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In the name of God vs In God's name

In some pieces of writing it is needed to begin with the name of God; usually centered on top. Is there any difference between the functionality of "In the name of God" and "In God's name"? Please, ...
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Past or presence tense when describing a well-known method in the description of an experiment?

I am describing an experiment for a scientific paper. In this experiment, I use a very well-known technique which I briefly describe, similar to the following: In this experiment, we measured the ...
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How to do Motivation Reaction Unit when there is multiple motivation at the same time?

How to do Motivation Reaction Unit when there is multiple motivation and the main character have each reaction for each motivation. example: main character had an accident. he feels the cold of the ...
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How do you copyright a book if you’re both the author and illustrator?

I'm making a book and want to illustrate it too. So do I have to copyright them seperatly or can I copyright them all together? And if I make them into a series do I need to copyright each book ...
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The seller or the trader [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing the seller or the trader when describing a character. He is selling things at a flea market and I personally prefer the seller, the sound of it. As English is not my ...
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Orphan heading OR isolated heading OR other?

Most of the writing style guides I've looked at define/discuss the terms "orphan" and "widow" with respect to written prose (paragraphs) only. They make no mention of orphan headings. When searching ...
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Is this writing pattern called an attribution?

I had posted this question under "academic-writing" and on there someone believes that it might be called "attribution". Can anyone confirm if this is correct or where I can find a reference? ...
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Does this writing style have a proper name?

I'm curious to know if this style of writing (pattern) has a name. They can sometimes take up almost a full paragraph giving background about a specific person or subject when introducing them into an ...
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How do you show an introverted, socially awkward character is kind?

I have a character for whom three of their most prominent traits are meant to be their kindness/high degree of empathy, social awkwardness/obliviousness to social cues, and overall introversion. I am ...
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Should I re-introduce acronyms in important section and write them out in the section's title?

I am writing a paper about a super machine (SM). In the introduction section I am briefly introducing the concept and also the acronym. Then, later in the text, I have a full section which explains SM ...
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What do you do when you think of two different scenarios that can happen in a certain scene in your story and you don't know which one to choose?

So, this happens to me all the time, and usually, when it does I get mentally frustrated and give up the story for a couple of days. This happens to me quite a lot, so I thought it was high time I did ...
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Is the punctuation of my dialogue in this novel section correct?

I am just starting out my novel, if I can get this quotation punctuation correctly it'll massively help me throughout the book, I need your help! “In six months time Vledos Manis will be leaving ...
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How do I make my plot more interesting?

This is gonna be long before I ask the question itself. Here is a quick overview of my plot: In the fictional world named Slavaz, there is a great danger appearing, and God Creator of Slavaz appears ...
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How do I Build Stories Around Characters?

I have a lot of characters I’ve spent time creating and developing, but I cannot, for the life of me, develop an overarching plot. Anyone got any techniques or tips on this? I know the question is ...
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How to improve your grammar (Non-native speaker)

Here's my issue: I'm a junior scriptwriter, and all our scripts need to be written in english, but I'm french. So when writing scripts, the main feedback that I receive is that I make "frenchisms" (...
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Moving from PDF to EPUB for already published ebook

I made the mistake to follow the advice of the kindle Create desktop app to use the PDF format for creating my cookbook. Now I realise that older models of the kindle will not be able to display this ...
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Beginning a story in a bar, good or bad?

Currently writing a novel about a man spiraling downward following a divorce, among other things. I want the reader to be grabbed by this man even though by all accounts he's a bit of an unsavory ...
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Morals on Novels, is it appreciated to make sacrifices for the greater good?

One of my MC's is a decision maker to turn the tides of war, the enemies have brought hostages, he tells the other MC (who has principles on not taking innocent peoples lives) to not worry about it. ...
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Starting a literary magazine

Because of the corona outbreak, I'm stuck at home (as I'm sure lots of you are) and I decided to start a nonprofit online literary magazine dedicated to providing a platform for marginalized voices. ...
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How to Describe Topography

I have an image in my mind but I can't describe the topography, so I would always repeat, "grounds", "a little elavation", "inside the forest","some mounds,"surrounded by houses", is there any ...
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How much more expensive is to publish a book in color than black and white?

I know that you want to say "It depends on the company, the quantity, the quality, the publisher, the time of the year, etc. etc." and yes, that is the correct answer. However, I am interested in a ...
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Past tense or not in a statement about a general idea

Sometimes, I come across with a problem like this: I don't know if I should use past tense or not in the sentence like below. Nine out of ten adults live a mentally health life. The one who doesn't ...
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APA - More sources from same author and same year than there are characters in the alphabet?

In my research, I've used 37 articles from https://developer.mozilla.org/ as sources. These are articles written by multiple contributors, kind of like how Wikipedia works. From what I understand, you ...
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What does P mean in S.C.O.P.E.?

I know I might be the only one learning this but what does P mean in S.C.O.P.E.? I tried accessing a website but could not due to restrictions put on by the owner.
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Book on sentence structure/variety

Is there a good book on sentence structure and variety? My goal is to improve the way my sentences flow on the page and to improve the reader experience.
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Are Literary Agents Postponing Their Responses to Queries Thanks to the Coronavirus and Stay-at-Home Orders?

I was wondering if it's possible for literary agents to postpone their responses to queries during this time crisis? In major states like New York, they have stay-at-home orders. Is this going to ...
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How to write a polite reminder email for university admission?

I would like to write an email reminding the university admission coordinator about my utmost interest for a particular master's programme. I met the coordinator twice a few months ago, which she ...
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How do I refer to an unnamed protagonist in third-person narration?

I am writing a story about a man who doesn't know his past, or his name. I have to reveal his name later in the story. Until then, how do I refer to him or narrate his dialogues? My story is in third-...
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How to write a female character that is not just a genderflipped male character?

Recently I submitted a comic book story to a publisher, and they criticized that the main character is basically just a shonen protagonist (for example, Son Goku from Dragon Ball, Ash from Pokemon, ...
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Should I Copyright My Novels Myself or Have My Publisher Do It?

I have four thoroughly reviewed novels right now and I am wanting to copyright them before May 2020. But, I am having doubts as to whether or not I should. I am aiming for traditional publication and ...
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Is “and” or “or” better in this sentence?

When I was writing a manual, I wrote a sentence like example no.1 below. Is it natural to use an "or" like the bolded ones in the sentence? Or it is better to use "and" like example no.2? 1 You ...
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How can I portray a realistic “evil” religion?

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An ancient empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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What is the best possible way to improve one's vocabulary?

During my highschool days, the subject of vocabulary had not been enforced or rather most students were lazy about expanding their vocabulary not until in the final year when our school principal ...
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how do I tell my main character’s backstory throughout the book?

I'm loosely working on a trilogy. Book One and Two are supposed to contain the main character’s backstory, divided by two parts that will be exposed accordingly: on book One, the first half, on book ...
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What can I ask my readers to help me and how?

I have a growing non-fiction blog about challenging existing dogmas in my culture, and it has been attracting a good amount of readers. However its growth is still not optimal, as they just read or ...
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Equipment for an Environmentally Friendly Writing Group

For many years, I was a member of a wonderful writing group where members met weekly, bringing multiple copies of their latest chapters for peer review. We would sit in a coffee shop and take turns ...
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Character name change

In my story I am writing in third person, my character is kidnaped and finds out his real name towards the end. Do I start referring to him with his real name or the name I used previously?
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Heaven's authorities reject person and revive instead [closed]

I have this specific issue I am trying to work out: Each time this one particular person dies on planet Earth as he ends up in heaven and from there reaches the authorities, they tell him they can ...
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Literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction?

Does anybody know of any literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction? I have a short story I'm looking to submit. The closest comparisons I can think of are A Clockwork Orange, Brave New ...
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How is the sentence below properly written? Does it need an “and” or “or” before the third item in the list. Is the capitalization correct? [closed]

How is this addition to our bylaws properly written? Past board members are eligible if they meet the following: 1. Foundation Founder, 2. Former Officer, 3. Board Member for ten (10) years.
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Is there a way to make MS Word or LO Writer to automatically indent paragraphs in a section except for the first paragraph?

I would like to make a style in MS Word or LO Writer that will leave the first paragraph of a section or chapter (i.e. anything that follows a heading) unindended, but indent all the paragraphs that ...
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titles of your book [duplicate]

For me the writing of my book is coming pretty easy and going quite well where I'm getting stuck and having the issues is coming up with the title of the book. If anyone has or had this same issue how ...
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How many pages is a 90,000-word manuscript supposed to be?

I use white space in my novel. Right now it's 5000 words in 30 pages in MS Word. Font is Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced. At this rate, my 90K novel will be about 500 pages. How many pages ...
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Where can I find a beta reader for grammatical issues?

I’m looking forward to finding a beta reader to help getting me past my grammatical inaccuracies during my attempts at writing short stories. I’m not a native English speaker, so I found myself ...
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Republishing a Creative Commons NonCommercial-NoDerivs licenced work for archival purposes

I have a 10+ year old 800 page pfd someone wrote but never published and I'd like to publish it (not taking credit for it, just to own a physical copy). The original author is dead so I can't get ...
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Title within a title: How to format properly using Chicago style

Would this be an appropriate way to format the title of my essay, or should it be different? I am using the Chicago style. I am using two book titles within my own title. Would this be the proper way ...
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What Does A Person Mean That My Novel Reads Like A Screenplay?

I have recently heard from some literary agents that my book, my opening chapters, reads like a screenplay. Now, this is a minority view. Most agents just think my opening chapters are beautifully ...
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APA style footnote explanation

What is the recommended way of explaining terms, like psychometrics, that are not essential to the paper (APA style)? Is it possble to add a footnote plus reference to explain the term? Or explain ...
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Does anyone know if there's a term for eyes with long, tapered inner corners? [migrated]

I'm not talking about epicanthic folds or monolids, nor even upturned eyes. I'm trying to describe a particular eye shape, and I've pored over dozens of cosmetic sites and discovered many templates ...
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How to correctly set up plot promises?

The premises are the following: 1) First person POV (but advice for third person works too) 2) Protagonist-driven plot 3) Some backstory that hasn't been explored yet (and which ties into the MC ...

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