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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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80 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 ...
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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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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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Characters with no names

I've got a few short stories going, and I've foregone naming any of my characters. It started because I just didn't have any good names in my head and I was going to take care of it later, but now I'm ...
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Writing Action In A fictional Journal

I have written a story in the form of a journal. It's about a man who is going through a separation/divorce, living alone in an unfurnished apartment; now lonely and longing for companionship. ...
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70 views

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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58 views

How can I avoid using the first person in a report when directly referring to work and experiences I have had?

I have been asked to write a report on the company I am working at during a placement from University (I am on an engineering programme). There was not much guidance given on what the content of the ...
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28 views

How to punctuate the synonym to a word or phrase? [closed]

I have a sentence: ... to further everyones agenda; revenge. Is this the correct punctuation? Or should the semicolon simply be a comma? I know this is an incredibly dumb question and I should know ...
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How do I write sexual tension between two characters?

So. This is one of my first projects, so I have to ask this. The story takes place in a dystopian future, where a young man and a young woman, meet each other. They then try to overthrow the ...
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Microsoft Book Pages [duplicate]

I use Microsoft Word to write stories then I send it to a publisher. But, I want to know how many pages would the book version would be because I want to make long stories and/or books.
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Copyright Infringement if I directly gain no money?

I'm currently working on an essay for an award. I'm on a FIRST Robotics Team, and FIRST gives a Chairman's Award at our competitions. One part of this award includes an essay. Our team's name relates ...
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When you submit a manuscript for a picture book, where do the pictures go?

I am currently making a picture book, but it has pictures and I don't know where in the manuscript they should go.
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How could mankind reach a situation where spacetravel is easily accessable to many people but no one is interested in leaving the planet? [migrated]

I'm writing a game script at the moment that involves the protagonist exploring various planets in several solar systems. The character starts the game with nothing to their name, but I want them to ...
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Children's book copyright issues

I recently finished writing a children's book about the moon. I was ready to submit it to different publishers when I came across another book with the same idea on the internet. This book is also ...
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Changing points of view with geographical shifts as well as character changes between scenes

My current project is historical fiction, fifteenth century. The conflict, if you will, principally involves three nations. There's a few others, but one has to stop somewhere in terms of the ...
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Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?

I took a look tonight at the post titled What are the pros and cons of building the setting before the characters and story? It answered questions that I had concerning setting being more important ...
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Not resolving the main / significant conflict

I am occasionally slightly frustrated by how neatly stories wrap up the major storylines. Mostly because life rarely ties things up in a bow for us! I have a story I've been considering, where the ...
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It's hard for a foreigner to publish in english?

I'm from Brazil and I plan to write my first book. I'm thinking about writing it in english, because then it could be publish worldwide (I know, dreams). The problem is that I don't know if it would ...
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How can I tell if a novel idea is made for a series or a stand-alone?

If I have an idea for a novel (consisting, let's say, of a premise and a vague idea of characters), how can I tell if the idea will turn into a series or a stand-alone? I don't want to start ...
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When should my amnesiac protagonist regain memory?

It is very hard for me to ask this without an overwhelming amount of information on how the plot goes, so this is just a warning of what's ahead... I am writing a fictional story which begins with an ...
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Ways to influence the readers subconscious?

Are there any proven techniques of influencing the readers on a subconscious level? Preferably techniques involving only words as I'm interested in writing technical books and I don't have the liberty ...
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3answers
56 views

Switching POV from protagonist to antagonist?

I'm writing a young adult fantasy with two main characters. Right now, I'm planning on writing it in 3rd person limited from the point of view of only one of the main characters. (Depending on how it ...
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563 views

Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?

So I am currently writing a fantasy story that tends to be long. This question is related to the following question: related The main difference resides in that it is certain that the story will be ...
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563 views

Breaking Into Technical Writing - Where to Start (from a programming background)

I'm currently in the process of expanding my company from doing coding & web development to more technical writing and freelance tech journalism. Although my background is mainly in technology, ...
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Attracting and retaining volunteers to edit technical doc for open source projects

I volunteer as an editor for the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN), an organization that creates free open source software such as the Firefox browser. MDN has a large number of technical topics ...
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How do you make a story succeed in spite of an unsympathetic main character?

I'm looking for techniques specific to a story with an unsympathetic main character. Confederacy of Dunces, for example. Why does that work, and why wouldn't that work with a likable hero?
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1answer
48 views

Plural of single letter variables

Excuse me if I am on the wrong StackExchange site. I write about Physics in English and typeset that with LaTeX. So I have a variable c, and there are two of them in the same expression. I want to ...
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55 views

Submitting new work to another publisher while first deal is pending

A family member has had a verbal offer of publication for a book (a collection of pieces), though no contract has been signed yet and the printed book is probably quite a ways off. If all goes well, ...
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How to determine if a story would benefit from multiple first-person POVs?

Originally I asked this question: What is a "methodology" I can I use/follow to determine the ideal set of protagonists for my story?, but found that it was too vague. Specifically, I'm ...

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