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Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction?

Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction? Hi everyone I write crime fiction set in my home town, and in my latest novel, a kidnapped woman is left alone in a disused ...
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How to write a drunk character slurring in speech

Question for the English pros: I am working on a scene in my novel I am writing and have a question about the style of wording in a drunk character’s speech. I have included the character dialogue ...
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Is this pattern poem communicating the right message?

I tried to write a poem that would make use of monospaced font to play with typographic rivers. In the end I decided that the first verse should come in regular font so the piece could blend naturally ...
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How much traffic is considered to be publishable by publishers?

Say I have a non-fiction blog that generate an amount of frequent readers. A publisher tells me that I can only publish when I can sell 2000 copies. How can I measure my traffic to know whether it's ...
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Adding conflict to a persuasion scene

POV character, let’s call her Alpha, needs to get a feudal lord to rebel against the Empire. The lord doesn’t know there is support for the rebellion. Alpha is a merchant and uses her network for ...
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Co-author Trouble

So, I was writing a book with my best friend, and half way through - at 70,000 words - she decides she doesn't want to write the book anymore; but I still can. And we didn't have any agreements or ...
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What was the daily routine of Charles Bukowski like during his years at the Post Office? [closed]

What was the daily routine of Charles Bukowski like during his years at the Post Office? Charles Bukowski seems to have been traumatized by his parents. From what I know, he worked at the post office ...
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When submitting an article to a journal, should the article be an attachment or a link to my blog?

I have a research article (not really an article with academic standards, but display my analysis nevertheless) and I would like to submit it to a journal (not an academic one either, but has ...
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“This is the only time I could find on the calendar.” [closed]

I'd like to get some feedback on the following sentence as I tend to get confused with when to use past and present tenses, especially when both are used in the same sentence. "This is the only time ...
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Is it illegal to provide samples from previous published work?

I am a ghostwriter and I am currently looking for a new job. I have come across an article writing career. I am currently in the process of filling out an application and one of the questions asks me ...
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Will I have to pay royalty or fee to illustrator

Will I have to pay a fee or royalties to the illustrator of my first book that I hired from a freelance service?
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I need help with the wording of this book I'm writing. I want it to sound like It is happening in the present, not the past! [closed]

There are tons of places I don't know how to make it sound like the present. Here's a sample. My nerves continued to grow at full throttle. Every step me and my team would make from here on out would ...
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how frequently should I provide citation?

Suppose, I am writing a research proposal regarding Ethnic Diversity under Communism (a hypothetical/fictional topic). How often should I supply a reference/citation? Do I supply a reference/citation ...
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How do I cite and translate poetry in MLA format?

I hope to translate poems from other languages to English, but I don't know how I am supposed to cite the original author and include myself as the translator in MLA format. I will translate from ...
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First-Person Instability

Hello fellow writing nerds. I have a series idea that I am toying with that has one character that ultimately goes insane (this downward spiral is brought upon her largely because of events, once ...
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In fiction, what is meant by phrases such as “his eyes flashed anger for a moment”?

I've read a lot of such phrases, but that one in particular doesn't make sense to me. Physically, what is supposed to be described here? How long is the moment? I've personally tried to make my ...
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Can I use a real person's name as a pseudonym?

I don't want to use my own name when publishing my book - my pseudonym is the name of a German actress. Is it ok to use it? It's not a common name, but my book is in English, and the actress is German,...
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How to state multiple instances of evidence?

A would always lie about B. He told everybody he was weak. Furthermore he told all the adults how he enjoyed travelling, even though he did not. Furthermore he told people how much he enjoyed good ...
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A novel, a movie, and the cast [closed]

My project is a movie script with my locations already researched and picked out for each scene, my different music picked out for the whole movie, and my entire cast researched and picked out and ...
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Wizardry before Harry Potter [closed]

I'm writing a book about the hidden wizard world that spread and broke because of the fear of being shown up and it's the first book that starts the series, the adventure is about one guy lead the ...
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Verbless, list-like sentence [closed]

In copywriting, I got to wonder if the combination of a verbless sentence followed by exclamation is anywhere near correct grammatically. Here's how it is at the moment: "Compliance, gaps, contacts, ...
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Adding related “documents” to a story

I’m writing a fiction novel set in the future where a dictator creates an act that sets the laws and punishments of the land. Part of that act, a title of it, is a dress code. I’m interjecting ...
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Under-the-radar Feelings

So I have this idea for two girls that ultimately are going to get into a relationship. One of them is proudly gay and open about her feelings from the start, cracking jokes and sly compliments about ...
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Books sales volume data

I am looking for a database / list of books with sales volume numbers for each title. If this isn't available, then what is the best proxy for sales volume numbers that is available? I am not just ...
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How should commas/semicolons be used if there is a list within a non-defining relative clause? [migrated]

I'll write two example sentences. One with a list inside the non-relative clause of the sentence, one with a list before the non-relative clause of the sentence and one with a list after. Is the ...
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Using the word, “had” relating to something in the past [migrated]

So I am writing a scene for my novel, and I am trying to make sure the correct word is being used in the following sentence. It's the "had" that is in italics. "And like some of the stores, most of ...
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Citing sources “Adversity introduces a man to himself”

This famous quote from Albert Einstein, after research, doesn't have any origins (No year, no location/event, etc.). How would you go about citing it in APA format?
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Does this sentence make sense? [migrated]

Does this make sense in a creative sense and it is grammatically or structurally correct? A heart so pure angel would implore What I'm trying to get at is "a heart so pure that it makes angels ...
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Which is the better choice “Ask us for help” or “Ask us for assistance”? [closed]

Which is the better choice "Ask us for help" or "Ask us for assistance"? Let me explain that the button is on the buye-seller dispute page. On this page, the buyer/seller can click on this button and ...
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What is the correct “Ask us to intervene and help” or “Ask us to intervene in and help”? [closed]

What is correct "Ask us to intervene and help" or "Ask us to intervene in and help"? The sentence will be used as the title of the button that leads to Customer Support on my website. By "intervene" I ...
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How do I make a dialogue tag for a man speaking to someone behind himself

Currently I have a very uncomfortable sentence: '#####' announced Graham behind himself, turning his head away as he knelt towards the window. I just don't know how to phrase this. He's addressing ...
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How to translate written shorthand to dialogue

I have a character who's going to answer a question with "Either/or." She pronounces it simply either or, but I know some people pronounce the slash itself sometimes. How do I indicate explicitly how ...
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Vignette-esque story structure?

I'm writing a novel which essentially has the main character go from place to place and retrieve a single object from each person they encounter. My problem is that while I can think of possible ...
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Limited 3rd Person: How to reveal character's black skin?

I have a scene that I'm working on. The character in the scene is an actor who's black wearing a black face. At the end of the scene I have him wiping the makeup and resolving not to wear it again. ...
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would this be considered fantasy?

I am wanting to write a short story in the fantasy genre maybe genre blending. but I'm not sure if my idea is still considered fantasy. an example of what I was kind of thinking is: a man is walking ...
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Will I use “the” in that instance or leave it with no article? [closed]

If I'm given a choice, to put "the" or leave the word with no article, what's the better answer? The world helps in boosting young confidence. The world helps in boosting the young confidence. Thank ...
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Can I put 2 quotes in one sentence in my essay?

In my essay I want to use 2 quotes that are both on the same page but are 4 lines apart. I didn't think I should use ellipsis b/c the passages I want to quote are quite far apart. What I want to ...
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How to describe shock in first person? [closed]

How can I describe shock in first person? To give you a little of the context. I would appreciate any help. "I heard a sound like a bird flapping its wings in a panic. Maybe it was my heart, for ...
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How to punctuate dialogue interrupted by action

I am writing a novel and I am trying to find the best write a person being interrupted in speech by something they see. Example is below: Fahad is the person talking and as he talks he sees a vicious ...
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Type of binding and paper used

I will be self-publishing a children book next year. The main format will be a board book, but seeing how expensive they are to make, transport and store. I'm thinking about getting a bunch of normal ...
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How to effectively narrate losing an arm by 3 arrows? [closed]

In a pasage of a tale set in medieval age, How Should I describe a character's process of losing his right arm after an attack in some town. Conditions are as follow: Character has been wounded by ...
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I can't get out of the research phase out of fear of missing out

One of the aspects I love about fiction writing is doing research. When I settle on an idea, I tend to go look for similar historical themes, stories that I can weave into my novel. I get excited ...
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How do I imply the horror of transforming into a werewolf from another character's point of view

I am very new to Stack Exchange. I want to ask a question I had on my mind for some time. I am considering writing a horror story with fantasy and military-like elements inserted into it, and I want ...
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Explicit scientific syntax for academic writing (like a programming language but for scientific reports and publishing)?

This is a project I am thinking of working on in the future. Is anyone familiar with attempts to codify and create an explicit syntax for reporting science? E.g. like you would have specific ...
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Single English Word for “to make more concise”? [migrated]

2020-01-10 Update: Weckar E. notified me that this question should've been asked in English Language & Usage. The following interchanges from that Stack Exchange site provide good answers. Good ...
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Translation as a Master’s lthesis

Hi I am on final semester of my Master’s programme in Islamic Finance and my supervisor suggested me to translate one of his book from Arabic to English as my thesis. I wonder does translation counts ...
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Which tool to use for creating visual illustrations in poetry book?

I am working on ebook that is a collection of poems. I want to create illustrations according to poem (similar to something shown in below image). But I don't know which tool to use. I tried Amazon ...
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How to write a good eulogy

I'm writing a book centred on loss and heartbreak and I keep getting stuck at a point where the main character has to give an eulogy at a funeral. I'm hoping I can get some help or tips maybe? Thanks
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Thinking About Fantasy Names

One of my favorite parts of writing is naming my people/places/systems. I look up synonyms of common words and add prefixes, or base things off of Latin roots, or just pull some cool letter ...
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I am unsure whether to use is or was on my syllabus due to the preface [closed]

I have a paragraph in my syllabus to make it clear to my student that they will be graded on a curve i.e. their grade will be dependent on the grade distribution of the class. The last sentence of the ...

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