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When having a plot twist, does there have to be foreshadowing of it?

Can it just pop out of nowhere, or does it have to be something that was slightly mentioned before that only expert readers would catch.
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How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?

I've played with the idea of a multi-book fantasy story for years, where a female and male protagonists' lives intertwine with one another, the series running from 12-22 years old for them. There ...
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How to create Feeling with Setting

I have a passion for setting. I've heard you should write about what your passionate about. Now when I say passion I mean I like to visualize the fantastic place the author is describing to form a ...
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What would be a better backstory?

In the novel I'm writing there's a sequence where the two main characters lose their memory. Later they find out it's one of their faults that it happened. Would it be better if the story behind them ...
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What, if any, are PoD options for posters?

I've found PoD solutions for a lot of stuff, but not yet a PoD solution for color posters. What are the print on demand color solutions there?
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Constructed Language - how to spell words that will be mispronounced in English

I wasn't sure how to phrase the title, so it may be a bit confusing. Feel free to edit it if you can phrase it better. This question may be better suited for Worldbuilding SE. However, it is about ...
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SOS. How can I start to write again? [on hold]

I wonder if anyone has any words of inspiration for me? I am newly graduated and after 4 years of studying Art I realised not only was I the only person to actually enjoy writing their dissertation, I ...
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How do I get rid of the tic of paired adjectives, predicates, etc.?

In technical writing, I have a tic of writing in pairs. Some examples from a recent piece: "When you speak, be sure to be clear and concise." "Face to face conversation is personal and private." ...
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Is this too much of a coincidence?

Before the book's action starts, my main character worked in a bad place where she was attacked by a boy who was detained and gets his memories taken. When the book starts, she's had an accident so ...
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Should I Kill My Main Character?

I'm an aspiring writer who has been writing stories since Kindergarten (None released). Obviously I have a lot of experience, but I'm still unsure with extremely important things. As all of my Novels ...
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In play writing, script writing or theatre is there a name for some exchange of dialogue between characters that is supposed to make a point?

Suppose you want to show that two characters have some animosity towards one another. In some scene you set up a meeting between the characters in the elevator and an exchange of lines occurs. This ...
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Possible To Introduce A Character Through A Dialogue?

In a screenplay, would it be okay to introduce a character through a dialogue? The character in question isn't given a background (in the ACTION) in the start since his first appearance is one where ...
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Should I do anything else with this indirect source?

For a paper I am doing, I am relying on information from this paper. I can't access without paying, but I found this link containing a summary in the form of a fancy GUI slideshow and gives more ...
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Can anyone please help me, Is my letter write? [on hold]

My dear XYZ, I am highly pleased your telephonic invitation that the marriage ceremony of you is going to take place on this (day). Accept my heartiest congratulation on your occasion of enjoyment. I ...
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Writing an apology letter [on hold]

Can anyone please help me with writing a letter of apology to my friend? Next week it's his birthday ceremony, He invited me to his party, but I can't attend it. Can anyone please direct me to how I ...
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Can someone help invent an expression for this situation? [on hold]

I'm stuck for an expression that describes this example, which is similar to a "self-fulfilling prophecy" but is more complicated: Someone claims, falsely, to be a dentist. Someone who likes ...
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Use of copyright across nations

Say I'm from the USA and I write a book and don't publish it yet. Then I send it to a friend in Russia for proof reading, but instead he publishes my book over there under his own name. Am I legally ...
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Publishing my book like Stacks Project

I have written a book about my math discoveries. The book is available as a PDF file and as LaTeX files published in a Git hosting under Creative Commons license. Will it increase readership of my ...
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How can I write a polite reminder letter? [on hold]

Can anyone please help me about creating a reminder letter, I sent a payment email 15 days ago. Now how can I write a polite reminder letter to the related organization?
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Connecting my plot to different locations in my world

In my world, there all sorts of places that I'd like to include in my book but I have yet to find sound reasons to include more a handful of them. How can I connect several distinct locations to my ...
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Do readers care about any kind of mystery? What makes them prefer one from another?

Here are a few examples of mysteries (I just came up with them now): A. A woman finds out that a lost ancient city still exists. B. A man finds out that her death wife is actually alive. ...
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George Orwell (1984) - Monologue

I have a homework task which is to write an interior monologue on the character of Syme. For those that have read 1984, I was just wondering if it would be plausible to make his character as someone ...
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Techniques to avoid superlatives in intense fiction scenes

I'm an aspiring writer and I'm finding it hard to not get swept up "in the moment" of the characters. What are some techniques to avoid superlatives and hyperbole in scenes that are meant to increase ...
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Seeking the source of a Lawrence Durrell quote

This may be more appropriately called a "Literature" or "History" question but as it's about a writer, I thought I'd try here first. I'm seeking more information about the origin of the following ...
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Starting a book with a scene from the middle

So. I'm currently working on a novel. (It's my first ever.) I need all the help I can get. I had an idea where I start with a scene which is close to the climax, where the main character is to be ...
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How to turn an unknown detail in the story into a mystery instead of a lacking detail?

I mean, how to make so that an undefined information in the plot be considered a mystery, i.e. an intentional unanswered question, instead of: ー So, then what? ー Well, this is an unknown fact ...
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Getting past a dead end

I've been working on a screenplay for a while now. But I seem to have reached quite the dead end. My question is, what do you guys do, to get past a sticking point. Especially when you don't want to ...
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Tool to batch convert DOI to citations?

I'm looking for an (online) tool to convert a long list of DOI's (1000+) into citation information. There are several tools that let you enter one DOI at a time, such as doi2bib or Crossref but those ...
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English, Commas [closed]

According to Dr. Sharon’s book, Survival of the Sickest, a hemochromatosis patient, Aran Gordon, experienced joint pain, heart flutters, and depression. Is this a run-on sentence? If so, how can I ...
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What do I need to know about publishing a book which I have illustrated, not written?

I recently went to the market to buy books for my 2 year old kid and found many expensive books printed on expensive paper had poor drawings. I realized that I can draw far better. I have decided ...
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Email to a client posted to check whether the sentence framed is proper [closed]

As discussed regarding the days to keep track of all the activities,please consider it from 13th august.Is this mail proper?
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Are compound verbs frowned upon?

After finding out that adverbs were, to use hyperbole, about equivalent to a death wish for the quality of a piece, I was wondering about other bits and pieces of writing convention. Are hyphenated ...
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Should I write the actual death scene?

I am writing a novel, and in one part, a boy falls off the building. I feel like it would be very gory. Most people said to write in great detail, but then some people say to write what I know. I feel ...
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How many complain is enough to consider an english post/comment as improper on an online press site [migrated]

I need your help dear writers. We are about to run an online complain system for our online news press system with about 10000 members and readers daily. Like any other online forum, we receive ...
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Finding it difficult and stress provoking to write a long post

For the past few weeks, I have started to write about random things in an attempt to improve my language skills. I figured maybe writing on forums(all types) about my own problems would help me to ...
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What's the best way to format dialogue that goes back and forth (with three characters in the scene)?

Example: "Roses and a dead body?" Anna wrinkled her fine nose. "I don't see the connection." "And they came from Paris," I said. "How did it end up here?" "Yeah. It's a six-hour drive. ...
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Is copyright available if you put your story on the internet?

Say I write a story, or even a book in chapters on a forum, in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure, is my story or book protected by copyright there or can anyone copy paste it and publish it ...
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Is history best left untold?

I am working on a fantasy novel and have built my world leading up to the 'main story'. Much of the context of the story has to do with religions created by past civilizations and references to "the ...
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Short story or a Novel? [closed]

I am making a story about my friend, Melanie who committed suicide. Since this is my first major writing project, I don't know if I should start by writing a novel or a short story. The story ...
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Original writing is lost when using other people's ideas?

Let's say you have a story about a fictional war on a futuristic world and you already have five chapters going on and you want to keep writing to get to the end but then, you're stuck because you ...
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Research overgrown main novel plan and writing

i want your opinion on this: For about half a year now i make research for my novel. Because of situating story to the part of an original Earth's history, i made my research about history, ...
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How to mark own translation

In a thesis written using the Author's "We", how do you mark a translation of a quotation as your own? "My translation" violates the pluralis auctoris. "Our translation" also doesn't fit with the ...
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51 views

Writing the role of the actor in a movie/play

When writing a script / screen play would you write it as 'Vin Diesel says:...' or as the character i.e. 'John Smith says:...'
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Can a foreign language novel have English character names?

Situation: My main character is born and raised in a foreign, non-English speaking country. After his 18th birthday he moves due to some circumstances in Great Britain, learns the language and lives ...
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Spacing for quotes within quotes

Character A is quoting characters B and C. Since character A is talking their words are enclosed in double quotes. Their rendition of characters B and C's speech is enclosed in single quotes. ...
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61 views

How to ask detailed questions about a novel?

I'm taking Junior AP Eng Lit, and my assignment is to write some detailed questions about the beginning chapters of Catcher in the Rye and answer them. These questions are supposed to be in depth and ...
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Amazon question: Can different pen names under the same KDP account be publicly connected?

If I put two pen names under the same KDP account, is there any way for the public to find out that they are written by the same person? KDP says 'no', but sometimes the official version isn't the ...
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Cannot identify a genetic sickness for my book [closed]

I have the plot in mind, but I cannot find a genetic disorder or disease that would fit in with it. It would affect a female, then years later, affect a male. Should I make it up? If I did, how would ...
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Is there a name for stories which weave initially separate viewpoints into a single plot?

Is there a name for the technique where a writer introduces several separate characters, develops each character's plot line separately - perhaps in separate chapters - and gradually weaves them ...
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Map of my fantasy world - how do realms, kingdoms, cities, towns and villages fit into it? [closed]

In my latest novel, I have created a fantasy world and would like to create a custom map of said world. However, I do not know how realms, kingdoms, cities, towns and villages all fit into it. My ...

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