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Should I include an appendix for inessential, yet related worldbuilding to my story?

I'm of the opinion that a story should stand on its own; any worldbuilding that is necessary for the plot and story to function should be part of the story. However, at the same time, the world I ...
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The who, when and where of what has been written

Question: Is there a resource that categorizes existing fiction works by themes based on the authors' demographics (e.g. gender, age, historical period, geographical location, etc...)? For instance, ...
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Using published pictures for a book based on a true story

I'm going to write a book based on a true story. I want to know if for a book cover I could use real photos of the people who were in that story. They are dead but their pictures are published on the ...
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In a stage play, how should the script refer to minor characters whose names are irrelevant?

Problem I'm writing a play that includes a number of minor characters who only exist for a scene or two. They are defined by their personality traits, not by their professions, and their names are ...
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Starting from future smoothing your way to present

Ok, so the hook for my novel is a quote from the future that my protagonist will eventually say. But I need a way for my novel to go back to present tense. In what way can I smooth my novel back to ...
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Writing problem of mine [on hold]

you know the saying "keep writing"cause every time I make a draft I make it into a plot for my story then I change it over and over again.
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Company under investigation [on hold]

If a company that you’re working on is being investigated by the police, what will happen? Will the company be suspended for the time being that it is under investigation? Or will it still continue ...
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Is a sequel allowed to start before the end of the first book?

I'm writing 2 stories simultaneously. The first one spans 17 years. The second picks up where the first left off... but only about 25% of the way in. The sequel seems to work best if I introduce the ...
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How to write a nice frame challenge?

When answering questions on Stack Exchange, some of us challenge the assumptions of the author. These frame challenges can often be quite popular answers. This popularity, however, can simply be a ...
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live or recorded [duplicate]

I'm writing an interview a la 60 minutes or Behind the Music, where the interviewer show footage of the subject's homelife. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to indicate that the "behind the scenes" ...
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Is it a bad idea to have a pen name with only an initial for a surname?

My name is Ana Novkovic and I'm about to start writing and all that. I really really don't like my last name Novkovic. It's so hard to pronounce and I worry it would just distract readers and not look ...
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Is there a prefix for 'old'? [on hold]

I am writing a sci-fi novel in which humanity has struggled to survive in colonies throughout the solar system after the Earth becomes uninhabitable. I am writing a passage about a main character's ...
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…and then she held the gun

In the short passage I am writing, the starting point is that one character is being held at gunpoint, and the end point is that she now holds the gun, having disarmed the opponent. The idea is that ...
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How can I radically time-jump for my epilogue well?

I'm working on a branching narrative kind of story, and the entire story focuses on the reader uncovering a mystery in the house that they're in. There's only one ending where they survive. In the ...
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How do I become a better writer when I hate reading?

I like telling stories, but I don't care so much for reading them. It's not for me. But the number one advice to become a better author is to read a lot. Is there anything else I can do? EDIT: ...
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Should we avoid “nonsensical” or “unclear” metaphors?

Should we avoid "nonsensical" or "unclear" metaphors? I am not sure if this is a case of "nonsensical" or "unclear" metaphor, but sometimes you have certain phrases that doesn't seem to be suited for ...
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Indicating fill pieces in a script

I'm writing a script that involves an interview with a person a la 60 minutes or Behind the Music. I'm a little confused if the "fill pieces" should be formatted as "recorded" or "prerecorded" in its ...
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Breaking dialogue with actions from another character

This can get... confusing, which is why I tend to avoid it, but sometimes, I really want it there. “What?!” [said Character B.] I laughed, giving her a minute to process my words. “You’re getting ...
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What are the best websites to get paid to write for? [closed]

What are the best websites to get paid to write for?
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Cover letter for supporting documents [duplicate]

I have already sent an official leave request letter to a university official. However, I do have another supporting document (another old letter) that would be good if I could attach it along with ...
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With an introduction by

This was originally a part of my question about partnering with a website, but I think it's separate enough to deserve its own post: Many books are published with an introduction by a better-known ...
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A flower's head or heart?

I’m currently writing a story and one of my characters is a butterfly. In one of the scenes, she manages to run away from a bunch of hungry lizards and hides into a flower; let’s say a Zinnia. When ...
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Cover letter for an additional attachment [on hold]

I have already sent an official leave request letter to a university official. However, I do have another additional document that would be good if I could attach it along with the already sent letter....
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Past vs. present tense when referring to a fictional character

What would you write when referring to a fictional character in a non-fiction work? e.g. Tom Sawyer is a boy, he has no parents, he goes on adventures or Tom Sawyer was a boy, he had no parents, he ...
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Co-branding a book with a website

For the last several months, I've had a a professional assignment writing an ongoing series for a well-known website. It was repurposed from a book I wasn't able to sell to a publisher. It's been ...
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Is there a term for when fiction refers to fiction [migrated]

In the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, two characters are talking and one refers to something from Star Trek. Here is the lines from that dialogue (source IMDB), Elliott: He's a man from outer ...
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How do you transcribe a dialogue when abbreviations are used?

How do you transcribe a dialogue when abbreviations are used? For example, when people uses acronyms like FBI or abbreviations like a.m., do we just write them as we write them when they're in a ...
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Does every chapter have to “blow the reader away” so to speak?

I amended some of my chapters so that they're more intriguing and engaging for my readers. But there's one particular chapter in which one of my beta-readers stated, "It's intriguing, but it doesn't ...
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Are there fiction ghostwriters who have gone on to become successful writers in their own right?

I currently freelance as a ghostwriter. Are there any other ghostwriters who have had any success?
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I am Writing a story and my character has a dream it not turning out right and i don't really how to write a dream [closed]

So I have this story called the earned trust. It is about this wolf Named Zayla and she is an omega that is kicked out of her father's pack. But, this dream leading up to it is from the past and the ...
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Revision secrets for keeping the meter and improving the beat

I sometimes write poetry. The creative process for the first draft can be summarized in these steps: I first choose a global structure (e.g. a ballad, a sonnet, a free-stanza-but-fixed-verse, etc...);...
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In what genre do you categorize a story that starts off normal but takes a very dark turn as it progresses?

I’m not sure if I’d classify the story as full on dark, because there are some light hearted aspects in there. Sometimes it can be very dark when something serious happens, but it never stays that way ...
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Should I write in a style that is more conducive to a situation I am describing or write it the way I normally write?

I am writing a short story that describes a dream that I had as a child. I wrote a first rough draft and had my girlfriend read it to give me some feedback. One thing she criticized is my writing ...
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Should I explain the reasons for gaslighting?

I have an ambiguous script situation, 2 co-protagonists begin gaslighting the MC. They each have ulterior motives which they don't say. The reader is intended to infer the lies through contradictory ...
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How much web presence should I have?

I am getting ready to release my first fictional novel. At the moment I have zero web presence (besides E-mail accounts). I am considering using Amazon's Kindle Direct. Before releasing should I ...
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Is it advisable to add a location heads-up when a scene changes in a novel?

In my novel, I have a scene at home which changes to scene at the office which is completely different. I have written it in a way that in a line or two the reader will understand the scene is changed ...
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Will You Please Read My Writing? [closed]

I've written two pieces. Poems or prose or just pieces. But I'd appreciate some feedback on what I did wrong and how to correct it. If you don't like what I've written all I ask is that you be ...
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How to represent jealousy in a cute way?

The main character (which is a girl) of the first romance I'm writing would feel jealous sometimes of her love interest, but I want it to be a cute trait or even a setup for funny scenes, not a very ...
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In the Windows version of Scrivener for Screenplay formatting, how do format for action/dialogue/shot?

There is a way to automatically change the indices to respect whether it is a line of dialogue or a description of the setting, but I can't find a way to bring the menu up consistently when hitting "...
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Possible location of impact injury? [closed]

It is essential to the plot of my story for My character (human) to be injured. I know her injuries which are, her leg and right arm bones are either fractured or broken in different places. Her right ...
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Help english essay due soon [closed]

I have to write a paragraph describing looking onto someone who is stuck (perferable in a natrual disaster) could anyone help start it off. Its due tmrw so asap xx
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A better word than principled [closed]

I’m looking for a word that encompasses integrity, honesty, respect, discipline and trust. I was considering ‘principled’ but I’m not in love with it. Ideally it would have a strong emotional effect....
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In fiction, can I write about Downing College, Cambridge? [duplicate]

I have included, in my fictional book, several mentions about Downing College, Cambridge. Now they have a fete on their lawns. Two Russians are killed there during the fete. No mention of staff ...
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How to write a convincing religious myth?

In my story the protagonist hears, in a temple ceremony, the reading of a religious/mythological text. Now in the actual story, I don't need the text itself (the role of the text in context, and the ...
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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?

The sequel to my first book is supposed to start immediately after the end of the first book. Zero time gap. Situation: At the end of book one a missing family member has finally joined the family. ...
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Is it offensive for a mixed raced American of no Japanese descent to use a Japanese pseudonym, merely just because they like it?

I’ve grown up on anime, and with unrelated Japanese family. I very much admire their culture and just want to know if it would be culturally offensive if I used a Japanese pen-name (Kumo Espinosa) ...
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Making money with narrating audiobooks from Germany

I would like to try my hand at narrating audiobooks. I have some experience doing so at librivox.org so I thought I'd give ACX (that's a platform where writers can find narrators for their audiobooks, ...
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How to convert dialogue in to paragraph?

This is my first time writing a novel. In my novel, there is a part of the married life of my protagonist who is a woman. I don't have any experience of married life so I have taken inspiration from a ...
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Write a story based on characters from an old novel

I am considering writing a "history" of the Morlocks (based on the characters in the H. G. Wells novel). Question: Is this allowed, or do I need permission from his descendants?
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How does re-posting someone else's article/column/blog work

I'm not sure if this is the correct exchange group to ask this, but I came across this article, Alternet_Paul_Krugman_Article, in which it basically just quotes Paul Krugman's NY Times column word for ...

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