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Can the main conflict be the inner conflict?

I've recently been having trouble with developing plots. The plots I created seemed heavily sequential. No matter how many twists or complications I put in, they always seemed dry, proceeding from one ...
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Writing from a hive mind POV

The story: Centuries ago, humanity have been incorporated into an alien hive mind, spread by a bacterial-like infection. The "bacteria" infects the blood and brain and allows the infected to join ...
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Addressing “logo-ification” of an organization's name in their literature

I need help finding some style rules to address an issue with a client. I'm working with an organization whose logo uses caps and italics with no spacing, like so: VANDELAYindustries Kind of '90s, ...
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How important is education for an author?

By education I do not mean to ask how important a degree in English is for an author. A literate person, without any formal education, could pen an amazing story. On the other hand, a PhD might not ...
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Should an author seek copyright clearance before finding a publisher?

I would like to include some material which will need clearance. Is this something that needs doing before finding a publisher? Or is it just that one publisher talks to another, and authors have no ...
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Empires Rise and Fall, People Come and Go [closed]

I've got this sense that everything on earth and the universe will eventually decay or end. It may take seconds, hours, years or even billion of years. Let us say for example the life span of fridges ...
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New term for “disk” [migrated]

With Solid State Drives taking over, the term "disk" is becoming a misnomer. What word do you use? "File system", "persistent storage" and "mass storage" are correct, but a little long. Is there ...
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46 views

Peeing Eloquently [closed]

Weird question, I know; bear with me. I have a character who will confront another, right after he has peed. The reason behind this is that he wants a private conversation, and it would look ...
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Is it okay to publish a book at a young age?

I am writing a novel that is called 'Murder' It's about a girl who almost gets murdered but then has to live with the murderers with almost no knowledge that they are the ones that killed her. ...
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158 views

Position of Footnote on Page

This question isn't about a case that I have a problem with; it's just a purely hypothetical thing that I've been thinking about. Suppose you are writing a book or maybe an article for a journal. At ...
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9 views

Position of Footnote on Page

This question isn't about a case that I have a problem with; it's just a purely hypothetical thing that I've been thinking about. Suppose you are writing a book or maybe an article for a journal. At ...
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Revision Process Order

What would be the best/most fluid/easiest way to revise your manuscript? I've read A LOT up on this and have 2 pages of stuff to revise and check for. Fixing the following things: Main Plot Holes, ...
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60 views

How can I find and research places to publish fiction? [closed]

Where are good places to publish everything from flash-fiction to novels or how can I find them? And also, if someone knows about a place which buys fiction or where I can try to sell for a large ...
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Setting Up The Climax & Eventual End of The Story

I've been suffering a lot of problems with my writings recently. I started off a great story, where a girl is accepted in a prestigious school in a far off city. The story I've written in my head is ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to tweak a book title after it's got an ISBN?

We organized an ISBN for a book last year, while it was still in the planning stage. As the book develops, it looks like the title we gave with the ISBN isn't quite right, and another title would be ...
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1answer
73 views

How to write an instructor instructing others about complicated tasks?

I am want to write scenes in a story which include one character providing instruction to other characters on how to perform complicated tasks that require a lot of technical detail and applied ...
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76 views

Is it OK to add description just because a chapter has none?

I am trying to write without description, only narrating the perceptions of my protagonist, both external (what happens) and internal (what she thinks). I want to avoid all those explanations that are ...
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1answer
80 views

Could children get tattoos? [closed]

This might be a strange question but if I took a character who is an adult male with tattoos and have him transform somehow into a child would he still have his tattoos as a child or would his skin be ...
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110 views

Writers block: Lost momentum, can't write even a sentence

I've been writing a story for almost half a year. I worked on it almost every day because I really like doing it, but now that I have been away for a month on a vacation I can't seem to write a single ...
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67 views

Are using adverbs in dialogue/action tags a sign of bad writing?

Examples from my own writing: She smiled kindly. “Maybe I can help you. What are you trying to find?” "Probably," he said apologetically, as if he were personally responsible for ...
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2answers
84 views

Effective differentiation of dream sequence from “normal text”

There are lots of questions about how to write about dream, how will it be in a book etc. I have a bit different question. Imagine this situation: I was walking down the street to the entrance of ...
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1answer
40 views

Difficult scenes help please!

How do I hint at something traumatic (like rape) without ever actually writing the actual scene of it happening?
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106 views

How to make distinguishing characters who have almost the exact same traits?

I have a problem. I have 2 main characters, A and B, who have pretty much the exact same personality traits. The trouble is, this is historical fiction and I can't change who they are. The 2 ...
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1answer
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How to Choose What is Included in Table of Contents for ePub Book

Right now, Scrivener only includes folders at Level 1+ in the generated ePub table of contents. How do I also tell it to include text at Level 3+ as part of the table of contents? I'm not seeing an ...
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1answer
44 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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How far into a story can I go until not physically describing main characters becomes really weird?

I'm writing a Third-Person POV Fantasy, and I want to publish online, but I can't give a cover or a summary, or anything else to help introduce the story... Plus, my title that doesn't explain much, ...
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83 views

Traditional vs. Self Publishing… Show me the Money? [closed]

As a beginning writer, I need to have a broad view of the financial side of writing. How much to expect and how different types of publishing affect benefits. There are no threads I am aware of that ...
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7answers
764 views

How to format common words that are made “special”?

In my novel, there's something that the characters refer to as "darkness". It symbolizes the bad thoughts of depressed/suicidal people. A short silence. I imagined Joel nodding his head in the ...
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3answers
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I am looking to self publish a book but I don't need everything the sites offer

I have created a picture book and already have it designed and have a local printer who is going to handle the print-on-demand. I can not find a self publishing website that does not dictate the ...
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1answer
21 views

How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?

My previous workflow was "write in LaTeX, using emacs", with research and character notes kept in plain-text files, using symlinks between multiple works set in the same fictional world. This allowed ...
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1answer
43 views

Technical writing — best solutions for gathering and compiling data/information

Seek best solutions for information collection, compilation, aggregation Background I'm a newer technical writer working for an industrial fabrication company. We make an awesome B2B product that ...
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1answer
30 views

Which is the best resource to learn how to write a sitcom?

Can anyone suggest me the best resource to learn comedy screenwriting for Sitcoms? I have read Melvin Helitzer's "Comedy writing secrets" book and learnt a lot from it. But I want to know in depth ...
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1answer
28 views

Translation check tools

Are there any tools/programs that I can use when I translate a book into another language. I.e. I do not want to turn "wrathful grapes""into "angry raisins".
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43 views

First time translator

If I have no formal training as a writer and I want to translate someone else's book in my home language, what is the best way to get into contact with the author to discuss/recommend this?
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75 views

How much effort should I spend explaining plot device?

I think it is good Idea to start by example: Main hero is given briefcase and informed, that such briefcase contains very powerful bomb. The goal is to assassinate Prime Minister of given country. ...
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270 views

What's the best way to punctuate a list with an comma-containing item?

Examples: She looked tough: pieced nose, broad eyebrows, tousled hair, almost spiky. I tried picturing him: his tiny body swinging above the ground, his eyes bloodshot, almost popping ...
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2answers
34 views

Use Of '!?' In Screenplays

Is it okay to use !? for emphasis in dialogues in a screenplay? I understand that it cannot be used in the ACTION or the PARENTHETIC, but I assume that the rules are a lot less stringent when it comes ...
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1answer
38 views

A Background Voice Heard Over A Phone

There's a running dialogue between two of my characters. However, I am not using INTERCUT and only one of the two characters will be in frame. The other will be heard through V.O.. Now, here's my ...
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2answers
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Describing The Sky In A Screenplay

This might seem worthy of scorn for some of the seasoned screenwriters around here. Google wasn't helping me a lot with this question, so I thought of putting it here. I am wondering how good a ...
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3answers
92 views

Continue working it through or start over?

I'm writing a novel, but due to lack of time because these years for me are very important for my academic future, it hasn't progressed that much. However, I like it very much and would like to finish ...
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3answers
60 views

Paraphrasing this part

I want to paraphrase a sentence (as opposed to quoting), but I can not seem get any words in my mind for this part. What methods can I use to find ideas and methods for rephrasing well written ...
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5answers
141 views

How To Write Concisely

I am a high school student, and am concerned with my recent compositional tendencies. This past year, I took AP English Language and Composition. It was a rather difficult class, as writing is not my ...
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3answers
32 views

academic writing: direct quote

I have a simple question regarding scientific quotes. Which of the following alternatives is correct? Alt. 1: The literature has made substantial strides towards identifying causal effects of X on Y ...
0
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1answer
27 views

self publishing [closed]

My Dad is writing a book about racism I am trying to find info for him on how to publish and who would publish he is almost done with the book however he is writing 5 books one of them on inside of ...
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3answers
106 views

Is showing motion by repeating words a sign of bad writing?

I just noticed that I do this a lot: We continued marching and marching. The forest seemed endless. Either that or we were going in circles. Up and up I went, biting back the growing ...
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1answer
41 views

How do you make page numbers in google docs? [closed]

I really need to know how to make the page numbers in google docs look like a real book. I know how to do the page numbers, but how do you do them half on the right side and half on the left (like an ...
2
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5answers
106 views

Spacing out dialogue?

I'm an amateur writer. Whenever I write, I tend to put in too much dialogue and not enough story. What are some techniques I can use to space out my dialogue? Thanks in advance.
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4answers
81 views

Action/dialogue tags: What's the right amount?

Someone who reviewed my novel said that he "wanted to see more facial features/expressions and body language". So I figured I wasn't using enough action/dialogue tags. This is the passage before ...
3
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4answers
76 views

How to write about Autism and Intellectual Disability?

In a novel I'm writing, I have a minor character who is either autistic, or has an intellectual disability. (I know they're different. But like I said, he's a minor character, so I haven't really ...
2
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5answers
125 views

How can I stress a certain word in a medium that doesn't allow for font embellishments?

Many of us probably encountered it before on a social media like Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section of a major website. You've decided what you want to say, but you want to stress a ...

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