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Benefits of Chapter titles in fictional writing?

So, I'm in the process of writing a Sci-fi novel, and I use a website to upload chapters before I complete it. On the website, I use chapter titles simply because "RE Lavender has just updated Faces, ...
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Suggestions for ways to say “I'll come back to this later …”

I'm looking for several suggestions for techniques to handle 2 similar cases ... While writing my current non-fiction book, there are a few times where a section ends with somewhat of a teaser of a ...
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What punctuation to use when a character is writing something down?

I'm trying my hand at editing a friends work, and I've got a little stumped. They wrote the following: 'Thinks he's the smartest one in the room,' Henry wrote on a piece of paper. (For context, ...
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Is There a Pandoc Latex Template For Novel or Short Story Manuscript Submissions?

I use Markdown to write my stories, and have started using Pandoc to convert to PDFs and HTML. The PDFs could use improvement, however, and I would like to make them look like Manuscript submissions.
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As a writer, should you write because you want to write or write for your readers? [closed]

What matters more? The story the writer wants to write or the story a reader might want to read? Choose one and state reasons.
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Habitual use of -ing follows -ed — is this wrong?

I have recently noticed that I consistently follow an -ed clause with further action or elaboration using -ing. I feel like something is wrong here, even though it sounds and reads well enough to me. ...
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Using “show not tell” while characters are planning for something that happens

In a narrative I'm writing, the characters have to plan an escape from a facility. The thing is, they'll be doing the actual escape in the chapter following them planning. I know usually the right way ...
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Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style

I have been trying to go through Mayfield Book on Technical Writing to find out how to do an in-text and parenthetical citation of a source that I found online. The source is an article from a popular ...
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How to become a master at creating wordplays?

Puns introduced by authors make a text look witty to a reader. Professional writers skillfully manipulate words and phrases to demonstrate their smartness and, most important, gain the affection of ...
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Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?

I currently work for an engineering company as an electrical engineer. A good chunk of my time is spent writing testing reports or instruction documents. Currently my company doesn't have any sort of ...
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Voices of young children, how to write?

I am currently writing a narrative featuring many young children. Some of the children are under the age of five, and I'm wondering what the best way to write dialogue for their age group would be. I ...
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Maintaining consistent style in a translation

When translating something, how do you maintain a consistent style throughout? I'm concerned about starting off in my own style, then gradually slipping into a style more influenced by the original. ...
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AmE text for a British literary agent (and viceversa)

Assume a manuscript written in AmE (if it matters, also assume an American MC). It would be relatively easy to change spelling, word choice, etc. to make a BrE manuscript. However, since I write ...
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Why one sentence per paragraph in these news articles?

Lately I've noticed some news articles using (usually) a single sentence per paragraph. Some examples: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29341850 http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/61477320/...
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The “Rules” of Writing

There are a lot of axioms that get tossed around in creative writing courses, books on writing, and of course, the internet. Often, these little gems are explained to new writers as though they were ...
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How should dialog be formatted?

Is there any "official" rule that I should keep in mind when formatting character dialog? Line breaks, placement of quotes, mixing dialog with action descriptions etc. For example, I want to build a ...
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Writing a non-lucid dream

In a third-person novel I am writing, one of the characters has a very significant dream that I would like to transcribe. The problem is, I would like to focus on the character's reaction to the ...
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What are widely-used UK-English style guides?

In the UK, what are the equivalents to Chicago Manual of Style, the Associated Press style guide, Yahoo, APA, MLA, etc? Most importantly, what are their intended audiences? (AP is used for journalists,...
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How to write a scene that needs a lot of detail without falling into purple prose?

I understand the "only describe what is necessary" rule. If a character's appearance is important, I'll describe it in moderation. But what if I'm writing a scene that needs a lot of description? What ...
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Transitioning from one setting or location to another

How does a writer transition from one setting or location to another in his story, in a way that the reader does not feel the jerk. For example, in a prior scene the character is shown getting dressed ...
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Starting a sentence with the name of a program or command-line tool: capitalization?

Say you want to talk about a piece of command-line software, like make or bash or the cp command. These commands are all lower-case, and case-sensitive (i.e. won't work on the computer if you ...
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How can the antagonist mislead the readers?

I am writing a story from a 3rd person perspective as the omniscient narrator. When my antagonist is revealed first, people believe him to be a certain person - X, not that any one says that to him ...
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Description: How to apply an adjective to a list of nouns without seeming redundant?

For example, in the case of this sentence: I drove past the empty stables and servant's quarters, and after another quarter mile I entered a very large circular driveway. Is it implied that ...
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Are there legitimate uses for using bold for emphasis within a sentence?

Is there any legitimate use for using bold to emphasize something in written speech within a sentence? I understand that bold can be used for formatting and highlighting, but I am looking to ...
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Inserting piece of writing into a character's dialogue

I'm writing a story that has a character telling a story in this story, they mention a label from a statue they remember vividly, can I write the label in a separate paragraph. I've noticed other ...
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Essay Writing Introduction Paragraph

How do I write an introduction paragraph when it comes to writing a simple essay for those who have no idea what to write about and I don't have a creative mind? Please explain to me step by step.
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Mixing essay-like opinions with the story

Is it very uncommon or out of place to mix your own opinions within the story lines? Is it uncommon to change the tone from third person and talk to the reader directly? I have read many tips on ...
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Colorfulness of Language Vs. Simplicity

In school I've always been taught to use colorful adjectives/verbs in writing. I recently wrote a blog on Medium and sent it to a couple friends, they advised me to use simpler language. I'd love to ...
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Is extraneous language appropriate in academic writing?

I teach a course in academic writing. My students, who do not have much writing experience, add many phrases, as in What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?, to the ...
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Character alternating between his thoughts and reading a book

I am working on a short story which begins with the main character reading the lines of a book, and while he is reading, he often gets distracted by his won thoughts. He alternates between his ...
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where to put the Annex

My teacher asked me to move some part to the Annex of the master thesis. I don't know where should I put this Annex thing, I have index, list of figures, list of appreviatiosn, then many chapters, ...
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All persons fictitious disclaimer — ideas regarding modification?

I'm creating a parody/spoof magazine which contains some "real" advertisements and businesses in. How should I word an "all persons fictitious" disclaimer to include fictitious businesses? This is ...
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Writers style, voice

People often say writers have a 'style' or 'voice'. Does that mean your able to work out what your style of writing is? If so, how would you work that out.
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How to describe a characters clothing? [closed]

Yeah, So I was bored and decided to write some action Naughty adult fanfic type story today. And then as I started to write I was faced with this issue. How the legit **** am I suppose to describe my ...
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How to communicate multiple meaning in a sentence more concisely?

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Around 70% of small businesses in the United States struggle to hire qualified employees, and around 50% attribute this challenge to ...
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Sentence openings variations to avoid repeating determiners and pronounces

I have a question regarding sentence openings in English language. When I write most of my sentences start with determiners and pronouns (personal and posessive). This gets repetative quickly. For ...
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What is the best way to set a dark tone to a story?

I want to write a short horror story. What are the best ways to set a dark tone or mood to the story? Just in a short introduction, if I want to introduce a character or place as a place I would not ...
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Memoir styled fantasy fiction

I am thinking about writing a fantasy fiction (casually, mostly for my own entertainment), would the style of a memoir be suitable? More specifically, the writing would be the personal account of a ...
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Proofreading style to use

I see several writing and proofreading styles around. There are AP, APA, and CMS to name a few. My questions are: What are the most popular proofreading styles today? When is each style used or ...
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Can anyone become a good writer? [closed]

Is it possible to become an Ernest Hemingway? Sure, someone can learn to spell, put punctuation in the right places, and keep his sentences down to twenty words. That doesn’t make you Earnest ...
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How to communicate two elements of different general syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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essay writing agree, disagree partially agree

In preparation for IELTS I want to write on "It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction. ...
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How to make a dark story not-so-dark (Shining the light in darkness)

I'm writing a war story, and it's dark. However, I find that every scene turns out to be depressing because of it. Readers will be overwhelmed. Are there ways I can induce hope/shine the light in the ...
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How to cite Authorization for Use of Military Force as published online in MLA style?

The newest version of the MLA manual came out in April and so the OWL Perdue website is technically out of date. Also, additional websites (including the Illinois State University page on citing ...
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What referencing style is this?

I was reading a book and I’m curious about the referencing style that is used. When you go to the reference page it is sorted by chapters and then it lists then the references for each particular ...
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What's the difference between academic and journalistic writing?

I'm not talking about "boring" academic papers that are 99% science and 0% interesting. But in comments on a draft of my senior thesis, my teacher made the comment that my writing style was quite "...
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Paragraph Indenting Rules

I have a question about dialogue indents. I'm proofreading a piece for my proofreading course and I've come across something that's stumped me. The first 6 lines of the story are dialogue and they ...
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What can I do to make my writing fit the 1950s?

I'm working on a project (for a game) that needs to have a strongly 1950s feel. I, however, was born in the 1980s, so my writing has plenty of things that would sound out of place in the 1950s. For ...
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Seeking resource for salary related letter format

I hope this is the right site for this question. If not, please direct me to the correct one. I am looking for help to provide feedback to someone on a letter they have drafted. I have found it tough ...
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What are the advantages of different date formats in resumes and CVs?

I've seen a somewhat related question, but it doesn't answer my question quite right. Say you're writing an event that happened on a single day, and you need to put it in your resume or CV. So how ...