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How to punctuate dialogue interupted by the same character's dialogue?

I understand how to punctuate dialogue interrupted by action. But there are two main examples of where I feel it's effective for the same character to interrupt their own dialogue. Example 1: ...
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Flow of narration

I have this problem with my narration that a lot of the time I felt as if it's a bit stale or rigid. It doesn't help that English is my second language, although it's easier to display my writing in ...
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How do you integrate numerology in poetry?

How do you integrate numerology in poetry? I was thinking of using numbers in the first four verses. For example, write a poem about war and make sure that the first four numbers matches the year ...
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Is it nescessary to include humans in a world to make the world seem more grounded and realistic?

I am making a continent for a RPG that I am planning to run. I am currently running one on a different continent in the same world. That world has Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Halfings and a handful of ...
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Skipping chapters due to lack of resources

I am writing a historical fiction book. I do not have access to historical records and stuff like that so I tend to skip chapters saying I will write them later because I do not have the resources to ...
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How do I provide exposition on a magic system when no character has an objective or complete understanding of it?

I'm writing an urban fantasy series in which like many urban fantasy series there is a magic-and-powers system hidden from the broader world that the supernatural phenomena of the series run on. ...
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How to write a sequence of steps without constantly using phrases like “then” and “after which”?

I am given a task that required explanation of a procedure. The procedure (just an example) for making a banana shake would be as follows: Get 1 dozen bananas Get 1/2 a liter of milk Get 2 tbsp. ...
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How to make a romantic subplot without dragging it out?

So, I have my MC and her love interest. One is a prince who is a fugitive of his kingdom, the other a street urchin who has a scarred past. Despite this, the MC falls in love with the love interest ...
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How do I make a timid, introverted protagonist sympathetic and likable?

People like proactivity and boldness. Indeed, this has been suggested to be why readers are often drawn to charismatic villains over heros, people are more drawn to the proactive, goal-oriented ...
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How do I make a headstrong female character likable and not annoying?

I have a story where one of my lead characters is a headstrong young woman. In terms of personality she is hyperactive, energetic, and charismatic, but at the same time these traits make her arrogant, ...
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How to beautifully describe a marble statue?

The scene is that a student has sculpted a marble statue of a woman and is presenting it in a competition (there is magic involved). The person who is judging them finds his breath taken away by this ...
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Which website is the best for finding critics and feedback on my stories? [duplicate]

I want to post somewhere the pilot chapter of my planned book, to earn feedback and tips what should I improve. Kinda when a TV orders a pilot and then reviews it, if it will attract people. Could you ...
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What does and artist's intern do? And some help with the plot [closed]

I'm thinking about writing a story about this- There is an art fanatic with a desire for constant perfection. No one has ever gotten close to him because no one is ever as perfect as the artwork. The ...
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How to avoid having too many side characters in school-based story?

Follows up this my question (How to choose ideal number of main characters?) I want to write a book / series about 4 friends from school. A little inspiration comes from The Middle series. But I do ...
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Third Person Limited: use of 'I' in internal dialogue

My current piece in 3rd person involves lots of internal dialogue because the character is somewhere they can't speak in the local language. I've been advised not ever to use 'I' in this perspective, ...
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Is it possible to teach yourself how to line-edit and copy-edit your own writing?

Is it possible to teach yourself how to line edit and copy edit if you are the writer? I read others work, but the styles of a writer can be confusing. I need to learn how to edit to be a good writer.
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Ideas for drives to play a sport for characters [closed]

I have a character for my volleyball manga called Neo. She acts a bit shallow and uninterested in things and I'm getting to the point where I need to introduce her to the team. I'm planning for her to ...
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Is there a good way to organize chapters with Open Office Writer?

I've found I'm writing some of 20+/- page documents that are of publishable quality. How can I organize them into chapters in order to keep them organized better than in a single document.
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LaTeX as alternative to Scribus for large text books

I want to publish multiple large text books, each one about 480 pages long, this is print on demand (POD) on IngramSpark. The content is basically text and a few black and white images. Another ...
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A good term describing the dichotomy between stochastic and deterministic?

I'm searching for a fine word-choice for X in: "The X of the model outputs can be deterministic or stochastic.": I know that we can write that the Size of a house is small or large Color of ...
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Is italicizing parts of dialogue for emphasis ever appropriate?

Is it ever appropriate to use italics to emphasize parts of dialogue to show which words the speakers is putting emphasis on? I used to do this quite frequently, but I was told that this was a sign of ...
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How To Avoid Burnout [duplicate]

One of the main issues I've had when writing is burnout. I get really invested in a deep story and work on it for months, milking every second. However, the issue with this is, after a few months I ...
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What's the most effective way to indicate an unknown year in a decade?

I want to indicate that the setting of a story is Los Angeles in the 2030s, but I don't want to specify the year, and I don't want to write it as Los Angeles, 2030s The Possibilities Los Angeles, 203-...
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“Just as well” - can/is this used sarcastically?

I'm having a discussion with another writer: in the story, a person is describing someone else's father's disappearance and possible death. They're trying to express bitter resignation and uses the ...
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What resources can I use to be 100% assured that my story is not too similar/plagarising already existing works?

I've been worrying about this for quite a long time. So, for the past year or so, I've been working hard on a story I'm very passionate about. My biggest concern of them all is copyright issues. I'm ...
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How To Start Writing [closed]

I'm new here and have been writing for around two years. I'm still fairly young, and I developed a love of writing around 6th grade. I've gone through many trials and errors, and I have a story I'm ...
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Writing in Common Styles

How do I make my writing sound like a college textbook, a newspaper article, a scientific journal, a blog post, etc, professionally?
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How do i write 10 20 chapter books on Spongebob without plagurising? [duplicate]

I like Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star, Indi Star, Sandy, and Piper Rockell.
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Sophisticated Prose: Good or Bad? [closed]

Prose that was written in earlier times has more complex sentences than prose that is written today, sentences whose meaning is not so easy for modern readers to grasp, because their complexity ...
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How to make a change in place and time more naturally?

Often when I write, I fast forward to a different time and place. When I do this, it sounds very unnatural and the pacing of the story feels too rushed. For example(by the way, this was not actually a ...
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

How can I replace, say, 250 out of 1000 words in Microsoft Word? For example, 'happy' is written about 1000 times in my document. I want to replace only 250 of them with the word 'joy'. So is there a ...
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How to make sure that my book is “accurate”

I'm not exactly writing historical fiction or realistic, but I want my story to be "accurate." For example, let's say that my character got into a car crash after being chased by the police. ...
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What are the Best Practices for Developing Content for a Product-Promotion Website? [closed]

For products that are already listed in marketplace, what would be the best practice in sourcing content for a blog-style website that reviews, compares, and promotes such listed products with a view ...
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Should a third-person limited POV reflect the personality of the POV character? [duplicate]

I´m intending to write a fantasy story utilizing a multiple POVs in third-person limited. More than anything between the two main characters. And I was wondering whether it's okay to make a clear ...
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What features would a user require from a Citation generation app

I'm attempting to create a mobile application that allows users to convert a DOI from a research article into a Citation. The user will be able to select any valid Citation styles and the generated ...
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Include book cover in query letter to agent?

I'm emailing a few agents about a novel I wrote. Typical query letter, attaching a summary and the first three chapters, as they request. I happen to have commissioned a book cover for the novel, ...
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Flow of Today's Recommended Style

I know I've already posted many questions about the rhythm and flow of prose, but now I am asking a sort of specific question about the principles of style in relation to such things. All the style ...
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Similar plot and similar character names-too similar?

I'm asking this question on the behalf of my friend. So, recently, my friend's story seemed remarkably similar to a published story(FYI, my friend's story is still in the drafting stage, I'm just ...
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Original source of “Hero's Journey,” and related writing tropes?

Where can I find the basic texts on a story theory - books or things like that that discuss ideas like the "Chosen One" and the "Hero's Journey"?
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Can I use the name of a character if they have totally different traits? [duplicate]

I'm writing a 7 book series and I wanted to use the name Roth in my series. However, I've seen this name used before in The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. If my Roth is a totally ...
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Any words meaning a situation when you can't joke? [migrated]

I'm looking for a word that can be used in several situations: a moment when you cannot joke a subject that you can't joke about a person who doesn't understand your joke And I wonder if there are ...
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How to write partner fighting?

To clear some things up, I define partner fighting as combat in which two people of the same side are fighting alongside one another as a pair against another person/other people. I haven't been able ...
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How to stop writing from deteriorating mid-writing?

I'm not really sure how to describe this, but whenever I write I tend to start off okay-ish but as I progress it all just falls downhill. I think it's because I get too ahead of myself with my ideas ...
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Any resources for writing in Anglish?

"Anglish" is a variation on modern English that avoids or replaces all words that have non-Anglo-Saxon roots. I'm working on a story where I'll need to convert a lot of dialogue (just for a ...
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How do I show a character is involved in Internet subculture without making them seem dated?

I have a character who one of their primary character quirks is supposed to be that they are very involved in Internet subculture. They're a programmer who spends a lot of their spare time on certain ...
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Does the fact that an old work was republished later affect the public domain status?

I want to use large excerpts from an old book in the textbook I am writing (e.g. 500-1000 word chunks at a time taken). These will serve as primary sources for the students to analyze. The first ...
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How to add symbolic things “in the background” without giving them focus?

my primary interest is video game development and I picked up writing (short stories) as a secondary skill. Because making games is a visual art that encompasses a bit of painting, cinematography and ...
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Author Liasion from Webnvoel messages [duplicate]

So, I got a message on Wattpad by a woman called Livia, claiming that she is an Author Liaison representative, she said that she has read the initial chapters of my first book, which has got no ...
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Software for organizing blocks of text within files

I'm looking for a simple program that takes as input text files, allows me to tag them on a relevant paragraph or subsection, and combine those tagged text snippets in files corresponding to each of ...
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Could Abridged-Series-Style Comedy Fit a Fantasy Series?

Minus the obvious tropes like 4th-wall-breaking, pop culture references, or lampooning the source material that wouldn’t be usable in a serious novel, would you still be able to take a fantasy novel ...

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