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how can i view my total royalties and total book orders for all time on kindle direct publishing

I cannot figure on on KDP how to report my all time total royalties/sales, only month by month. I published a paperback/kindle book a couple years ago, see over 50 orders for 2022, but have received ...
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What is a good justifying reason and timing for a flashback?

What is a good justifying reason and timing for a flashback? I noticed today that without a justifying reason and good timing that a flashback is just terrible. For example, in my story there's a ...
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Tips on how to describe my character using his power

My secondary main character has the power ashes to ashes where he can make his enemy basically start to turn to ash and fade away (think Sandman when he fades away) I write in 3rd person Every ...
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Can a story have a monster called the "Venomancer"?

The name "Venomancer" is taken from the Defense of the Ancients series of video games, where it is a monster capable of poisoning targets. Now I am asking: can a fantasy story have a monster ...
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Which statements about searches and databases are true? Select all that apply [closed]

Which statements about searches and databases are true? Select all that apply. A. your search history will automatically be deleted if you don't use a database over time. B. Save your search at ...
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How do you perfectly describe a documentary or similar videos in a novel?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEENEFaVUzU Let's say the protagonist watches a video from a channel like "Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell", how would you go about describing exactly what the ...
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What do you need to do to insure that text bubbles are localization friendly in comics?

What do you need to do to insure that text bubbles are localization friendly in comics? You gave a script and the artist filled the text bubbles she drew, but how do you know if the text bubbles are ...
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How can I justify a choice that seems too binary?

My universe is a fantastical universe, and the area is a Viking area. My three characters are : S, a character who was born female but raised to think they are a man to protect them from their father ...
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Which is more readable - array of ints or int array?

A similar example is field of carrots or carrot field. The latter feels better to me, especially in the carrot example, but when asking colleagues they preferred 'array of ints'. I'm not a ...
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How do you come up with superpowers that haven't been overused?

It's hard to be really original during a time where you literally have TV shows and movies every few months, but some clichés seem to be recurring. For example, in a lot of superhero movies, you have: ...
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Should the prologue count towards the story beats?

Should the prologue count towards the story beats? These are the story beats of my story: opening image, introduction, statement of theme, catalyst, debate, b-story, new characters, midpoint, low ...
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Can the quality of a syllable being stressed or non-stressed differ from syllable duration? [closed]

Can there be two stressed syllables, or two unstressed syllables, of different time-lengths? What is the relationship of stress to duration?
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How does a villain deceive the public into thinking he is the hero?

Lots of villains in media tend to be both incredibly charismatic and highly manipulative. With their powers of persuasion, they can often amass a large following of people. So, here is my question How ...
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How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio?

How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio? Secondly, how do you tell the artist what kind of text bubble to use? Is there a way to do this, that's considered standard? I am ...
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How do you merge two comics panels into one?

I thought about it, and I am wondering if there's a way to put 5 seconds of action in 1 single comic frame, or you need to make 5 frames or 1 for each action. Consider the following fictional excerpt. ...
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Should I type using my arms? [closed]

I've found this question on Quora that convinced me that I've been typing wrong all along. I generally type with my fingers, but this answer appears to suggest I should be typing using my arms: The ...
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Writing fantasy novel and reintroducing a character

When writing a book, when I introduce a character to the audience do I have to reintroduce them again if it's in a different character's point of view?
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What is the format for referring to un-named characters?

I have read some scripts recently which features a scene that refers to a group of background characters without naming them, but to distinguish between them uses "descriptive names" instead....
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How do you keep an antagonist as morally grey even after they cause serious harm/conflict?

If all an antagonist did was steal a pie, then they could probably be forgiven after a simple apology. But some antagonists kidnap, murder, conquer whole lands, and routinely hurt the protagonists ...
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How do I produce a useful piece of literature out of an idea?

I have an idea. People help each other not because they feel pity for someone else but because they feel pity for themselves by imagining as if it were them in that situation like the other person ...
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What does it mean when someone says a dialogue has to be "well executed"?

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0013138/ Jim Agnes, famous director and writer, said that when writing a movie script you need to make sure the dialogues need to be "well executed", they need to ...
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Is there a good reason to use a fictional country in a world with an alternate earth?

Is there a good reason to use a fictional country in a world with an alternate earth? I see a lot of TV show where we have an alternate history on earth and where we see Russian, American people ...
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How do you reduce a 5-page book proposal down to 1 page?

An article says to write a 5-page book proposal and a 1-page version. When submitting to agents and book publishers, read their submission guidelines for which length they prefer. How much weight ...
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Mixing indirect and direct speech in fiction

I often find myself wanting to include bits of dialogue in narratives where I am summarizing a detailed conversation. For example, I am inclined to write silly things like this: Bill and Ted talked ...
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How do you determine if a character dialogue can be cut?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kaQh9qmGh0 I am not good at writing dialogues, so I want to write as little as possible while making the story engaging and having good story beats. I would like to ...
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I want to name a fantasy species something, but it's the name of a similar species in WoW. Is that okay?

I came up with a name for a species in my fantasy world, and looked it up to see if it had been used already. Turns out it's the name of a species in WoW. They are both big cats. Am I infringing on ...
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I want to improve my communication skills and leadership skills? Or, I want to improve my communication and leadership skills? Which one is better? [closed]

Even though the first question is correct, it seems a bit redundant. Does the second question convey the same meaning as the first one?
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How do you write a scene in a transcript or script with a reworked version of a song with dialogue interruptions?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy-vM5fPbR0 How do you write a scene in a transcript or script with a reworked version of a song with dialogue interruptions? Look at the scene, but imagine she's ...
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Aliens determining position of alien civilization

I have two opposing forces in my story. The aliens, and the humans. The aliens lure humans to their planet with a message sent very early in the history of the universe and very far away. The humans ...
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Which line is better and why? [closed]

I have assigned to do a farewell write-up for my college seniors. However, I am stuck at writing a line which conveys how our college seniors acted as mentors in our daily life. Which is better? When ...
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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

I write stories, not movies, but often movies will inspire my writting. I came across a website that discussed the Big Lebowski and how it's a kind of play on movies like the Big Sleep, even the ...
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What do you call these text bubbles without tails?

What do you call these text bubbles without tails? I saw some radio text bubbles with tails that pointed to the headset, but I am wondering if it's better and more standard to use these tailless radio ...
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When hiring an animator or an artist, how do you insure that you don't become solely reliant on that artist or animator?

When hiring an animator or an artist, how do you insure that you don't become solely reliant on that artist or animator? When writing a script and giving art direction through writing, how do you ...
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How to describe someone whose eyes sparkle mischievously?

I've been told that I'm telling instead of showing when I say my characters' eyes sparkle 'mischievously.' How do you describe something like that? I've been looking it up and trying different tricks ...
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How can you show that people are showing antipathy towards a character without using or by using minimal dialogues in a comics?

How can you show that people are showing antipathy towards a character without using or by using minimal dialogues in a comics? I was thinking of putting some panels where some characters are seen ...
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Does any self-publishing platform support free on-line reading?

I am self-publishing a secondary textbook. In order for my local state to allow schools to purchase the physical textbook and use it in their classrooms, I'm legally required to make an on-line ...
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How do you handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics?

How do you handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics? I remember instances where people in TV shows are literally dreaming while awake with their eyes wide-open and just wakes up from their ...
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How to push through your inner critic

I'm a real perfectionist and the cringe I often feel at what I write is quite strong and distracting. It's taking the enjoyment out of writing and I'm finding it hard to avoid focusing on how bad my ...
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Posting stories to multiple sites

Suppose I have written an original story for fun not profit and now wish to post it on the internet for the delectation of others for free. Is it acceptable practice to post it on several unrelated ...
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Confusion about whether some single syllable words are stressed or unstressed

From what I learned through reading, all auxiliaries are unstressed. What about certain conjunctions? It sounds like "as" is unstressed, but are "since" and "when" ...
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How do you make flashbacks especially obvious with a clear beginning and end?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7qB_GfNnY Let's say the flashback flashes in the protagonist's mind, what can you do besides graying the gutters, or graying the panels, or making the borders fuzzy? ...
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How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story?

How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story? Because of certain restrictions, I am forced to put a lot of time-skips at the beginning of a story, but how do you do that ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

This has been a very contradictory topic for me. I've been told that publishers expect fantasy books to be that long but others would tell me that 170k is too long. So far I've been cutting things ...
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Should I start my story before or after an event important to the plot and that included the main characters

My story is about a team and the only reason they formed the team is because of an event that they participated in and idk if I should start the story before or after the event
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What do you call the techniques of drawing characters like this to hide violence in comics?

What do you call the techniques of drawing characters like this to hide violence in comics? I saw it several times, but I don't know if there's a name for this technique and if it's used in other ...
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How to fill space between events

I'm writing a novel in which a lot of the time is spent walking. Literally walking along an old bridge. Eventually the main character comes across several other characters that will make things much ...
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How can I describe actions in a story format?

I am trying to create a description/story about what someone will do, for example a description of a man baking a cake, because I need to create descriptions of actions as part of my work. I know that ...
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Format when repeating one word from another character's dialogue

I'm trying to find the formatting convention for quoting another character's dialogue when repeating just one word. An example would be: 'You were the only person I could think of,' said Mike. 'The ...
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Question about present tense writing, and use of the words: have, and think

I am just beginning to get serious about the way I write, furthermore I’m a very cautious writer so I would just like to know if these simple paragraphs are correct. I am trying to clarify both my use ...
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Are there good books/references that list things that might have been politically dangerous to do during medieval times?

Are there good books/references that list things that might have been politically dangerous to do? I see webpages about tropes and they're helpful for quickly finding out what kind of plot elements to ...
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