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Questions tagged [resources]

Resources that one may wish to ask about on Writing include style guides, instruction manuals, podcasts, blogs, articles, and other means by which experts provide writing information.

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Dialect resources for early/mid 20th Century Midwestern American speech

I'm setting the book I'm writing in the 1900s ~ 1950s, in the central states of the US: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. I'm having difficulty getting the language for narration and dialogue ...
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How to show two perspectives without solely relying on different POVs?

Unknown by the characters involved and hidden from the readers, there's this ability of one specific character that allows him to hear/perceive the truth from anyone's speech. If they're telling the ...
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Symbolism of number of crows?

After having read a few books with themes of witchcraft in them (ie. Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum), I have come to want to use some of the symbolism found in those books in my own writing. What I ...
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Latin names of European places

The novel I am writing is set in Europe. For the setting, I'd need to find the Latin names of places, e.g. villages and geographical features, in the regions corresponding to modern-day England and ...
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What are some tools for expanding your vocabulary? [closed]

I usually use thesauruses, but they're only good for synonyms. I also tried using visual dictionary, but they don't really help you expand your vocabulary that much. For example, if you type flower, ...
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Is there a good source of information for political intrigues? [closed]

Every time I watch a TV show from India or China, I am amazed about all the different subtle political intrigues that go on, so I would like to know if there's some kind of books that covers a lot of ...
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How to search for titles of novels that are or begin with a word or phrase previously used as the title of many nonfictional works?

Say I have a possible title for a novel I am writing, and it's a word or phrase that has been used in the title of quite a large number of nonfictional works, sometimes as the whole of the title. But ...
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Reference of plots [closed]

I'm looking for a pair of reference books that covers plots of English literature. I imagine if you have seen them or used them you'll know what I'm talking about. I don't remember the title or the ...
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Finding resources for sci-fi writers on Quantum Mechanics

I don't have the financial resources to hire a scientific consultant to ask him whether my science-fiction plot is realistic, so I was wondering if there were any resource that teach Quantum Mechanic ...
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Writing as a hobby, where do you learn the basics and go further?

Sorry if I use the wrong terms or make a wrong assumption. I consider myself a beginner, and I know that I still have to learn a lot in the field. I write as a hobby. I do it when I have the time, ...
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Do I need to provide in-text citations in a news article for school?

So, for my Senior English Class, I need to write a news article about technology. However, I'm unsure as to whether or not I need in-text citations for said paper. Do I need in-text citations for a "...
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What resources are available for amateur writers who need an editor and can’t afford one?

I’ve posted several questions here recently asking for advice on how to write better. The responses I’ve gotten have been invaluable to me, and I’m becoming re-invigorated about the idea of writing. ...
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I'm looking for inspiration for spells and potions [closed]

Is there any books out there that details old spells and potions?
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Academic Writing: Paraphrasing few words when quoting

The following is from Japanese philosopher and thinker Toshihiko Izutsu's book The Concept of Belief in Islamic Theology (1965, page 146): But what he wants to emphasize is that shar‘a can be ...
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What sites are available for hosting Choose Your Own Adventure stories?

I'm working on a story that is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, but different. Instead of being "you" and deciding what to do next, the reader must choose which characters participate at what time. ...
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How can you identify head-to-dictionary words?

More than one of my beta readers feels a certain WIP of mine has too many words that need looking up. Much as I'd like to assume they just have unusually small vocabularies, it's more likely I've ...
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Should structuring an academic text with the help of questions be avoided?

In an academic writing course some years ago I remember being told that when writing, for instance, a journal article in English, one should usually avoid structuring one's text with the help of ...
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How can I improve my sentence construction or flow in general writing?

Can anyone suggest resources or techniques I can use to improve my sentence construction when writing? I am a native English speaker and fairly well educated, but confess I didn't pay much attention ...
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Is there a name for a narrative that involves parallel exposition of the characters' backstories?

One of the hallmark features of the television show Lost was the way in which each character's backstory was rendered. The narrative started out in present day and depicted characters making certain ...
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Where can I find people to collaborate with to edit/sell my work?

I'm not sure this is possible. I am looking for someone who can edit and sell. I have a series of books I can't get them off the ground. I am editing and selling challenged. I would be open to ...
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How to include a list of terms (glossary) in a scholarly paper (IEEE format)?

I am currently writing my Bachelor's thesis and I have produced a list of terms that I plan on including in the attachments. The description of each term is directly copied from search engine results ...
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Where can I find good writers in a specific field for a particular English dialect?

On which website can I find good authors in a specific field? For example I want to know good British authors who write about computer science (more narrowly about operating systems and Unix).
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Besides books, what other sources can be used to gain knowledge? [closed]

What other ways are there to acquire knowledge? Will the Internet be helpful?
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Where can I find examples of the formatting/terminolgy/slang used in describing snowboarding routine in a competition scene?

I'm struggling to write an accurate description of a Snowboarding Competition, since I don't know where to access written accounts on the technique used as well as the correct terminology. I am busy ...
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Books or resources on writing fluidly?

I have ADHD, and while I write often very good essays, some of which are published, I seem to struggle to stay on one thought. When I'm writing an argumentative essay, for example, I get so excited at ...
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Where can I find resources about writing a litRPG book?

Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or styleguide articles and blogs, about writing a litRPG book? LitRPG, or Literary Role Playing Game, books combine elements ...
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British style guides from the early 20th century?

This is more or less a follow up to a question I had previously asked. Reading British writers from the last 19th century, like Bram Stoker, and the early 20th century, like Bertrand Russell, Winston ...
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Where can I find resources for bedtime story plots?

For past ten months, my wife and I have been telling bedtime stories of our own making to our older daughter (who recently turned 4). We do it on alternate evenings. The stories have a nearly-constant ...
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Resources to find editors of magazines and newspapers?

I was wondering where I could find editors for atheist essays. I want to see how they write in this field, and what sort of articles tend to be accepted. It would be very useful! Suggestions that ...
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Resources for improving storytelling

I mainly write fiction, but want to improve my storytelling techniques. I'm looking for some books or resources to improve this. I want study different story structures and storytelling techniques. I ...
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Where can I find resources about writing “Choose your own adventure”-style books?

I have read/played a couple of "Choose your own adventure"-style book and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or ...
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Where can I find online resources about writing a visual novel?

I have read/played quite a few visual novels and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or styleguide articles and ...
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Looking for a Writing Time Tracker [closed]

I'm looking for something simple to track time, not words. Last year's goal was 500 words a day. This year's goal is 30 minutes a day. Leaves me more flexibility to edit and plan rather than solely ...
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How can I know that what's on a site is true?

So from my other question, I was told that under certain circumstances, you could trust Wikipedia. But then after a couple of answers, I started wondering how to figure out which sites have valid ...
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Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?

So in elementary school, I was told not to use Wikipedia too much because you can't trust what they write. So then for all the projects, I used the Canadian Encyclopedia, but then now, I really would ...
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Where to find industrial schematics or blue prints for reference?

I am researching the weapons and systems that exist in the present day to better understand and extrapolate the jargon that my characters will be using. I have found many interesting pieces of ...
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Searching for character relation map software

I've started working on a project and wanted to keep all my characters and their relationships well organised. I'm already using TiddlyWiki to archive all the ideas about the world and its ...
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How do I write a social survival guide for asperger people?

I decided to write a survival guide called "The neurotypical tyranny", for people with Asperger's syndrome. I want to write this book to help people like me. These are the following questions that I ...
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Can a source be cited just to substantiate a claim, without specifically mentioning the author or the content?

For example, if I make the claim: "there are experts in the field that think X is fascinating." and if I insert a footnote source, like this: "there are experts in the field that think this way[1]."...
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How to cite the source when paraphrasing/summarizing in Chicago-Turabian style

I might be asking the same question that is found here. However, it has no marked answer, and the one answer it has only has one upvote. It's crucial that I do this right, so I thought I should still ...
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Online resources searchable for example sentences from literature

I know several sites that provide plenty of example sentences for a given word, but they are usually rather colloquial. I also have one dictionary that provides example sentences from classic ...
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Resource for rejected novel manuscripts

Is there such a thing as an online repository for rejected novel manuscripts? I think it would be a useful and educational resource -- especially to finally see examples of the so-called 'mistakes ...
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How to attribute photos from Internet in book

I am writing technical book and wish to use photos from Internet. Not the ones that have watermarks on them, such as these. How to attribute these photos in book?
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I am teaching myself how to write a novel — where can I find support and resources?

I want to have training in how to write fiction (particularly science fiction). I know that I can take courses (in my case online), and that I can join critique groups. I am on a budget, however... ...
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How to build break-even funnels for short fiction?

There are some internet marketing courses that teach you how to create break-even funnels for the product. "Break-even" means that for every dollar you buy ads for, you get at least one dollar in ...
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Is there any resource available listing words for facial expressions?

Describing the faces that people are making during a conversation can be difficult. He nodded, she pursed her lips -- those are easy, but I'm talking about the more subtle expressions. In the case ...
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Where can I find a dictionary for the Aklo fictional language?

I am attempting to locate a dictionary that will allow me to translate words into Aklo, a fictional language used by writers such as Lovecraft. Where could I find such a thing? If a dictionary doesn't ...
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How do I find somebody to review my CV?

I've written a CV, and I want to get feedback on it. I want to know I haven't made any mistakes, and that it's as good as I can make it. But I don't know where to find such a service; what to expect ...
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Need resources to assist with describing ordinary things

When writing I've found that I have trouble describing ordinary things. For instance if I want to describe a chair I'll spend lots of time hunting down resources like this, using google searches like '...
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How Can I Reliably Find Well Written Novels?

Let me open by saying that I wasn't entirely sure how to ask this question and stay on topic. This is my best attempt. I do believe this question will help other writers. As an author, I want to ...