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Which tense to use when writing a diary?

For writing diary content every day, which English tense is appropriate to use? Things have all happened already. I usually write late at night (end of the day) or the next day. Should I use ...
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7answers
94 views

Forming a strong relationship between 2 characters

How can one organically develop a strong relationship (father-son, to be precise) between 2 strangers over the course of a novel without making it seem contrived?
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1answer
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Writing A Story and Dont Know Where To Begin

I'm writing a story and I don't know where to begin. Basically its about two kids who find an old box in they're grandparents garage and that there's papers about a covered stairway in there basement ...
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1answer
37 views

How to cite this document in APA style of citation

There is an online PDF document. It is issued by the Central Department of Statistics & Information (Saudi Arabia). The title of the document (42 pages long) is: Hajj Statistics. Year of ...
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8answers
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Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?

One thing I've noticed while browsing bookstores is that hardcover books tend to cost more than softcover ones. Oftentimes a hardcover book that's five times the price of a paperback doesn't have ...
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5answers
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How do I balance reading time with writing time?

It's rare to find a how-to-write book or blog that doesn't have this advice: "Read. Voraciously. In all genres, especially your genre of choice, books both good and bad. You won't develop as a Writer ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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1answer
24 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 ...
2
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1answer
46 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 ...
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Is this use of comma correct? [migrated]

Are the following two sentences correct? Does the comma need to be there? Walking down the stairs, she sighed. When he told her she had missed a form, she sighed.
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4answers
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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 ...
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10answers
2k views

How to overcome the fact that I can't write long stories?

I have written some short stories (in fact, they are flash fiction). When I'm writing short stories, the ideas and the structure come to my mind by themselves. Something different happens when I try ...
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1answer
70 views

Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style

I have been trying to go through Mayfield Book on Technical Writing to find out how to do an in-text and parenthetical citation of a source that I found online. The source is an article from a popular ...
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4answers
80 views

Need guidance on my writing method

I have decided to take up writing as a hobby. First because I have so many ideas and like creating things. Second, because I enjoy it so far and thirdly, I like the idea that if my writing is any ...
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6answers
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Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?

I'm trying to create textbook-perfect iambic pentameter. I may be wrong in my assumption of there being such a thing as a 'secondary stressed syllable', but in the word 'poetry', the rhythm of it ...
5
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5answers
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How do I write a fitting ending for a anti hero?

So. 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. Now. I'm at the point, where he destroyed ...
6
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6answers
163 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 ...
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8answers
2k views

Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?

I currently work for an engineering company as an electrical engineer. A good chunk of my time is spent writing testing reports or instruction documents. Currently my company doesn't have any sort of ...
6
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5answers
153 views

How do screenwriters incorporate song scenes into a screenplay for a musical?

If the song is already written, sure, easy question. But say you're sitting down to write The Lion King before any composers have even been brought aboard, before pre-production has even been dreamt ...
3
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1answer
31 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 ...
2
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1answer
77 views

Graphical presentation method nomenclature

I'm part of a technical documentation team where I'm suggesting the document designers different methods for graphical presentation. Each time I need to talk about a method I have to look around and ...
2
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2answers
43 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 ...
2
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2answers
28 views

What is the best use of perspective for works with multiple authors?

If you have multiple authors writing an article, what is the best use of perspective when recounting experiences from different views? For example, I am writing an article with a colleague about our ...
0
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0answers
19 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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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 ...
67
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21answers
5k views

Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers? [on hold]

As writers, do you use any version controlling software to track and monitor what you write? For example, if you accidentally deleted or overwritten a paragraph that you'd like to have it back? ...
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3answers
68 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 ...
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5answers
134 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 ...
2
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4answers
83 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 ...
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0answers
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Please critique my poem [on hold]

I still remember Stepping into school Face gleaming with happiness Turning around To nothing I was 9. I still remember Sitting on the floor of the garage Spending an entire day Piecing the ...
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2answers
75 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
91 views

Describing a prison

I need ideas on how to describe a prison. I don't know how to start my story that is about a guy in prison. Also, I must reflect on loneliness. Please help, thanks. I'm talking about a prison in ...
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20answers
3k views

How can I catch more errors when I proofread?

I have a problem where I often proof my own writing and I don't catch all the errors while I am reading through it. I often miss entire words out of sentences or find myself repeating words. I can ...
4
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3answers
1k views

software to write book with lots of photos

I am writing my first book. It is a book with the history of my village. I have read that most people use MS Word, so did I. The problem is that my book contain lots of pictures. This has made the ...
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1answer
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DITA tag which contents are ignored or to contain non-DITA content [on hold]

Question: Is there, and what would it be, the right tag to enclose non-DITA content within a DITA document? The functionality that I am looking for is a tag, say <ignored></ignored> such ...
2
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1answer
26 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. ...
2
votes
1answer
29 views

Including Scrivener custom metatag in footer?

I asked a question here that I need some more details for. I'm trying to compile I bunch of text files, and I want the names of those files in the footer. Like the answerer suggested, I added a ...
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4answers
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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. ...
0
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1answer
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What, if any, are PoD options for posters? [closed]

I've found PoD solutions for a lot of stuff, but not yet a PoD solution for color posters. What are the print on demand color solutions there?
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10answers
5k views

Is it okay to publish a book at a young age?

I am writing a novel that is called 'Murder' It's about a girl who almost gets murdered but then has to live with the murderers with almost no knowledge that they are the ones that killed her. ...
10
votes
4answers
645 views

Good books on writing for comics?

Me and a friend of mine has been thinking about joining forces and make a comic. She is an excellent drawer/illustrator while I perform better in the story/character/writing part of things. I guess ...
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0answers
21 views

Co Writer for Dragonball Z 3 [duplicate]

I wrote 2 scripts and am looking for a co writer to write for me and give me ideas for dragonball z 3 it has to do with piccolo and raddits before Vegeta and nappa come in we can write it on plotbot ...
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votes
0answers
33 views

Co Writer For Dragon Ball Z [closed]

I'm looking for a Co writer for Dragon Ball Z I already wrote one script, it needs major editing, I just wrote the action scenes not the fighting the plots and I'm now writing two more films I need ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Using a slash in citations

I am currently reading Dr. Alia Al-Saji's paper on Racialized Time titled "Too Late: Racialized Time and the Closure of the Past". http://philpapers.org/archive/ALSTLR.pdf Throughout the text, she ...
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1answer
55 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 ...
8
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6answers
3k views

Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?

My question is related to best practices of making screenshots for end-user documentation. Particularly, is there universal information for filling in forms in the software and after that making ...
1
vote
2answers
171 views

What does one call author blurbs at the bottom of journalistic articles?

Sometimes journalistic articles have a brief about-the-author sort of blurb at the end, frequently italicized, of a general form resembling: J. Random Hacker is a dog groomer for the United States ...
3
votes
5answers
74 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 ...
0
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3answers
57 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 ...
6
votes
2answers
122 views

How to share research and character notes between multiple works in Scrivener?

My previous workflow was "write in LaTeX, using emacs", with research and character notes kept in plain-text files, using symlinks between multiple works set in the same fictional world. This allowed ...

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