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How do you force a turning point in a narrative that is supposed to be precisely about the lack of such devices?

Please, before flagging this question as subjective or generic, take a moment to read it through. IMO this is a valid, specific question, albeit a bit complex. To try and unpack the admittedly ...
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Describe person attempting but failing to suppress a laugh

There is a scene where a character is trying to be level-headed and professional. However, something happens that is funny to him. He lets out a satisfied chuckle but tries with partial success to ...
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Can basic grammar rules be skipped when writing text for machine safety labels?

First of all I'm completely against this idea but a few people who contribute to the technical documentation project constantly suggest that to attain a short, quick, economic, comprehensive message ...
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How do you believably write a moron?

I've heard a lot of people ask how to properly depict intelligence in a written work, but I'd like to go in the opposite direction. I want to know how to write a moron/fool without having them be the ...
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How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?

I have always had a problem with travel in my stories. Since I'm writing an epic fantasy novel, travel is a big theme as characters often have to move from where they are to where the plot dictates. ...
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How to keep writing?

I really love writing, mainly screenwriting. I can also come up with ideas and start writing. But there is one problem, I just start writing them and never take up the work again. What do you do to ...
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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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Is anyone interested in Traditional publishing? [on hold]

We are a scholarly non-fiction publisher. We’ve been in business since 1979. We are a traditional (Royalty-paying; no money flows from an author to us) publisher. We are looking for more true crime ...
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Technical Documentation Voice Preference : “Active Voice” - “Passive Voice” - A Mixture of both

We are working on a technical documentation project which includes the rewriting, modernization, restructuring, enrichment of the content. I'm doing the content rewriting and translation parts of the ...
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Memoir styled fantasy fiction

I am thinking about writing a fantasy fiction (casually, mostly for my own entertainment), would the style of a memoir be suitable? More specifically, the writing would be the personal account of a ...
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Options besides pencil and laptop [on hold]

I like writing on my laptop because I can type quickly. I like writing with a pencil because I find it more relaxing, easier to let words flow, more pleasant to edit, no bright lights in my eyes, etc. ...
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1answer
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Citation behind a display equation

I occasionally have a case where I want to give a formula and also attribute it. This ends up like that: I do not really like that, though. The citation looks very odd at this spot. If the next ...
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27 views

Forming a Writing Habit [duplicate]

I am working on a first draft of a novel. What are some of the best ways people have found to build a writing habit? I have tried the writing marathon approach and run out of steam. I am now heading ...
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PhD thesis: how to visually separate the “general conclusion” chapter from the last part

Suppose the outline of my PhD thesis looks like this: Acronyms Preface Introduction Part I: some topic Chapter 1: ... Chapter 2: ... Part II: another topic Chapter 3: ... Chapter 4: ... ...
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21 views

Public domain does it apply to any and all art work prior to 1920's? [duplicate]

Can I use famous art work images that were created prior to 1900 in my book and sell the book legally? Are all artworks prior to 1900 Public domain? I want to use images of paintings made in 1800 to ...
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Quick-start to journalism?

I currently was given an amazing opportunity to interview with some of my favorite idols, but I don't have much experience writing journalism. As in, I literally have written one article in the entire ...
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Preserve “The Reveal” vs lying to the reader

My story involves a kind of plot-twist towards the end. The problem is that the one of the sources of the misdirection comes from a kind of "Story so far" chapter towards the beginning. It sets up ...
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1answer
45 views

Including text file name in footer of compiled Scrivener document?

I'm working on a short story collection using scrivener. Each story is one text file in the scrivener document. I'd like to include the story name in the footer, next to the page number. Is that ...
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1answer
29 views

Formatting dialogue and single lines

Consider the following exchange: "Hello" "Hi" They were sitting on the bench. The dialogue lines are indented. Should the descriptive sentence also be indented? What if we had "Hello" ...
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How to cite information from the Human Genome Project (website)?

I want to cite some information from the Human Genome Project FAQ regarding the cost of the project (see the "How much did the Human Genome Project cost U.S. taxpayers?" header), however I'm unsure of ...
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1answer
67 views

Writing a 15-page summary

When asked for a 15-page summary of the thesis/research paper, should I write it by chapter (Introduction, Methodology, etc) ? The only guideline given is to include introduction, research ...
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1answer
40 views

Accidentally sent a work-in-progress to a stranger

I was sending files between two email accounts and accidentally sent the first 8k words of a work-in-progress to a stranger. I'm not published, should I be worried or am I being arrogant? Is there ...
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Effective techniques for describing pain

I've noticed something in writing: it's difficult to convey pain, and even specific types of pain, to an audience who's comfortably sitting at home in an easy chair. I can hardly imagine pain until ...
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Looking for informed people to evaluate a creative writing project about psychiatry

I am a beginning writer. I would like to write a science fiction / fantasy book that is critical of psychiatry, including diagnosis inflation, the influence of Big Pharma, and the field's de-emphasis ...
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How do we draw the line between plagiarism and allusion?

It’s no secret that in literature we see characters that remind us of other characters. Furthermore, it’s no secret we see plots that remind us of other plots. For example, an author reads Book A and ...
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101 views

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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97 views

Switching to fiction software

OK, I admit to dinosaur-era technology. My first computer was the Radio Shack Color Computer 2 with a tape deck for memory storage (seriously). Websites were in DOS (let's just say you were lucky to ...
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Is it plagiarism to adapt a known figure into a fictional charcter?

What if I decide to write a story with a character based off a historical figure but under a different name? For example: (1) I write a story with a hero named Tom, who is a political figure. (2) ...
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All capital letters in a new document

Weird thing just happened. I added a new document to a manuscript and when typing, all letters are in caps. Caps lock is not on. It's not happening in any other app, just in Scrivener and just in a ...
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184 views

Essay Writing Introduction Paragraph

How do I write an introduction paragraph when it comes to writing a simple essay for those who have no idea what to write about and I don't have a creative mind? Please explain to me step by step.
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What is the best way to set a dark tone to a story?

I want to write a short horror story. What are the best ways to set a dark tone or mood to the story? Just in a short introduction, if I want to introduce a character or place as a place I would not ...
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Alternative phrases to “It may be helpful to note that” [on hold]

I'm searching for alternative phrases to this phrase. I'm not looking for phrases with exactly the same meaning or usage; rough similarity suffices. It may be helpful to note that ... I have ...
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The origin of multiple 'plotlines' tabular diagram?

Where did the concept of multiple parallel plotlines (that may or may not interact and converge) originate? These days they're also known as throughlines, subplots, narrative/character arcs, series. ...
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Bachelor thesis indentation

Are there any rules for proper indentation in thesis? I am physicist so my thesis includes number of images and equations. Now I think you should not indent first paragraph after: Title of ...
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What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?

What is the name for a text subdivision that is shorter than a chapter, but longer than a paragraph? They are always untitled (unlike chapters, which are at the very least called "Chapter 1", "2" ...
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Referencing a Play in an MLA paper

I've gone through several different resources that appeared in the Google search bar when I asked this question, but the sources give different answers to this question: When referencing a play ...
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When does sponsored content work with adverbs? [on hold]

I work a job on a website, writing articles. Lately, we've been transitioning from personal accounts and topical subjects to interviews and Top 5s with our company-hosted events sandwiched in between. ...
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2answers
50 views

Depth in third person limited

I am writing in third person, limited , past with half a dozen POV characters. I make an effort to never slip into omniscient and try to keep my character POVs in their own voices i.e wheel of time. ...
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1answer
41 views

How Do Online Sites Afford Writers?

How do online publications afford to pay writers 20-50$ per written article?
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Proofreading style to use

I see several writing and proofreading styles around. There are AP, APA and CMS, to name a few. May questions are-- What are the most popular proofreading styles today? When is each style used or ...
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How to create a title

I am at a dilemma, as I cannot title my novel. So I created these questions. What creates a good title for a novel? What should I include/not include in my title? At the moment, I have come up ...
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8 views

constructive criticism online [duplicate]

I am at the point with my short story where I need some constructive criticism. Is there a place online where I could post it and people leave their thoughts and comments on it?
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How can I make believable motivations for antagonists?

I am writing a book. However, I can't quite wrap my head around making my character do bad things, while still making their actions and/or motivations for their actions believable. Here is an ...
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1answer
36 views

Where Do Online Journalists Get Their Info?

How do online journalists report on things if they aren't actually out in the field reporting? I'm assuming they simply watch mainstream news, listen to government/organizational websites, etc?
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2answers
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Tool to batch convert DOI to citations?

I'm looking for an (online) tool to convert a long list of DOI's (1000+) into citation information. There are several tools that let you enter one DOI at a time, such as doi2bib or Crossref but those ...
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126 views

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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58 views

Naming fictional races with original names vs with words from other languages

My novels contain several fictional races, but I have been trying to decide how to name them. Therefore, I must ask: is it more common for science fiction/fantasy writers to completely make up the ...
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Is it bad writing or just the plot if the hero ends up being as evil as the villain in order to stop the villain's evil?

The villain is evil; he does evil things to the world's people. The hero (a.k.a "the good guy who does good things and is against the villain") wants to stop this evil, and goes in a journey to face ...
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24 views

A heading on a paper

When you are doing a research paper or a writing and you have two people doing it, do you put a comma before the and in something like... By Arielle, and Bella?
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Is the term writing still acceptable in the digital world? [migrated]

I find it awkward to say, "I'm typing this in the passenger seat while my husband is driving". Would it sound better if I said, "I am writing this"? Technically, I'm not writing it, nor am I typing ...

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