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comment Examples of novels about nontraditional families
Patchwork families are common in literature and the media, past and present. Think of all the stepmothers and stepsisters in fairy tales, the many tv series and romance movies about single parents finding a new spouse, or all the crime novels about jealousy, violence and abuse (Lolita!) among complex family structures. If you can't think of anything, google something like "literature patchwork family" and click through the results.
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comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
I once wrote a story told in the voice of an insane character. I went to the university library (today: use Google Scholar) and found books and articles that contained case studies of mentally ill persons with verbatim quotes. I then attempted to emulate their thought patterns. (Studies show that there is no significant linguistic difference to the speech of healthy persons, only the content is "strange".) Sometimes I used parts of sentences and simply replaced some words to fit my context. There are also books written by insane persons, but spoken language is more impressively "insane".
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comment What's the best software for self-publishing?
Blurb is not a software but a publishing platform. Are you looking for a software like Word or InDesign that runs on your computer to lay out your text and create a file that you can send to a publisher? Or do you seek a platform like Blurb or Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing who offer some limited layout options when you enter your raw text but mainly focus on publishing your book?
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answered Is it better to describe the main character's physical appearance early on in the story?
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answered Misleading facts in the About the Author section
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comment Misleading facts in the About the Author section
I'm sorry, but I have to downvote this for proving the negative. Your quote says that solely the book is a work of fiction, not that the author of the book is a work of fiction.
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comment Do Decimals Bounded Between 0 and 1 (inclusive) Need a Leading Zero?
APA says the same (depending on whether can be greater than 1).
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answered Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?
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comment How to handle multiple notebooks?
Instead of a table of contents, you can also create an index. One snippet of text may contain multiple topics. That index must be flexible (digital file or the kind of cards in the image in my preceding comment) to allow you to add new index words yet keep the alphabetical order.
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comment How to handle multiple notebooks?
I cannot find the corresponding English word, but look at this image and you get the idea: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7e/… Why don't you write in a "notebook" that holds together loose sheets of paper with a ring or that are perforated, and that you can then take out and file away into boxes or cabinets, according to topic etc.? Many past writers and scholars used such a system, a famous one are the "Zettelkästen" of sociologist Niklas Luhmann (google it). You only have to make sure to not mix stuff on one leaf.
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answered How to handle multiple notebooks?
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answered Beginners can break rules too?
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answered Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
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comment Should I write Internet slang as it is spoken or as it is written?
@LaurenIpsum Google the phrase "there are no girls on the internet". Most links are NSFW. And yes, the footnote is ironic (not sarcastic, since it is not aimed at women, or anyone else for that matter, but a comment, using internet slang, on my use of the female-excluding male pronoun instead of the singular they in relation to "/b/tard").
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comment How do I cover a lengthy time period with only a few interesting details?
possible duplicate of Problem: Scenes that are unavoidable, but boring
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