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Need guidance on my writing method

I have decided to take up writing as a hobby. First because I have so many ideas and like creating things. Second, because I enjoy it so far and thirdly, I like the idea that if my writing is any ...
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18answers
2k views

Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?

Writing is writing, but I am not confident enough to take on creating a whole world from scratch. Will writing fanfic or writing in other shared world spaces be beneficial, or will it simply allow me ...
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How do I write about nerdy concepts without sounding like a tryhard?

How would one express nerdy gobbledygook without sounding like a technical tryhard? For instance, if I were to explain the backstory of something and it perhaps contained the word electromagnetic or ...
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2answers
32 views

what is the formal way to write a reference in English

I am writing my thesis. and I need to know the correct way of putting the reference. for example: this is a sentence taken from someone [2]. this is a sentence taken from someone[2]. ...
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6answers
83 views

A good idea but I do not know how to develop it

When you have a good idea for a book or screenplay, but you do not know how to develop this idea on paper, what do you do?
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7answers
396 views

How realistic should dialogue and character voices be?

I've heard a lot of conflicting suggestions in the past regarding dialogue, so I'm hoping I can get a solid answer here. Some people have told me that the best way to go about dialogue is to make it ...
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4answers
397 views

Writing a character that has many names

So one of my main characters uses three different names throughout the story. There's his nickname Warlock, his name Andreas, and his shorthand name Dre. Warlock is probably used the most, enemies ...
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5answers
57 views

Lots of confusion over which story to write

I'm Chetan. I won't say I'm a good writer, but I'm on the journey of becoming one. Okay here's the problem: I have a story in my mind and I really want to write it. But, I'm thinking of starting with ...
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5answers
88 views

Is it fine to write something that has no relation to my local life or language or culture?

I am writing a novel (well, I have started to), with a fantasy middle ages and magic sort of background and English, Greek and meaningless names. I am from India, but my story feels 'European'. Should ...
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2answers
37 views

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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3answers
28 views

Showing cultural assimilation

So I have a group of characters who go to a new land. They're stuck on this land, and eventually encounter the culture. How can I show their gradual assimilation/adaption of traits/characteristics ...
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4answers
61 views

Which of the two cases of writing Flashback Stories is better?

I am currently working on a story which is based on a flashback event of life. I want the past scene to appear as a current phase to involve readers in my flashback event as if it is happening now. ...
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14answers
973 views

What should step one in writing a novel be?

I have had an interest in writing for years, but I don't know where to start or how to organize the process of "becoming a writer." I have plenty of time, but don't know what to do first. This past ...
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1answer
26 views

Should I use figure titles for diagrams on the web?

Should I use figure titles for diagrams in web content if the diagram already has a caption? Guidance or references are appreciated. The context is a marketing page whose basic structure is shown in ...
2
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1answer
738 views

What is Content Testing?

What is Content Testing? Are there content testing tools available, or is content simply tested manually for quality?
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0answers
17 views

How to correctly cite?

I'm currently writing a thesis and for one section the sources are only 3 papers. Some paragraphes are only about one paper. Sometimes it is also mixed, i.e. first sentence references to paper 1, ...
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0answers
21 views

Who is the first writer (or book) that has an index?

I need to know who is the first writer to make an index in a book. Or maybe if the writer is unknown, the first book where the index appeared. I am aware that it's hard to indicate exactly the first ...
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3answers
67 views

Is it plagiarism to use something from a nonfiction work and put it into fiction?

I was reading about this Japanese dance style written by a man who taught it. He said that the style was uniquely Japanese and few outsiders could really dance in the style properly. He said that he ...
2
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2answers
97 views

Authoring tool for interactive documentations

I am searching for an application (Desktop- or Web-App) to write and create interactive documentation (especially technical documentation). I like Madcap Flare for technical writing, but I'm looking ...
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1answer
31 views

If you publish something, do people have to cite you by your surname?

If an author strongly wished to be referred to in other works by his or her given name, is there a way that the convention of referencing an author by last name could be broken?
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6answers
72 views

Is translating to other language plagiarism?

I'm currently writing my Masters thesis in English. If I take some (small) German text snippets from some papers (I'm German-speaking) and just translate it to English, would this be plagiarism? ...
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8answers
954 views

Text Editors. Suggesting & Tracking Changes to Plain-Text Documents

Many word processors are capable to tracking and displaying changes made to a document. Those changes are typically displayed in special markup supported by the editor. E.g. But when using a plain ...
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0answers
30 views

Is this Shakespearean Sonnet correct in structure?

Long fingers stretch in skies of ashen grey, In winter's cold clasp'd grip of crystal light; Soft Summer's bounties dues' of youth to pay, With crack of frozen flesh, this season's smite. For in that ...
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1answer
30 views

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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1answer
23 views

Include both foreword and introduction in small report

I am writing a school report about a company with a maximum of 10 pages. My instructors want me to include who wrote which sections in the report, when we started the work, etc. Because of the ...
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4answers
227 views

How to write negative events without laying blame in an insulting way

My current project is historical fiction, fifteenth century. There were quite a few bad things happening all over the world, and my book picks up on a few of them. With simply laying the information ...
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1answer
31 views

Feature film and finding a co-writer

I've written a few scripts for film, but think I need to collaborate with someone. I always run out of ideas. Where would I find a co-writer?
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3answers
40 views

The difference between two speech formats

I am conflicted about which one is appropriate for a story, or whether it makes a difference at all. A few years ago, god knows where, I've seen speech that was formatted like so: Hello. - Tom said. ...
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0answers
20 views

Emoticons in PhD Thesis [migrated]

I have a very dumb :-) question: Are emoticons (if fewly (one or two) placed) in a PhD thesis considered unorthodox? I have an introduction where I give an apt example and appended some small ...
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3answers
136 views

In English non-fiction, should I try to place the important parts at the beginning of the sentence?

Main question There is a claim that I heard from a few persons (none of which were native speakers of English), which goes as follows: In English non-fictional writing, the most important aspects ...
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2answers
190 views

What structure should I use for each article in a technical travel guide?

I am writing a technical guide for travelling and I'd like advice on what kind of structure I should use for each article. I have the articles written, but when I wrote them I didn't use a particular ...
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4answers
128 views

What is the best approach to balancing reading and writing for improving my writing skill?

A while ago, I would casually read and and casually write, and I was satisfied with what I achieved. But that all changed when people started suggesting that "readers are better writers" and the ...
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5answers
1k views

How to write a story that spans decades

I'm looking for techniques to write a fantasy story (A song of ice and fire style) but the problem is the duration of the story : The first three years there are lot of plots, and betrayals. After ...
2
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5answers
167 views

Websites for free feedback on stories?

Is there any website or anything where we can get feedback from online readers(without paying membership or anything of the sort) for stories and other writes that are not quite finished, but are ...
2
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1answer
35 views

I have a race of winged characters in my story, but I'm struggling as to how and why? [closed]

I know why; they're cool, and they have a deep yearning to be free and with the air, which'll be a major theme in the story. But... I don't know how to explain their wings. I don't want them to be a ...
2
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2answers
39 views

Bio on my father

My father passed when I was very young. I hope to know him through individual q&a's I will have with his friends associates, collegues and register it as a bio. What type of questions should I ...
2
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2answers
70 views

Are Novellas marketable?

I am thinking of writing a novella, but I am not sure whether it is marketable. I have a story in mind, but I'm trying to determine how best to publish a novella, whether it's worth publishing, and if ...
0
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0answers
10 views

How do I turn off auto date formatting in openoffice writer? [migrated]

Open office inside tables is changing things like the following to dates: 6/10 9/10 How do I turn this annoying thing off if I/m trying to do scale stuff?
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7answers
31k views

What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?

What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing? While writing either what should we keep in mind?
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5answers
120 views

Writing a bad review in a tactful way

I have a blog which sometimes features bad reviews based on my personal research and point of view. Please help me know how to say something critical without being too hurtful. For example, the ...
3
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4answers
82 views

Is there a way to add discovery into a short story?

I'm planning on writing a short story and I'm just wondering if it'd be possible to add an element of discovery into it. I think it'd be interesting if the reader would be able to learn things about ...
0
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0answers
14 views

Chicago-style “additional resources” at end of chapter

I'm writing a physics Ph.D. thesis in Chicago style and I'd like to include an "additional resources" section at the end of each chapter. This section would include articles, websites, etc. which I ...
1
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1answer
21 views

Blog recommendations for children's book writers [closed]

Any suggestions for blog websites for picture book writers. I am new in the field and I would like to find websites for writers of children's books. Thank you.
0
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0answers
12 views

Governments in fantasy stories? [migrated]

Is it realistic for a rather well to do city to accept a monarchy over democracy simply for a promise of protection at the cost of higher taxes given baseless rumors of invasion? Setting is medieval ...
0
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2answers
67 views

Characters referred to in some way other than numbers

I am working on Cubiks World(I changed it from Rubiks because Rubiks is trademarked and I don't want to go to court just because I write a story about rubiks cubes) I have gotten some critiques ...
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1answer
31 views

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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2answers
26 views

Getting started writing non-fiction

My cousin is an inspirational little girl whose overcoming physical handicaps to help others. She was just featured on NBC Nightly News a couple of weeks ago. It just occurred to me that a book about ...
3
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1answer
79 views

Writer's Platform

I realize most agents and publishers ask you information about your writer's platform. I looks like having a writer's platform has become an essential part of your introduction to agents or ...
4
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4answers
89 views

Author and illustrator - Do publishers like authors who are also illustrators?

Dr. Seuss did it, other authors in the past have done it, but I've heard that publishers like working with specific illustrators and would rather have the words written by the author and then they'll ...
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3answers
13k views

Where can I find sales numbers for books?

I'm a writer, working on a non-fiction book proposal. Finding public, free sales numbers for comparable titles is nearly impossible. BookScan is a subscriber service run by Nielsen. "Above the ...

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