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How long should it take you to finish a page on average?

I take a very long time to write anything. Is this natural? I don't have a block or anything, but I feel like this is taking too long per page. On average, how long should it take to complete one page ...
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How to efficiently mislead readers and catch them by surprise

I am working on a murder mystery and want to mislead my readers and create a false sense of security for them as to who the murderer is, but I have absolutely no idea how to start.
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I'm writing my first draft

How do I make my protagonist appear unsentimental and arrogant in a matter of showing rather than telling?
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Top Tips on misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

My protagonist meets a Queen who is incredibly beautiful, acts very flirtatiously and is naive on most topics despite the fact she is a young adult. In short, she fulfils every stereotype of what a ...
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Is it okay to have a children's picture book with 100 illustrated pages? Are there any examples of such books?

Recently, I had commissioned illustrations for a children's picture book that I had written. I had outlined what type of illustrations I wanted and the whole thing ended up being 100 pages worth of ...
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How is this black heart made in youtube [closed]

Not sure if this is the right place but I saw a weird black heart emoji and would like to know how it is made
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Is 126 pages a good book size?

I have been writing my book for about a year now, and I finally changed the online format to fit what a novel size would be, its 127 pages, is that a good length of a book?
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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

I have a problem bridging two parts of the book. I need to make a character some kind of hero that has admiration of the country. In my story, the character is a "wizard". Wizards are meant ...
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How does one write a horror fight scene where a person has to fight someone that is way stronger bigger and tougher than them

So I'm trying to write some fight scenes for fanfics I'm working on revamping and I've decided,"Ya know, I should just ask the big experts rather than just random discord friends." So that's ...
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Description of a Machine Verification Tool [closed]

I am writing some brief description about machine verification of distributed systems. I am not too pleased with the wording below and would value some suggestions on grammar suitable for improvement....
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Revising AND Editing as You Write

There are articles on the Internet that encourage the practice of revising while writing, and others the practice of editing while writing. The former is good for structuring content, the latter when ...
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Which expressions do you find the most suitable in this data report?

This is the first time I've used the writing site of Stack Exchange. I'm writing a data report on the percentages of males and females playing different sports in the UK. The data for males and ...
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Book about character's odd stepfamily, specifically his interactions with his stepsister, how can I emphasize MC's emotions?

I am writing a book now about a main character who believes that his stepfamily is odd, or not as normal as his biological family. His stepsister in particular, who he cares for deeply but doesn't ...
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Short description of a software component/product?

I write documentation for a software vendor. What is the best way to describe a software component in short if we must mention both its title and function? What wording would be preferred? the ...
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Is it okay to break the fourth wall sometimes? [duplicate]

So in my book, I have a scene in a diner where the narrator is yapping on and then the Main character tells them to shut up. Is that an okay thing to add? I'm a first time writer so I'm not sure. ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

I have been working on a script for a television company who accepts scripts from new writers and members of the public, and the setting is fictional, but in a real-world location. The issues of it ...
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Publishing a book directly on the Internet

I want the last two books I've written to exist only as Internet links (as php files)—no registration, no printed text, just links—follow the link and start reading for free. But here's the problem. ...
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Where would I debate a character?

This isn't really a question for this site specifically. Does anyone know where I would be able to post an analysis of a character from a piece of pre-existing fiction on Stack Exchange? Specifically, ...
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Could I publish a one-sentence book?

Theoretically, could I publish a one sentence book? Let's say that I'm bored and I want to publish a one sentence book. Like "Once upon a time upon a time upon a time the end." Could I ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

Most stories follow this simple rule: Hardship occurs to main character and main character attempts to get through hardship. Character either gets through hardship or other hardship happens and plot ...
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Is it legal to print out a book in a different language?

Theoretically, let's say I have a friend who speaks in a foreign language and cannot understand English very well. That friend wants to read a popular English book, but they can't read it because they ...
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Am I allowed to write a continuation of a book series/story I like? (Ex. Harry potter, Amulet, Wishtree etc.)

So I am a writer and I personally like to take ideas from other stories and make them my own. Of course I won't copy something obvious like "Once upon a time there was a boy name Parker Peter who ...
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How do I use the 'Show don't tell' rule with a blind character?

I'm writing a story in a first-person format, where the main character is blind, and I'm struggling with the 'show don't tell' (SDT) rule. I was wondering if there was any way I could kind of work ...
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What is this literary device called?

A direct quote from the bible is changed for comedic effect. Is it an allusion? maybe a paronomastic pan? And God said: “Let there be cake. And there was cake. And God saw that it was good.”
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What are good tips for a subject line when emailing a query letter?

Do I include the title of my book? The genre? Do I just say "query letter?" It seems like it should be easy but after I've heard how hard it is to get an agent I feel like it matters a lot.
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When vs If, when describing settings and parameters

For a current guide, I'm describing settings of an application where you can toggle the setting from Yes to No. Which of the following is correct, or better, to use? When set to Yes, this... If set ...
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How to write a footnote for a source in Arabic?

Currently, my footnote looks like this: محمد سهيل طقوشi, تاريخ العثمانيين من قيام الدولة إلى الإنقلاب على الخلافةi (Beirut: دار النفائس لبنانi, 2013), p.113. However, there are a two problems: I ...
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Which comma(s) can I remove in this sentence? I feel like there are too many here but all seem necessary to me

We can see that the London subway system, which was opened in 1863, has the longest total track length, at 394 kilometers, followed by those in Paris and Tokyo, at 199 and 155 kilometers respectively. ...
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How to write a knee injury?

I am writing a story and at some point my character, while in battle, injuries his knee and is out of comission for a long time after that. He then becomes frustrated, feels left behind, and, yeah, ...
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In a writing test, if the question uses British terms, but I tend to follow American style guides, should I use the American terms instead?

In a writing test where I need to report data given in a table, if the question uses British terms, but I tend to follow American style guides, should I use the equivalent American terms instead? For ...
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Is it a bad idea to design a purposefully inconsistent magic system?

I am working on a magic system for my fantasy world. The basic constraints are that most magic occurs naturally and at random. However, some people (sometimes) can channel and use magic. One of the ...
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Why the word `event` in singular form in following context? [migrated]

I am trying to understand the following sentence: In many cases, we are interested in the probability of some event, given that some other event has happened. "some" + "event": ...
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I want to write an academic book but I am unsure if I am structuring it right

To make it easy to write, I plan for each chapter to be basically its own 15-20 page essay. However, the book will be separated into parts (50+ pages), with each part having a central thesis which is ...
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Multiple-paragraph block quotation

I'm currently working on editing an academic paper in APA-7 format for a friend. This paper has a multiple-paragraph block-quote in it (specifically, the entire text of the short manifesto "The ...
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How do I cite my friend’s translation?

I dont speak Turkish, so I asked a Turkophone friend of mine to translate a page from a book so that I could use it in a paper. How would I go about citing this? Do I need to include his name?
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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

I'm wondering what I should use to publish my book, any suggestions?
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Writing a believable, and sensitive depiction of a mixed race relationship as someone who is culturally unfamiliar

Like many other people I've found through researching the topic I'm trying my best to depict someone who is of Indigenous American decent without falling into any harmful stereotypes and insensitivity ...
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Show-don't-tell and limited 3rd person perspective

I am working on a story written from roaming but-limited 3rd person POV. That is, different parts of the story follow different characters and each block is very clear about who is being followed. I ...
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Should I kill off my main character at the end of my story?

I have had an idea for the entirety of my book to kill off my main character, Jack. But I'm currently having second thoughts. I'm almost through writing and I need help ASAP! I feel like it's ...
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Self-contained fictional narrative consisting of only about 150 words, and without conflict between the characters [closed]

The title describes the goal. Below is one attempt to achieve the goal. My question: Can I say that there's no conflict between the characters, or is that just my opinion? There's an obvious ...
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What are the dos and don'ts of using flashbacks, memories, dreams, and stories within a longer narrative?

There are many different ways for a writer to provide information about a character's backstory, for example: Flashbacks: The reader reads the scene as if transported back through time. Memories: The ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

I am writing a piece of soft science-fiction set on an alien-provided generation ship decades after the destruction of Earth (or at least the ruination of humanity) by a rogue comet, possibly sent by ...
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What's the difference between short stories and novels with plot?

I am asking this question as someone who has read many short stories and novels, so in theory, I should know the difference between the two. However, I have found it difficult to write short stories/...
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Using unusual grammatical wording to refer to people

All that will die tomorrow Is whom I loved and will still love So I was wondering if this is a common thing in poetry. You refer to people as "all that", and then use whom, which creates a ...
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How to get over a long break from writing?

I'm wanting to get back into writing and work on a novel or a collection of short stories. In the past, I've done creative writing and I've written a full-length novel, however it's been over a year ...
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How would you format dialogue that is in the middle of a sentence?

Below I will provide an example sentence in various forms to demonstrate what I mean. I want to see which punctuation is correct or most widely accepted. My assumption is an example will be correct ...
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Struggling with shaping my story

I'm trying to write a story about a middle school boy, but I struggle with finding the right format and ending. I think I want it to tell the story in the form of a diary, but it's not ending up how I ...
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Do I need to provide a date of birth when I register a work for copyright in the USA?

It appears that the standard US Copyright application for a literary work makes giving one's birth date optional. Is that correct?
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How do I portray a character (child) that has had their consciousness spontaneously transferred to a different person (adult)?

In a screenplay I'm writing, one of the characters, a four-year-old girl, has her consciousness transferred into the body of a 25-year-old woman. How do I go about doing that? What is the mental/...
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How to Write an Involuntary Secret Reveal

I am trying to have my character's secret discovered, they are currently in a hospital, and hiding injuries under their clothes, a couple of which have reopened. They are underaged so they are at ...
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