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In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?

The end user documentation I'm writing makes use of screenshots (and partial screenshots) to show the user what I'm referring to in procedural instructions for or conceptual explanations of the ...
8
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3answers
309 views

Techniques to write for a wider audience

Many years ago, I wrote a short story that used specific information from my cultural background e.g. a belief that if you dream something, it is a form of a vision (superstition, some may say!). This ...
5
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2answers
251 views

Is it better to make clear immediately in which country/continent the story is taking place?

I'm writing a short story, and nowhere in it I explicitly mention the country in which it is taking place. The only time I mention something about the country is when I refer to a historical event ...
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1answer
127 views

Can a title be copyrighted?

Is there any such thing as copyrighting a title? A title of a novel / short story is usually short, up to five words or so. The words are chosen after much thought to reflect the contents of work. ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the correct location for page numbers in a report?

I am writing a report on our project in school, and we were discussing what would be the best place for the page numbers. It seems obvious, at least to us, that the page numbers should be ...
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0answers
69 views

Where do I fit in the future of publishing? [closed]

So I'm at that awful point in life where I've graduated college, painfully unemployed and no real direction in life. Trying to get it together currently. Computers, code, software, apps, web, ...
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3answers
192 views

When developing a stage play, whose gender matters more? The characters' or the actors'?

When striving for gender balance in a play: What is more important, balance among the characters or among the actors? (Given that all characters are written as individuals, and not as stereotypes.) ...
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343 views

How specific should I be when outlining the plot?

One problem I often run into when trying to make a general outline of the plot for a story is how specific I am in the descriptions of events. Generally, this happens when I have written a portion of ...
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1answer
60 views

Wait for the results of writing contest or try other means

I submitted the manuscript of my first, never yet published, novel to a big writing contest whose outcome will only be revealed in December, and may lead to a publishing. Now, I'm unsure of what to ...
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Is it correct to use verbs like “sighed” and “laughed” as dialogue tags?

In other words, is it correct to write something like this: "Oh," he laughed. "Sorry, I'm not sure what's with me today." (Every time I see something like this, I think: "How is this peson ...
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1answer
97 views

Book Plot Sugestions [closed]

Does anyone have a good plot suggestion for a children's fantasy? Maybe about a 13 year old girl in the 1500's. Anything will do.
3
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2answers
221 views

Screenwriting: Help with paragraph length.

I have a descriptive paragraph, at the beginning of a scene: INT. VICTIM’S BASEMENT - NIGHT ------, a professional criminal, and serial killer, is hard at work in the basement of an ...
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3answers
115 views

How to do dialogue?

Whenever I'm writing, I use this style: "I don't see why I have to put up with this nonsense." I muttered. However, I see this type of writing in books: "This room is full of idiots," he ...
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1answer
2k views

Free stock photos for ebook cover [closed]

Following my question here, I am wondering what are the pros and cons of using images/photos from websites that offer free stock photos. I am aware of MorgueFiles. My goal is to use the images/photos ...
2
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1answer
115 views

Is it appropriate to list my website as the publisher of my stories?

Following my question here, I am planning to establish a personal website. It will have basic personal details and synposis of my short stories. The overarching goal will be to use the website to ...
2
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2answers
142 views

How do you keep up with all the ebook formats?

There are three main ebook formats that I'm aware of, which look like this: PDF (you have full control over layout) mobi (Amazon - fluid...not much control) epub (Nook, iBookstore...not much ...
1
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1answer
128 views

What republication rights do I have?

My book was published by Melrose Books, Ely, U.K., in 2008. It was not self-published/vanity published, though I did have to pay toward publication. It is only available online; but despite knowing ...
7
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4answers
4k views

How long does it take to write a 1000-word news article?

I write tech articles for my blog and for a news outlet here in my country (mostly in French). I've been doing this for years, but I've always thought that I was slow in readying my stories. I am ...
7
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2answers
392 views

First Chapter for Free?

I am currently working on a novel, and am approximately 45% of the way through (~37,500 words / 100 A5 pages). Working full time, I am unable to finish my story within the next month, and I plan on ...
6
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1answer
141 views

Should I include my email address in an ebook?

I am wondering if it is appropriate to include my email address on the title page of my short stories on Amazon Kindle. If so, is it wise to use one obtained from say Yahoo because it will not change ...
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3answers
2k views

What's with all the hate on adjectives and adverbs?

Ok, I'm starting to get a feel for this, but I'm hoping someone can explain it more clearly for me. I learned in all my English classes that sensory imagery is important, which naturally involves a ...
4
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4answers
307 views

Punctuating dialogue with oneself

I am wondering what the convention is for punctuating dialogue with oneself. In particular, if a character speaks to himself, do the words need to be put in open and closed quotes? Note that the ...
0
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1answer
99 views

Formatting lists for ebook format?

For lists such as: Topic 1 xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxxx Topic 2 xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxxx is there some different way to represent them since they won't format well in mobi and epub? ...
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1answer
874 views

An adjective relating to the circus?

I'm looking for an adjective which essentially means "of or relating to the circus." My context is: As they stood in the doorway, taking in the circus-like activities around them... But ...
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2answers
136 views

Do short stories have to be of a particular length?

I have often wondered what determines the optimal length (number of words) of an effective short story. I am asking the above in the context of epublishing e.g. Amazon kindle. In the era of ...
2
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2answers
103 views

What is the better job for an English major: copy-editor or editor in chief?

I am a recent college graduate with a Bachelor's degree in English. I have been asked to join a new startup online magazine as an editor. I have the choice to be either a Copy-Editor or Editor in ...
4
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3answers
688 views

Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?

I also find myself writing stuff like this: (dialogue) They remained silent for a moment. A dog barked at the distance. (dialogue) and this: His stomach started to growl after a ...
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1answer
321 views

How to write a summary of an article or any text print?

For example I am given an article and asked to write a summary for money; where do I begin? Do I just read the article, and kind of pull material out of it, re-arrange some of it, change some words ...
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2answers
188 views

how to use `and so on` or `blabla` in the middle of a sentence?

in the following sentence: We forge such concepts like agent's IP, agent's port, agent's sequence number and so on for ease of explanation. We forge such concepts like agent's IP, agent's port, ...
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9answers
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Avoid blending Fantasy and Sci Fi

In the world I'm writing, there's a decent amount of magic - mages, spells, healing, etc. There's also a few aspects - hoverboards, strength/speed enhancing experiments - that don't quite fit into the ...
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2answers
98 views

How to indicate that it is a single short story

For Kindle Direct Publishing, the minimum price you can set is $0.99. I published a short story and wanted to price it at $0.49. This is because it is a short story of about 500 words. Its short and ...
5
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1answer
147 views

Ebook publishing

In my search to publish my short stories, I came across a number of sites, each offering overlapping services. Is it possible for someone to clarify the difference between Kindle Direct Publishing, ...
4
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6answers
169 views

Dream analysis research

I am currently writing a short story/novella. This piece of fiction describes a child who has vivid dreams. His dreamworld starts to blend with the real world by him being able to manipulate his ...
4
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6answers
5k views

How to better describe “jet-black (pitch-black) darkness”?

I'm trying my hand at translating a few Korean literary texts into English. Something I come across often while translating is the phrasing "jet-black(/pitch-black) eyes(/night/darkness)" which ...
2
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2answers
146 views

HTML Formatting for ebook

I uploaded my short story on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) yesterday. All went well and I am excited, given this is my first attempt to publish anything! I did some research prior to making the ...
4
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2answers
249 views

Offer to publish - should you accept or wait?

We have received an offer from a US-based publisher (new company, good concept, good marketing strategy, good royalties, no fees) to publish a novel in print, eBook, and audio format. We (the author ...
5
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4answers
431 views

Basing fiction on personal life

I had in mind to use threads from my own life as a foundation for work, keeping much of the incidents, traits and all, but building upon them in a potentially different direction. What are the ...
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6answers
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The street is filled with cars and people

The street is filled with cars and people. I tend to write simple, straightforward sentences, like the one above. Can you suggest ways I can write more interesting sentences? What books (with ...
4
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1answer
68 views

Co-authoring, brainstorming but not writing

I'm the brainstorming phase of a new manuscript. Normally I do that on my own, but this time I I want to ask a few friends to help me with ideas. I'm sure you all know how the brainstorming process ...
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9answers
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Time measures in fantasy worlds

I wonder, what could be a good way to provide time measures in a fantasy universe. I don't mean the calendar which is covered in the question: Out of this world... Giving it time?, but measures like ...
4
votes
3answers
375 views

How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?

I have a paragraph like below: A hypothetical solution is like this: first, we can use a table to record entries. These entries are imported from a library. . ..... Basically, this paragraph is ...
5
votes
4answers
275 views

think, I think, I don't think

I use "think", "I think" and "I don't think" in my writing a lot. Can you suggest a few ways to reduce it and few alternative ways of saying the same thing? Look at the below sentences I have ...
0
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3answers
691 views

Are my metaphors/similes effective?

I'm editing a short story I wrote I while ago. And the first thing I wanted to do was to add similes/metaphors to it (OK, maybe just similes). The story is about a girl who fails to feel an ...
3
votes
2answers
244 views

Composing a single narrative by writing small chunks

Qualifier/Disclaimer This may be a very atypical question for this site (of all those I've seen, this question on superuser seems most closely related to mine, but the question was closed as ...
5
votes
5answers
777 views

Do empty pages need a number?

I would like to start each chapter on the right side of the book, as there are few chapters with a different point of view. I know numbering has to continue on the white page which might appear in ...
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4answers
7k views

How to convert handwriting into text

Recently, I found a short story that I had written many years ago when computers were not that common. It is 25 pages of handwriting. Obviously, I don't want to spend hours typing it. My typing speed ...
4
votes
2answers
878 views

How best to format a novel written in Markdown

I want to use a text editor (Emacs) to write a novel because I don't want to consider page layout and other similar issues. I want to use the Markdown format so that I can convert it to the docx ...
3
votes
9answers
4k views

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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1answer
585 views

How do you Open with an Anecdote in a persuasive writing? :'( Or maybe in the middle? [closed]

I'm very eager to get high grade in my English exam which is seriously so close :)...Anyway we're going to do persuasive writing (no surprise there) but I want to try something new and this year it's ...
3
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1answer
577 views

What factors to consider when choosing an e-book platform?

Some students that I mentor have written a number of short stories that they want to publish now. I am totally new in this area. I did preliminary research which indicates that there are now a ...

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