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Since you are more interested in nonfiction, The traditional story advice is less useful. Instead you have a dual challenge of writing what you know and not knowing everything. In most cases you will have to do research to get enough facts for what you want to write, Which if you enjoy research makes things easier. If you don't like research you might ...


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There's a technique that can be helpful for someone imprisoned by perfectionism, but it does require a certain amount of willingness to try it: The idea is that you commit to producing a certain amount of writing daily --say 1 page --and that the writing should be deliberately bad: nonsense, stream of consciousness, even just keyboard mashing. It doesn't ...


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Before it gets put on hold for not being specific enough, I just wanted to throw a few words of encouragement. What I would recommend is that you first find a genre that entices you. Might be Mystery or Drama. Science Fiction or Fiction Fantasy? If you love reading about it, you'll probably enjoy writing about it, too. Next I'd search for really popular ...


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Are you really going to write him a letter after he invited you over phone? Well, not my place to judge. The writing is just awful. It would be better to write in your native language than in English. Anyway, have a template: Dear {Name}, I received your invitation and am so honored to be included among the people you want to celebrate your ...


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If you format your manuscript according to the APA Manual, you must not use the pluralis auctoris. Use a plural pronoun only if the manuscript has two or more authors. If it is written by one single author, use the first person singular pronoun. According to the APA Style Blog, a translation is considered a paraphrase. It is therefore presented without ...


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What about forfeiting pointing out it's "own translation" and going with generic "Translation by [your name]" same as for all other translations?


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Some methods for finding your own words for others' ideas: Summarize the important ideas. Here are a few questions that can help summarize a passage: What is the net effect of the actions or events in the passage? What category or categories fit the items mentioned in the passage? What conclusion can you draw from the facts laid out in the passage? ...


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Doreen, in response to your comment that you simply want to emphasize the year in your prose because it's important to whatever point you're making, then this is a matter of style. Using your example sentence, you can strengthen the saliency of the year the conclusion was made by giving it it's own sentence if you're going to follow with other years in ...


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A method I use when I get stuck Is to take a clean sheet of paper and copy the problem passage onto the top of the sheet word for word backwards. I then read it, and rewrite it multiple times until it makes sense. often it becomes a different number of sentences. Other methods I use include expansion and contraction where you add words and ideas or remove ...


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Is this your own sentence, or someone else's sentence that you want to paraphrase rather than quote? First, there's a predication problem in that the driverless cars (the subject) cannot be claiming anything (the verb). So I would say, "The International companies designing and testing driverless cars claim that they can navigate roadways, change lanes, ...


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If the author's name is already used in the sentence (as in your example), the correct styling following APA (American Psychological Association) for in-text citations would be: The literature has made substantial strides towards identifying causal effects of X on Y and J. Miller (2010) has concluded "..." (p. 23). I'm assuming from the way ...


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I don't like the literature making strides. How about Researchers have made substantial strides toward identifying causal effects of X on y. J Miller (2010) has concluded . . . It's always better to have human beings occupying the subject slot -- much more powerful construction --



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