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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 ...
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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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How to revel a secret romantic relationship?

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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What reasons would the government need ghosts? [closed]

I am writing a story about ghosts. The government summoned these ghosts for a specific task(s). What might these tasks be? The ghost I'm working on is a ten-year-old girl in a small town who makes a ...
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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 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 can a fictional character overcome a situation where he is under surveillance? [closed]

So I have a hacker character who is sort of under heavy surveillance in his house. Every single one of his actions is monitored. He needs to somehow get a couple hours of uninterrupted time to access ...
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I wrote a story built around an object but now I want to keep a character and drop everything else, but how?

I wrote a story that I intended to be a one shot with three main characters, mainly to play around with a certain object within a world that suited it. When I was about where everyone was supposed to ...
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Can I write a story with the same variations of another?

I am writing a story that has clans, apprentices, warriors and stuff like that from Warriors by Erin Hunter, but it has different plot, characters, ex. Can I still write it and publish it? I'm also ...
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How to write a letter asking for permission for something?

I need to write a letter asking for permission to enter a facility to get my things, which I left during the pandemic. Does anyone know how to write a good letter asking for permission for something?
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A better word to indicate slow/high latency? [migrated]

We are comparing two techniques in computer science. We want to say X has "significantly high latency" when executed on system Y Is there a better one-word term we can use for the above to ...
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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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What are the different levels of detail or depth of an article based on its focus?

After spending hours/days on this, I need your help. I'm trying to create 4 names or categories to describe an article's level of detail, or range of depth. Analogy: Carbon (atomic) Skin cell (...
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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 can I make the story less predictable?

I'm working on my first novel. As I was going through the initial chapters, I felt that the story is quite simple and predictable (in the initial chapters) and picks up after 14 chapters are over. The ...
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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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When is it appropriate to include citations in a guidebook?

I'm working on a series of self-published guidebooks aimed at teaching tech skills for people who aren't tech literate. My only prior experiences writing nonfiction have been research papers for ...
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Where does “inaugural” go in this sentence?

I’ve been trying to adjust my short bio/blurb on LinkedIn to include the word “inaugural” in it, but, as soon as I do, it makes everything feel off and I'm not sure why. Here's what I've written (...
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Copyright infringement on spelling of invented names?

Years ago I invented a name for a kingdom/country in my YA fantasy novel, which I am on the verge of self-publishing. At random, I discovered a self-published author had the same invented name for her ...
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Can the villain be introduced too late?

An important aspect of my story is the dread of my villain. He is slowly built up throughout the story, with a bunch of characters here and there talking of the terror he inflicts upon the world. ...
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How to correctly show a translation of a foreign word?

My current project requires a lot of translation work, where the main character is slowly piecing together a language. I'm assuming that the best way to show the foreign language is with italics. What ...
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Influence of conflicting parental motives

I'm writing a story where a charater is the landlord to the protagonist. The situation develops into a shared house. The problem here is that the parents of said landlord have contradicting motives - ...
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The author allows me to use their (excellent) idea, but I need to paraphrase it. I can't find a good paraphrase. What should I do?

I meet an excellent idea and really want to use it. The author allows me to do that, but I can't just copy the whole text. The problem is, I do want to use my own language, but in each sentence they ...
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Where do the punctuation marks belong in this sentence?

I'm writing an essay and I need to know whether the following piece of writing is okay to use and where to put punctuation marks? Perhaps the ideal arrangement would be to spend part of the time in ...
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What is the proper punctuation when using the word “however” at the beginning or middle of a sentence?

EXAMPLE: I've asked this question using many platforms and tend to get conflicting answers. However, I believe the users of StackExchange will provide a trustworthy answer. In the example above, my ...
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Is this MLA in-text citation correct?

I've been having major trouble trying to find if the following paragraph's MLA in-text citation is correct. My main issue is that the in-text cite is supposed to cite both Leviticus 16, and Leviticus ...
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Citing sources within table and figure legends

I have a figure and a table within my results section that contains data I used software to collect. I have already cited this software within my paper, but to allow my figures to stand on their own I ...
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Did Matt Ridley ever says this thing on Red Queen? [closed]

A friend of mind says that Matt Ridley says that Monogamy mainly benefit men Marriage is a form of prostitution Church wants to prevent rich people from having legitimate heirs. I am trying to find ...
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Is it ok to be 11 and be writing a book while behind on school work?

I know to write, it is just that I am behind on my school work. Should I be writing a book?
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What do you call a quote that is a modification/derivation of another quote? [migrated]

There is the quote, "The truth will set you free". And then there are the quotes, "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." and "When you believe a lie ...
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Is it confusing for the reader to encounter in a novel the same language written with two different letters? Tamazight language as an example

I'm writing a fictional novel in English and I have a mythical character who speaks a combo of English-Tamazight (80% English). For those who don't know, it's the native language of all North African ...
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What qualifies for an antagonist?

I'm a young author writing a realism-fantasy novel. My "antagonist" is this man who sends the protagonist away against his daughter's wishes(this is the climax of the story). He does it sort ...
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Is it all right to write a memoir like a novel?

I wanted to share my true story as if I were writing a fictional story. For example, the author Terry McMillan's novel called, "Disappearing Acts", wrote a fictional story shared with her ...
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How can I avoid spoiling the reveal in a fictional diary entry?

I'm currently writing a story in a fictional diary format. This is proving challenging in several ways, but right now, my focus lies on trying not to give away any "big news" at the start of ...
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Will readers question my antagonist's choice of style?

I am a young author currently writing my fantasy series. It takes place in the present, but my antagonist is a thousand years old. She was born in 1050 AD. I did some research and found that time ...
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Typing speed stuck at 45 wpm after 5 months of practice

I have been practicing touchtyping for 5 months now , I started with typingclub, then I moved to key.br, and now I am using 10fastfinger.com. I also played typingrush.com . I am using a customized ...
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Should multiple chapters share the same page?

Now that my memoir is published, I notice how there are multiple chapters beginning sharing the same page that the previous chapter ended on. I don't like how it looks at all. Looking at other author'...
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Email Signature of a Complicated Name

My name is complicated, which is similar to the following name that I make up. Full name: Man Ka Au Yeung First name: Man Ka Middle name: Last name: Au Yeung How can I properly and concisely write ...
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Using alternative phrases to “meanwhile” or “elsewhen” to describe a non-linear flow of time as two consecutive events

I am currently writing a "time-travel" themed story that is more of a first-person perspective of all involved characters, and I want it to include the before and after reactions to the &...
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Can I use they/them pronouns in a medieval style fantasy novel?

I'm writing a book and I'd really love to include a person with they/them pronouns. However, the novel takes place in a sort of medieval style fantasy world, and I don't think anyone would have used ...
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AsciiDoc: how can I get the author's name in the output document?

This is the beginning of an AsciiDoc document, where the author is specified: = Writing Documentation using AsciiDoc Tom White <twhite@mymail.com> v2.0, 2020-11-06 :toc: The author name is ...
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What can be the guideline for modifying quote?

God does not play roulette — Albert Einstein There are cases that I feel like a change in the original quote would make it more rhythm, poetic, or reflect the spirit of the quote better. How should I ...
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Why can't self-represented litigants use “I” to refer to myself? [migrated]

How can this be true for even pro se litigants in court? Why can't they use Singular First Person Pronouns in their pleadings, when they are alleging causes of action to them personally? How must they ...
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Separating two separate bits of information in parenthesis

I have this excerpt of text from a scientific paper: ... such as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA; maternally inherited) or non-recombining regions of Y-chromosomal DNA (paternally inherited), ... Where I ...
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When two authors write a book, what order should I put them in?

Me and my friend are currently writing a Sci-fi novel. When we publish it, we want both of our names to be on the cover. Do I have to put our names in alphabetically, or some order?
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Is it okay to use a lot of questions to show my characters' thoughts?

First off, I'm sure someone will direct me to this question, and I want to make it clear that my question is different. I find myself using a lot of questions in my writing to express my character's ...
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Characters feelings; Using them for pacing/tension

I'm writing a novel and in the opening chapter, one of the main characters finds herself traveling by foot through a very severe sandstorm. I used the character's feelings of choking/suffocating to ...
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Why's “egalitarian documentation” 'cacophony'?

I know cacophony means "harsh or unpleasant sound", but I don't know what “egalitarian documentation” means. I can see it's poly-syllabic and long Latinate words. But why's it cacophony? I....
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Is it okay to switch narration styles towards the end of a story?

I'm writing most of my book in third person omniscient, but I think it would be better if I put the last few chapters in first person, that way the readers can better understand what's happening at ...
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Is there a limit to how much I should edit my work?

Is adding new ideas to a chapter after finishing it a bad habit? It's my first time writing a novella, and English is not my native language. Is it ok to edit my chapters many times to get a perfect ...

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