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I'm wondering if my story is too close to 'The Parent Trap'. Can anyone please help?

So, it's about a girl whom finds out that she's gonna be step-sisters with her enemy. She gets he sister (whom is staying with her grandma) to live with her again to stop the wedding. The enemy is ...
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How to describe someone who's thinking “Give me a break”

This is a very specific question, but I have been running into it a lot. For example, my main character has a secret and she wants her friend to cover for her. He confronts her and says, "Spill it." ...
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For Nonfiction Books, Do You Translate or Transliterate Names, Brands, etc. that aren't in a Romanized Language?

For nonfiction book translations where the target language does not use the Roman alphabet (e.g. Russian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, etc.), if a particular name, brand, band or song title is ...
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14 views

Finding a reliable professional editing services for research paper

I am looking for a reliable professional editing service where I can get my papers reviewed. Searching google returns gazillion options but its very hard to determine which one is truly professional ...
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APA parenthetical citation: is extra information in the parentheses okay?

I'm proofing a document that employs the APA citation style. It contains several citations of the form: (Michaelson, 2000; cattle only) This seems wrong to me, especially since the semi-colon is ...
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What punctuation to use when a character is writing something down?

I'm trying my hand at editing a friends work, and I've got a little stumped. They wrote the following: 'Thinks he's the smartest one in the room,' Henry wrote on a piece of paper. (For context, ...
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How to write ages and dates in a newspaper article inside a work of fiction

I'm trying to write a newspaper article inside my work of fiction. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to write ages and dates in this article. I took journalism in college, and I know that if I am ...
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What is the Difference Between yWriter5 and Scrivener?

I see that a lot of people like Scrivener better than yWriter. I know Scrivener is better, but my dad refuses to buy it, and I don't have a credit card. So, what does make Scrivener better than ...
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19 views

Word count using “Times New Roman”

Two different "authorities" produce widely different word counts - which is correct? I am using "Times New Roman" with 1 inch margins. 1. One authority "says" one word equals 6 characters. Since ...
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Suggestions for ways to say “I'll come back to this later …”

I'm looking for several suggestions for techniques to handle 2 similar cases ... While writing my current non-fiction book, there are a few times where a section ends with somewhat of a teaser of a ...
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Preventing spoilers in a short yet interesting synopsis of the story

The story I'm writing is all about discovery, so 95% of it needs to be unknown by the reader at first. But I just don't know how to make a short description of it, for example when telling to a friend ...
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am new to this wibst and actually new to all this stuff i need help? [closed]

his the thing , am 20 almost , am from those kind of people who want to write but don't have anything to write about , and am trying this kind of wist for the first time ,am not the kind of social ...
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I have this story all planned out, why can't I write it? [duplicate]

I have written out two full manuscripts for this story. They are completed. Then I met the actress that the lead character was inspired by. She likes the character she mentions to me if I write it as ...
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Amount of paragraphs for a chapter? [duplicate]

Is there an appropriate amount of paragraphs to a chapter, I have honestly been trying to compact some techniques in my head, I have just been curious if there is an amount of paragraphs when i know ...
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Pitfalls for writing a talkative character?

I wouldn't say he's bland by any means, but this character is definitely talkative, and he's supposed to be. He's not the main character but does show up quite a bit. He tends to lecture and ramble on ...
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Can I make a living as a novelist?

I enjoy writing, I really do. And also, I don't want to kill my time to make a living. I want to enjoy earning money. I don't wanna be rich, I just don't want to be poor. Can I make a living as a ...
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How to write a polite reminder email to a professor? [duplicate]

I would like to write a reminder to a professor to see if he has had time to read my proposal and what he thinks about it. What do you suggest to add/remove to the below email, and what subject should ...
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As a writer, should you write because you want to write or write for your readers? [closed]

What matters more? The story the writer wants to write or the story a reader might want to read? Choose one and state reasons.
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Switching perspectives for a single chapter in a first person POV novel, to do or not to do?

Allow me to explain what prompted the question before you immediately say that it's not okay and it would confuse the readers. The protagonist of the novel - also the narrator - has the ability to ...
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Benefits of Chapter titles in fictional writing?

So, I'm in the process of writing a Sci-fi novel, and I use a website to upload chapters before I complete it. On the website, I use chapter titles simply because "RE Lavender has just updated Faces, ...
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8 views

Translation of Non-Fiction books [closed]

I wish to translate good English books, non-fiction into Marathi , a language spoken by nearly 100 Million people. Any suggestions? Any books on offer?
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13 views

How to Protect content from duplicating [duplicate]

I am planning to build my own website where I want to keep the collection of all of my writing pieces. But for this I have one major concern . How to protect my content or writings from being copied ...
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Advice/words to a Novice Writer [closed]

I WANT to become a writer. blog, I feel it for me as my first step into the world of letters is to start a blog. I intend on calling it "works82" : The biblical scripture Greater than these works ...
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Help developing themes - need research for potentially controversial fantasy story [closed]

Just another unassuming prospective author here. I’m stuck on creating my first novel, to this point has not actually been written yet. I have been unable to make progress on my story for years; it’s ...
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How do I gain experience in editing?

After years of critiquing fiction as a hobby, I feel like I've gained some skill at editing. I'm now wondering how I can try my hand at actually editing fiction. While I've got a decent sense of how ...
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Habitual use of -ing follows -ed — is this wrong?

I have recently noticed that I consistently follow an -ed clause with further action or elaboration using -ing. I feel like something is wrong here, even though it sounds and reads well enough to me. ...
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Using “show not tell” while characters are planning for something that happens

In a narrative I'm writing, the characters have to plan an escape from a facility. The thing is, they'll be doing the actual escape in the chapter following them planning. I know usually the right way ...
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You'll never fall if you dont climb..but there is little joy living your whole life on the ground [closed]

I'd say its okay for a person to coast through life..lol as long as they realize that you can only coast down hill haha even strength has to bow to wisdom sometimes..when you see someone without a ...
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Why would my character create malicious living dolls? [closed]

A powerful paranormal entity (Nicknamed Jynn) has randomly murdered innocent people and has imprisoned their souls into animal-shaped, handcrafted toys. They are of the likes of Chucky from 'Child's ...
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Why not God as our subject?

Certainly there are many Science Fiction writers who touch upon the subject of beings supreme to Man...but always Man is central in writing.
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How much to charge for a blog post in the UK?

I have a client who is based in London who wants between 500-1000 word blog post written each week. How, much should I charge? The blog post will have a few images in it. The quality should be high ...
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Interwoven story arcs (for video) - guidelines so viewers will not get lost?

I am trying to create a documentary about the history of a sports team, and have identified some compelling story arcs. However, as we know in reality, stories do not begin and end one at a time: ...
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How do I get rid of overused words in my story?

I did a word frequency analysis on my story. Unsurprisingly, the most over-used words often corresponded to passages where I was lazy with my description. I'm tackling my over-used words "laughed" ...
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Would a redemption story be a coming of age plot

I want to write a story about a man in a bad place in his life and how he finds his way back to his destiny. This seems to be to be a redemption story. Looking at Monkeys with Typewriters, it seems ...
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Word for non-humanoid characters with artificial intelligence? [migrated]

I am writing an essay on a book that I read where many of the characters are not human and have artificial intelligence instead. When I try to describe these characters, though, I find myself using "...
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Is there any risk of being published in the wrong genre?

From this question: However, unless you're an established author, you don't have the luxury of declaring your work to be fantasy or science fiction like Fowler does; someone else has to do that ...
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Is starting a story with dialogue bad?

(Apologies if this question has already been asked. I've looked around but can't find this specific question, only related ones.) The general advice seems to be "don't start your story with dialogue."...
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Term for associations made by a reader between fictional characters and people they know [migrated]

Is there is a term for the mechanism where a reader consciously or unconsciously associates a fictional character with someone they know? * A conceivable example might be a parent reading about a ...
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What do Readers Expect from a Fantasy Novel

Here and there I've been hearing about what readers 'expect' from certain genres. Romance readers expect the hero and heroine to wind up together. Fantasy readers expect epic fantasy full of battles ...
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Can a scene be written to be disorienting and not be to confusing to readers?

I've written a scene in a short story where the character and her party are suddenly attacked in the night. It's written in first-person and the character had just been shaken awake from a nightmare; ...
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Need help with a tragic love story [closed]

I need help for a idea I've got a bit of a start but need help on continuing it it's about two teenagers who fall in love in love with each other. I just want it not to be like a normal love story but ...
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How useful are stock characters in fiction?

I am writing a realistic-fiction novel set in the USA during the Great Depression. I intend to use some stock characters to make the story colorful and to flesh out the culture of the period. Stock ...
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Would employing the use of philosophical ideas in fiction without citing the sources be considered plagiarism?

I am working on a fictional book which would be similar to that of Winnie-the-Pooh in terms of its format and ability to be read, but I want there to be philosophical meaning to what goes on in the ...
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I'm having an issue committing to my novels [closed]

So, obviously, I'm a writer. I have pretty bad ADD/ADHD and though it's never bothered me before, it's really affecting my writing as of late. I don't really think this is a medical question, as ...
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How to become a master at creating wordplays?

Puns introduced by authors make a text look witty to a reader. Professional writers skillfully manipulate words and phrases to demonstrate their smartness and, most important, gain the affection of ...
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Scientifically proven optimal environment for writing?

I've stumbled upon some insights regarding the best writing environment. There are many different advises regarding this matter, and maybe it is too subjective for a fact based research. Nevertheless, ...
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Can I use a phrase from song lyrics as the title of my book?

Are the lyrics "signed, sealed, and delivered" copyrighted? I want to use these words as part of the title of a book to be published and need to know if I can do so.
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How to write dream sequences?

I'm trying to write a sequence where the main protagonist is taken in their dreams to an archangel. However, I kind of think it sounds a bit childish, as I'm unsure how to structure such a sequence. ...
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Are there drawbacks to having previous fan fictions written before being published?

I am not a published author, though I am nearing that stage. This is because I decided many years ago to learn all I could about writing, and hone my skill with practice, before actually writing my ...
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The Subplot: What to do when it is only loosely tied to the main plot?

The Background: I'm writing a novel that is set in the working quarters of a cruise ship. It's named after the "stage identitiy" of the main characters. (Let's call her Nancy.) All the subplots I have ...

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