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Libel of website [migrated]

Is it possible to libel a website such as Craigslist or Facebook in a work of fiction? For example, if one were to write about a fictional character who had an interaction with another character, and ...
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Why Use Excessively Short Chapters?

Some of my favorite Frank Herbert books go 70 pages between chapters. All the James Patterson books go 2-3 pages between each chapter. I know non-fiction uses chapters to help navigate, which means ...
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How do sci-fi stories hold up if their premise or details become discredited?

I've been playing with the idea of writing a sci-fi story that would resemble those written roughly 50-100 years back: Things we normally would laugh out of court today, like Jules Verne's moon trip, ...
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How do you believably write a moron?

I've heard a lot of people ask how to properly depict intelligence in a written work, but I'd like to go in the opposite direction. I want to know how to write a moron/fool without having them be the ...
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Memoir styled fantasy fiction

I am thinking about writing a fantasy fiction (casually, mostly for my own entertainment), would the style of a memoir be suitable? More specifically, the writing would be the personal account of a ...
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Proofreading style to use

I see several writing and proofreading styles around. There are AP, APA, and CMS to name a few. My questions are: What are the most popular proofreading styles today? When is each style used or ...
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Can anyone become a good writer? [closed]

Is it possible to become an Ernest Hemingway? Sure, someone can learn to spell, put punctuation in the right places, and keep his sentences down to twenty words. That doesn’t make you Earnest ...
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Following the Chicago Manual of Style, what's the correct format and sequence for a citation of one out of a series of pamphlets?

Suppose an organization puts out a series of leaflets or pamphlets (in the 4- to 8-page range). Each one is independent, but the series has a strong theme and purpose (such as "best plants to grow ...
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Types of characters for three protagonist

I have noticed that (in fiction) when the protagonists are three children, they normally follow these stereotypes: one is the hero (whose parent is famous), another is a nerd girl (best student in the ...
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Should I name specific artists?

I'm currently describing a scene of a girl listening to music. My question is, should I say what singer is she listening to? Or I better skip that part and and say something like "she sat on her bed ...
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Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?

This may seem like blasphemy to a lot of you, but can I become a good writer without doing incredible amounts of reading? I never read for fun growing up (thank you, videogames) and have just recently ...
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How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?

I have always had a problem with travel in my stories. Since I'm writing an epic fantasy novel, travel is a big theme as characters often have to move from where they are to where the plot dictates. ...
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How to communicate two elements of different general syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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Using the Minto Pyramid

Using the Minto Pyramid, should I order the paragraphs of my paper by going through the rows of the pyramid like this? Thesis > Why > How > Where > A > B > C > D > E Or should I start at the top of ...
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essay writing agree, disagree partially agree

In preparation for IELTS I want to write on "It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction. ...
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How to call sub-genre of my fantasy?

For my own needs I write fantasy. But at this time I am not sure what genre it is. Base of that world is probably classic fantasy, because there are: unicorns dragons gods magic lycanthrops other ...
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Describe person attempting but failing to suppress a laugh

There is a scene where a character is trying to be level-headed and professional. However, something happens that is funny to him. He lets out a satisfied chuckle but tries with partial success to ...
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Borrowing or stealing phrases

Many times I come across phrases or single sentences (never longer) on the internet in the form of YouTube comments and the like which resonant with me. Often I am inspired to use these in my writing. ...
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Technical Documentation Voice Preference : “Active Voice” - “Passive Voice” - A Mixture of both

We are working on a technical documentation project which includes the rewriting, modernization, restructuring, enrichment of the content. I'm doing the content rewriting and translation parts of the ...
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Options besides pencil and laptop [closed]

I like writing on my laptop because I can type quickly. I like writing with a pencil because I find it more relaxing, easier to let words flow, more pleasant to edit, no bright lights in my eyes, etc. ...
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Citation behind a display equation

I occasionally have a case where I want to give a formula and also attribute it. This ends up like that: I do not really like that, though. The citation looks very odd at this spot. If the next ...
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Forming a Writing Habit [duplicate]

I am working on a first draft of a novel. What are some of the best ways people have found to build a writing habit? I have tried the writing marathon approach and run out of steam. I am now heading ...
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Public domain does it apply to any and all art work prior to 1920's? [duplicate]

Can I use famous art work images that were created prior to 1900 in my book and sell the book legally? Are all artworks prior to 1900 Public domain? I want to use images of paintings made in 1800 to ...
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Preserve “The Reveal” vs lying to the reader

My story involves a kind of plot-twist towards the end. The problem is that the one of the sources of the misdirection comes from a kind of "Story so far" chapter towards the beginning. It sets up ...
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Formatting dialogue and single lines

Consider the following exchange: "Hello" "Hi" They were sitting on the bench. The dialogue lines are indented. Should the descriptive sentence also be indented? What if we had "Hello" ...
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How to cite information from the Human Genome Project (website)?

I want to cite some information from the Human Genome Project FAQ regarding the cost of the project (see the "How much did the Human Genome Project cost U.S. taxpayers?" header), however I'm unsure of ...
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1answer
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Accidentally sent a work-in-progress to a stranger

I was sending files between two email accounts and accidentally sent the first 8k words of a work-in-progress to a stranger. I'm not published, should I be worried or am I being arrogant? Is there ...
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Effective techniques for describing pain

I've noticed something in writing: it's difficult to convey pain, and even specific types of pain, to an audience who's comfortably sitting at home in an easy chair. I can hardly imagine pain until ...
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Looking for informed people to evaluate a creative writing project about psychiatry

I am a beginning writer. I would like to write a science fiction / fantasy book that is critical of psychiatry, including diagnosis inflation, the influence of Big Pharma, and the field's de-emphasis ...
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How do we draw the line between plagiarism and allusion?

It’s no secret that in literature we see characters that remind us of other characters. Furthermore, it’s no secret we see plots that remind us of other plots. For example, an author reads Book A and ...
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How do I make the downfall of a character moving without being cliche?

So, the character is an anti hero, he loses all his morals, and becomes the very thing he fights against. How can I make the downfall of this character more emotionally moving/impactful without ...
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Switching to fiction software

OK, I admit to dinosaur-era technology. My first computer was the Radio Shack Color Computer 2 with a tape deck for memory storage (seriously). Websites were in DOS (let's just say you were lucky to ...
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Is it plagiarism to adapt a known figure into a fictional charcter?

What if I decide to write a story with a character based off a historical figure but under a different name? For example: (1) I write a story with a hero named Tom, who is a political figure. (2) ...
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All capital letters in a new document

Weird thing just happened. I added a new document to a manuscript and when typing, all letters are in caps. Caps lock is not on. It's not happening in any other app, just in Scrivener and just in a ...
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What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?

What is the name for a text subdivision that is shorter than a chapter, but longer than a paragraph? They are always untitled (unlike chapters, which are at the very least called "Chapter 1", "2" etc),...
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Referencing a Play in an MLA paper

I've gone through several different resources that appeared in the Google search bar when I asked this question, but the sources give different answers to this question: When referencing a play ...
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Depth in third person limited

I am writing in third person, limited , past with half a dozen POV characters. I make an effort to never slip into omniscient and try to keep my character POVs in their own voices i.e wheel of time. ...
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How Do Online Sites Afford Writers?

How do online publications afford to pay writers 20-50$ per written article?
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How to create a title

I am at a dilemma, as I cannot title my novel. So I created these questions. What creates a good title for a novel? What should I include/not include in my title? At the moment, I have come up ...
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constructive criticism online [duplicate]

I am at the point with my short story where I need some constructive criticism. Is there a place online where I could post it and people leave their thoughts and comments on it?
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How can I make believable motivations for antagonists?

I am writing a book. However, I can't quite wrap my head around making my character do bad things, while still making their actions and/or motivations for their actions believable. Here is an ...
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Where Do Online Journalists Get Their Info?

How do online journalists report on things if they aren't actually out in the field reporting? I'm assuming they simply watch mainstream news, listen to government/organizational websites, etc?
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How to make a dark story not-so-dark (Shining the light in darkness)

I'm writing a war story, and it's dark. However, I find that every scene turns out to be depressing because of it. Readers will be overwhelmed. Are there ways I can induce hope/shine the light in the ...
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Naming fictional races with original names vs with words from other languages

My novels contain several fictional races, but I have been trying to decide how to name them. Therefore, I must ask: is it more common for science fiction/fantasy writers to completely make up the ...
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A heading on a paper

When you are doing a research paper or a writing and you have two people doing it, do you put a comma before the and in something like... By Arielle, and Bella?
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APA: How to cite an application report or an application note

I'm working on an engineering project and lots of the design decisions I've made are based on application notes or application reports made by manufacturers, like this one: http://www.ti.com/lit/an/...
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What are good reads about writing?

What do you recommend as reading material to improve writing for beginners? If one recommendation is put per answer and can be voted separately a good list of resources should build up.
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How to write a “strong” passage?

By strong I mean causing some reaction on the reader (not necessarily goosebumps, maybe just a small wow). I'm having this problem right now. Example (the bolded part): "He told me about how ...
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How to write a religious experience?

I'm currently writing a story with a strong theme of spirituality and divinity. At around the halfway point my protagonist has a religious experience which changes them. This experience is a highly ...
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Is There a Pandoc Latex Template For Novel or Short Story Manuscript Submissions?

I use Markdown to write my stories, and have started using Pandoc to convert to PDFs and HTML. The PDFs could use improvement, however, and I would like to make them look like Manuscript submissions.

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