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2answers
63 views

Transcibing a fictional pictograph based language

I'm a fresh pup to this site and I have a bit of a quagmire at my fingertips. My novel takes place in a dystopian future approximately half a century from the modern day. Consumerism and promotional ...
4
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3answers
62 views

How Do I Write a News Broadcast Montage in Different Locations in a Screenplay?

I want to write a sequence in my screenplay where the same news broadcast continues on different screens in different locations. For example, a bunch of people in a bar are watching the broadcast, ...
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3answers
53 views

Is there a standard for describing a form in a programming specification?

I'm a web programmer at a small web firm. When we have a larger programming project, I write a specification document for the client to review, make necessary changes, and eventually approve. Our ...
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1answer
79 views

Writing first person or third person limited for steampunk? YA

I have a phobia of decision making and am asking for your help. I want to write a YA steampunk book with lots of made up stuff. Now, fantasy isn't really written in the first person, but I want to try ...
3
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3answers
57 views

Putting together an effective writing blog

I'm a part-time freelance writer, and I'd like to put together a blog to showcase my writing through posts and to link visitors to my work on other sites. However, I'm a little bit lost about what ...
3
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3answers
75 views

Where to find a place to publish a specific kind of work?

I've written some stories about my adventures in the wars. I don't think they're Hemingway caliber, but I don't think they're bad. They're non-fiction and I am careful not to embellish for the sake ...
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33 views

Remote work advice? [closed]

I apologize if this is a tedious question but … My wife and I may be moving overseas soon and I have been considering looking for work that I can do remotely, possibly writing. My background is that ...
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0answers
29 views

Requirements engineering: getting the most out of Word?

Are there any features in MS Word (ideally for Mac) that can be helpful in requirements gathering/tracing? As an example, at present I'm using comments in the Review pane to index requirements and ...
2
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3answers
73 views

Efficiency or correctness in communication?

The language industry has a long tradition in the pursuit of correctness, based on manually drafted rules. However, the end goal has always been communicative efficiency, which is something that can ...
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1answer
67 views

Reminding my professor to update a grade? [closed]

I am writing an email to my professor as a reminder to update my grade on a particular assignment. I had an assignment that is graded based on a written essay and a presentation. I submitted the ...
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2answers
54 views

Interacting with the antagonist or protagonist

I am writing a game book where the story's plot is about an antagonist who keeps people hostage and based on the reader's choices they can survive or not. Now I am at a point where I am deciding ...
4
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1answer
34 views

Is same content different titles allowed (or sensible)?

In the software world, it's easy to do A/B testing where a website introduces two versions of the same information to test which one users prefer. I'm wondering if it's possible to do something ...
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9answers
255 views

Can technical writing suck less

I currently have the prospect of writing a considerable amount of technical documentation (describing interactions with an extremely complex online service). I consider myself a reasonably proficient ...
8
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4answers
125 views

Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?

On a lot of writers forums and in articles, it seems like Kindle is the main platform most self-publishing writers use just because that one is the one that is referenced all the time. I was ...
6
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3answers
460 views

How to introduce a fake name or alias for the sake of making a story clearer

I'm writing a scenario that describes what one person did when he worked for a company and want to use proper names for readability, but not use the real names of the people or company. But my ...
4
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5answers
144 views

How to write a good prison scene

I'm attempting to write one or two chapters with one of my main characters in a jail cell. It's important to the character development that he is isolated for an extended period of time, antagonized ...
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2answers
45 views

Writing book jacket copy - first person perspective

I am currently writing the text for my book jacket. My book is a novel and it's written in the first person. Does that mean that the text on my book jacket should also be in the first person, or does ...
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1answer
47 views

Re-write needed [closed]

Joshua heard himself say, “I’m heading over to Jason’s.” He felt his footsteps leading towards the door. Joshua opened and shut the door in a daze, not knowing where his steps would lead him.
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6answers
139 views

How many meaningful names can I put in my story?

I'm naming characters for my fantasy story, and so far many of them have nmes that mean something. Characters from different regions have names from different cultures, several names represent their ...
1
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1answer
30 views

A fair deal for purchasing a true story

My cousin is an extraordinary little girl from an extraordinary family. She was featured last Christmas on NBC Nightly News. I have discussed with her about writing a book about their story because ...
2
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2answers
57 views

Is it common to create a registered company when you self-publish?

I am about to self publish for the first time. Is it common to create a registered company when you self publish? I like the idea of separating my book revenue from my regular revenue and having my ...
0
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1answer
54 views

What's the book that explores emphasis on words in sentences to change the meaning?

I'm looking for a book I saw many years ago. The book showed how a sentence could have different meanings, depending where you placed the emphasis. To indicate the emphasis, the book put a dot above a ...
4
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1answer
31 views

How to Write a Pitch Letter?

I've recently accepted a job working for a publicist who is linked to a well renowned celebrity chef. My first assignment is to compose an email that can be used to pitch blog post sales. What ...
3
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3answers
79 views

Internal Dialog - First or Second Person

I'm writing a story in third person. When writing internal dialog, should I use first person or second person? Does it matter? Should I be consistent in the entire story? Should I be consistent for a ...
3
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3answers
39 views

How should book credit and profit be given for an individual editor?

I have no prior experience as an book/Ebook writer, nevertheless I've been able to write my first full book (which I feel that I did a good job on). However, I have an issue with my mom, who has been ...
3
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3answers
77 views

What to avoid when foreshadowing a death?

If, for example, I plan a character to die in the middle of the story, and let's say I'd like to foreshadow his death by dropping a few hints here and there, what should I avoid when dropping hints ...
2
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1answer
33 views

Thesis statement with or without a preview of the supporting points of the essay?

Examples: Thesis without a preview of the supporting points of the essay: "With a more international world, every citizen should learn to speak a second language." Thesis with a preview of the ...
4
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1answer
62 views

Can I make money from short fiction?

Can one still make money from short fiction, and what is the best way? I know in days gone past it has been possible to sell short fiction to magazines or papers, who would pay per word, or some such, ...
3
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3answers
47 views

Describing a Character Traveling: Too much narrative?

I am new to writing and I am trying to a write a novel. In the first chapter, my main character travels from her hometown to a different town far away. I want to use this time to give the reader a ...
3
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5answers
161 views

Using profanities in novels

I've recently read two quite "hard core" novels, both by famous authors. One was erotic fiction and one was a thriller which was very violent and gory. At the end I realized something: the F*** word ...
0
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2answers
93 views

How can I develop a whole personality for my characters in my fictional story from personality traits

How can I give the 4 children in my fictional story personality traits? One is a bossy 12 year old girl, one is a 11 year old girl that thinks that life is unfair, one is a 12 year old problem solving ...
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2answers
69 views

Who should I use for my POV character?

I'm in the early stages of a story with a large number of characters, a complex backstory and a long history. This is mostly because I crafted the world myself for months before deciding to write it ...
2
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3answers
50 views

Using country names in my book

I wanna start to write my first book. My problem is if I could use real country names in my book. For example, can I say that the action takes place in USA, California, Los Angeles or in China or in ...
0
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2answers
59 views

Coming up with names for 4 children [closed]

I am looking for character names to design a personality for 4 children in my story.
0
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1answer
21 views

Using Numbers in APA: 10 and 5 in the same sentence

I have a sentence in my manuscript with the following structure: "As to the technologies...., 10 participants identified ...., and 5 participants identified ....." According to APA: Use numerals ...
0
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3answers
66 views

A character who teaches how to build wealth [closed]

I am looking for a character name to design a personality of a guy who teaches how to build wealth. In the real world, they are financial advisors.
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Protecting your idea when working with another author

I plan to seek out another author to work on a school counseling book. What should I do to protect myself from another author taking the idea before we complete the project and publishing it as their ...
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vote
4answers
82 views

Different ways to say “I looked”?

I find myself overusing phrases like "his eyes flickered to (object/person)" and "he shifted his gaze to (object/person)". I use the words 'eyes' and 'gaze' a lot to describe what the character is ...
3
votes
4answers
119 views

Maybe it *is* better to write rough drafts longhand?

I read a forward by Piers Anthony in the midst of his bestselling Incarnations series about how he used two drafts on paper then one on the typewriter and shebang. He admits to switching to a laptop ...
2
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4answers
113 views

Describing a Traumatic Silence [closed]

I am finishing a short story by describing how the silence of a deceased character is more unnerving than that character's cries before he died. Is there a simile to describe a traumatic or ...
3
votes
3answers
98 views

Should a villain have redeeming qualities

I know it is important for main characters to have flaws to make them believable and real. But should an antagonist have redeeming or good qualities, to make him more real?
3
votes
2answers
55 views

Handling small bits of background story

I have a scene in which two characters are introduced to the reader. They met once before at a party, prior to the start of the story. In the following excerpt, I add a short explanation of that first ...
3
votes
5answers
229 views

How would a knight act around a princess?

In my current book, the main character is a knight and in one of the beginning scenes, he interacts with the princess. He's intimidated because of who she is (royalty) and acts very formal around her ...
2
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1answer
30 views

Should I be concerned about plagiarism with this excerpt in a research paper?

I'm new to writing research papers and I need some help, with plagiarism in general. Here is an excerpt from my paper. Is this within the usual norms for research papers, or am I risking plagiarizing? ...
2
votes
2answers
87 views

How to convey (screaming) hysterics in dialogue

It happens to most if not all of us. Something extremely emotional happens to us and we're just hysterical. Logic doesn't work. You contemplate punching a wall because that will help . . . somehow. ...
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2answers
54 views

how to write a sports game scene?

The main character is on a sports team, and I want to describe games, but I don't know how to without having to explain every point or without explaining it enough. I want it to be a page or two long ...
4
votes
4answers
189 views

Struggling to define a character without giving him viewpoint status

I am a novice working on a historical novel with four viewpoint characters. Three of them will be involved in subplots connected to the main plot, and each character will have a character arc and will ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

how can I make my main character interesting and not bland?

All my supporting characters are really cool and have their habits and problems and backstories but I just feel so lost when it comes to my main character. She just seems to be floating around in the ...
5
votes
1answer
78 views

How much does it cost to self-publish?

If I've finished my book, had it professionally edited, and am ready to self-publish my book, how much would it cost for a paperback, 300 page novel? I've already hired an editor, and I'd like paper ...
6
votes
9answers
176 views

Story Structure

I gained a lot of momentum from the answers to my first question. I've read a couple of writing books and read a lot of articles online. Although I'm still quite 'green', I have a much better idea ...

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