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Should I use contractions in a technical tutorial?

In a technical tutorial which fits better: In this tutorial you'll learn or In this tutorial you will learn or in general does it make no difference?
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What is required to sell books in the US and UK from another country via CreateSpace?

I have recently completed my adventure/fantasy novel. I am planning to self-publish it via CreateSpace's POD option. I am from India and want to sell my book in various countries, but could find no ...
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How to cite this document in APA style of citation

There is an online PDF document. It is issued by the Central Department of Statistics & Information (Saudi Arabia). The title of the document (42 pages long) is: Hajj Statistics. Year of ...
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Copyright Registration of translated original work

Once copyright registration has been filed, does a separate copyright need to be obtained if original book is reprinted by copyright owner in another language?
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Strategy, tactics, and resources to refine the niche and title for a self-help book

Am trying to do due diligence to find the niche for a self-help book. I "get" the general idea of whether to piggyback or avoid popular titles, being exquisitely specific about your reader, and ...
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They are = They're… when?

When is it NOT appropriate to use the combined words of "they" and "are"? (e.g., They're) Is there a grammatical rule to only refer to people or can it also refer to things? Referring to printed ...
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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 do I keep the plot interesting in a humorous book?

I am about to start writing a fantasy-comedy novel. A problem I found in 1-2 books of this genre is that the plot becomes weak, and the story starts to slow down. The reason I believe this happens is ...
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Is it correct to ask, “WHY LAUGHING?” [closed]

is it correct to ask, WHY LAUGHING In a scenerio where the antagonist is laughing at the hero... is it right for the hero to ask... why laughing? I know of "why are you laughing?" but I've heard ...
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Can I use already used fictional language?

When creating a world where there are either aliens or fantasy races, you know that they should speak their own language. But the truth is, that for story purposes, such races will speak their ...
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Is it illegal to make up an author? [migrated]

I've ghostwritten several smaller books and web articles and I've noticed that they will often be published under a made up author's name. I know that a pseudonym isn't illegal, but these make ...
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What are some disadvantages of writing fiction in a diary format?

I find writing in a diary-style is the easiest way to write fiction. The format is the same as a diary, with each entry beginning with the date, then describing the feelings or events of the character ...
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Where does the comma go when using 'but'?

In English, I can never remember where to put the comma when using the conjunction word, but. For example: I'd like to stay home and read a book, but I need to pick up some cat food. Jenny asked ...
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How to write mail where the topic inside mail is not our concern

Today I received a mail from our support team which is beyond our concern and we can't look into the matter. I need to mail them back "As we can not do anything regarding this case". Since this will ...
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when to use Wait and when to use await? [migrated]

I am in a situation where i am expecting some data from my client. I want to write the same in a very polite manner that "i am expecting the data, even after my repeated intimations." Here i wanted ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as “a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image”?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. ...
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Writer's Market

Is Writer's Market a viable place for a freelance editor to find possible clients? As I understand it, the book is geared towards writers finding agents/publishers, but I've never even paged through a ...
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Is dialogue in a novel necessary, or just padding?

I can usually tell the story I want to in less than 10,000 words. I'd really like to accomplish writing a novel and I have a complex idea I want to use and explore, but I am worried I won't need ...
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Can I use names of characters and groups that other authors/creators have used already?

After I began writing my series, I decided to type some of the names into Google. I found that the name of one my characters (Trent Steele) was used in an episode of The Simpsons. I also found that a ...
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Can a copyright be shared with narrator and ilustrator?

I am involved in a three way partnership with narrator and illustrator to share royalties from our book equally. However, as the author, the copyright to the book carries my name and year of first ...
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How to manually bind a book without using binding machine?

Is there a tutorial on how to manually use those plastic binding combs without using a binding machine? cause I don't want to buy a binding machine since I won't often use it.
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How Do I Create A Dynamic Outline?

My question is about word processing tools and outlines specifically. I've been hacking at a story idea for a couple of years now, and enough is developed to commit it to paper. But, as an ...
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Describing a large scale battle in a science fiction/fantasy novel

In my novel, there is a large scale battle involving several factions, tens of thousands of fighters, and is a defining part of the book, as it lasts for a good deal of the novel. As I wrote it, I ...
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Fiction Novels & Active vs. Passive Voice

Before I launch into this, I've perused these threads and they don't quite answer the specific question I have in mind: When to keep the passive voice and when to remove it When *should* I use ...
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Windows office. 2 page numberings in the same document

Lets say i have a 6 page document. (MS Word) I want the first 3 pages to be numbered i, ii, iii and the remaining 3 pages to be numbered 1, 2, 3 How can i do that? I tried the automatic numbering ...
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Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?

As I was reading different stories, I came to wonder about what is better for the reader to identify with the character. Indeed, it is often unclear whether the MC (main character) is like the reader ...
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How do I create the rest of the story when I only know the ending?

I know the ending of the first book I want to write but, I'm not sure how to start it or what will happen in the middle. I know I am completely working backwards on writing a story but, every time I ...
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Not happy with format of self-published book. How to proceed?

I currently have my book published on Amazon using createspace and Lulu (google weave of the ride). However, I am not happy with the quality of the product. I don't want a glossy cover, bleached ...
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How do I show that two days has passed in a short story?

Ok so two days before my character is thinking about something and she is in her room. How do I show that two days later her friend is talking to her? Ok here are my rough sentences: She relaxed ...
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When should I use the term 'paperworks'? [migrated]

I keep seeing words like these. Another example is: Stuffs Is this valid? People use it like this... There are so many things I have to sell. I have books, bags, clothes and other stuffs. ...
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best licensing option for freest possible sharing of lyrics while retaining the right to get paid if someone else makes money from them

I would like to share many song/poetry/lyric works. I would like to share them as freely as possible, allowing modifications, use of small pieces or lines or concepts, etc.. I want to encourage ...
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Is it useful to have a backup series?

I clearly cannot guarantee that my series will be popular or well received by readers. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to have another series which is told differently, has a different plot ...
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What is the best use of perspective for works with multiple authors?

If you have multiple authors writing an article, what is the best use of perspective when recounting experiences from different views? For example, I am writing an article with a colleague about our ...
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Using a slash in citations

I am currently reading Dr. Alia Al-Saji's paper on Racialized Time titled "Too Late: Racialized Time and the Closure of the Past". http://philpapers.org/archive/ALSTLR.pdf Throughout the text, she ...
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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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Stories about people who went from rags-to-riches-to-rags and stayed there? [closed]

I need suggestions for stories I can read to get inspiration on how to tackle a nonfiction rags-to-riches-to-rags story with an uplifting ending. It's easy to find rags-to-riches stories, but I'm ...
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How would my work being available online affect my chances of a book deal?

Preferring to peddle my Science Fiction manuscript to a Literary agent, may well be an impossible dream. In which case I feel that whilst I’m considering that option, however remote it may be, I ...
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Where's the line between coincidental similarity between a character and a person, vs. being uniquely identifiable?

I'm trying to understand the verdict in Red Hat Club case. Vicki Stewart sued author Haywood Smith, claiming that a character in Smith's books was defamatory - that the character was clearly based on ...
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Question regarding topics and headings for APA papers

I am writing a trending topic paper for my Sociology class using APA format. I have 10 topics that I must talk about. How do I do this with the headings? I need the reader to know the different topics ...
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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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Where should I place a comma in this sentence?

"Hatha yoga is also a great form to use because it combines both spiritual and physical attributes which could help beginners find out what they like the most." I'm having a hard time trying to ...
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Using “Earth words” in a futuristic, fictional setting

As a writer of primarily science fiction, I've often struggled with finding a happy medium between making the prose/dialogue relatable for readers and avoiding using too many "Earth words" as I've ...
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Is there an equivalent of ACX for people outside the US and the UK?

I was intending to create an audiobook version of my book by recording my own narration, and then upload and distribute it via Amazon's ACX service, which in turn makes the audiobook available on ...
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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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Software that allows for notes in the margin

I am writing a technical reference book and am looking for some software, preferably free, that will allow me to put a short sentence or two of small notes or tips in the sidebar. Each of these might ...
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How Can You Find A Writing Buddy?

I have noticed I work best in collaboration with another. I am extremely prolific and have a lot of time for writing. So how do you find that reliable, positive person who is deeply involved in ...
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copyright of a fictional character [duplicate]

one of my main characters in my book is an abusive man, who is referred to as 'The Dementor' by his family, because of his similarities to the characters in JK Rowling's Harry Potter. It is clearly ...
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How To Organize Writing?

Let's say there are elements of good writing such as: - Characters, Conflict, Dialogue, Ideas, Mood, Plot, Scene, Style, World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is the ...
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How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?

I've written a novel and looking back the story line was good but the grammar wasn't great. I submitted the book to a few agents and received some constructive comments which I took on board. I have ...
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Is contributing to “social media” an example of “writing for exposure”?

It is generally a bad idea to write only for exposure, since exposure doesn't pay the bills. However, there are many "social media" websites that make money by trying to get people to provide content ...

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