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In APA you can use et al for in-text citations IF the cited work has 6 or more authors. In fact, don't take my word for it. Read this article from the APA.


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The simple answer is yes! The purpose of a reference is so that you can find a document where you got the source from. So unless Smith, K did two pieces with the same name, with different co-authors (on the same pages in the same journal!) then anyone interested is going to be able to find that document.


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Remember the guideline about every "scene" has to contribute to the overall story you're trying to tell. Any chapter that doesn't further the overall story in some way should be cut. This means that every chapter has a little part of the story to tell. And as soon as the chapter has told its part of the story, it should end. I disagree about keeping them ...


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Circumlocution. Locution that circles around a specific idea with multiple words rather than directly evoking it with fewer and apter words. Check the wiki article here.


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For all of this there is nothing better than reading and rereading. By the time you have fully proofed the story yourself you will know it inside and out, and there will still be errors you can't see. After you've gone through and checked yourself a couple of times, have a friend read it and help you proof through it.



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