writes short stories and shares them with other characters. I see this as a great opportunity to break out of the narrative and ...
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How to deal with online comments to published pieces?

I mainly write for academic journals (and creative writing for my own amusement), but from time to time, I publish opinion pieces in various mainstream magazines and newspapers, for which I am ...
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Federal Research Book with 2 Publishers?

I am being asked to list the publisher location / state as part of an annotated bibliography for a research class. However, this book I feel has two publishers. Here is what the libraries online ...
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59 views

Is there evidence for a categorical difference between British and American literary argument style?

I overheard a friend say: "I was used to writing essays in the American style, where you have to take a position, be really passionate about it, and given arguments with references for and ...
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1answer
20 views

Time of Day Notes for Internal Scenes

In a script or screenplay, is it necessary (or correct at all) to include time-of-day tags for internal scenes in which exterior lighting does not feature at all (for example, in a maintenance duct or ...
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What are the copyright limitations for adopting a ficitonal character's name as your Pen Name?

I wanted to use 'Dumbledore' as a part of my penname. But I was told that by doing so I might, I just might subject myself to suing by J.K.Rowling (if she intends to). Is that true? Can't I use her ...
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How do you make a vague metaphor more easy to understand?

I am a fairly avid songwriter, and although I like writing meaningful lyrics, I am not particularly good at it. I tend to use a lot of metaphors in my lyrics, but they're always quite easy to ...
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How can clarity and flow of long sentences be improved? [closed]

Sometimes it seems desirable to pack a lot of interrelated information into a single sentence, but such sentences can lack clarity or seem tiring. For example, the following sentence seems to leave ...
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49 views

Changing location in a fiction story with two or more story lines happening at same time

In my novel I have many different story lines that are happening at the same time. If I have one scene that takes seven pages and then flips to another scene that actually happened at the same time ...
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Ending a PhD thesis by saying “there is more to do”

I am ending the conclusion of my PhD thesis by saying something like this (not even remotely in these words): There was a lot of work gone in the thesis, yada yada yada, however there is room for ...
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Alternating names

Example: The cat was lying on a cat bed, barely visible under the blankets, an IV wrapped around one of her front legs. Judging by the triangular shape of her head, her black nose ears and ...
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What exactly is a copywriter?

I have always been puzzled by this, even when reading endless information about it on the internet. Why exactly is it called that, and what's the purpose? That's like saying, "No, you're not a writer ...
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Resource for someone better at editing than writing

(I had a previous question, closed as too opinion-based, about being a better editor than writer. I wasn't able to rescue that one, but I thought I'd take a try at a related question.) I am an ...
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1answer
29 views

Rapid Cross-Scene Cuts in Screenplay/Script

In a screenplay I'm writing, I want to use a rapid cut-together sequence of reaction shots from characters in several different locations already established earlier in the script. Is it still ...
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How can I have my characters do bad things, without sending the wrong message?

I am writing a novel in which characters do bad things to one another. For example, I have recently been struggling over a scene of domestic violence. Essentially, a husband hits his wife, after the ...
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46 views

Humor in Writting [closed]

I'll be honest here and say that i'm a pretty funny guy. I tend to make my friends and family laugh from time to time but I've got a problem on my hands i have no humor in my writing. I'm writing a ...
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156 views

How to write a conversation

Conversation is the thing I have most difficulties with while writing stories. How do I write a conversation so it will be clear who said what, and in a way that's not like a court transcript? Should ...
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What is the number above rrd-h on copywrite page

What does the number under the library of congress control number and above rrd-h? The number is 31
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51 views

Using Present Tense to describe a Fact on a story that uses Past Tense

newcomer here, and I have a question. I have a story that starts with the sentence, 'the ocean is vast'. However, I'm actually going to write my story in past tense form but changing that 'is' to ...
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58 views

Placing a “strong” verb before a “weak” verb

I'm not very sure if "weak" and "strong" are the right adjectives. Here's an example: Getting on my knees, I turned to the right. Crouching on my knees, I turned to the right. Does the ...
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34 views

Any advice on how to learn DITA for technical writing?

My situation is such that I will be looking for a new job next week as this contract ends. For a tech writer, it is good to have DITA on the ole' resume. So, I just wanted to know if anyone has a site ...
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133 views

Creative writing exercises for engineers

I'm teaching a problem solving course for engineering students (most around 19 years old) and want to increase their creativity levels. Any ideas for writing/ thinking exercises that could inspire ...

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