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May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?

I would like to use some weapon names to sound familiar to readers, (AK47, M16, C4, Colt...), but as far as I have heard, using real names from weapons one must have the permission of the companies ...
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How to correctly identify publisher?

Sometimes multiple publishers and locations are listed in sequence. For example: PENGUIN CLASSICS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England ...
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Better way of saying “in order to demonstrate this” [migrated]

What is a better way of saying "in order to demonstrate this, I will..."? I already use "to that effect" in the same paragraph. I'm looking for something as compact and concise as "to that effect" ...
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How to correctly translate past-tense from languages without Pluperfect? [on hold]

The slavic languages do not have a Pluperfect tense (except in very archaic use, and some others to, but for example) - I asked &/or I had asked Russian -ya sprosi Ukrainian - ya zapytav In ...
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I can't figure out to come up with a good plot! [duplicate]

The one major problem I feel that I have as a writer is coming up with a plot that has any substance at all. I can write believable characters (most of the time), build a unique but not far fetched ...
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How do you find inspiration as a creative person? [on hold]

Scientists and intellectuals are yet to discover the hidden mysteries of human brain. Its power and capacity is yet to be explored. Along the way, many have discovered "hacks" to get what they what ...
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Story beats for woman masquerading as a man

I am writing a story that uses the woman masquerading as a sailor trope. I have read a few and they seem to have similar beats. But I am having a hard time teasing them out from the story. I am not ...
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What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?

I understand that sometimes formal terms are superior to informal terms because they're sometimes more specific or succinct, but oftentimes this doesn't seem the case. In those cases, what is the ...
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How do I structure a multiple POV, parallel narrative novel? [on hold]

I am 12,000 words into my first novel ... and stuck! The time and setting is World War II and the plan is to have two characters, a German soldier and a Russian girl, meet and fall in love about ...
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Is there a coherence problem in my story?

So the logic goes like this: the protagonist realized life was meaningless, decided to kill herself—but at the last moment her mom calls to tell her that the dog died (it "accidentally" hung itself on ...
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Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?

Example: "Exploding whales?" My date stared at me as if I had given him some bad news. He'd taken me to this fancy Italian restaurant. "That's what your thesis is about?" I'm not sure why, ...
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Book Title Generator that takes input?

There are a couple book title generators out there (Google will find them for you). Unfortunately, none of them seem to take any input. That is, they all generate titles by assembling words from a ...
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Offline Tool for finding identical/similar phrases in a text?

I'm searching for a tool which finds and lists identical phrases in a long text like a dissertation. The goal is to find repeating texts which have been created accidentally by copy/paste. It ...
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Kindle Worlds Publishing Benefits, Statistics?

Lots of articles/opinions on Kindle worlds out there. Not that much on actual numbers and facts that I can find. What I want to know is, if I produce some great content, how will my book be promoted ...
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What is this 'pretend dialogue' technique called

There's a style that is popular on blogs, and takes the form of a dialogue between the reader and the author, where the author provides both sides of the argument, like a ventriloquist. Often there's ...
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29 views

How do I build a better blog website? [closed]

I've spent the last few days building a website that I want to use a showcase for my written work, and as a personal blog. What fundamental changes should I make to improve a viewer's experience? The ...
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Character in Macbeth that maintains integrity in position of power? [closed]

I'm writing a movie based off of Shakespeare's "Macbeth". It includes characters directly linked to the original play and is loosely based off the plot but all in modern times. I know that Macbeth is ...
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Should I use letters or digits in the following case?

De-Shi was holding something that looked like a price tag. It had the numbers 024 written on it. "Isn't that what cows wear as earrings?" "Yeah," De-Shi said, still inspecting the ...
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28 views

AllPoetry management [on hold]

Who owns All Poetry, and do they make a profit from it? I like the community basis, but I'm leery of giving rights to my IP to a website if I don't know much about how it's used.
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When to use normal caps and small caps in fiction?

Sometimes I don't know which one to use. For instance, what kind should I use when referring to the stamping on a t-shirt? Mark wore a t-shirt that said, SAVE WATER, DRINK BEER.
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What is the benefit of writing formally?

It seems to me that formal writing has many practices that at best seem arbitrary and at worst seem harmful. Here are some examples: It discourages using contractions, even though they make writing ...
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Where can one go to find police procedures

I'm writing a novel that involves a crime (in the USA) and need to know the proper police procedure and timeline for the events. Where can I find accurate information to help me? More specifics--A ...
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Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?

I built and sold a business during my first decade of adulthood. During that period, I read a lot of business books published by the popular press. Typically, these books propound a particular method ...
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How can I turn my short story into a novel?

I just wrote last week about Sleeping Beauty but a different version of it. (I changed the characters, and the conflict, and mostly everything except the fact that one of the main characters is cursed ...
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1answer
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How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?

In the essay that I'm writing, I claim that women are more likely to be victims of abduction than are men. As evidence, I cite a study on child abduction (the NISMART, if you must know) stating that ...
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How much is considered plagiarism?

I'm aware that some fictional work is loosely based on others, consciously or not. For instance, Lord of the Rings has some common elements with the Saga of Nibelung from the old Norse traditions. ...
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1answer
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Omniscient POV vs deep 3rd person POV

After submitting my manuscript the publisher responded with this: "Thank you so much for your interest in publishing with XXXXXXXXXXXX. The publishing industry, however, is very competitive and a ...
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Changing main character within a trilogy, is a good idea?

I am writing the first novel which will be part of a trilogy. For plot reasons, I am considering to change the main character in the other two parts (will be the same in the last two books). But I ...
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1answer
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Am I over-explaining or being condescending to the reader?

I have many moments like this when the protagonist talks about the strangeness of her situation. Am I over-explaining or being condescending to the reader's intelligence? I like saying, "You know ...
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Commas at the beginning of a sentence: should I follow convention or intuition?

An example from my own writing (Mother and daughter are burying their deceased dog): As planned that Friday, Mom and I underwent Choco’s burial at my home in __ (yes, she kept him in a garbage ...
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Books on writing successful non-fiction

I am interested in getting acquainted with how to write a good non-fiction book, and thus am asking for credible, high-quality books on what you might call "writing successful non-fiction as a ...
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1answer
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Does Japan have a Press Code?

Many countries have a press code (examples: Germany, South Africa) It is a kind of ethics guide for journalists. While usually not a law, it is often taken quite seriously by the whole profession. ...
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Potentially risky subject in my script

I am writing a script that is three acts long, first act being set between the late 30s to the early 40s, next act being set in the early 50s and the final act being set in the modern day. However, ...
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Having trouble finding an old book, perhaps someone here can help? [migrated]

As a kid I read these stories about these "gnome" men who moved too fast to be seen by normal people (sometimes they'd see a blur). Because they lived so fast they only lived like 3 days but that was ...
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List of wars someone could be a part of, if they were born a certain date [closed]

I am trying to do research on a "military" character for a novel I am writing. I want him to have a great deal of combat experience, and in and out of many tours and wars. I am hoping I can have a ...
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Can I adapt writing in a RPG forum to writing in a book?

To explain how the rpg forum works: Somebody proposes a Story setting in which the world, rules, possibilities and so on are described. Then the interested players gather and create their ...
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1answer
51 views

How to format the following dialogue without the parenthesis?

So the protagonist's boyfriend committed suicide. He left a suicide note. And now the detective is showing it to the protagonist: "So I'm the one who made him do it? "We read the letter. ...
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1answer
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Can one feasibly sell an adult-content screenplay?

So I may have a few fairly high-quality very-adult screenplays lying around and I was just wondering if there was any hope of my profitting off them in some way? Does anyone have any experience with ...
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I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character [closed]

I am writing a small story and I have part of the introduction done but I do not know a way to introduce this character There I was looking at my future. If I went through that door my whole life ...
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Does the word erection have a neutral tone with its non-sexual definition?

I want to write: Our higher-profile projects include the delivery and erection of large exhibition stands for --company name-- at --redacted-- Championship; The emphasis is only to highlight the ...
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Less expensive way to find pictures for a visual dictionary [closed]

I want to make a picture dictionary, and as it is known, pictures are expensive to buy on the internet. So, if anybody knows a less expensive way to buy pictures for a project, like mine, demanding a ...
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Should I use ellipses or em dashes to denote pauses in speech?

I flipped open its latch and peered inside. A—gold tooth? I flipped open its latch and peered inside. A ... gold tooth? Was it an elephant? No, elephants didn't frequent beaches. It ...
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Can section headings in a paper be questions?

I searched and didn't see an answer to this. I'm writing a research paper using MLA, but I would be interested to know the answer to this for other styles as well. My question is whether section ...
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Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source [duplicate]

When you are directly quoting a source who also has a cited source in the sentence or sentences you are using what is the best course of action?
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1answer
31 views

What's the difference between Cut and Cut to?

What's the difference between Cut and Cut to and where to put each one? I know both are put between scenes-sluglines but what is the difference between the usage of the two?
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Video game gameplay script

How can one describe a moment of gameplay inside a script for a video game? Writing down Cut-scenes is like writing down scenes of a movie or a tv show. How can one write the moments in a script in ...
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3answers
90 views

How to develop a more regal language

I'm trying to write a story from the medieval times. As expected, some of my characters are kings and nobles and I'm trying to make their conversations.... More regal..... More elegant, you could say. ...
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Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel

I know, you can go the Star Wars/Star Trek "hand wave" route and make it seem like everything is a few minutes or hours away, but... How do I implement a scenario where space travel is as common and ...
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93 views

Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?

In a lot of detective or mystery novels, the detective is the POV character and the protagonist, but the initial hook has little to do with him. Some crime has been committed, and the detective is ...
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How to indicate that a single letter was removed from a quotation

Suppose a source text says: 1 Timothy 2:4 says that God desires all people to be saved. Now suppose I want to quote it like this: It is possible for God to "desire all people to be saved." Notice ...

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