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Are mystery plot structures defined by scenes, sequels, and MRUs?

I'm in the process of writing a mystery novel/novella and it conforms to the traditional/classic mystery novel, emulating that of Agatha Christie or A.C. Doyle. I'm having doubts as to the proper way ...
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Writing a novel that is set (semi-)inside an established universe

How free are we to write a story that is set inside another universe, that doesn’t necessarily mention anyone or anything specifically about said universe? For example, let’s say that I want to write ...
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“He's too soft of a character to be our leader,” seems to be grammatically correct. Or is it? [migrated]

And if indeed it is syntactically correct, what's the plural form of the phrase if referring to two or more characters? "They are too soft of a character to be good candidates." —is this wrong?
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Question For This Poem Help

days pass easy over these ancient hills  i walk near a moccasin path overgrown with  rusted cans and weeds  i stand in the forest at sunset waiting for  a prayer from the rising wind  ...
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Writing with commas [on hold]

Am I supposed to put a comma after or before and after the word " combined" in the sentence "All of these factors combined would make the journey difficult to endure."
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Male, but can handle only female protagonists

I’m trying to improve my writing skills, doing both original works and facfiction, but there is a peculiar limitation to what I achieve. Despite being male, I fail to write from a male perspective and ...
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Are using the adverbs gradually and greedily to describe the same verb contradicting? [on hold]

For example, the man eats greedily, gradually, with no hesitation
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How can a writer point out the merits of his or her own work?

It is generally taken that if I tell you a joke, then have it explain why it's funny - it's not probably not funny. I continually return to one of my own short pieces. If I submit it I believe it ...
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What type of literary device is referring to a famous quote in a song?

In his song Land of the Free, the artist, Joey B., sings: And everything I do or say today that's worthwhile Will for sure inspire actions in your first child. is similar to this quote by Marcus ...
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What are the differences of these writing styles; [on hold]

Rhetorical writing Critical writing Reflective writing Argumentative writing Persuasive writing Could I have good annotated examples or user friendly book to learn them.
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Dangers of being sympathetic to the killer

I wrote a piece of flash fiction as a mental exercise. I happened to listen to Glen Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade,” and happened to watch an episode of “Samurai Jack.” “Moonlight Serenade” is a song ...
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How to balance a blog post that is neither too detailed nor too surface level?

While writing blog post mostly on technical articles, I often come to dilema that does my post is too detailed for reader eventually they will skip further reading due to complexity or is it too ...
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How do you write articles without plagiarizing when everything has essentially been said about the topic at hand?

Basically, when dealing with non-fiction topics like business or security or Information Technology or any other factual topic, there is really only so many ways you can write the facts using the ...
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generality of the thesis statement [on hold]

In the following passage, the thesis statement seems to be "The Japanese art of kintsugi shines with broken pottery." But the third paragraph is an extension of broken pottery to bad experiences, and ...
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API documentation best practice [on hold]

would like to develop convenient API documentation. Could you please share some insights: what in API docs does inspire you or make crazy? Appreciate it if you could share the link on your favorite ...
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GCSE Creative writing [on hold]

I am currently doing my GCSE English Language course and I am struggling a lot in my creative writing. I am getting scores of 20/40 consistently and I am not too happy with my teacher. Can someone ...
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API debugging, API concepts, API management [on hold]

could you please set up priorities and the most important issues that should be described in the docs on API debugging, API concepts, API management. I have read many documents, understand that for ...
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How can I shorten a piece of writing without losing its original essence? [on hold]

I have a piece of writing that needs to be shortened down to 80 words whereas it has 107. I need to know how to make my writing more brief without maring its original meaning and message. I have been ...
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How to get more powerfull on expensive words? [on hold]

How to learn the powerful words, that usually gets the attention of readers first?
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Non-sense question about plot structures

Suppose then you have an story in your mind. Then, to write down this finite series of events, you have to translate your imagination into the paper. This process isn't trivial, of course and plot are ...
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I need some feedback/ advice on poetry [on hold]

If this doesn't belong here pls tell me and I'll take it down-- I need to compile a small poetry portfolio of about 4-5 poems-- I'm applying to colleges and sending a supplement to a writing ...
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Introducing a new POV near the end of a story

This question is strongly related to this one: Balance between character's point of views However, that question is asking about balancing POVs in general, whereas this one is about potentially ...
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Difference between Indian and English lyricism?

Suppose we sing or rap about dark themes (similar to modern American music from 1970-present day) in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Malayalam over Indian classical music fused with Rock, Pop or Hip Hop. ...
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What does nk means in line spacing?

I see in some journals that mention the line spacing in MS Word in terms of "nk". What does that mean and how can I set that in the Word? For example in this link, it states: 2 nk spaces should ...
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Does this technique that deals with syllable meters have a name?

On the poem extract below I noticed the following technique and it sounded really familiar, reminding me of punk rock songs and some strong man speeches (I know this is super vague, if I remember any ...
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Dumping an entire world for dramatic effect?

About 1/3 of the way through my story the main antagonist "wins" and is able to completely remake the world of the story into his notion of an ideal world. The "new" world shares some elements with ...
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Need help cleaning up a sentence [on hold]

I'm having trouble with a particular sentence in my book. I had originally written: Monica’s group of friends was a diverse mixture of race, gender, and background. Having once been described as ...
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How to Write a Persuasive Email Essentially Asking for a Free Shirt From a College [closed]

I recently read a blog in which a guy sent over 1000 colleges emails asking them for a t-shirt. He ended up receiving over 300 shirts, many packages, etc. Mostly out of boredom, I decided I want to ...
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Should I use made-up words for spells? [on hold]

I put work into making up my own names for spells. However, I feel like they come across as childish when I read over my writing This was also my impression when re-reading Harry Potter. It really ...
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How to link paragraphs in essays and articles?

All I can find online is cohesion and coherence for paragraphs. But in a essay how can I link all the paragraphs. Any good methods for the university level. It would be great if I can find an ...
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Is Duotrope worth using? [closed]

I am a new writer trying to simplify the publishing process. It seems to overwhelming. What are your experiences of Duotrope? Is it worthwhile?
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In the modern era should literature embrace the lessons from new media and discard some traditional practices? [closed]

I recently asked a question about my current project for a serialised e-story and was informed by the stalwarts that my format was not new. I contrast my own techniques with many of those being ...
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I have a name, and no plot [closed]

So I made a name for a character and his name is quite fancy so I have no idea what I should do with him. I named him, ready? Sir Nathaniel Charles III. Without asking for specific suggestions on "...
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Talks with Abba Father - Meditations from the Prayer Closet [closed]

Is it true that there have been only 7 sales of the above named title!!!
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The concept of “Exotic Culture” and the necessity of a new world

A personal point of view on the necessity of a new culture in fiction "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away", "Pandora", "Dune", "Middle Earth". All quite different worlds compared to ours, but ...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

Something I talk about with friends when planning and sharing our projects & media we like is titles - and specifically my disdain for one-word titles. They seem to be more than dominant in ...
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Help me describe the actions of a baby haha [closed]

So, I'm working on a short scene and one of my character's is acting... like a soft baby. y'know, sleeping in the cradle, turning over and stuff. I want to give him baby-like characteristics but I'm ...
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The use of “expression” or “expressing” Is this the expressing or the expression of the problem? [migrated]

Do you present the re-telling of an old tale as "the expression of the tale or the expressing of the tale?
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Where to put acronym/abbreviation explanation?

I'm writing my thesis, and I use some acronyms in it. For example "MDBs" = "Multilateral Development Banks". Usually, I write "Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs)" the first time I cite it and ...
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Is there any other way to share information on a website apart from typical Blogging, YouTube or Podcast?

I have a website and I want to share content mostly related to security and technology but most of the time I myself don't feel like reading long paragraphs. I am thinking about if there's a unique ...
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Punctuation using caps [closed]

Say I want to put the words mother’s day in a product but write it all in uppercase letters, which one of the following if any would be grammatically correct? 1.- MOTHERSDAY 2.- MOTHER’S DAY 3.- ...
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How to hint at an antagonist's identity?

A significant antagonist in my trilogy is an omnicidal alien by the name of Loki, whose characterisation borrows from Griffith, Keizer Ghidorah, Randall Flagg, Saruman and Hastur. Throughout the ...
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My pen jams up every minute or so whenever I write, what could cause this?

I've been having an issue for the past few months where I'm writing along merrily and then my pen stops up and refuses to put ink down onto the paper, and the only thing that will get it working is a ...
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Is the phrase “You are requested” polite or rude? [closed]

I along with my guide wrote a research publication, which had to be sent to a journal for the purpose of review. My professor wrote the cover letter of the paper as follows: Dear Editor in Chief ...
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Using a prominent phrase from the title of a film in the body of an article, essay or paper, without referencing the title

I'll start with a clear example. You are writing an essay about the film The Wizard of Oz. Following the rules of titles, you put the film title in italics whenever you use it. But then you use the ...
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In this day and age should the definition / categorisation of erotica be revised?

My experience tells me that a disproportionate number of wannabe writers are prudes. I recently wrote a scene where a female character is watching TV. The build up is complicated so I'll have to ...
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Idea overflow in plotting?

I've been working on a paranormal/romance/mystery kind of novel for over 4 years now and still haven't finished it. It all started out as a fanfiction but I decided that it had too much potential (at ...
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How to subvert expectations and abort plotlines without alienating the reader?

Subverting expectations and suddenly aborting plotlines was a no-go zone for me for a while. The only time I could successfully abort a plotline was in a thought train. After watching How To Train ...
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Citing a paper presented at conference

I have found this source for a research project. From what I can see, it was presented at the Institute for New Economic Thinking: Plenary Conference. I have never tried to us a source that wasn't ...
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How to annotate short stories

Recently I’ve been getting assignments to annotate 1 or 2 short stories in English every day. Are there any good techniques to use when annotating short stories?

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