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How complex/simple should a sentence be for optimal eloquence?

In ages past most of the prose that written was highly complex, but in this period much that is written is simple, being written for readers with short attention spans. So, in order to move and ...
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Do I need to develop layered characters to write a good story?

In one of the books I have on writing, the author says that in order to tell a good story, you need to create characters with three layers. I forget exactly what those are, but I just want to write a ...
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Can I expand my capacity with prose rhythm by playing around with scansion?

Is it possible to grow my capacity for rhythm by playing around with metrical feet, not writing any words to match them? When I first started doing this I had trouble formming good and consistent ...
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What do you call the act of “misusing” metaphors?

What do you call the act of "misusing" metaphors or using it in a way that's not accepted or considered wrong by most authors. I am trying to find the word, because there are no clear rules ...
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What figure of speech is this?

"You are as black as day." Is this an oxymoron? I am wondering if this is an oxymoron. If it's not an oxymoron, what is this?
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Should I mention a small platform in a query letter?

I run a very small encyclopedia website that gets ~1k visitors per day. My articles have been cited by CNN, NBC, and The Independent (i.e., my website was one of twenty links that articles from these ...
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Would it be considered cliche to say “He dropped a bomb”?

He dropped a bomb as in he said something surprising. If it is then what should I replace it with?
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How to make my evil genius, evil and likeable?

I am working on a story from an 'Igor'/lab assistants' point of view. They work for a modern day 'Evil scientist', Dr Levo. Igor has a good working relationship with Dr Levo. I want the audience to ...
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How to write under a complete separate identity - pseudonym, pen name - everything?

I want to write under an identity that is not traceable back to me, so that people may not scrutinize me from my writing - neighbors, employers, coworkers - you know. Is there any foolproof way in ...
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Can you write about a taboo topic without creating a poor image of yourself as a writer?

I am thinking of writing a character that possesses the psychological phenomenon of erotophonophilia (or lust murder, or sexual sadism as it is more commonly known). I am making sure to do my research ...
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What is rhythm, exactly?

I read two books that talk about rhythm, having different views, one saying that rhythm is created by phrase length (verb phrase, prepositional phrase, etc), the other saying that rhythm is created by ...
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Can I internalize style through imitation?

Books I have read and people have said that imitation of a great author is a good way to learn writing style. Well, what I want to know is whether I can actually internalize a writing style by direct ...
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Can we save the name of a book we want to publish? [duplicate]

I want to publish a book in India, with a particular name. Can I save the name for using it in future? Or if there is already one book published with the same name, can I use it again?
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What is Hanukkah like? [closed]

I’m writing a chapter of my story involving two of my characters who are Jewish and are celebrating Hanukkah. However, I’m not really familiar with how Hanukkah goes. I am aware they light candles on ...
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Rules of Harmony

When writing prose, I noticed that certain words flow smoothly when placed next to others, while other words do not, but I can never be too sure exactly how smoothly they flow, or whether my cadence ...
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How to write in third person present tense without making it sound awkward?

Generally it is preferred that one use present tense with POV, or at least it sounds organic. Are there any ground rules I can make use of to exploit third person present tense to the fullest without ...
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Do thesis statements have to follow a specific order?

I am 40 years old, returning to college a second time. I have just been informed by my teacher that a thesis statement must always list your upcoming points in the exact order that you present the ...
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Does my book need to have a love triangle in it?

I'm editing my book currently and I have a basis for a love triangle. Should I add one? I feel like it would add another subplot to my story and make it more interesting, but I've never been ...
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How do I control my writing style?

In one of the answers to a question of mine here, someone said that cadence does not depend on the sprung rhythm of a text, but on making emphasis fall on the right words. Well, I would like to ask ...
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Describing unrelated events in first person viewpoints

How can I describe a scene in a short story with the first-person point of view, when the main character isn't taking part in the action, or even viewing the event?
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How to Become an Powerful and Beautiful Expository Writer?

I'm a terrible writer. I know I am and it's totally ok though. Well, it's not totally ok but I have no other choice to deal with it till I die. I'm a little embarrassed by it but what can you do? ...
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Comparison of two quantities [closed]

I found the following passage in an NPR article today: The Biden campaign and supporting groups have spent almost 90% of their money there, while Trump and Republican organizations have spent 78 ...
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Can I use abbreviations in a manuscript?

When writing a book manuscript, what is the proper way to write something like Main Street? Is it OK to use Main St? If I use the abbreviation, is there a period after it?
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Should I end my book on a major cliffhanger?

I am writing a YA fantasy series, and I'm wondering if the first book should end in a major cliffhanger. Right as the book ends, the main characters get trapped by the enemy. I'm wondering if this is ...
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Facial expression? [closed]

In the movie "Thor Ragnarok" the scene when Thor and Bruce Banner are speaking and Thor says "Is he though?" What facial expression is he making?
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Writing Style Guides

I am a college student and I find myself writing more essays, citing sources, and formatting papers according to their style guides (APA,MLA,...). However I found that most style guides are updated ...
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How to describe an explanation that merely justifies the current proposition by reference to another unproven proposition?

I'm proposing an explanation for phenomenon "A". Other folks say "No need! We already have an explanation for phenomenon A, it's a natural consequence of phenomenon B". Problem is, ...
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Present tense in personal recounts

I'm writing a travel memoir and have come across a dilemma of sorts. Yes, I know that a memoir is usually written in the past tense -- since it happened in the past. But certain facts remain true as I ...
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How get rid of writer's block? [duplicate]

Not long ago, I used to be a regular person with a normal office job, but one day I quit it and started writing articles, sharing stories, and useful tips about life on a small farm. Later I became a ...
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How can concurrent/dual dialogue be implemented in short story/fiction writing?

I am currently writing a short story that has two intertwined narratives told in inverse chronological order from each other. The two narratives meet/converge at the moment the protagonists receive ...
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When in the editing process should I edit characters and their arcs?

When in the self-editing stages should I edit my characters? I have researched a bit on this but I haven't found any time to do that. I have mostly found how to do that, rather than when to in the ...
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When editing, should I use track changes?

I want to keep a file for each of my editing stages throughout my self-editing process. Should I use track changes when I am editing so that I can see what I have changed, and then when I am on the ...
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Show vs Tell: Complex and nuanced emotions

The one writing guideline that has altered my writing the most is the Show vs Tell guideline. I was probably far into the "tell" territory before, but sometimes I feel like this guideline is ...
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What is the authority on literary terms and phrases

I'm thinking of terms like Character Development, Character Progression, Character Growth, Character Regression, Narrative Arc, Main Character, Protagonist, Supporting Cast, Side Character, ...
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How do I know if I've introduced too many characters too quickly? [duplicate]

In my book, I start out by introducing the main character, her uncle, and her mother in one scene. The next scene involves her grandparents, and the next is about five more characters after that. The ...
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What is the best way to structure my series?

I am working on an urban fantasy series. The series is currently divided into a number of episodic chapters that follow a "monster of the week" format. Each one is projected to be about 30-...
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New to writing! [closed]

I am new to this world of writing! Sorry if I come off bit different! I have always wanted to write a book of self help and like purpose to happiness including how to overcome grief with personal ...
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Are there rules related to tense used? [closed]

I started my novel in third person, past tense, then I changed it to third person present tense, then I changed it to first person present tense, and now I've changed it to first person past tense. I ...
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Open Office sequential page numbering left pages

I have a document where I have left pages only (Format > Page > Layout settings > left only), so the page numbers start from 2 and increases by 2 every page (2-4-6...). Instead, I need them ...
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What is the CMS Used by Tibco Mashery API management Platform? [closed]

There are many API managment Platforms like Apigee, Tibco Mashery, etc and I am guessing that probably most of these API management platforms have a tightly coupled CMS to develop the "Developer ...
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Writing as a non-native speaker

English is not my first language, but as an English student, I'd always like to write in that language... I have many story ideas but my skills are not that good to be a novel writer where I usually ...
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How do I write someone in pain?

I am going over my writing and found that all of my scenes where my main character is in physical pain are dull. There is one scene in particular, when she drinks a power-awakening potion. It's ...
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How do I introduce concepts of a world in a way that makes sense and doesn't overload the reader

I recently started writing a story set in a fantasy world. However, I'm having trouble introducing certain concepts of the world. For example, the world this is set in runs on a different time system ...
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How do we count syllable at the end of a line when there's a comma?

I am an able-bodied person and she is a horse, 15 A big blue horse, a really big horse, 12 Like the one we see in movies. 8 I am wondering if it should be 14, 11 and 8, because we usually pause at ...
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How would one generate static electicity in medieval period? [closed]

My magic system require a source of elemental magic, fire spell would consume the energy from the caster body, so throwing fire ball would eventually tired the caster out. Now electricity would also ...
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Notable Writing Modes

I am studying for a literature test and was wondering of you guys know the most notable writing modes. If so, could you list them out? Thanks!
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How can I handle a powerful mentor character without killing them off?

I'm writing a book series that involves people with various superpowers. One of these characters and is more or less the mentor of the protagonists. This character is the leader of the "good guy&...
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Introspection/ Thought as a mode of writing?

I just recently took a test and I encountered a question regarding literary modes and perspectives. From what I believe, I still placed the correct answer, but I also saw one option that said ...
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When should I start thinking about chapters?

I'm putting together an editing plan for myself for my novel, and someone said something that made me think of chapters. For my first draft, I hadn't ever thought about chapters that much, only ...
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How to clearly distinguish the settings of different scenes from each other, and make them “feel” different?

Background I've been working on doing nitty-gritty editor revisions of my detective novel in preparation for publishing, going over sentences and picking through details. In the course of the story, ...

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