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How does the length/position of action tags affect the dialogue?

Example: "Exactly." John scratched the nape of his neck. It had a faint, purple blotch I hadn't noticed before. Probably sunburn. "Our lives began in the sea, and will probably end on land." ...
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Foreword/introduction to the translation

I translated a book, and was thinking on writing a foreword to it. Not so much introducing the book (as there is a editor foreword from the original that does that), but as an introduction to the ...
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How to rate a game, elements to consider when writing a review

I will soon start with writing reviews and guides for games and i am divided between simple raging of a game or in deep rating like considering few different elements in game. The simple rating would ...
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Taxonomy of understanding: term

Years ago I encountered a term to describe the way verbs are used taxonomically in college syllabi to suggest different levels of comprehension. The hierarchy, in order of increasing sophistication of ...
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Creating the goal of a scene when the main character is passive

In my current writing, I've been having some trouble with the plot, specifically with going from an outline detailing what I need, to an outline detailing how I get there. I think the problem (or at ...
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There is too much beauty in this picture I can persevere

I don't know if this is the right place to ask these kind of questions.I am not native English speaker but I am not at beginner level in terms grammar and vocabulary either. I make mistakes in my ...
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Is it ok for a tough character to be “petty”?

My female protagonist wears Prada, and after receiving a big promotion at work, she plots to take over the CEO-ship of her company. One (female) reviewer said something like, "That's one tough cookie ...
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Writing a fictional novel [on hold]

I want to describe a scene where a husband-wife sit by the deck outside their home on a beautiful morning. i want to bring out the beauty of the morning while describing their conversation. any help?
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Licensed out content for book, whose name in copyright notice?

Hello there. I hope this is not a completely basic questions, but I could not find the answer anywhere else. I have written content that a company wants to publish. We have signed a contract that ...
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Publishing Through Blogs/Story Equivalent of Webcomic?

I really want to publish my work somewhere online. That being said, recently, I've had quite of an interest in webcomics--however, I can't draw, and I prefer full on writing. Is there a possible way ...
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What is front/back matter?

I was browsing around for different writing tools and one of the sites mentioned tools for front and back matter in addition to tools for chapter planning. What is front / back matter?
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I am writing an essay but im kind of lost on how to add imagery

When I got this essay it took me about a week to even process what I was going to write about. Who is my hero you asked, so in order to fully understand the whole idea of a hero I asked around and ...
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Describing camera movement in the ACTION?

Is it okay to write a bit of camera movement in the ACTION? I don't mean the camera movements such as PUSH IN or ANGLE ON. What I mean is something like the following: Through an **aerial view**, we ...
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PLEASE HELP: Character description [on hold]

I really need help with how to describe, without telling, a character who is shuddering/feels sickened after reading a newspaper article? Thank you very much
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Writing about a future hapenning with a present time narrative

What sort of a literary technique is it when writers narrating their story in the present time (in first person) talk of an incident that happens to them in the future? I recently read a non-fiction ...
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Suggestion letter [on hold]

Can anyone please help me, Is my Suggestion letter correct? My name is MR... and I am a Data Entry Clerk at XYZ. I received congratulations by email dated 2015-6-3 for my first-grade performance over ...
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What settings are appropriate for IngramSpark?

There are several settings I've run across, and a web search turned out why you want an ISBN from Bowker rather than one owned by someone else, and you probably want 10 ISBN's at US$295 rather than 1 ...
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What would be a better backstory? [on hold]

What would have more of an impact in the backstory and make more sense? The female of the main characters worked with some bad people for three years who had a habit of detaining and wiping the memory ...
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When having a plot twist, does there have to be foreshadowing of it?

Can it just pop out of nowhere, or does it have to be something that was slightly mentioned before that only expert readers would catch.
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How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?

I've played with the idea of a multi-book fantasy story for years, where a female and male protagonists' lives intertwine with one another, the series running from 12-22 years old for them. There ...
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How to create Feeling with Setting

I have a passion for setting. I've heard you should write about what your passionate about. Now when I say passion I mean I like to visualize the fantastic place the author is describing to form a ...
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What, if any, are PoD options for posters?

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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Constructed Language - how to spell words that will be mispronounced in English

I wasn't sure how to phrase the title, so it may be a bit confusing. Feel free to edit it if you can phrase it better. This question may be better suited for Worldbuilding SE. However, it is about ...
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SOS. How can I start to write again? [closed]

I wonder if anyone has any words of inspiration for me? I am newly graduated and after 4 years of studying Art I realised not only was I the only person to actually enjoy writing their dissertation, I ...
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How do I get rid of the tic of paired adjectives, predicates, etc.?

In technical writing, I have a tic of writing in pairs. Some examples from a recent piece: "When you speak, be sure to be clear and concise." "Face to face conversation is personal and private." ...
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Is this too much of a coincidence?

Before the book starts, my main character worked in a bad place where she was attacked by a boy who was detained and gets his memories taken. When the book starts, she's had an accident so she has no ...
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Should I Kill My Main Character?

I'm an aspiring writer who has been writing stories since Kindergarten (None released). Obviously I have a lot of experience, but I'm still unsure with extremely important things. As all of my Novels ...
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In play writing, script writing or theatre is there a name for some exchange of dialogue between characters that is supposed to make a point?

Suppose you want to show that two characters have some animosity towards one another. In some scene you set up a meeting between the characters in the elevator and an exchange of lines occurs. This ...
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Possible To Introduce A Character Through A Dialogue?

In a screenplay, would it be okay to introduce a character through a dialogue? The character in question isn't given a background (in the ACTION) in the start since his first appearance is one where ...
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Should I do anything else with this indirect source?

For a paper I am doing, I am relying on information from this paper. I can't access without paying, but I found this link containing a summary in the form of a fancy GUI slideshow and gives more ...
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Can anyone please help me, Is my letter write? [closed]

My dear XYZ, I am highly pleased your telephonic invitation that the marriage ceremony of you is going to take place on this (day). Accept my heartiest congratulation on your occasion of enjoyment. I ...
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1answer
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Writing an apology letter [closed]

Can anyone please help me with writing a letter of apology to my friend? Next week it's his birthday ceremony, He invited me to his party, but I can't attend it. Can anyone please direct me to how I ...
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Can someone help invent an expression for this situation? [closed]

I'm stuck for an expression that describes this example, which is similar to a "self-fulfilling prophecy" but is more complicated: Someone claims, falsely, to be a dentist. Someone who likes ...
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Use of copyright across nations

Say I'm from the USA and I write a book and don't publish it yet. Then I send it to a friend in Russia for proof reading, but instead he publishes my book over there under his own name. Am I legally ...
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Publishing my book like Stacks Project

I have written a book about my math discoveries. The book is available as a PDF file and as LaTeX files published in a Git hosting under Creative Commons license. Will it increase readership of my ...
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57 views

How can I write a polite reminder letter? [closed]

Can anyone please help me about creating a reminder letter, I sent a payment email 15 days ago. Now how can I write a polite reminder letter to the related organization?
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Connecting my plot to different locations in my world

In my world, there all sorts of places that I'd like to include in my book but I have yet to find sound reasons to include more a handful of them. How can I connect several distinct locations to my ...
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Do readers care about any kind of mystery? What makes them prefer one from another?

Here are a few examples of mysteries (I just came up with them now): A. A woman finds out that a lost ancient city still exists. B. A man finds out that her death wife is actually alive. ...
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George Orwell (1984) - Monologue [on hold]

I have a homework task which is to write an interior monologue on the character of Syme. For those that have read 1984, I was just wondering if it would be plausible to make his character as someone ...
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Techniques to avoid superlatives in intense fiction scenes

I'm an aspiring writer and I'm finding it hard to not get swept up "in the moment" of the characters. What are some techniques to avoid superlatives and hyperbole in scenes that are meant to increase ...
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Seeking the source of a Lawrence Durrell quote

This may be more appropriately called a "Literature" or "History" question but as it's about a writer, I thought I'd try here first. I'm seeking more information about the origin of the following ...
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Starting a book with a scene from the middle

So. I'm currently working on a novel. (It's my first ever.) I need all the help I can get. I had an idea where I start with a scene which is close to the climax, where the main character is to be ...
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How to turn an unknown detail in the story into a mystery instead of a lacking detail?

I mean, how to make so that an undefined information in the plot be considered a mystery, i.e. an intentional unanswered question, instead of: ー So, then what? ー Well, this is an unknown fact ...
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Getting past a dead end

I've been working on a screenplay for a while now. But I seem to have reached quite the dead end. My question is, what do you guys do, to get past a sticking point. Especially when you don't want to ...
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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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English, Commas [closed]

According to Dr. Sharon’s book, Survival of the Sickest, a hemochromatosis patient, Aran Gordon, experienced joint pain, heart flutters, and depression. Is this a run-on sentence? If so, how can I ...
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What do I need to know about publishing a book which I have illustrated, not written?

I recently went to the market to buy books for my 2 year old kid and found many expensive books printed on expensive paper had poor drawings. I realized that I can draw far better. I have decided ...
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Are compound verbs frowned upon?

After finding out that adverbs were, to use hyperbole, about equivalent to a death wish for the quality of a piece, I was wondering about other bits and pieces of writing convention. Are hyphenated ...
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Should I write the actual death scene?

I am writing a novel, and in one part, a boy falls off the building. I feel like it would be very gory. Most people said to write in great detail, but then some people say to write what I know. I feel ...
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How many complain is enough to consider an english post/comment as improper on an online press site [migrated]

I need your help dear writers. We are about to run an online complain system for our online news press system with about 10000 members and readers daily. Like any other online forum, we receive ...

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