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Personally I don't think you need to make the words italics, if you introduce a word that isn't part of the reader's vocabulary, and give them enough clues to understand what it is, then they will pick it up. So for instance, if you had a sentence that said - 'Do you want to come to my lattie for supper' and later maybe said '...its in my lattie' people ...


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A pidgin by its nature could theoretically form from English mixed with the language you are writing in so constructing such artificial pidgin seems to be a good solution. Just abandon grammar of your language and mix it with (commonly known) words from English and roman languages. Translators in such situations sometimes do mix languages close related to ...


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i do the same and have several books at different stages of completion. i think it is healthy, and when working on one novel you get ideas for others. Also, when you are bored with the slow pace of writing, you can be refreshed and motivated by working on another project. My advice would be to work on what currently "burns" you, what you feel you need ...


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Try this if you think that you won't have any problem writing them simultaneously but focusing on one at a time would let do a better job than working on many of them.


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Present tense narrative can work powerfully with flashbacks. What I consider to be one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century is Robert Cormier's 'Heroes'. It continually swaps between the present tense narrative and flashbacks to the past. The climax of the novel is the meeting of the two. To tell his story he needed the past and he needed the ...


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Writing for flashbacks is perfectly fine, as is the case in movies referenced by Lauren Ipsum's comment. Sometimes setting the scene is effective by setting a tone or expectation in the present or perhaps even just as a hook for the reader/viewer. An important point to consider might be, given the entire romance is in the past, is to make it seem as a story ...


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"What would be the alternative device in switching to a backstory narrative other than switching into a past tense?" An alternative device I have often seen work well is doing the opposite tense switch - that is, having the main narrative in the past tense and the back story in the present tense as a flashback. (In fact I don't see any significant ...


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It is uncommon and feels unnatural to narrate anything in one tense only. Instead of believing your friend (what makes him an expert?) you might want to pick some contemporary fiction and confirm for yourself what writers (and editors) do. Something like this is fairly commonplace: I barely manage to drag myself from sleep when the alarm goes off. The ...


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It might make sense to write two (or more) "companion" novels simultaneously. Some decades ago, I wrote two novels, simultaneously, one set in the twentieth century and one set in the eighteenth century, based on the same (twentieth century) real life people as inspiration for my characters. At some level, they were "one novel" because they used the same ...


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The use of active or passive voice is dictated by where your focus is: on the subject or object of the actiin. Who is your sentence/paragraph/chapter about? John or Bob? If it is about John and what he does, use the active voice: John killed Bob. If it is about Bob and what he experiences, use the passive voice: Bob had been killed by John. ...


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I don't think it is wrong to write multiple novels at the same time. I myself do it. Even though I might be concentrating on 1 novel(like right now I am concentrating on Rubiks World) I might still be writing or even just thinking about other novels(Like the fourth volume of my New Earth series where Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands are built and a ...


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Completely eliminate? No. In general, prefer active voice unless you have a specific reason to use passive. Some reasons to use passive voice: You don't know who did the action. I was carjacked on February 19, 1999. (True story.) You wish to hide or deemphasize responsibility the action. The person who did it is not important to the sentence at hand. You ...


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"X was most likely to be electrocuted" doesn't have an actor, so that's fine as is. But if you have "many new things were done," tell us by whom, and what they did. While the 15x15 was pregnant, the three-bys were busy building houses, the 9x9s dug latrines, and the lone Whip-It sat in the makeshift cage, wondering when his sentence would be carried ...


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Maybe before posting it online where you have limited control over who accesses and/or shares it, give it to individuals or contained groups - [maybe a book reading group] for comment. At an individual level these people are more likely to provide considered comment/opinion because you have engaged with them directly and there is potential of ongoing ...


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I think posting a work in progress online for feedback is enormously dangerous. Not because people will steal it. They almost certainly won't. Not because those readers will refrain from buying the book when it's published. Those readers might refrain from buying it, but the number of people would would have bought your book otherwise is a vanishingly ...


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Since @what's answer and your comment clarified that it is neither MG nor YA, 40k is way closer to a novella than a novel. A manuscript standard length is about 100k; the general range is 80k-120k. Yes some best-sellers may be short, but the author name can help sell a thin book. Now, it does depend on genre too, in some genres 60K may be the norm, ...


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I've been posting my stuff online for years. Some things I've noticed: Your idea isn't as awesome as you think, so people aren't likely to steal it. Maybe your idea is awesome, but people can't see it (someone once told me that some people can't recognize a good story even if it bites them in the butt). Yes, your idea is awesome, but people know that it's ...


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As a sci-fi, fantasy writer you are lucky to be in the minority of writers that are supported by other aficionados and even sometimes by published authors mentorship. So, I think the potential gain far outweighs the risks. Also, there is an automatic copyright , you can always prove ownership with your original computer files.



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