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Questions and ideas regarding a “scientific” isekai [closed]

I'm struggling at the moment with some vague notions and ideas for an isekai story, and would love to hear your suggestions. The outline is as follows: My intention for the main character is to be a ...
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What are readers ACTUALLY interested in when it comes to character?

I am writing fantasy. When I look up "what authors should know about their characters" I get advice like "know what you character fears", "know your character's central ...
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Byronic Hero's Backstory Ideas

I'm making a hero's journey story with a Byronic Hero. Right now I have these 2 basic ideas for the plot: Idea 1 Hero lives in isolation, away from city. Ultra-powerful Villain arrives, occupies the ...
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Where should I look for editing and publishing?

I have finally finished my first book, but I'm not quite sure where to look for editing or publishing. I'm interested in traditional publishing, but from what I've heard and read, I need an agency for ...
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Lyrics with “lalalalala” or “nanananana”? [closed]

Lyrics with "lalalalala" or "nanananana"? Is there any lyrics of a popular song where the "lalalalala" is written? I noticed a lot of lyrics, don't have them, but the ...
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How do you choose words to ensure that a sentence will be a tongue-twister?

How do you choose words to ensure that a sentence will be a tongue-twister? What are the criteria for determining which words will be a tongue-twister from an initial word you chose randomly? I don't ...
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Loving book characters too much

What does it take to become obsessed with liking your own character? A dude in a coffee shop yesterday was talking nonstop about how an author was able to describe one of his favorite characters ...
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A meaning without suitable words [migrated]

I wanted to add a poem to my book but I can't manage to convey my meaning in the right words. The first sentence was about bells that indicate _____. That was where my sentence end. The meaning that I ...
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Character name trademarks and copyrights

I've had some characters for a while for a comic I'm wanting to write, and until now I never thought about name copyright and trademarks. After looking it up, quite a few of my characters have the ...
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Would my character's “killer eyes” make him a great serial killer? [closed]

So I have a (male) human character who is a serial killer and a distant descendant of the greek monster, Medusa. He has similar eyes as her, although he can’t turn humans into stone, but when he looks ...
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What is this Genre?

So I'm starting a story right now that isn't non-fiction but idk if it could be classified as fiction. It's set on Earth in the USA, basically the main thing is that a tsunami occurs. I'm debating on ...
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Using they singular sounds grammatically incorrect

I asked this question some weeks ago. I have settled on using they/them But using they/them singular sounds weird and grammatically incorrect. IE: They is struggling in school Compared to the plural ...
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Do I need permission to copy school questions to my book?

My main character is going to a highly advanced school but I have no idea how to make up hard questions. I'm terrible at math, so I was wondering do I need permission to copy my older sister's college ...
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Is “the bar”, as in the bar that barristers work at as lawyers, capitalised or not?

I'm applying for lawyer jobs and training, so I have to use the word "bar" a lot, and I've noticed that small and upper case B is used. I'm afraid my English isn't good enough to work out ...
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When writing a YA novel, how necessary is it to include LGBT characters?

I am attempting to write a YA novel, and I keep wondering if it is important these days to include at least one LGBT character. So far, no LGBT character has 'organically' come up in the story, and ...
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A Medium publication contacted me at my Medium blog and asked for one of my published articles for free. Might they pay if I negotiated for that?

A nonprofit magazine called NFT (Nerd For Tech) with a Medium account (https://editorialteamnft.medium.com/) and its own website (https://www.nerdfortech.org/) contacted me out of the blue at my ...
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Could you publish something handwritten?

Recently, a friend of mine wrote a book, handwritten. She doesn't have the heart to type the three-hundred pages that she painfully wrote for two years. I really want to help her, can anyone tell me a ...
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Could I draw my own book cover?

I'm a person that is usually trying to save as much money as possible. If I draw my own book cover, is it okay? or do I really need to hire an artist?
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I need someone to critique and advise on my story…Will it be worth reading?

I've begun 'putting my life down on paper'. My husband and adult children know very little about my 'real' childhood. I've sheltered them from the worst of it, for fear it would change their view of ...
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A intro of the story where the main character talking through a microphone

I plan to change my prologue into where the character is talking his story to another dimension's audience. The problem is, I don't know how to write the first step properly. Is it [Recording], [Mic ...
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Requesting a book reccomendation to learn text / writing [closed]

I am looking for an English language textbook specifically about learning different types of writing (informative, argumentative, discursive) with annotated examples from published articles. I would ...
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How can I compensate for lack of decision-making due to a non-sentient protagonist?

I intend to write an adventure novel where the protagonist is a (divine) plant. Though it cannot move or speak, it's necessary for the plant to be the main protagonist (there will not be any subplots)....
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How do you insert lyrics into a novel?

She suddenly began singing "Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil If she doesn't scare you No evil thing will To see her is to take a sudden chill Cruella, Cruella She's like a spider waiting for the ...
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Can you use the landscape and personification to imply what a person is thinking?

Can you use the landscape and personification to imply what a person is thinking? Example: The forest thought that these branches could be good for hanging myself (suicide). Is this a valid figure ...
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Is it OK to replace real-world locations when writing?

I'm writing a story set in Bristol, UK (specifically the town of Avonmouth). So far everything has been geographically accurate, but if I want to make the story flow smoothly, I may have to replace ...
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Aside using alliteration in a rap lyrics, what else can you do to improve the flow of a song?

Aside using alliteration in a rap lyrics, what else can you do to improve the flow of a song? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck Alliteration can improve the flow of a rap lyrics, what other ...
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When you write lyrics, is it better to make sure that every line has the same number of syllables?

When you write lyrics, is it better to make sure that every line has the same number of syllables? Let's say you have 5 lines in a "verse", is it better to make sure that every line has 4-5 ...
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Can I use rain as a metaphor for war?

"Avalon falls to these lands. The red blood poured from the sky." Using Avalon instead of rain. Is this a metaphor and is this a valid metaphor? I am trying to see if this makes any sense ...
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What is the typical mood and style of light novels?

My friend has asked me to give feedback on a light novel that he's writing, and I've been clueless on how to proceed. I'm an avid reader of non-fiction, and although I don't read much fiction anymore, ...
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Suggestion/help needed with book series' subtitles containing series numbers

I have a series of books, e.g. Acme Travel Series... Book Title: London Sightseeing Subtitle: Acme Travel Series (Book 1 of Acme Travel Series) Book Title: Tokyo Sightseeing Volume 1 Subtitle: ...
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How can I avoid repeating words while still writing clearly?

Since I'm the type of person that doesn't use a word over and over again, it turns my masterpiece into a synonym dictionary (Kind of like a thesaurus.) If I used the words 'informal conversation' two ...
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What does “exogenous to” mean? [closed]

Dong,2019 documented that A possible critique of anidentification based on the passage of leniency programs is that it may not be fully exogenous to the political and economic conditions of a firm’s ...
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How should I input a “while something happened” text?

I am trying to create a children's story that explains how a dog is lost and can't find its way back home. After around 6 pages, the dog is found and rescued. I want to insert a "flashback" ...
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What are non-obvious ways to make the reader sympathize with the protagonist?

I was thinking of ways to make my audience like my characters. I always try to figure out my target audience and make the main hero as relatable as possible. Quite often do I embrace their integrity. ...
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Is it okay to change plots/genres multiple times?

My question is rather simple, and means exactly what it looks like. I'm writing a book in which there have been a genre change, from a not-very-good suspense novel to more of an action, however, the ...
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Can you use tenses illogically as a stylistic choice?

Can you use tenses illogically as a stylistic choice? This was the seed of your undoing. This mistake will end up killing you. There's a tense mismatch between the first and second sentences. Can ...
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What word could describe a person with integrity or the difference between a person with integrity and one without? [closed]

I am trying to get the perfect word to separate those having integrity and those who lack it. I am trying to describe someone who accepts full ownership for their choices even the more regrettable ...
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How to write a formal follow-up email to a professor?

So here is the problem! I asked a professor if he is taking any new students and he answered that there is a good chance that he would take me but he is waiting to hear back about his grant ...
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What is a great example of shear force when it comes to being equally yoked? [closed]

I'm thinking that what I wrote isn't a good example, for why you shouldn't keep score in a relationship because it creates "relationship shear". this is my example: Imagine if one handle on ...
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How many books do authors tend to write at once?

I was wondering, how many books do authors write at the same time? I usually try to focus on one project at a time, but I sometimes get inspiration for something else and want to write something ...
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What should phrases like “um” or “erm” be replaced with?

It is generally considered bad practice to include these in your writing, so what should be used instead? How would you show that your character is pondering something, or unsure about something, ...
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Turning ideas into hero's journey story [closed]

I want some advice on how to come up with a good story idea I have to create a story that has the 12-stage hero's journey structure, with a Byronic hero. Right now I can't seem to think of any good ...
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Omitting the verb in a series of similar sentences [migrated]

English is my second language. It seems natural for me to write the following: Out of 8 children, 7 can go to school by bus. John cannot, but he does not mind using his bicycle. "John cannot&...
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How should i proceed with my short story?

I wrote a short story a while back. It makes enormous sense to me but I can't decide if it would make as much sense to others. In my mind I imagine literary giants (mainly E.M.Forster for some reason) ...
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What type of rhetorical figure is this?

What type of figure of speech/rhetorical figure are the following: “You are dearer to me than myself, as you yourself can see.” (Bob Dylan) “Then I won’t forget, but you I’ll remember always.” (Bob ...
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Can my prologue be written in omniscient third person if the rest of my novel is written in third person limited POV?

I'm writing a novel in third person limited point of view. I want my prologue to feature an event that is referenced later in the novel, but my protagonist is not involved in the event. (e.x the ...
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Would it make sense to use words from other languages such as Latin?

By this I mean, if I used a Latin phrase or used a Latin title for something, would that make sense? For example, I was thinking of using a Latin title for an in-world book. Or a Latin species ...
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In song lyrics, how do you convey that a line or parts of a line is spoken at the same time?

In song lyrics, how do you convey that a line or parts of a line is spoken at the same time? Example: You are a fool, yeah that's right. "You are a fool" is spoken by a different person. &...
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How do you write a script for a music clip?

How do you write a script for a music clip? I am wondering because you need to sync the lyrics with the descriptions of the scenes, so I am wondering how it's done by the industry. Is there any ...
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How to add subtle hints for plot twist in your story?

In a murder mystery novel or stories alike, how do you give out hints and foreshadow key details without being obvious that those details are important yet if the readers read through it again after ...

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