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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 ...
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247 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 ...
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1answer
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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? ...
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113 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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60 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 ...
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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
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1answer
79 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 ...
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1answer
81 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 ...
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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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2answers
69 views

How can I improve this scene? [closed]

This is the second to last scene in the first chapter. It starts with Lisa hunting and getting a deer and ends with Lisa getting bit by a venomous snake. Now you might be thinking "You can't carry a ...
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5answers
75 views

How do I create tension around a threat which isn't immediately, personally harmful?

I'm at the end of chapter 1 of my book, where the protagonist (a cyberterrorist) commits his first terror attacks by attacking the servers of a power plant and a government at the same time. My ...
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Is it foolish to pursue a writing career while desiring complete anonymity?

I am writing my first novel. When I finish, I'd like to try publishing it. I've read other questions regarding the publishing process and they suggest that an aspiring author must do things like book ...
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1answer
64 views

What should I do after I finish writing my novel?

A few days ago I started writing the first draft of my current novel project. I was wondering what should I do with it when I'm done.
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37 views

Find: Children's book illustrator

I need an illustrator for my first self-published children's book. Where do I find artists that will work on a small budget? What are the compensation options? How do I find an artist that ...
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2answers
28 views

A ballad or prose? [closed]

I am now planning to start with the third chapter of my novel. I got an interesting idea to write it as a ballad. But I am much better with prose. Will I better off if I continue writing prose or ...
0
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3answers
63 views

Trying to avoid being cliché

Has opening a story with something like "I hurtled to my death", "I had destroyed the earth", or other outlandish statements like these become cliché? And if so, what are some alternative methods to ...
3
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1answer
53 views

How to portray a likeable terrorist?

The protagonist of my new story is a young cyberterrorist, who mainly attacks corrupt governments and uses his hacking skills to harm corrupt leaders and high nobles in his country. How do I write ...
3
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1answer
20 views

How to collaborate on/ create a poetry and prose anthology

I’m an Admin for a Facebook group of poetry and prose writers (mainly Dutch), with about 5,000 very active and talented members. I’m thinking about creating a book with some of the members where each ...
2
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1answer
22 views

Formatting a Story Teller's Dialog

I'm writing a short story in which a story teller (the possibly-historic Aesop) addresses an audience. He tells his short story (within my short story), after which I will describe dialog between him ...
2
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1answer
33 views

How do existing covers compare to possible new ones?

I have a fairly large collection of titles on Amazon, and I'm wondering whether I should by my own efforts replace them with covers I've made myself by services like canva.com. I have an MFA friend ...
4
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1answer
105 views

Where can I find literary agents that publish books by minors?

I'm writing a book and I would like to know about some literary agents that publish books by a child. I write many stories (I'm writing as I get ideas) but this is my first book, and I would love to ...
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2answers
52 views

where to put the Annex

My teacher asked me to move some part to the Annex of the master thesis. I don't know where should I put this Annex thing, I have index, list of figures, list of appreviatiosn, then many chapters, ...
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1answer
23 views

Where to put a reference to a figure or literature

I am writing a master thesis and got confused by the location of the reference details. Example 1 : Should the reference be before the dot or after a dot in this case? The exploratory analysis of ...
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2answers
93 views

Writing A Story and Need help with intro [closed]

I'm writing a story and I would an idea for the intro to open up the story. The story is about two kids who find an old box in their grandparents' garage holding papers about a covered stairway in ...
4
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1answer
159 views

Reasonable income expectations from fiction book sales only

I have been considering writing as a fiction novelist. However, the impression of difficulty in making a reasonable living as a fiction author is quite pervasive. So much so, that I am constantly ...
1
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1answer
54 views

Strategy, tactics, and resources to refine the niche and title for a self-help book

Am trying to do due diligence to find the niche for a self-help book. I "get" the general idea of whether to piggyback or avoid popular titles, being exquisitely specific about your reader, and ...
4
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1answer
70 views

When do I need a new ISBN?

I am about to obtain some ISBNs for a few books I plan to publish as an eBook and possibly in print. From books I have bought from major publishers, I gather that the eBook and print version have ...
0
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0answers
22 views

Can I add Drop Caps to my Manuscript in the Storyist program?

I have a manuscript that I'd like to add Drop Caps to at the beginning of each chapter. I currently have it loaded into my Storyist program on my Mac-book Pro. Does anyone know how I'd go about adding ...
4
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5answers
166 views

How to describe people from the 'eyes' of a blind person?

I am currently working on a fantasy novel that is set in medieval times. I created my world, started to write, and then bumped into a big problem. My MC is blind (along with others of its race) and I ...
2
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2answers
71 views

If I have a cover for my novel, when should I let the publisher/agent know?

I've run into an issue with illustrations and cover designs. I have a member of my family who designs covers to the novels I'm writing, and a friend in Alaska that I'd like to have illustrate a ...
4
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2answers
133 views

Writing a Platonic Relationship

I'm writing a story, however I just can't seem to form a platonic relationship between my characters. Whenever I am writing my characters (Eric and Abigail), it feels they should just kiss and make ...
4
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4answers
1k views

Is it a good idea to start each chapter with a snippet from a fictional book?

I am writing a fantasy story in a medieval-like time. There is a lot of information I want to share with my readers, but I feel if I incorporate it all in the main story it will make it to long and ...
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3answers
106 views

High Tech Audience

I have to write a simple introduction on the topic HTTP and its audience will be high tech. I am having a bit of problem in how to describe it in high tech audience? Can any one would suggest me how ...
2
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4answers
136 views

When a character tells a long story, is it always an info dump?

I have two characters who don't get along and are sniping at each other from the moment they meet in the book. Throughout the story, they keep ramping it up. At a certain point, one character is still ...
2
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1answer
30 views

Hitting the requested submission length?

One of the agents I intend to query to requests the first fifty pages be attached to the query email. When I formatted the first four chapters and prologue into submission format, it reached 52 pages. ...
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2answers
100 views

Describe a main character

I was wondering if you could help me with this: I'm starting to write a book, but I don't really know how to describe the physic of the main character (in 1st person). I heard some techniques like, ...
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4answers
101 views

Should I worry that my storyline is very similar to another?

I've written a story about anthropomorphic animals in a noirish setting solving murders. I came up with the concept and wrote the first draft about a year ago and am planning on releasing it soon. ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

How to write a scene where the villain meets the protagonist?

The villain was like the protagonist a child soldier/mercenary, who served with him. The villain was captured, tortured and snapped. He feels a burning hatred for the protagonist believing that he ...
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4answers
96 views

How do I describe the effects of extreme psychological trauma on my protagonist?

I am working on a novel where my young protagonist has certain character flaws/issues which are the result of having survived a horrific incident as a child. The incident occured during a time when ...
2
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2answers
47 views

best licensing option for freest possible sharing of lyrics while retaining the right to get paid if someone else makes money from them

I would like to share many song/poetry/lyric works. I would like to share them as freely as possible, allowing modifications, use of small pieces or lines or concepts, etc.. I want to encourage ...
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2answers
75 views

How to start writing short stories

I wish to write short stories based on the experiences I have from my life. Also, I love writing inspirational stories. But somehow, when I start to write them, I could not focus on the subject; also ...
3
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5answers
85 views

Picking a place to start (In media res)

I'm about to start a new story, and I feel it would be better if I started in media res. (aka at some point in the middle.) I know this is a fairly common style used to hook readers into the story but ...
6
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6answers
243 views

What defines a Fairy Tale versus typical Fantasy?

My second-grader has been asked to write a "fairy tale." We are both clueless about what makes a story a "fairy tale" different from a fantasy story. Is there some special, defining element to a fairy ...
4
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3answers
88 views

Why would an agent request an exclusive submission?

I understand why publishers often ask for exclusive submissions. They're counting on a story that has been submitted to them to be available for them to purchase if they decide they like it and it ...
6
votes
5answers
155 views

How do I write a fitting ending for an anti hero?

My protagonist is an anti hero. He's manipulative, cunning, kills and sacrifices others for the greater good, which is to destroy an oppressive regime. I'm at the point where he has destroyed the ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

Submitting work to agents who request exclusive submissions

I've submitted some of my work to an agent that requested an exclusive submission. They say that after 6 weeks of no contact I can assume a rejection. My question is this: would I be breaking my ...
2
votes
3answers
360 views

Can you specify camera angles in your screenplay?

So I guess camera action is up to the director. Would I ever be allowed to pan if it is important? Would I not be able to pick certain angles? If I can, what would be the best way to specify --for ...
0
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3answers
52 views

Redouble, double, or double again?

I have seen double and double again a lot. Redouble, not so much. I found out that redouble can mean to double again, to double, or in general to intensify whether that is double, triple, quintuple, ...
4
votes
5answers
239 views

Why do news articles and press releases start with date and location?

Here's what I'm talking about: PALO ALTO, Calif., January 5, 2016 — Example Inc. today delivered on the promise to reinvent the PC by bringing premium consumer design into a commercial-grade ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Help in deciding setting [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story, I'm still planning the plot and characters, I have an idea about the setting, but I'm divided about the technological level of the setting. It is more of an adventure ...

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