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Where can I find a good online thesaurus?

Usually I just use the synonym suggestions at dictionary.com (or its tie-in site thesaurus.com) but it's pretty lame. Most of the synonyms it suggests are basic and well-known words I already know. In ...
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Can I change between the use of past tense to present tense for the story being told by a character in first person?

My story is told by one of the characters and frequently uses the past tense when describing events. But occasionally I feel like some of the events should be told in the present tense, and I switch ...
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What are some creative memoir writing styles?

I am in the process of writing a memoir covering several years of my life while I was at Google and working on the earliest versions of Chromebook. My goals are to write a book which is ...
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How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?

I started sending my synopsis and cover letter out for my first novel about a month ago. In that time, 3 publishing houses responded that they were interested in reading my manuscript, and will get ...
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Resource for idioms

I'm not a native English speaker and I have a hard time finding good words sometimes. Sometimes I feel like there should be an idiom for the thing I want to say, but cannot remember it correctly. For ...
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Dialog, just what's the best way to write it?

I've come across the following conventions: "What’s this for?" asked Jake. Sue replied, "None of your business." He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, it looks darned funny sitting here." "It’s ...
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How should changing the point of view be handled?

I am writing a book with the particular twist that between chapters it switches the point of view. For example, in the first chapter it is from the main character's point of view, then in the second ...
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Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?

First thing you should know: I'm writing the first book in a trilogy and I'm at that beautiful moment where I'm ending it. I know exactly how I want to end it BUT there's one problem. I've been ...
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The structure of magazine editing hierarchies

I am a software developer and now i have to deal with a project regarding magazine editing. I am not sure about the different hierarchies through which an article is passed and edited and the roles ...
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How could a criminal forget a crime? [closed]

I'm toying with a scenario however it's crucial to the plot that the murder doesn't know they're guilty and has to work with their friends to try and solve the murder. This is probably set in the ...
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Writing succintly. Does it matter?

When I write school papers (Essays and projects) I try to make it as succint as possible. I'll say this is my preferred style of writing. Compared to other students that like writing explicit ...
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3answers
459 views

Handling an Inauthentic Character

One of my main writing projects centers around a character rich with vices. Probably chief among them is self-interest, followed by dishonesty. When I say dishonesty, I mean more than lying to get by. ...
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1answer
112 views

Critque on how this sits as a prologue

As a prologue, is one intrigued to read on and want to know about this character? Critique is welcome: Coran had always considered himself unsuccessful, at life and other things, like perhaps ...
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1answer
46 views

Usage of metaphors

I wrote the following for a poem In the candid sky of hope, A glittering light was shown, Darkest of the clouds danced along, In a beastly hourly moan. Here, there is the usage of ...
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0answers
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Does anyone know of a good place for critique? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a site, or a group where my writing can be critiqued. I'm hoping for a forum based site, though anything else, in whichever format/ organization, would be fine. I've heard of "Writers ...
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2answers
232 views

Is it legal to use a parental advisory on a book?

I am a motivational speaker and am self publishing a nonfiction book about child abuse. i ahve some inappropriate language in the book and want to know if my designer by law can use a parental ...
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2answers
136 views

Is it unnecessary to mention that there is a silence in the following cases?

I tend to write stuff like this a lot: (dialogue) They remained silent for a while. “Where is my mind” by Pixies was now playing in the background. Eri stared at her palm beneath the ...
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2answers
45 views

Looking for software that can create annotation/outline layers

I am working on some unpublished texts that cover a period of over ten years and many thousands of pages. These texts need to be distilled into key ideas that ideally would be available as a kind of ...
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3answers
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Do screenwriters freewrite/outline directly in script mode?

I'm trying to make the transition into screenplays, but it feels odd to start developing characters and setting just by letting them talk. Is it normal for screenwriters to start writing directly in ...
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142 views

Does this image convey bursting passion and confidence?

Those days mining in the depth of the earth of West Virginia have pushed out the flamy spring that had lain dormant deep beneath since my first day on Earth. Does this convey the image of a ...
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1answer
67 views

Outliner (software) with annotations for OS X or browser based (but offline!)

Okay, there are like a billion outliners out there but I'm not sure if there is one that does what I want. Maybe you can help. I want to write chunks of text without headline, numbering, bullets. ...
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1answer
68 views

Suggestions for revising style and cadence within a children's book

When I submitted a manuscript for a children's book to a publisher, they expressed an interest but wanted me to improve the style and cadence: The syntax and cadence would possibly work well in an ...
4
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1answer
122 views

What techniques can be used to describe a character's terror?

I'm trying to write a stressful situation for a character (specifically she's about to be injured) and I'm trying to convey her terror at the situation. My usual trick is to use short snappy ...
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0answers
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About self publishing [duplicate]

I have project to write two books one day. The first one be a techinal book and the other one be a roman. Today it's easy to distrubute a ebook for example and I want to know what did you think about ...
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1answer
71 views

Examples of Successful Rule-Breaking in Novels [closed]

I just finished "The House of the Seven Gables" by Hawthorne. I was struck by how often he switched tenses. Mostly the narration was in past tense, but then he would switch to present or even future ...
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1answer
93 views

Good screenwriting-specific collaboration software

My brother and I want to work on a screenplay together and are looking for a true real-time collaboration software that is also secure. Plotbot shows edits by all parties in real-time, but you have ...
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1answer
56 views

Is writing even profitable [duplicate]

I know that money isn't a good reason to write, but I am wondering if writing as a new author is even profitable anymore. What makes a book successful? It seems less that it is the story or prose and ...
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1answer
45 views

Best blind sequence? [closed]

I'm trying to write a story in which the sun has essentially gone out and visibility is constantly limited, and sometimes completely gone. Being a very visual person, I'm finding it hard to describe ...
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5answers
365 views

How to show characters learning something in a non-boring way?

Okay so I want to write a fiction where a character is learning something, for example a language, such as Japanese. I want to show the entire process of learning the language with all the details ...
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4answers
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How many commas is too many?

I find myself often in writing using too many commas, but then going through and editing many of them back out again or restructuring to use full-stops. Is there a rule of thumb I've forgotten from ...
2
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1answer
59 views

How to format a novel synopsis

Is it standard practice to format a synopsis in the same manner as a manuscript (double line spacing, indented first line, 12 point, aligned left, times new roman size 12) when submitting to an ...
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1answer
91 views

insecurity with a short story about mountains and love

This is printed on very nice paper. The letters are detailed, elegant and pitch black with slightly blurred edges. You can feel the ink soaking gently in the fibres, right after it was punched by ...
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3answers
203 views

Can't write, can plan

I can plan all sorts of specific events ins a novel, the general plot, characters, etc... but can't actually put it onto paper the way it is in my head. How do I learn to write rather than just think ...
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1answer
62 views

Should I change POVs in the following case?

I'm writing a story where later on (three or four chapters after) a second main character is introduced. And after that the chapters will alternate between the first MC and this second one. At first I ...
2
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1answer
83 views

How far does libel extend in writing?

Suppose I wrote a book. Suppose it had a normal modern fictional story about it. Suppose that the characters aren't based on real people and have no relation to anyone. Suppose in the background of ...
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2answers
111 views

Can I use general short stories to publish on my site, blog, etc.?

I want to post some short stories on my blog. But I am not sure about the copyrights of those stories. Because those stories were available in many places online. Can I publish them on my site or ...
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3answers
253 views

Is there a standard for what should be included in an index?

I have a non-fiction book that I want to create an index for. Is there any standard for what items should be included in an index? Some things are obvious like names and proper nouns. But, is there ...
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1answer
147 views

Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text

If I am writing and know that somebody kind of famous did something illegal and horrible (it's a well known fact with this individual, but they were never charged), can it be put in writing or does ...
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1answer
82 views

Is it possible to write fiction as a non-sensing, non-worldly person? [closed]

I've always wanted to write fiction, but I've been afraid I'd sooner or later be limited by my lack of exposure to the world (or having any desire thereof). I barely watched television growing up, so ...
3
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1answer
57 views

How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?

I'm tasked with rewriting an entire user guide that hasn't been updated for years at a company and I am the only technical writer on the team. Only release notes were sent out all these years. The ...
3
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5answers
132 views

Typical Fairy-tale Story Especially Princess Stories

I have a question. I am planing to write to a fairy-tale like a Brother Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson type of fairy-tale set in the modern time but after conducting research(reading fairy-tales of ...
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2answers
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When Is a Relationship Too Antagonistic?

A story I'm working on features a "slow burn" type romance with a long build-up. The arc begins with (what's mean to be) obvious attraction, and proceeds through a long period in which the female ...
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1answer
40 views

Story length and the term used

At what page number would a short story become a novella and at what point does a novella become a book manuscript? Is there a specific length that the story has to be to achieve to use those terms?
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2answers
109 views

Good tools for writing (game) manuals and sourceobooks

As I had asked in another part of the stackexchange (didnt know about this part until some comments there) I'm writing manuals (mostly for computer games, but in addition to this also for tabletop ...
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0answers
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Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation

I noted in this question What is the best way to learn technical writing? that a rated method to learn how to write technical documents is to imbibe good examples. Can you recommend any examples ...
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Necessary online resources while writing: too much versus too little

Many radio shows or blog memes ask what you would take with you to a lonely island. In a similar vein I'm currently setting up my SelfControl whitelist. As yet it only contains: dictionaries my ...
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no matter whether = whether? [closed]

Excuse me, does anyone know if the following two sentences are equal? No matter whether it is a good book, I will not read it. Whether it is a good book, I will not read it. can we switch between ...
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2answers
137 views

Pros and cons of using real brand/company names?

Examples: Mary sat in front of the computer and fired up Google. Mary sat in front of the computer and fired up the search engine. Jack started up his old car. Jack started up his ...
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When should I use italics in scientific writing?

I noticed that proper nouns, such as names of theorems or techniques are often set in italics in scientific writing but not always. Are there rules about it, for example each proper noun should be set ...
3
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4answers
561 views

Does it confuse readers if a character name is similar to the name of an object?

It has been said that you should avoid similar sounding character names. One recommendation is to let character names begin with different letters of the alphabet, and not having them rhyme or ...

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