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How do I write an original work using a familiar concept? [on hold]

I'm writing a story where the protagonist lives in a town that is thought to be abandoned, even though there is secretly an entire city beneath the radar. How do I write this? The last thing I want is ...
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Having poems published in magazines/journals Vs. Posting them online for free?

Until now I have written just 2 poems. I was looking around to have my poems published. From past few days, I am looking for magazines/journals that pay and accept online submissions. After having ...
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How many characters can I introduce in the first chapter before the reader gets overwhelmed?

Assuming that all of the characters are unique, interesting, and stand out from the rest of the cast, is there a limit to how many characters I can introduce in the first chapter before my reader ...
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is SelfPubBookCovers.coma good website to buy book covers?

The saying goes to never judge a book by its cover, but lets face it a cover is a very important part of a book. However, many people don't have access to an illustrator, or cover designer. I myself ...
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Writing scenes that involve two languages

(I realize there have been similar questions before, such as this and this, but the answers to those unfortunately did not help much with my specific issue.) I have three characters. Sally speaks ...
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Do you have any tips on describing dialogue?

Specifically, how to describe a person's voice or tone of speaking, and ideas on how dialogue should be formatted.
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Use of 'Now' in past tense

The prologue of my story is past tense, then the rest will be present tense. I cannot figure how to word a sentence correctly to take out 'now' or to make it sound correct. Rayanne had found out she ...
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How to hide something in plain sight (and keep it hidden)?

I’d like to include in a story “mysteries” and deceptions that (ideally) should be obvious in hindsight (By obvious, I mean "elephant in the room" kind of obvious). How to give to the reader every ...
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My premise suggests a LOT more history than I want in my book

I'm writing a fantasy story in which there is a contemporary earth (our earth) and a secondary world. Due to certain reasons all earthlings who are able to reach the second world have great magical ...
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What to avoid when writing the death of the protagonist?

Just a question in general. Let's say the protagonist has succeed in his goals, but has lost everything, then he gets badly wounded and slowly dies. What is to avoid when writing his death? Just ...
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How to advertise a free e-book?

I've created a free e-book in online HTML, EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. I've created a small site to advertise this book and an other site (currently supports forums) for the community of readers of ...
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In a short story, how long is “too long”?

I understand this can and probably will be shut down for many reasons, but how long is too long for a short story? I want to write a short story, but tend to write novels if I write anything (Even ...
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Is it possible to write a well written five paged or more essay justifying why a SAT Reading Question is correct? [closed]

On the Scholastic Aptitude Test, there exists a reading section with questions about what you read and all explanations for their questions are short. Is it possible to write a well-written 5 page ...
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When writing Sci-Fi whats a good way to determine the year?

I'm having trouble deciding what year I want my Novella to take place. How do other Sci-Fi writers make up what year it is in their writing? I want it to be far enough in the future that the present ...
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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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MLA: How to cite academic summaries

When writing long academic summaries, like 2 or more pages long, how should we acknowledge the sources in MLA format? Should it be as in the example below? Original Buffy, a small, delicate-looking ...
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How to write a sick character?

So, in my story, a main character gets sick with a virus. (Not a real one). I alternate POV's, and she is one of my favorite to write. I'm pretty sure her mindset would change slightly. But how? ...
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47 views

Writing Science Fiction when the writer is from a society which is not very scientifically advanced

When a writer belongs to a society which is not very scientifically advanced, creating organizations like NASA and characters like indigenous Scientists would look terribly out of place. And, if the ...
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What does “~s” and “~a” mean in the dictionary? [closed]

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary sometimes uses the abbreviation ~s and ~a. What does this stand for? It also said s stands for source and less as stated in the Pronunciation's page. For example, ...
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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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1answer
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Where can I publish a book/e-book at a minimal cost?

I have a book I want to publish. The book is in PDF format. I want to sell it on Amazon or somewhere similar for 5 $ each in electronic format (downloadable to Kindle or the Kindle app for smartphones)...
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How do you cite when using a reference twice within the body of a composition but not necessarily in the same paragraph?

How do you cite when using a reference twice within the body of a composition but not necessarily in the same paragraph?
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How do I announce an area-restricted feature without discouraging the rest of my visitors?

I want to make an announcement to my users at my website about a new feature launch. However, in its first phase, this new feature has limited access - it will be supporting only one city for now, and ...
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Diagram wider than text width

In a math book, is it OK to have a diagram wider than text width (so overriding with margins)? Also, how to center a wide figure so that it occupies both left margin and right margin (not only right ...
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Writing a book about what you thought while stuck in a situation [closed]

I wrote a book about everything I thought while stuck in a certain situation I have only partially come out of throughout many years (sort of like Anne Frank, but I don't think I'm as wise). Do you ...
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Need help with hospital dialogue

I'm writing a story where the main character gets burned pretty badly. He's admitted into the hospital, and he's on a trolley, which is moving. He just got in, and he's in critical condition. I'm ...
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Remote work advice? [closed]

I apologize if this is a tedious question but … My wife and I may be moving overseas soon and I have been considering looking for work that I can do remotely, possibly writing. My background is that ...
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1answer
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What is the voice called when the narrator is a secondary character?

Stories that are told by an "all seeing" narrator are told in the "third person." Stories that are told by the main character, based on what s/he sees, are told in the "first person." Suppose a ...
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Where are some good places to publish free flash fiction?

This question has been asked about paying markets, but does anyone know good places for putting up flash fiction just to build readership?
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Superpower recommendations [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel where antagonists have ability to steal skills/abilities from any creature (actually it's more like replacing own skills with others). I need ideas what skills they might ...
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49 views

Can the same book appear in a different series?

A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. Book series can be organized in different ways, such as written by ...
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115 views

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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The order of says in the present tense

Here are two lines of dialog: "I don't know what order to put this in," says Max. "I don't know what order to put this in," Max says. When is it better to use one over the other? Is one preferred ...
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Technical Writing Software

I'm interested in newer software/software stack to use in writing technical papers. For the longest time I have been use LaTeX to handle this but in looking at getting longer pieces published, such as ...
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1answer
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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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765 views

When is a screenshot really useful in training documentation?

Software products evolve more rapidly each day. Technical documentation for those products must also follow their evolution. One of the biggest challenges is to maintain screenshots when the graphical ...
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1answer
27 views

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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92 views

Essay Structure - Introduction

Every teacher at school seems to have a different way that they like to set up an introduction for an essay. For a persuasive essay, what exactly should be included in the introduction? What ...
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208 views

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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What's the word for this part of a sailing ship? [migrated]

Sometimes on sailing ships or in primitive mills, torque is supplied by several people walking around a big wheel, each pushing an attached lever. Or the lever might be pulled by a donkey. What do you ...
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Including Scrivener custom metatag in footer?

I asked a question here that I need some more details for. I'm trying to compile I bunch of text files, and I want the names of those files in the footer. Like the answerer suggested, I added a ...
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1answer
16 views

Disable Auto-Enumeration on Export to tex in Scrivener

I use Scrivener to write almost anything and recently got into writing Tex for University submissions and papers. Recently I hit the problem that most Exercise Sheet for my University are numbered ...
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3answers
206 views

Should I have an introducing paragraph in every chapter of my description?

I'm about to write a technical description for an industrial process. The description will follow logical blocks, or blocks from the PFD of the process. This a sales document aimed at (mostly) ...
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748 views

Is it a bad idea to publish individual chapters of my book idea, online for feedback?

I have already typed at least 6-7 chapters of this book I've been focused on, but what I want to ask is, is it wise to post what I have so far online for feedback? Or am I just setting myself up for ...
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130 views

How To Develop A Character For A Character-Driven Story?

What is essential for a character-driven story - except, obviously, appearance?
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780 views

Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?

I posted my novel online for critique. And stumbled with the obvious question: when should I consider a feedback and when should I ignore it? This is what I'm doing so far: If more than two people ...
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112 views

How to keep writing?

I really love writing, mainly screenwriting. I can also come up with ideas and start writing. But there is one problem, I just start writing them and never take up the work again. What do you do to ...
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1answer
30 views

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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950 views

An organization writes its acronym in lower-case - do I have to, too?

I'm writing an article that includes reference to an organization - let's say National Ecological Council of Concerned Citizens - which, instead of NECOCC, uses the acronym necocc, i.e. lower-case ...

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