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What are the best resources for latin and greek roots, suffixes and prefixes?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_and_Latin_roots_in_English I found this page, but the problem is that it's on three pages, the other issue is that we search for the meaning instead of ...
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Will marketing still be effective if I advertise my self published novels almost a year after they've been released?

I've been worrying if my marketing will still be effective for my self-published books when I market them almost a year after the novels have been released. My plan is to self-publish more novels this ...
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How do you release significant tension in one outburst?

In my fantasy novel(very simplified version) my protagonist is a slave boy who is dragged into a crew of powerful beings because he is being hunted by the tyrant government(he is impure of blood and ...
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Should you avoid introducing characters that talk one time and never talk again?

Should you avoid introducing characters that talk one time and never talk again? I wrote a scene in a chapter where the main characters talks to a technician, and then the technician is never seen ...
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How to describe races/ethnicities in setting where corresponding geographic locations do not exist?

In English, the common name for some racial or ethnic groups is a fairly neutral English word (e.g. white, black...). Others, however, are named only by reference to a geographic point of origin (e.g. ...
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Should you avoid using hard to describe gesture and acts in a novel?

Should you avoid using hard to describe gesture and acts in a novel? Some gestures that are often used in real life are hard to describe without using familiar languages or slang. One such example is: ...
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I want to write a story in stream of consciounsess style. Everything comes up wrong, can you suggest good examples to imitate?

I've been trying to write stream of consciousness style but I just tend to get too plain and boring. And so I bore myself reading what I write, hardly a way to move forward. For example: "Today I ...
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How to write good dialogue?

I'm having difficulties in writing conversations between characters, especially if they are many of them. How can I write good dialogue?
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How do you tell your reader that a number is a numerologically important number?

How do you tell your reader that a number is a numerologically important number? Some people use numerology in their books and attach secret meanings to some numbers, but there are a lot of times ...
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Are there any sources which depict the environment of Indian Civil / High / Supreme Courts reasonably accurately?

I am looking to write a crime thriller set in India which has some setting in a high court, where the suspect and the victim will be questioned and their statements cross-examined. I'm a bit ...
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Making conflicts based on misunderstanding

So, the problem is that I can't make conflicts based on a misunderstanding that wouldn't resolve in five paragraphs. My chars are too smart for that, I'm too smart for that (and also have all the time ...
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Can I use the term 'the desperate' as a kind of 'desperate people'?

I'm not an native English speaker. I have written some lyrics: Like the desperate waiting for Messiah, I'm just waiting for you. I want to use the term 'the desperate' for the meaning of 'desperate ...
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How to report copyright infringement without being the author? [migrated]

I was about to buy some tales for reference purpose. Usually, I like to look for more information about the things I buy. Simply, by copying and pasting a title into a search engine, I found a YouTube ...
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Can I write a protagonist that speaks broken English without annoying the reader?

I’m wanting to write a protagonist that is from a fictional land with fictional languages and isn’t incredibly fluid in English. I’m thinking that when she narrates in her own head, she sounds pretty ...
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How best to write an anxious character?

First of all; there’s another question at the top of the “similar questions” but for the life of me my VPN won’t let me access it and I can’t figure out what to do. But this isn’t about my VPN being ...
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Ways to improve your writing skills

As a CS major I've learned that knowing how to write is critically important, but, I'm not really sure how to improve my writing skills. I'm currently trying to write a tech blog in English, but, ...
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A word between boy/girl and man/woman? [migrated]

My problem is this; the words “boy” and “girl” denote youth (at least to me), while “man” and “woman” denote more of an adult. While I am aware of just adding “young” before “man” or “woman”, but that ...
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What are the possible driving factors of betrayal scenes?

I've been having a hard time thinking about a good way to create a betrayal scene without forcing it. Even if I somehow wrote the scene, I just can't feel the emotions behind the betrayal; the sadness,...
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Can my character's name match someone in real life?

Is it legally OK that my character's name by coincidence matches someone's in real life, famous or not? (For example I am naming a character Aaron Hale.) The character's appearance and everything else ...
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When writing about a fictional city, what's important to know?

I want to describe my fictional cities' conditions, so I wrote these attributes for each of them: What is the city administration? Number of employed people Number of homes Number of crimes committed ...
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Does an omniscient narrator have to be objective?

When writing a story narrated in the third person, I often find passages in my text where the narrator's opinions seem to conflate with the opinions of the character the narration is following: ...
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A descriptive word for making one's way through the underbrush, without damaging the nature [closed]

I'm looing for a word for "the thing a person does when they go through thick underbrush, weaving their way forward, without damaging the nature or hacking their way through". Is there such ...
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What is the process of creating a word using Latin and Greek word parts?

I am trying to create a word that means "division of a single God", but I am having some trouble. If I understand correctly, any word must have a suffix, root and prefix, but sometimes I ...
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What is a format for writing Introduction part for a economics/finance paper?

I read a couple of papers in economics and finance areas. I saw that in the different papers they used different styles. Is there any outline for writing an introduction with easy-to-follow ...
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Should you mention your sources of inspiration somewhere?

Should you mention your sources of inspiration somewhere? Let's say you borrow a lot from Greek mythology, Shakespeare, and take some world-building ideas from some famous author. Should you mention ...
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How and where should you explain how the physical laws of your sci-fi universe significantly differ from the real world?

How and where should you explain how the laws of your sci-fi universe significantly differ from the real world? Let's say that the laws are so different from the what be construed from the theories of ...
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Please advise on the lyrics I wrote [closed]

I have been trying to write some lyrics based on English. I'm not a native and have never lived in the English-speaking world, so having difficulties getting the natural nuance of the language. If you ...
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I want to write a “Action-Horror” story, what is the best advice you have? Discussion [closed]

I want to write a “Action-Horror” story, what is the best advice you have? The current idea I have for the story is a story in my “LOMOND” series of Loud House horror fics and an AU to Destroy897’s “...
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Providing examples for the sake of it

I am writing an academic text about linguistics. I have managed to obtain examples from endangered languages that are rarely included in research (one in particular has less than 500 speakers ...
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Time travel with the multiple timelines model in a novel

While the multiple timelines model in a novel allows you to prevent plot holes since there's no time travel paradoxes, it limits the scope time travel can have on a story. So I am wondering what are ...
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What if my story fails Chekhov's gun several times?

What if my story fails Chekhov's gun several times? If an element is not necessary for the plot, are there other reasons to mention them or I should remove all the elements that do not meet the test ...
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How do you write character development in later entries of a series after relationships become established?

When starting a series there is initially a lot of fertile ground for storytelling because the characters don't know each other very well and are still establishing an equilibrium. As a result, there ...
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Will people buy a book about my life when it involves years of abuse? [closed]

I have been writing about my life of pain and suffering for a while and now I am taking it to the next level. On the outside, we were like the perfect family, but the reality was far from normal. My ...
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Should I jump right into the story without MC introduction?

I'm writing a crime story. Basically it begins with a friend of the main character asking him for a meeting and then introducing the case to him. What I would like to do is to show something about the ...
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How do you prevent a plot hole when coming up with a hard magic system?

How do you prevent a plot hole when coming up with a hard magic system? Creating a hard magic system means that magic must follow the rules that you set, but when you have a complex hard magic system, ...
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How to create a good name for a fictional nation in my story?

I really have problems giving the military nation of my protagonist a unique, but also serious name that fits into the whole military nation thing. So here are my questions: What makes a name sound ...
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How do you introduce the whole content of a letter written by a character in a novel?

How do you introduce the whole content of a letter written by a character in a novel? I am guessing there are many ways, but I would like to know what are the most popular ways to do it and if you ...
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Tricky time skips between chapters without any plain and explicit indication

I am wondering if it's possible to do large time skips, large time rewinds into the past between chapters without any explicit indication and make the readers somehow figure it out for themselves. Is ...
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At what age can I publish a book? [duplicate]

I am writing a novel called "Kimberly Rose," but the thing is, I'm 12. I'm not sure if there is an age cap when it comes to publishing books. Please tell me if you know.
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Can you structure how symbolism is used throughout a book?

Can you structure how is symbolism used throughout a book? I am wondering if there are patterns that are used to structure symbolism in a scene, throughout a book, in a single frame, etc. For example, ...
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How do you keep track of character timelines?

I would love to hear, in-depth, your system for keeping track of character arcs happening simultaneously in a novel. Particularly for characters' emotional highs and lows which don't sync up. I am ...
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How do you ensure people don't plagiarize a work you've submitted to the writer's guild?

I found that there's a writer's guild registration system, but it made me wonder what allows you to prevent people from reading work submitted to the writer's guild association and plagiarize it? Is ...
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Looking for short stories that are an example of the narrative structure Kishotenketsu [closed]

I'm looking for short fiction that utilizes the narrative structure kishotenketsu. There are a number of great articles on the web about what kishotenketsu is (for example, here, and here), but I can'...
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Can the prologue's POV be different from the POV of the main story?

I want to write the prologue of the story with the narrator in first person with the point of view of the protagonist. But the story is already written in a third person narrator... and I have 2 ...
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I gave my main character the same first and last name as in another book - is this fine?

I am writing a book and had nearly finished half of it and gave it to my friend to read, but she told me there is already a character in a book with the same first and last name. Would it be okay if I ...
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What is the true motivation/intention behind writing? [closed]

I can't understand for a long time why would someone even write? I am sure every one of us has thoughts in our minds. Some are more interesting than the others. Now, since we have our thoughts in our ...
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In a canon divergent fanfiction should tertiary characters be OC or cannon?

I am thinking of writing an X-Men fanfiction, but I believe my query could apply to fanfiction set in any long running work with a large number of characters. My fanfiction will concentrate on the New ...
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Writing a screenplay versus a short story

I've been writing short stories throughout my life, in a humorous style. Yet, these stories lack a literary quality, and the prose is rather plain. I'm debating whether to start writing screenplays ...
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I can't write without an inspiration

I've been writing a book for almost a year now. But it takes so long because I have to wait for "inspiration". Sometimes I will get an idea that makes me excited and want to write. Mostly it's a ...
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How to deal with the feeling of repetition as the wordcount grows?

First of all: English is not my first language so sorry for the spelling/grammar. Most of my previous published writing has been for comic books. Something I have noticed as my wordcount grows now ...

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