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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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How Do I Create A Dynamic Outline?

My question is about word processing tools and outlines specifically. I've been hacking at a story idea for a couple of years now, and enough is developed to commit it to paper. But, as an ...
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Is it useful to have a backup series?

I clearly cannot guarantee that my series will be popular or well received by readers. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to have another series which is told differently, has a different plot ...
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When should I use paperworks?

I keep seeing words like these. Another example is: Stuffs Is this valid? People use it like this... There are so many things I have to sell. I have books, bags, clothes and other stuffs. ...
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Can a copyright be shared with narrator and ilustrator?

I am involved in a three way partnership with narrator and illustrator to share royalties from our book equally. However, as the author, the copyright to the book carries my name and year of first ...
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Can I use names of characters and groups that other authors/creators have used already?

After I began writing my series, I decided to type some of the names into Google. I found that the name of one my characters (Trent Steele) was used in an episode of The Simpsons. I also found that a ...
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Stories about people who went from rags-to-riches-to-rags and stayed there?

I need suggestions for stories I can read to get inspiration on how to tackle a nonfiction rags-to-riches-to-rags story with an uplifting ending. It's easy to find rags-to-riches stories, but I'm ...
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Better synonym for overthinking something?

I very frequently need to identify issues with overthinking decisions in product development. I've been relying on the word "over indexing" too much. A example phrase would be "I really think you're ...
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Where should I place a comma in this sentence?

"Hatha yoga is also a great form to use because it combines both spiritual and physical attributes which could help beginners find out what they like the most." I'm having a hard time trying to ...
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Using “Earth words” in a futuristic, fictional setting

As a writer of primarily science fiction, I've often struggled with finding a happy medium between making the prose/dialogue relatable for readers and avoiding using too many "Earth words" as I've ...
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Seeking resource for salary related letter format

I hope this is the right site for this question. If not, please direct me to the correct one. I am looking for help to provide feedback to someone on a letter they have drafted. I have found it tough ...
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proofreading / indenting

I have a question about dialogue indents. I'm proofreading a piece for my proofreading course and I've come across something that's stumped me. The first 6 lines of the story are dialogue and they ...
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copyright of a fictional character

one of my main characters in my book is an abusive man, who is referred to as 'The Dementor' by his family, because of his similarities to the characters in JK Rowling's Harry Potter. It is clearly ...
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Susan Sontag - In America [on hold]

I don't know if it's the best place to post this question but I am going to give it a try. In Sontag's book In America, one of her characters Maryna says: "...quand, au beau milieu d'une phrase, nous ...
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TBBT season 8 tenure position [on hold]

In TBBT season 8, Sheldon, Leonard and Raj, gave interview successfully. What happened then? Who get tenure position?
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Software that allows for notes in the margin

I am writing a technical reference book and am looking for some software, preferably free, that will allow me to put a short sentence or two of small notes or tips in the sidebar. Each of these might ...
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How to expand beyond a single series?

I am currently writing a science fiction/fantasy quadrology and would like to eventually expand on it. I have an entire world built around it and I would like to know the best way to introduce it. ...
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Formatting for floating text with gradient effect [migrated]

(I hope this is the right place to post this question. Also, apparently I don't have the reputation required to post more links to make my question more clear, so please forgive the omission of any ...
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Trying to find a specific quote related to the problems of our time [closed]

I am trying to locate a quote which I know I have read before, but I do not remember who said it or the exact wording of the quote. It went something like this: The problem with our time [era, ...
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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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How long can a first novel be?

I am writing my first novel, which has gathered about 150000 words. I guess it will be around 170-180k words when it is finished. Assuming that it will loose 20% after the first draft, it will have ...
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What government registrations are required to sell Books in USA from other country via CreateSpace?

I have recently completed my adventure, fantasy novel. I am planning to self publish it via CreateSpace POD option. I am from India and I want to sell my book on various country. So my question is ...
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Recharacterizing a character

I have a character who I specifically wrote to be a certain way. However, I want to rewrite the character to be different--weaker, and less independent in order to allow room to grow. How do I do this ...
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Interviewing a kid [closed]

I'm a journalism student and I have an assignment to interview a talented kid. What should I ask him besides the standard questions about what he does, for how long etc. I need something original. ...
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How much does imperfect grammar put off an agent?

I've written a novel and looking back the story line was good but the grammar wasn't great. I submitted the book to a few agents and received some constructive comments which I took on board. I have ...
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What does “//” or “///” mean in legal documents [migrated]

I see // or /// after text in legal documents. OPTION 1. Is it used on ANY PAGE to indicate "this line intentionally left blank"? Example: there are a few blank lines at the end of a page but there ...
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Is contributing to “social media” an example of “writing for exposure”?

It is generally a bad idea to write only for exposure, since exposure doesn't pay the bills. However, there are many "social media" websites that make money by trying to get people to provide content ...
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What are some techniques for deciding which of two or more plot directions to go with?

I have always wanted to write a book but have never actually taken the time to do so. There are many things that hold me back but one of them is that I often come up with story lines in my mind. As I ...
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How to think of a plot in 5 minutes

I have an English high school exam in five days in which I will be given 2-3 prompts e.g. A story which includes the sentence, "I could not not believe when my neighbour walked right past me" or a ...
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Scenes with different languages spoken after translation

So... imagine you have a story in your native language written down, with protagonists that speak this language and no problem at all, except a bunch of scenes where your protagonist meets someone who ...
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How Can You Find A Writing Buddy?

I have noticed I work best in collaboration with another. I am extremely prolific and have a lot of time for writing. So how do you find that reliable, positive person who is deeply involved in ...
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First person - alter ego - FICTION

Is it acceptable practice to write a fiction novel set in an imaginary universe in first person plus have the main character be an alter ego of yourself(the main character has my voice essentially)? ...
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How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...
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How to create suspense in a very short story?

I wrote a short story (900-1000 words) about a character presenting some election process and at the end, we learn that The problem that I have is that the suspense in that story lasts about as ...
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How To Market A Series Of Books

Recently, I have been browsing writing jobs in several renowned freelancer sites, and I often come upon cheap propositions for ghost-writing a series of books ...well if you like working for peanuts. ...
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Do you believe a role play can be published?

Do you think a role play can be good for publishing after some editing from the partners? Role Playing is my beloved hobby, but I am not sure what it takes to present it as decent literature.
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How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?

I've self-published a few things with print-on-demand services (notably Lulu). Now, my partner has written and illustrated a children's picture book, and she's run into a notable stumbling block: each ...
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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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New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?

Here's the general question: How does a book published via CreateSpace end up being sold blindingly fast by other booksellers? I edited two self-help books, one targeted to small businesses and the ...
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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?

I have a story where I adhere strongly to plausible physics for space combat (some behind-the-scenes development for the story: How to Conduct Plausible Space Combat Intercepts and Tactical Options ...
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Adding links as foot notes

In my thesis, I have added some links as footnotes. I have seen it in some published papers also. But my supervisor tells me to not to add footnotes to them, but add citations. The links I have added ...
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How does one cite an interview conducted in sign language (ASL) using MLA format?

One of my students is conducting a research project on how being deaf affects one's likelihood of getting a job. Her parents are both deaf, and she is fluent in ASL. She wants to interview other ...
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Is using MBTI and the Jungian functions to create a character a good idea?

Whether I am watching, reading, writing or telling a story, I always pay attention to internal coherence in the characters' behaviour (and of course I am not the only one). By writing and reading, ...
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Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?

As I was reading different stories, I came to wonder about what is better for the reader to identify with the character. Indeed, it is often unclear whether the MC (main character) is like the reader ...
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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?

Can I use '14, '15, '16, etc., instead of the full four digits?
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Is there a standart way of describe a process [closed]

I would like to describe a process such as production of fruit juice. When I started my sentence which explains a process and then what the best way to explain its purpose is in terms of verb and ...
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How can I find Indian names that will be accessible to my readers?

My novel is set in India, and I'm having trouble finding good but pronounceable Indian names. Many characters are royal, so I'm looking for rich, respectful names that mean important things. How can ...
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How To Organize Writing?

Let's say there are elements of good writing such as: - Characters, Conflict, Dialogue, Ideas, Mood, Plot, Scene, Style, World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is the ...
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Making a big deal out of revealing a character's name

Does there always have to be a big, showy production about the revelation of a character's name? I was thinking that I'd just slide the name in quietly, in an off-hand manner. Probably the reader ...
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Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?

The character in my book doesn't have a name. I mean, he probably does, but its not used by any other character in the book, including the character himself. He has a generic name, kind of like the ...

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