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Trying to find a specific quote related to the problems of our time [on hold]

I am trying to locate a quote which I know I have read before, but I do not remember who said it or the exact wording of the quote. It went something like this: The problem with our time [era, ...
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What to avoid when writing the downfall of a character?

To make this clear. By ''downfall'' I don't mean death, I mean more morally wise. So, the character is one of the main protagonists, he's an anti hero (using murder etc to achieve his goals), now with ...
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How long can a first novel be?

I am writing my first novel, which has gathered about 150000 words. I guess it will be around 170-180k words when it is finished. Assuming that it will loose 20% after the first draft, it will have ...
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What government registrations are required to sell Books in USA from other country via CreateSpace?

I have recently completed my adventure, fantasy novel. I am planning to self publish it via CreateSpace POD option. I am from India and I want to sell my book on various country. So my question is ...
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Recharacterizing a character

I have a character who I specifically wrote to be a certain way. However, I want to rewrite the character to be different--weaker, and less independent in order to allow room to grow. How do I do this ...
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Interviewing a kid

I'm a journalism student and I have an assignment to interview a talented kid. What should I ask him besides the standard questions about what he does, for how long etc. I need something original. ...
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How much does imperfect gammar put off an agent?

I've written a novel and looking back the story line was good but the grammar wasn't great. I submitted the book to a few agents and received some constructive comments which I took on board. I have ...
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What does “//” or “///” mean in legal documents [migrated]

I see // or /// after text in legal documents. OPTION 1. Is it used on ANY PAGE to indicate "this line intentionally left blank"? Example: there are a few blank lines at the end of a page but there ...
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Is contributing to “social media” an example of “writing for exposure”?

It is generally a bad idea to write only for exposure, since exposure doesn't pay the bills. However, there are many "social media" websites that make money by trying to get people to provide content ...
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What are some techniques for deciding which of two or more plot directions to go with?

I have always wanted to write a book but have never actually taken the time to do so. There are many things that hold me back but one of them is that I often come up with story lines in my mind. As I ...
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How to think of a plot in 5 minutes

I have an English high school exam in five days in which I will be given 2-3 prompts e.g. A story which includes the sentence, "I could not not believe when my neighbour walked right past me" or a ...
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Scenes with different languages spoken after translation

So... imagine you have a story in your native language written down, with protagonists that speak this language and no problem at all, except a bunch of scenes where your protagonist meets someone who ...
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How Can You Find A Writing Buddy?

I have noticed I work best in collaboration with another. I am extremely prolific and have a lot of time for writing. So how do you find that reliable, positive person who is deeply involved in ...
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First person - alter ego - FICTION

Is it acceptable practice to write a fiction novel set in an imaginary universe in first person plus have the main character be an alter ego of yourself(the main character has my voice essentially)? ...
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How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...
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How to create suspense in a very short story?

I wrote a short story (900-1000 words) about a character presenting some election process and at the end, we learn that The problem that I have is that the suspense in that story lasts about as ...
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How To Market A Series Of Books

Recently, I have been browsing writing jobs in several renowned freelancer sites, and I often come upon cheap propositions for ghost-writing a series of books ...well if you like working for peanuts. ...
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Do you believe a role play can be published?

Do you think a role play can be good for publishing after some editing from the partners? Role Playing is my beloved hobby, but I am not sure what it takes to present it as decent literature.
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How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?

I've self-published a few things with print-on-demand services (notably Lulu). Now, my partner has written and illustrated a children's picture book, and she's run into a notable stumbling block: each ...
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Borrowing or stealing phrases

Many times I come across phrases or single sentences (never longer) on the internet in the form of YouTube comments and the like which resonant with me. Often I am inspired to use these in my writing. ...
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New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?

Here's the general question: How does a book published via CreateSpace end up being sold blindingly fast by other booksellers? I edited two self-help books, one targeted to small businesses and the ...
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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?

Like it says on the tin. Now, I have a story (with some behind the scenes here: How to Conduct Plausible Space Combat Intercepts and Tactical Options Available) There is even a sneak peek of it to ...
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Adding links as foot notes

In my thesis, I have added some links as footnotes. I have seen it in some published papers also. But my supervisor tells me to not to add footnotes to them, but add citations. The links I have added ...
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How does one cite an interview conducted in sign language (ASL) using MLA format?

One of my students is conducting a research project on how being deaf affects one's likelihood of getting a job. Her parents are both deaf, and she is fluent in ASL. She wants to interview other ...
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Is using MBTI and the Jungian functions to create a character a good idea?

Whether I am watching, reading, writing or telling a story, I always pay attention to internal coherence in the characters' behaviour (and of course I am not the only one). By writing and reading, ...
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Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?

As I was reading different stories, I came to wonder about what is better for the reader to identify with the character. Indeed, it is often unclear whether the MC (main character) is like the reader ...
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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?

Can I use '14, '15, '16, etc., instead of the full four digits?
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Is my writing style okay? [closed]

Section1: Emily It's been two years since my grandfather died of some strange magic deficiency illness and my grandmother a year before that to old age. Ever since their deaths, I dreamed of becoming ...
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Is there a standart way of describe a process [closed]

I would like to describe a process such as production of fruit juice. When I started my sentence which explains a process and then what the best way to explain its purpose is in terms of verb and ...
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How can I find Indian names that will be accessible to my readers?

My novel is set in India, and I'm having trouble finding good but pronounceable Indian names. Many characters are royal, so I'm looking for rich, respectful names that mean important things. How can ...
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How To Organize Writing?

Let's say there are elements of good writing such as: - Characters, Conflict, Dialogue, Ideas, Mood, Plot, Scene, Style, World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is the ...
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Making a big deal out of revealing a character's name

Does there always have to be a big, showy production about the revelation of a character's name? I was thinking that I'd just slide the name in quietly, in an off-hand manner. Probably the reader ...
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Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?

The character in my book doesn't have a name. I mean, he probably does, but its not used by any other character in the book, including the character himself. He has a generic name, kind of like the ...
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Using similar meaning verbs in paralel sentences [migrated]

Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third arrived on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third came on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday and a third on Wednesday. ...
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Thesis statement for Shirley Jackson's Lottery [closed]

What will be a good thesis statement to use for analyzing Shirley Jackson's short short story titled lottery with the feminist and marxist lenses.
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Notes first or just start writing?

Is it better to start writing without making notes or do I have a few notes set up and then start writing? Or the other way, where I simultaneously write the novel AND the notes?
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How to describe deep loss?

So, recently one of my characters lost someone very dear to her. Some background: The character has a controlling, cold family that doesn't care about her. This one person is a friend, a guide, and a ...
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Thoughts on Writing Self- Help Books & Workbooks

First off i'm asking this question not as an advertisement nor i am asking anyone's opinion on this matter i am just asking an experienced review of my question. The thing is that recently I've ...
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Can trademarked or copyrighted characters be referenced to in an app description on one of the app stores?

We're submitting and app to the app store and polishing up the app description. If you used something like "This is the James Bond of email services" would that be a copyright or trademark ...
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Bachelor thesis indentation

Are there any rules for proper indentation in thesis? I am physicist so my thesis includes number of images and equations. Now I think you should not indent first paragraph after: Title of ...
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other ways of writing- “i have done/i worked on..” [closed]

I am writing a summary of the work done in the last year where I wrote "I have done/ i worked on" very frequently. what are the other ways of writing or rather creatively writing the summary of your ...
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Language of screenplay

You could say I'm at the beginning of my screenplay-writing career. I haven't submitted any scripts to producers or competitions yet. But it's due to some confusion I have. I write screenplays for ...
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Future-In-The-Past Version of 'Should?' [migrated]

     When a present-tense first-person narrator of a story wishes to express that they are thinking about selecting between two alternative actions to perform in the future, ...
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Why does the villain always win right before the hero defeats him?

One common setup for a story goes like this: We have the heroes on one side We have the villains on the other side The bad guy has an evil plot that will cause some undesirable result The heroes ...
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“The signal on the Zibby is dead” - what is the meaning of “Zibby”? [migrated]

I am line editing a book about World War II and the Battle of the Coral Sea. The action is taking place in the front and rear cockpits of a Devastator torpedo-bomber aircraft. The pilot and gunner ...
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Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?

So far, I've written about 10,000 words or so and have yet to name the character. I've talked about the character a lot. But no name yet. He's the ONLY character so far. I'm pretty sure that I don't ...
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How Can You Prolong an Emotional Reaction in the Reader?

I always feel that a book or movie has achieved something great when I have an emotional reaction to it. For a very brief moment, the protagonist's pain, drive, happiness, or shock becomes my own. For ...
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For a single author writing short stories in LaTeX, is it worthwhile to switch to a “real” version control system from Dropbox?

I'm currently using Dropbox to sync and backup my stories (which are generally in LaTeX). However, I've read that it's probably a better idea to switch to a "real" version control system, especially ...
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How do I write from a non-person point of view?

I am writing a novel with an ensemble cast. Each chapter is told from a different person's point of view. Some of the chapters are about a non-sentient machine that communicates with the human ...
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How to create an “otherworldy” feel in a fantasy novel?

I am currently writing a high fantasy novel. Writing this novel, which is set in a different world, I am having some trouble giving the Tolkien feel of a multi-cultured world. I have tried to use, by ...

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