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Tips for humor writing

Are there any techniques you can use while brainstorming to find humor to include in an article?
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How much time should you devote to learning the craft?

When is enough, enough? Some writers argue that you don’t need how-to books, just practicing writing. Yet, many writers write beautifully but are incapable of producing a publishable novel, while ...
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in years that vs. in years when [migrated]

The policy provides a “floor” that can protect you from market-related losses in years that / when the indexes perform poorly. THAT or WHEN? I say it's not a specific period of time. It's an ...
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1answer
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Using dictionary examples in the book - is it fair use?

I am writing a book on English language. Which is bilingual book. So I would need some examples from dictionary. So can I use these examples in my book. I don't mind mentioning which dictionary ...
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2answers
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How do you get paid for getting your book published?

I've heard that there are 2 ways to get paid: The writer will get (for example) 3 cents per word. Then, even if the book is a huge hit, the writer wouldn't get any more money. The writer will get ...
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technical subjects - non-fiction vs fiction

This is a question I tried to ask in Novelizing non-fiction, is it worth it? But was un-clear and maybe too generic. Let’s say I am a scuba diving expert and I could write a non-fiction book about ...
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Is the term intellectual effrontery still in use? Does it sound clunky or stilted? [migrated]

I've encountered the term while reading an article on philosophy. I was wondering if it sounds clunky?
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Synonym for 'overly obvious'? [closed]

Writing about Waugh. Nanny Hawkins is first described thus: 'her hands lay open in her lap and, loosely between then, a rosary; she was fast asleep'. I find the rosary reference to be TOO blatant, ...
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Should the secret antagonist have dual goals set in the ending of Act I?

Okay, There's this antagonist in my plot who is supposed to secretly frame my protagonist (due to some undecided reasons) and also help him publicly to cover his tracks. And since I'm working with the ...
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2answers
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Voice of the author changes with the pov a good idea?

I have been writing an action/adventure novel and am having a tough time deciding whether the voice of the writer should undergo a slight/moderate but not a complete change with the point of view ...
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8answers
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Writing Multiple Novels Simultaneously

I am, at present, 50% of the way through my first novel (17 chapters (and counting), ~55,000 words, ~100 A4 pages) and yet I also had many other (what I think are) wonderful ideas pop into my head for ...
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7answers
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Story development: Multiple characters premises

I am used to stories which have one premise which through sequential events is proven by the character. A few stories like war stories can have several premises each linked to a specific character, ...
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2answers
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Using species from another novel, in my novel, copyright infringment?

I would like to start a novel, but it would include Fantasy species such as Dwarves and Elves, etc. I got this idea after reading several of Tolkien's novels. If I write this novel it would have ...
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2answers
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Writing a Romance novel, starts in present but after two chapters the flashback starts

I am writing a romance novel and the story starts in present in a very tense environment. But after two chapters it goes into the protaganist flashback. The love story is all in the flashback. Is this ...
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2answers
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What is a “reflection character?” How is s/he different from an antagonist?

My understanding is that a "reflection character" is someone who acts as a "foil" for the hero(ine). This is someone the main character fights with, or at least interacts with, a lot. How is this ...
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Originality of Writing

I have been writing a book, and often times I feel like a lot of the elements in my story are just Freudian slips. I'm not plagiarizing or anything, but sometimes I will go back and read through my ...
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2answers
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Can I use an alien species name from another work of literature in my story? [duplicate]

If I wanted to pay homage to a sci-fi author, could I use his or her species in my story? (For example, Andalites from Animorphs; Formics from Ender's Game; describing a species that looks like Yoda ...
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2answers
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Is there a problem in switching from present to past for a backstory sequence?

My understanding was that it's fairly normal for a present-tense novel to switch into past tense in a backstory sequence. But I was having a conversation with a friend and he insists any tense ...
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3answers
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What is considered an acceptable length for a technical document?

I have written dozens of technical and requirement specifications, and edited dozens more in 8+ years of engineering. The largest I have drafted was perhaps 100 pages, but maybe 30-50% of it was ...
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3answers
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Should I completely eliminate passive voice

I have read that a lot of passive voice deadens the story to 2 dimensional even if you are just trying to show something that takes time when you use the passive voice. I quite often use passive ...
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1answer
484 views

How to cite a film quote using MLA in text citations

I am working on an essay, and one of my sources is a film. (The Matrix) What would the in-text citation for the film look like, and would it include the time that the quote occured?
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Manuscript format: Straight or curly quotation marks?

I'm writing (or at least trying to write) a novel, and using standard manuscript format: 12-point Courier, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, etc. I'm using Google Docs, which automatically converts ...
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3answers
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How to suddenly introduce a scary character, but include description?

I have a scene in my story where the main character (the story is told from his POV) opens a door and there is a monster in the room. I want a sudden introduction, to show how shcoked the character ...
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4answers
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The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader

I recently wrote a blog post (original here) about a scientific study. At the end, I included some "fine print" which states, among other things: Correlation does not mean causation. It’s ...
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7answers
157 views

How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood

There's one thing I always find impressive and moving when I see it in accounts of historical events or depicted well in fiction: gallows humour, when a person who is facing likely or certain death ...
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14answers
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Do Writers Use LaTex/TeX for writing?

I'm quite interested in the LaTex/TeX system and am wondering if any other fellow writers use it frequently to write in.
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0answers
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Italics in MLA paper for a body of work by numerous authors?

I am writing a paper using MLA style. I know to italicize a single work, such as The Call of Cthulhu, but what about when referencing the entirety of the Cthulhu Mythos, which was written by numerous ...
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1answer
97 views

How Does the Publishing Process Work?

This question may seem rather broad based on the title, so allow me to elaborate. I am a self-taught author. I learned how to write, what works and what doesn't, all that good stuff. What I did not ...
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1answer
36 views

Questions about book [closed]

So i want to write a book. It would probably be in the romance section (well, obviously). A short summary I guess would be a pan girl moves into a bi girl's town. They do a bunch of stuff together ...
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3answers
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Do multimedia-objects work well in electronical publishings of fictional writing?

Electronical publishings could include multimedia, like videos or music/soundsnippets. How well does that go together with fictional writing? Could that add something to the atmosphere? Or would it ...
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Are some literary devices better suited to screenwriting than others?

I'm an aspiring screenwriter, but have never been much of a printwriter nor do I aim to be. I appreciate the value of literary devices in screenwriting but am not trained to identify them while ...
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2answers
47 views

Is scripting a cartoon tv show the same as scripting a movie?

I don't know if this is the correct place to put this but here goes. I'm just curious if scripting a cartoon is like scripting a movie or not. I've tried consulting google but I've really gotten ...
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2answers
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How to avoid repeating the adjective “corresponding”? [closed]

I have the following sentence (I am not native): If the context relies on a single anchor (Self, Parent, Following), the nodes within the corresponding scope are treated with regard to this ...
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2answers
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Are there any metrical (scansion) dictionaries?

There are plenty of rhyming dictionaries; is there such a thing as a metrical dictionary? Sometimes in fixed-form poetry, I need a word to fit a specific position in a line, and it would be really ...
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1answer
42 views

Where are some good places to publish free flash fiction?

This question has been asked about paying markets, but does anyone know good places for putting up flash fiction just to build readership?
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3answers
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Rare list of character archetypes and psychology?

I've been researching this on my own for weeks without finding anything useable. I need a list of American-style (not Japanese, anime, etc.) character archetypes in American fiction of any type and ...
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4answers
117 views

How to make a character that doesn't speak about himself relatable?

I have a character in my novel, De-Shi, who's the mentor and love interest of the protagonist, Li-Mei (nicknamed Hanging Pup). He listens to her feelings, gives her advice, jokes with her, shares ...
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3answers
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How to cite an entire paragraph?

How to cite an entire paragraph taken from a book? Is it just writing the paragraph as a separate one and adding (Author, Year) in the end? Will it not imply that only the last sentence in the ...
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3answers
76 views

Can Bridging Conflict Work When the Answer is Known?

The title is a little vague, so allow me to explain my question in depth here. If someone can think of a better way to phrase the title, feel free to edit it. First off, my definition of Bridging ...
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5answers
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Subtle writing and speed readers

I want to write a dystopia and find it hard to convey that things aren't at all right. I had planned to convey this in subtle reading clues, but I am worried that certain types of readers - or perhaps ...
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19answers
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Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?

As writers, do you use any version controlling software to track and monitor what you write? For example, if you accidentally deleted or overwritten a paragraph that you'd like to have it back? ...
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2answers
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I need to smash a wrist in a grocery store [closed]

One of my lead characters has to do community service at a grocery store. She has magical powers that will allow her to escape easily, but they are suppressed by a high-tech wrist brace. The plot ...
2
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1answer
71 views

Novelizing non-fiction, is it worth it?

There are a few lifestyle subjects where I feel I need to write non-fiction books. The problem is that in these fields, most of what is published is 101 intro manuals, while my takes to the field ...
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2answers
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As a journalist, how can tipsters contact me about the story I'm writing before it's published?

I'm a journalist who writes stories about niche topics. When I publish my stories, I always get great comments and news tips from people around the internet, which would have added a lot to the ...
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3answers
161 views

Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?

For example: TED DIBAR, (40s) swings his cape to the side, as he approaches Felix. Do I need to continue to use the character's full name, or can I shorten it in subsequent mentions?
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2answers
458 views

Chopped sentences with too many conjunction, and repeating the subject again and again

I have tendency to write chopped sentences with too many conjunctions, repeating the subject again and again. I don't want that but I'm not skilled in English. For example how do write the following ...
0
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2answers
30 views

How can I determine a genre's target audience?

I am making this question with the assumption in mind that specific genres attract certain types of people. How can I determine the target audience based off of genre alone? I'm looking for the ...
14
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3answers
710 views

Feedback: What to use and what to ignore?

I posted my novel online for critique. And stumbled with the obvious question: when should I consider a feedback and when should I ignore it? This is what I'm doing so far: If more than two people ...
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2answers
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What “formats” are there for eBooks?

I was reading This answer and came across this section in it (emphasis mine): In addition to selling via the big eBook outlets, offer sale of DRM-free (but watermarked, if you like) ebooks in ...
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4answers
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Published with no contract

I have had a falling out with my publisher. She has published many of my works and is telling me I am not legally able to resell my work anywhere. I have no contract to refer to. There is no verbal ...

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