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You can try to "rubber duck". Explain what you need to convey out loud to someone not in the know or even to a rubber ducky from the bathtub. Then write it down. When still unsure, wait a day and read it back to see if the text still makes sense. Keep at it, talk about it, it is a learn-able skill!


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I don't think it's productive to look for one web site that would answer any question you might have as a writer. The expertise required would be too broad. I think it would make more sense to go to web sites specifically targeted to your question. A writer might well have questions ranging from "what are common names that people give to pets in London" to ...


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I can suggest reddit.com/r/[country/city name] - it will get you answers from any half-civilized moderately populated part of the world. Just take the answers with a grain of salt. You're likely to get some regional inside joke answers and the likes among them. You really shouldn't ask the locals for "Wpierdol" when visiting Nowa Huta.


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So I don't actually think anyone could provide you with a useful list of books here, because individuality, different approaches, style, subjectivity, blah blah all that. But an approach that works is this: read what you like, be it sci fi, fantasy, whatever. Harry Potter. Then sift through interviews and wikis of the authors you admire, and find their ...


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I don't know of a central place to do that. But you can make your interest known. In a blog post and other social media, tell your fans what subject you are researching and solicit their tips. Perhaps make your "tip line" posts a featured part of your blog. Of course, this reaches only your current fans, who may or may not have tips about your next ...


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You might have a look at the Little Details community on LiveJournal. The administrators describe the purpose of the site as follows: We have a large, diverse membership that can answer questions such as: "If I hit my character on the head like so, what will happen?" "Will this destroy the Earth?" All types of fiction ...


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If you're looking for a book on writing comics and graphic novels, this is the one to get: The Working Writer's Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels


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Check out the forums at National Novel Writing Month's site. It looks like they've reorganized things since I've participated, but the Reference Desk forum is probably where you can ask stuff like that. Of course, it's most populated during NaNoWriMo (November), but the site's up all year.


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It feels like you're asking for a literary canon, but really, I don't think there is one any more. Things are a lot more wide-open, with a lot less dead-white-male worship. In terms of books that were really important to me (not that I'm a literary writer, but I tend to be a literary reader)... they've changed as time goes on. When I first read The Color ...


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There is a three part solution to your problem: Format -- there are some standard forms for business communication. A lot of what makes any communication seem more polite is just the inclusion of some standard niceties (please, thank you, etc) that can basically be cut and pasted from one email to the next. You should easily be able to find some books or ...


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It isn't what you read, but what you write that makes you great. What do you mean by 'literary writer'? Do you mean James Joyce? Also, although we can identify loads of popular fiction that is bad writing, surely agreeing what is good writing and therefore choosing a list of novels is extremely subjective.


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Inferring that reading the right books can save someone from being a bad writer is ludicrous. Only repeatedly writing, and finishing, story after story can save someone from being a bad writer. That said, all writers (all humans, really) should read equal parts fiction and non-fiction. Fiction shows you how to write. As for specific titles, read whatever ...


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If you're recommending her, it must be that you are certain that she's a good fit. This means you need to understand where she's going to fit, and why. Using buzzwords and superlatives is too easy. It only makes a promise. Why would they believe a person who has a thesaurus? What specific experiences that you had with her make you so confident that you're ...


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Well, I couldn't think of a book, but here is a pretty good web-page: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/PointsofViewinFiction.html I'm not the most experienced of writers, of course, but from my limited understanding I would say that POVs are a rather simple concept to grasp. The hard part is choosing which one you prefer to use in your writing style or in ...


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Journalists don't sit at home and wait for information to come to them. They talk to people. Finding the right people to talk to, and making them talk, is the specific skill of the journalist. Anyone can condense Google results into an article. There is even software that does that automatically. If you haven't yet learned the skill of reporting (that is, ...



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