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Tools for modelling near-future world

Imagine I want to write a fictional book, whose purpose is to show what will happen to the world, if something changes. For example: How will we live, if... crowdsourced funding (microfinance in M. ...
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Alternative to 'apart from the purpose to'

Consider you want to contrast another purpose of your work with one you just mentioned. You could write for example: Apart from the purpose to validate ..., we also hope that ... . What are ...
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Does this dream sequence work in my introduction?

I'm writing the introduction to a story. The intro starts with a dream, then the main character wakes up, and then he and one of the secondary characters have a conversation while waiting for a bus. ...
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Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions

I am facing this situation where description of the personality of a character is quite important. Is it good to describe the personality traits or shall I let the readers deduce it based on the ...
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19 views

How can I find an agency for copywriting/script writing (for advertising) in the UK?

I'm a creative copywriter and I've done the odd voice-over writing gig. Think ads and brand videos. I enjoy them a lot, and thought I'd seek out some agencies that specialise in creative copy for ...
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Does the narrator sound childish?

I really apologize, this is something that just came to my mind (and while sitting on the toilet). There's no editing. The reason is, I'll remove the whole passage if the protagonist sounds childish. ...
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Should you specify camera action in a film script?

Some scripts I read specify the exact camera angle of every shot-- where the camera starts, what we see, how it will move during the scene. And some scripts are a little less specific. Is this only ...
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When should I use italics in scientific writing?

I noticed that proper nouns, such as names of theorems or techniques are often set in italics in scientific writing but not always. Are there rules about it, for example each proper noun should be set ...
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Why is distributing an audiobook so much more complicated than POD or eBooks?

I have signed up for Amazon's Kindle service for making an eBook, and for Amazon's Createspace for making a print on demand book. With both those services, what country I am in or from were not ...
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546 views

Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?

Is there really a need for a book to be translated from UK to US English? I'm nearing completion on my own great work, and just want to know if it is truly worth doing a British and an American ...
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Is my story so far any good? [on hold]

First time poster here, sorry if I break any form of rules here. Anyway, I was writing a short story for my English GCSE, and I have decided to continue it. English isn't my best subject, and I wanted ...
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Question still, about changing a name to use in a novel [on hold]

I have changed the spelling of a name, but would like to use it. Like my last name Self, there are others who have the same last name but are not relatives. So if I use a similar name to a real life ...
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Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?

Let's say that you operate a popular blog that routinely dispenses your personal opinions and expert advice on various topics. A business believes that your audience contains many potential customers ...
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Should programmers/DBAs be co-authored on papers for their contributions?

I'm taking a CITI course and one of the sections dealt with authoring on manuscripts. The gist is that you don't add authors when no work has been done (such as adding a notable person for their ...
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How do I check if an ISSN is properly registered at issn.org?

How do I check if an ISSN is properly registered with issn.org? I found a tip on wikipedia to try link like "http://www.worldcat.org/ISSN/1021-9749" to see if an ISSN is registered, but for the ISSN ...
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1answer
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Capitalize and/or hyphenate “ the Start Your Own Business project”?

I have come across a situation which drives me mad, and I cannot find any satisfying answer in the Oxford Guide to Style, which I tend to follow. The problem concerns the phrase "Start Your Own ...
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A POV character who's a slave?

I'm currently working on a novel, in which one of the POV characters is a slave. He was born to a slave (so he was born a slave) of a rich merchant family and was treated well most of his life. One ...
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Do acknowledgements have to come after the table of contents?

I am preparing a non-fiction book for self publication via Amazon, Print on Demand, and other online services. Currently, my book has the following sections: Title page Copyright Dedictation ...
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How to reference a figure from text in a technical document

I'm preparing technical documentation for some software. For the installation, there are lots of screen grabs and they all have Figure x captions. What's the correct styling and means of referencing ...
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57 views

Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content

I'm looking for a site or sites that describe minimalist writing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism_(technical_communication)). The Wikipedia article is so minimalist it doesn't provide such ...
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56 views

Fan works… are they allowed?

I've been - quite passionately - writing a lot of Pokémon fan-fiction. However, in contrast to Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?, I've been using it to build an entire world extending from canon. ...
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1answer
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Is there such a thing as a “reverse analogy”?

Some analogies tend to be very common, becoming almost idiomatic. For example: He entered the doctor's office at 4:59 PM on a Friday. The secretary's stare was icy cold. Is reversing those kind ...
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Using Paragraph title as start of a sentence? [on hold]

What is correct usage of paragraph in LaTeX? \paragraph{Dogs} Dogs are animals. \paragraph{Dogs} are animals.
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A question on style [closed]

Do you think that this sample text is written in a way that a native English speaker would? What I mean to say is, will this text pass the grammar and style standards of those who have a strong ...
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32 views

Different categories of spaceship engines [closed]

I'm making a sci-fi coop space game, similar to Artemis (check it out. it's great.) I'm currently working on an interface (programmatically) for my spaceship. I found a bunch of different kinds of ...
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1answer
37 views

Legal and Social effect of story involving real life people

I have written a novel based on my past life experiences, however the story involves a few people who might not like the idea of getting their stories published. What is the legal and social effects ...
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1answer
155 views

How can I sell articles about TV shows online?

I am a writer, and I write mostly articles about tv shows. How can I sell them? I researched the freelance content marketplace, but I mostly just found the general sites like fiverr, freelancer, ...
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1answer
75 views

Introducing a concept to twist on it - problem

I'm writing a short film (< 5 minutes) and i'm having trouble with how to introduce a concept in order to deliver a (admittedly minor) twist. The story is called "My Angel", and is about self ...
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1answer
43 views

What are my options for free preview copies if I self publish via online services?

I am currently in the process of trying to make my book available for purchase on Amazon and similar services. My hope is to ultimately be able to offer my book in eBook, Print On Demand, and ...
3
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2answers
121 views

Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?

I have a non-fiction book that is ready for publishing, and I am weighing between whether to self-publish via modern methods made available by the internet, or go the more traditional route of ...
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76 views

How to master literary American English as a second language?

I want to learn to write fiction books (historical and science fiction) in American English. My native tongue is Russian and I speak fluently German, since I grew up in Austria. My English is good ...
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1answer
61 views

Are headlines about lists superior in print as they are in web content?

A common tactic for capturing attention is using a headline N something for something For example on Copyblogger some headlines: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work The 5 Things Every ...
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3answers
108 views

Should I make the gender of the narrator more obvious?

This is the opening of a short story I'm writing: 1996 was the year I became obsessed with animal suicide. I guess you can say it became my reason to live—the sun in my sky, the very air I ...
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893 views

Which edition of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style?

I'm interesting in picking up a copy of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. Unfortunately I'm a little overwhelmed by the minor variations. Amazon lists 12 different paperback formats, plus a ...
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61 views

Quality of my written article (language and style) [closed]

This is my first time I'm asking anything about my articles. Im not aware of the rules. I have recently written an article about someone that I wanted to meet but just couldn't get time until I heard ...
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3answers
157 views

Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media

I am writing a factual book, that will [hopefully] primarily detail real events that have happened in the past, that are related to the subject of the book. The real events have all been reported in ...
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14 views

Framemaker/ Software Question [migrated]

I have just started documenting a purchasing/warehousing/billing/sales/accounting application - a real monster! It is being deployed to multiple sites and is modified for each site. This means the UI ...
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2answers
46 views

Is it acceptable to place a dash after a question mark?

Is it professionally acceptable to place a dash after a question mark in the following example? Bob: 'I don't like asking Matt but I need some help.' Peter: 'Why don't you go and ask him to help ...
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2answers
60 views

How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?

Having encountered errors in technical documentation that almost certainly came from incomplete editing after copying from earlier documentation, I am curious about what techniques can be used to ...
2
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1answer
104 views

Is Mine a Convincing Argument Concerning the Effects of Censorship? [closed]

I just finished writing this essay and so my ability to impartially judge it is impaired. Please critique. A few things: The essay is supposed to use a recent controversy in the art world as a ...
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5answers
189 views

How to “defy” physics on a sci-fi?

I am an amateur at worldbuilding and I am already building a sci-fi themed world with fantasy elements. In my world there will be different kinds of new elements to the periodic table and some ...
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1answer
43 views

Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest [closed]

Why is the first and last episode in each season much better than the rest? I do understand that making the first season really good is a good way of getting people interested in the show, and making ...
3
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2answers
405 views

How do you write a character's internal monologue?

I've seen two main methods of writing a character's inner monologue One is to use italics Dean is being silly thought Sam Another is to quote the text "Dean is being silly" thought Sam Or you could ...
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1answer
829 views

How to work with in-text markup for figures and captions in Scrivener?

I like the writing tool Scrivener because of the organisation tools like the corkboard and the no-frills full screen mode. I'm starting out my thesis using the Windows trial and intending to buy if I ...
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2answers
88 views

Things to consider while writing a novel [closed]

I have been nurturing a story in my mind for a while. I want to write it as a novel and publish it online. But I find this whole writing thing intimidating and there seems to be a lot of things that I ...
3
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0answers
23 views

Is there and equivalent of ACX for people outside the US and the UK?

I was intending to create an audiobook version of my book by recording my own narration, and then upload and distribute it via Amazon's ACX service, which in turn makes the audiobook available on ...
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5answers
2k views

Link shorteners for research paper citations?

I'm curious about the "properness" of using shortened links (a la bit.ly or tinyurl) in research papers. I haven't been able to find any sort of definitive reference about whether or not this is ...
0
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1answer
68 views

Critque on how this sits as a prologue

As a prologue, is one intrigued to read on and want to know about this character? Critique is welcome: Coran had always considered himself unsuccessful, at life and other things, like perhaps ...
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29 views

Changing Capitalization in a Quote - MLA

I'm writing an essay (MLA style) for class and I am quoting a whole sentence within my sentence. For example: They published a “manifesto” proclaiming that “[a]ll are welcome to walk through our ...
2
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2answers
74 views

Paying a bookstore to stock your self-published book

A local bookstore has decided to charge $35 to stock my book for 6 months. For each book sold, they get 40% and I get 60%. The stocking charge is new. Is this common and reasonable?

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