3
votes
3answers
46 views

Two perspectives in a non-fiction book

My daughter and I thought it was a good idea to write a book about our experiences throughout her casting for a movie that she did. Her view on the journey and My view as her mother. Not sure how to ...
1
vote
5answers
72 views

How to motivate yourself to finish something?

Far too many stories of mine have gone unfinished simply because I lost motivation to keep writing (and it doesn't help that I manage to convince myself each project will be my magnum opus). How can I ...
2
votes
3answers
35 views

Which one and why: (alphabets and integers sets) OR (alphabets set and integers set)?

Consider the two phrases: alphabets and integers sets alphabets set and integers set Are both grammatically correct? If so, which one is a better style and why?
1
vote
1answer
52 views

How do you know if your writing can become a story

Hope this is the right forum to be asking a question! I have been writing every since I can remember, my stories, writings, letters, poems, lessons and emotions where captured from as young as 14, I ...
1
vote
2answers
166 views

How can you write during a full work day?

As provided in this excellent answer by @what, there is a certain 'creative time,' for writing, when you can write the best. I've been aware of this for awhile, though I never really saw it for what ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

What is simplistic writing?

Can anyone here enlighten me on what simplistic writing means please? Is it good or bad in the field of sciences and engineering?
3
votes
2answers
62 views

Maintaining readers over time with serialized fiction?

I am one of several authors on a fairly new shared blog. The blog has a mix of serialized and one-shot posts. Because it's a new blog (2.5 months, ~30 posts so far), there is quite a variety of ...
5
votes
1answer
102 views

What does “(ph)” mean when written after a transcribed word?

In the block quote below I've added an excerpt from an interview transcript with the author of "The First Norton Anthology of World Religions." The transcript has different words for God and "(ph)" ...
3
votes
2answers
49 views

What is the purpose of using Roman numerals as page numbers?

I'm in the process of writing a dissertation for my university degree. I have looked at examples online where people have used roman numerals as page numbers for the preliminary pages of the ...
0
votes
2answers
25 views

“Proposed Method” in Academic Paper

Is it okay to use the term "proposed method" in academic paper if I already done implementing the method? Or what phrase I can replace to this?
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Should I use the actual page number, or the PDF's page number in a parenthetical citation?

Let's say I have a PDF, and I want to cite something on page 2 of the PDF. Would I want to use the actual page number listed (page 724 apparently), or the page number of the PDF?
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Is it necessary to explain what is written in upcoming chapters?

When writing a technical report, is it necessary to explain what is written in upcoming chapters? For example in my introduction chapter, I may have a sub-chapter called "Forthcoming chapters" which ...
5
votes
4answers
169 views

What should you do if the events in your story happen in real life just when you finish writing it?

I was finishing my novella when I heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris (I pray for the souls of the victims). I was surprised to know that circumstances revolving around the violent attacks were ...
0
votes
3answers
52 views

How to write an elevator speech for MYSELF?

"Write an elevator speech for prospective employers" is an action-item that's dogged me for weeks. Perhaps this is the place to reach out and admit-- I've got a bad case of writer's block on this. ...
4
votes
3answers
91 views

Writing figures in novels

I believe that most of the time, it is advised to write out figures as words in novels, rather than writing the actual figure. E.g. He's twenty years old. He lives on the fourth floor. However, are ...
3
votes
4answers
159 views

Gratuitous use of magic: poor writing and/or unenjoyable?

Many of my characters, main, side, and recurring all have a suite of magic abilities. So will them constantly using magic be annoying? Will it make the magic stale? What tips should I follow and what ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

How to make paragraph more appealing? [closed]

I recently started to fund raise with a fund raising website but I haven't made anything. I think it's because I'm not a very good writer. Here's what I wrote: Hello, my name is Joseph Quigley. I’m a ...
4
votes
4answers
124 views

Can I use already used fictional language?

When creating a world where there are either aliens or fantasy races, you know that they should speak their own language. But the truth is, that for story purposes, such races will speak their ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

Expressing mocking humor

This is my very first writing, so forgive me if i sound silly. I am trying to express a thought from my mind where a mocking humor about "the excessive education but no common sense in our society" ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

How to format neural actions in a story

I'm writing a short story with androids and cybernetically enhanced humans who have access to neural interfaces. Essentially, they open up some kind of computer terminal, but it's via internal sensors ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

What does an internship for freelance writing entail?

Recently, I had a terrific interview with a company based in L. A. that promotes events and recommends fun things to do. I don't know if they will offer me an internship, but if they do, what would my ...
-1
votes
2answers
78 views

Is there a name for the **writing** tic/technique in which the **writer** inserts an aside beginning with “well”?

Is there a name for this writing tic/technique (which I find very annoying, by the way): Please note: these examples are in the form of dialogue which belies the context in which my question was ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Include both foreword and introduction in small report

I am writing a school report about a company with a maximum of 10 pages. My instructors want me to include who wrote which sections in the report, when we started the work, etc. Because of the ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Speaking of Living Rooms

Would you rather have the bulk of your play's action staged in the atrium or in the peristylium? That's not the question, actually. The difference between a movie and a stage play is entrances and ...
0
votes
4answers
79 views

How can one establish a discipline of sticking to a writing schedule?

I currently have three stageplays, a comic strip, one screenplay and posts on writing blogs (not to mention NaNoWriMo) that I have to stay on top of, and yet my mind gets scattered, although I find ...
0
votes
5answers
95 views

Confidentiality Concerns

I have recently joined a writers group, and one person has asked to read my entire book. She is lovely, but I am concerned about letting my "baby" go and possibly losing it. Am I being too paranoid? ...
1
vote
3answers
96 views

Using acronyms in fiction writing

I'm wondering whether I can use acronyms without the period between each letter in fiction writing. Adding the period seems kind of clunky and stops the flow of the sentence a little but I don't want ...
2
votes
2answers
84 views

When not to use commas before dialogue (and capitals)

I'm struggling with when to omit the comma before dialogue (as well as when to use capitals) in fiction writing. My understanding is that you would omit the comma before/after something like "he says" ...
0
votes
5answers
116 views

A self-absorbed female character: key words and pet phrases needed [closed]

I'm stumped. I can't come up with anything beyond "You're hurting my feelings" and "I'm not in a good place right now." Suggestions?
0
votes
1answer
30 views

How do you cite when using a reference twice within the body of a composition but not necessarily in the same paragraph?

How do you cite when using a reference twice within the body of a composition but not necessarily in the same paragraph?
0
votes
2answers
65 views

Correct punctuation for he said, she said

It was recently suggested to me that when attributing dialogue after a quote it should always end comma close quote lowercase, as in: "That's what," he said. However, if the character speaks in ...
0
votes
4answers
101 views

How Much Dialogue Is Too Much Dialogue

I wanted to know How Much Dialogue Is Too Much Dialogue ? I'm writing chapter and i can't really seem to trim my dialogues since my all 4 of my characters are to talk to each other and interact with ...
0
votes
2answers
42 views

'I would argue that ABC.' vs 'ABC.'

I write a fairly informal, opinionated blog about a variety of subjects, politics, relationships, mental well being, general life observations etc. I'm trying to make my writing more concise - to ...
1
vote
4answers
67 views

Self publishing a collection of poems

I have written four poems and will keep writing more. How many should I put under one collection, and around how many pages should it be? Any ideas on how I should go about the self publication ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

Wording of comparing X vs Y and X vs Z but not X vs Y vs Z

As per the title I compared my system against two other systems separately but I'm worried about it coming across as that it was a three way comparison. Neither of the below titles convey what I want ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

Playwriting: What is the difference between parentheticals and stage directions?

Coming from the World of Screenwriting, it proves difficult for me to discern the usage of parentheticals from the usage of stage directions in a play I'm writing. I need to know which is for what and ...
5
votes
4answers
419 views

In present-tense narrative, does “I spend the NEXT few hours…” make sense?

I was directed to the writers stackexchange from the English/grammar forums. I'm writing a novel in present-tense. If all the actions are in the present-tense, e.g. as the character is experiencing ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

Should I put diagrams into a formal essay?

I have asked a question like this before in Workplace, but this time is only about diagrams specifically, and on formal work generally. Some answers in there say that I can use the Venn diagram if I ...
1
vote
3answers
115 views

How do publishers expect authors to use social media to promote their books?

I am new to the world of writing, and was initially surprised to read on some publishing advice website (eek) that authors should use social media to interact with readers and promote their books. How ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Can you do a “selective” word count in Scrivener?

When I use Scrivener I tend to have quite a deep hierarchy of documents. Often, I'll use a child document for notes that I will write up in its parent document. Currently, when I view by project in ...
3
votes
5answers
694 views

I'm shy to let my friends read my books

All the books I have wrote, I've always been shy to show my friends. I don't want them to think poorly of me with what I write. Any advice that could help me?
1
vote
1answer
57 views

Do US literary agents accept manuscripts from UK?

I am two thirds through writing my novel and just wondered if any writer out there-wannabe like me or published has ever sent a manuscript from UK to agent based in the States. Thanks Eleanor
2
votes
3answers
113 views

Presenting Fiction as Non-Fiction

I am toying writing a book involving layered stories: There is Manuscript A, written by a character, which is an ostensibly real account/diary of an incident she experienced. In the fictional ...
2
votes
4answers
101 views

Making modern references

I'm working on a modern fiction drama in an urban setting. I'm trying to be real in terms of conversation threads--music, movies, drugs, etc. Here's my problem: I've never done a realistic modern ...
1
vote
1answer
186 views

Having a character quote an entire stanza of a poem

I am working on a long form fiction item.In this one of the characters will quote the first Stanza from a poem. Normally with speech one opens quotes, adds the text, and closes quotes. However I do ...
-3
votes
1answer
108 views

What is the difference between yellow journalism and sensationalism? [closed]

I understand there is some overlap between the two concepts, but I don't understand the distinction.
1
vote
2answers
49 views

Acronym issue transitioning from prose to dialogue

Fiction. There is a group called the Mental Health Access and Referral Team. In prose, I can either use M-HART or MHART. In dialogue, I'm a bit stumped. (I use THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE.) I think ...
6
votes
4answers
152 views

How can I convey something without going into details?

I am considering writing a novel in which society has fallen into a perverse pit of debauchery. This is necessary to the novel, but it also presents some problems. I want the reader to know just how ...
1
vote
2answers
38 views

What are appropriate uses of rhetorical questions?

When I speak or teach, I often use rhetorical questions to prompt people to think. I find it helps frame my arguments and clarify how I am setting up the points I am making. I recently tried this in ...
5
votes
1answer
73 views

Past perfect in past tense narrative: When to use and when not to?

I always get confused about whether to use past perfect in past tense narrative. Example: I went back home that weekend to help Mom with our dog's burial. Since we had postponed it, she'd had to ...

15 30 50 per page