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Character POV question

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. In my series I have six main characters. If you have read my most previous question, I explained that I have six main characters and want each book to put ...
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Any tips for young writers?

I am a 15 years old boy who likes to read/watch/play anything that has a good story in it - especially fantasy. Everytime I finished one, I always feel like that I want to make people feel 'that way' ...
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How do I proofread my work before submitting it to competitions when I have dyslexia?

I'm in my mid 20's and all my life I have avoided reading books and writing because of how bad my dyslexia can be. Up until 2 years ago when I found out how fun and interesting this hobby is. I want ...
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How To Make Something Straight-foward and Dark Into A Kid's Picture Book?

Let me explain. My book is about a little boy directed by a "wolf" to burn his farm's sheep. Consequently, it burns on the grass and his house, making him kill or seriously injure most of ...
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Why do all of my lyrics have 3/4 feeling

I write song lyrics for fun and I always add simple music so the song can be performed. About 40% of my songs are in 3/4 (6/8) signature which is kind of unusual in the big picture. It's just that ...
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Website that pays for writing fairly

About a month ago, I stumbled upon a website that claims to pay writers fairly and transparently out of advertising revenue. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the site, and after ...
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Is This An Acceptable Way Of Formatting Character Thoughts?

Is this an acceptable introductory paragraph to a fictional character's memoir? I'm not sure if the first sentence should be in quotations or have its own line and be italicized.. How often do you get ...
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I accidentally added a character, and then forgot to write them in for the rest of the series

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. When I was looking over my manuscript, I realized that in chapter seven I’d added a character named Autumn. She’s a tiny fairy who rides around on the MCs ...
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Stuck with writer's block

I'm writing a short story in which my protagonist is a little boy. An unexpected event happens and makes his life upside down which is blindness. This latter causes him depression and now I don't know ...
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According to CMOS, can I change plural words in a quotation to singular, and vice versa?

Consider, for example, that the following sentence is from an external source and that I desire to quote it in my own work: A and B originate from X in a peculiar way and nobody regards them as Y. ...
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Erotic fiction: Kindle Direct Publishing guidelines on pornography

In the KDP content guidelines it says: Pornography We don't accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts. However, they sell hundreds of erotic novels, including very graphic ...
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Exploring one's sexual orientation. The process of it

I generally write about LGBTQ characters who have already out and proud. Now I'm planning on writing a character that just found out that she's lesbian. At the start of the story she finds out but ...
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Where can I go to have my writing reviewed both in terms of style and technical content?

I would love to have essays reviewed both in terms of quality writing and in terms of its content. I have researched a few sites but this service does not seem to exist.
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Should DOIs ever be preferred to ISBNs?

Any ISBN yields a DOI. For example, the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. has ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1, which maps to doi:10.978.226/104201, allowing any book to be digitally identified in a reference ...
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How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with foreign culture and foreign characters?

How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with a foreign culture and foreign characters?
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A character with a dark background seeking redemption or an average character background, what is more thematically appropriate?

This project is a sort of an attempt to deconstruct some tropes in fiction. The story follows a Valkotr, it is a title, whom is tasked by the emperor of the evil empire to hunt down a chosen one party ...
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I developed this character in the second book instead of the first

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. In my series, I have six main characters. Camryn, Dylan, Willow, Jason, Sarah, and Matt. In the first book the main character of the six and the first ...
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What is the ideal usage of the but instead? [closed]

Where I can use that is the collaboration of the but instead? I mean, where I can use it in the sentences or how can I use it? What is the counterpart of it in the sentence?
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Using non-say dialogue tags

Since I took up writing as a hobby, I've learnt that it's recommended to only use "say" and "ask" as dialogue tags, and to skip even these if the attribution can be supplied in ...
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How do I write a character who is exhausted?

So I’m currently writing a story where my character has emotion-based powers. When she is angry or scared she can do pretty powerful things, but they leave her completely weak and worn-out. I’m not a ...
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How long can a Children's Novel be?

I'm currently writing a realism fantasy novel targeted for a 9-12 age group. Since it became so long(the first draft turned out to be at least 90,000 words), I figured it would be best to split the ...
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Should I delete a character?

I have two characters in mind, both share many traits. One of them is a side character (E) and one is a supporting (Z), but I'm wondering if I should mesh them together into Z. E only appears in two ...
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Publishing other peoples anecdotes

I have asked friend and relations a question and want to publish the answers with their name by the answer. If I ask them if they mind it being publishes is that enough?
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Which is the most creatively written novel from this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist? [closed]

If one has to pick a read from this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist, which book would it be? I am more interested in sublime wordplay and precision to grammatical details than plot.
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What kind of writing would be considered offensive?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. In my series, the main character has two different eye colors and looks down on herself because she thinks she is ugly. If people who also have two ...
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How should I format chapters in my manuscript?

I'm in my final stages of editing before I send my manuscript to beta readers. I'm wondering how I should format chapter titles. Do I put them as a header, or as a slightly larger, bolder font? (This ...
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What are the license/legal requirements to write a guidebook about a specific product?

As the title says. I'm writing guide and reference books (Amazon short-reads) aimed at people who aren't tech-savvy with the goal of improving their tech literacy. I've seen books like the one linked ...
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How do I start? [closed]

To start this off, I am writing a new book called "A True American Family"(a dystopian-fiction novel), it is about a white american (U.S.) family,in the sixties, they are "perfect",...
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Asking about chapter's length

Is that okay if in a short story, a chapter's length is 450 words? And then you find a chapter with 1000 or more words?
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Aside from military, how do I write strategy in seemingly ordinary settings (something going on beneath the surface)?

The question says it all, but the only results I'm getting are battlefield scenarios that wouldn't translate well into the themes of my own story--which is more about escape, scheming, tactics, ...
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Is one book long enough to make my character fall in love?

I am new to writing and this is my first story. I want to make my story believable and was wondering if one book is long enough to make my character fall head-over-heels for someone. She has known the ...
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Should I use “people” for non-human creatures with humane mannerisms?

First off, my question is not this question. I am asking about a creature resembling a human and not a bug. Also, I put this question on World-Building SE and it was recommended I post it here, but if ...
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Microsoft Word - Citation button greyed-out

Not sure if this is the correct site to post this question, but I could not find a better one. I am doing a Pratical Assessment Task for high school, and we have to use citations. I have a problem ...
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Is this adjective correct?

which adjectives are used for an institute working toward education and culture? I've seen "educational and cultural' can be used, but is it possible to delete "and" while replacing a ...
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The right way to write

When debating with someone about how to write eloquently, I argued that one needs to learn grammatical structures so that grammar comes easily when writing, but he said that one should focus on ...
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Is it bad to overuse the words 'that' and 'which', and how can you avoid doing so?

Currently, I am working on a paper. While writing, I noticed a problem. I used the word 'that' 78 times and 'which' 68 times in 32 pages. Will using these words so frequently affect the quality of my ...
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How do I show that two days have passed in a short story?

So two days before my character is thinking about something and she is in her room. How do I show that two days later her friend is talking to her? Here are my rough sentences: She relaxed when ...
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How to demonstrate that the main character of your story is narrating a story to other people in a scene?

Being new to writing narratives, I have a query in mind. In one particular scene, I want to show that my main character is narrating a story to the crowd. How can I accomplish this? I am unable to ...
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How to reveal a secret romantic relationship?

So I'm writing an "enemies to lovers" book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by New Years. Slowly they ...
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Skipping the action scene

My novel has a lot of fighting scenes. It's natural since its about a war. The problem is that people don't read books for fighting scenes. Numerous fighting scenes is just bad writing. J.R.R. ...
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What Is The Key To An “Alien” Culture?

Today I am asking for something I've been stumped on: what is the "key" to an alien culture? Allow me to explain: I am currently writing a novel about a stuck-up, prejudiced, bratty girl in ...
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What to avoid when writing a big reveal? [duplicate]

So im writing an enemies to lovers book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by new years. Slowly they fall in love ...
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Did I set up my book series titles and ISBNs wrong?

I currently have 4 books all under one series that are self published. The way I have been setting up the titles through Ingramspark and under my ISBNs has been: Title: Name of the Book Series ...
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How to have a character speak pidgin without inducing cringes?

The character Lee in Steinbeck's East of Eden is a Chinese-American who speaks in pidgin — until he explains to his boss, in very articulate English, that he does so for reasons of his own. In my Gold ...
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How can I expand my story to meet a minimum word count?

I'm writing a sinister story for school and it has to be 500-1000 words. But I only have 414 words and I don't know what else to add. This is how it looks so far. How can I expand this to meet the 500-...
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How to punctuate long, never-ending dialogue sentences?

I need some basic grammar guidelines to follow regarding how to punctuate dialogues where people go on forever, like in the example below: Now I've edited the whole series all five books which means ...
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How should I go about introducing character as a long forgotten friend?

I am having the main protagonist find their imaginary friend that they had previously forgotten. How would I make some flashbacks without making the plot too confusing or having it sound choppy and ...
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Who Published James Patterson? Or did he self-publish? [closed]

So, being a young crime fiction writer and looking up to a Mr. James Patterson I really want to know where and how he got published, I have tried looking it up online but absolutely no luck!!
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How much can you change a self-published book for it to count as a “new” book in the eyes of a traditional publisher?

I have a book that is nearing completion. Because the current circumstances might increase interest in the book and also the Christmas sale is coming, I would like if it would be a good idea to self-...
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How critical is selecting an imprint for a self-published book?

I'm about to self-publish a book through CreateSpace and they want me to give them an imprint. (I know, I know, "you're not likely to make any money by self-publishing" and all that, but for the ...

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