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How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness?

How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? I am thinking of using metaphors such as broken mirror and distorted reflections, but more specifically is there ...
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How to write romantic scenes that aren't cringy?

I know this question is inherently subjective, but I'm asking it in the case that there are universal traits of a romantic scene that makes it cringy. Now, I guess this question can be applied to all ...
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If story includes a cross country road trip, do the highway and city names need to be real?

If story includes a cross country road trip, do the highway and city names need to be accurate / real? If she takes a train cross-country, do the routes need to also be real?
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Can a writer change the perspective of a story?

Is it a bad thing if someone writes a story in the third point of view, then he changes the whole story into the first point of view where the protagonist himself tells the story?
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How should endorsements be used?

I have a long and analytic article. By its nature, it's hard to get clicks, and even raise skepticism. Luckily, I have an endorsement from a person who is regarded as expert in the field, and I am ...
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A quick question about -ing forms

On seeing the snake,the boy flinched. Seeing the snake, the boy flinched. Is SEEING a gerund in the first sentence and a participle in the second? Or is it a participle in both sentences? Any help ...
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A question about punctuation

Every man chased three deer going to the forest while eating oranges. Every man chased three deer going to the forest, while eating oranges. Does the comma greatly alter the meaning of the second ...
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How to stop using she in creative writing [duplicate]

Hi can someone please help me to stop using she so much in this paragraph. Clitter, clatter. The heavy metal case carrying her belongings rolled over the small divides in the polished white floor, ...
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Typing correctness - minimising errors such as DOuble capitals

I've been doing a lot of technical writing work lately, and would like to increase my writing speed by minimising errors. One error that I tend to repeat is capitalising the first two letters of a ...
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Tense-inadequate but Meaningful

I was writing the conclusion to one of my short stories in which the main character has to endure a bit of humiliation so that everyone else gets to have a good time. The closing sentence is: They ...
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When does figurative language go too far?

I like using figurative language to lighten up my writing. However, I'm not sure how far you can take some stylistic devices, such as personification. Please take a look at this example: “XYZ is a ...
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How do you make a complex but unlikable character?

I'm at the point in my story planning where I need to develop all of the characters. I want this character to be just be a complete asshole, but have more than that one trait. I'm not sure how to ...
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What's the difference between Deus Ex Machina and coincidence?

I've read 1, 2, 3 and of course, 4. Then I read 5 and 6 and even 7. I was blissfully ignorant about coincidence, DEM and plot-convenience; but now, I'm just confused about the difference. I feel ...
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Is it true that the need for marketing/promoting one's books is a “myth”?

For indie fiction authors, is it true that if one simply writes and publishes regularly, one will begin to see sales (as Dean Wesley Smith proclaims), and that book marketing/promotion is actually ...
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Are there any online literary magazines that provide feedback regarding work that they turn down?

I’ve gotten sick and tired of being rejected by pretentious form emails. At this point, I only prefer to send to magazines who will at least have the kindness to give a bit of feedback to authors ...
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Does “Let me know if you have any questions.” mean “reply only if you have a question”?

Does "Let me know if you have any questions" mean that there is no need to reply unless you have a question? I get informational emails sometimes that end with some form of "Let me know ...
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How would I best express this in English? [migrated]

I'm new to English writing and, unfortunately, I cannot even find words to describe the problem properly (I guess there would be a special name for this issue). I wrote a sentence "[...] the ...
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Can I use a print on demand service for my novel with an explicit scene?

I am looking to print the first novel I ever wrote for personal use—one physical copy to sit on my bookshelf as a token for completing the first one (there have been multiple after this one). This ...
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A smooth way to make Dialogue

I am an amateur fiction writer and a key feature in most of my pieces is dialogue. There are often 6-12 characters in the exciting scenes and a lot of the content depends on who said what and how the ...
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Please give me guidelines for writting academic summaries of research articles [closed]

This last semester most of the written homeworks I had in my "Biomaterials" course at the university consisted in writting summaries of research articles. I got bad grades in almost all of ...
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Would having two time skips close together be weird?

There's a story idea I've been playing with for years now but I feel like I need to do two time skips one after the other which may be weird for readers. I have a prologue where she talks to her ...
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This is my story “Tall Tales”. Does it have well-written dialogue, and is the story engaging? [closed]

Here is my story, Tall Tales, which is set after an apocalyptic event. — Our group had decided to set camp for the night. Though we nearly got mauled to death in a surprise attack, it was a reasonably ...
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Is frequent releasing of new books a good alternative to doing promotions?

Is it true that releasing several well-written books consecutively/frequently will lead to sales without any need to do promotions? I have heard some indie-publishing authors/pundits say that a better ...
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Real city in different location

I want to use the name Tailholt in Oklahoma as a city in western Oklahoma when it actually in eastern Oklahoma. Is this a good idea or bad one?
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Is it a copyright infringement if I include a magical newspaper with moving pictures in my novel?

I want to add a magical newspaper in my novel. In the newspaper, all the images are moving, like the newspapers in Harry Potter. Is it copyright infringement for me to include a newspaper with moving ...
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How do I write less like a screenplay?

I've come to notice I have a very specific manner of writing. Specifically, I've noticed that while I'm writing a book, I tend to pace and set up things more like I'm writing a screenplay than a novel....
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Why did the publishing houses reject JK Rowling's Harry Potter 12 times? [closed]

I saw in the Internet that JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before she could publish her first Harry Potter book. Why?
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Short Story versus Novel format

I have just completed a draft erotic short story I have never professionally published fiction before but I believe this story "sizzles". This story is around 4000 words. I have rough ...
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Is it possible for a sequel to be a completely different genre than the first book?

I'm wondering if is it possible to write a romantic dramatic book, and then write a second book that's a sequel but in a completely different genre, like a horror or psychological horror story?
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TypeError: Failed to resolve module specifier “react” [closed]

I am trying to create the rest api client side of our system. I looked up tutorials in the internet. I am now working on consuming the login. I encountered an error saying: Uncaught TypeError: Failed ...
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In a parody of a short children's story, is copying a couple of lines word-for-word going to present legal problems?

I've written a parody of a famous children's book, the original being a 60-line poem with illustrations (modern, so definitely within copyright). I've tried to get the parody as close to the poem as ...
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Why do publishers and agents frequently require a biography and curriculum vitae with queries?

I understand why a publisher or an agent might want a synopsis or a chapter-by-chapter breakdown. But, more often than not, agents' and publishers' submission guidelines require these along with a ...
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How can I overcome that paralyzing fear that my writing isn’t good enough

I've written a large section of my book. The questions that keep haunting me are: Is this story unique? Will people like it? I think it's becoming repetitive. Will the characters be loved? And a lot ...
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How to write better introductory passages (usually the first paragraph in the chapter that introduces the setting)?

Each chapter of a novel usually has an opening paragraph, or an introductory passage, that lends a flavor to the setting essential for the action that will follow. How to make the descriptions more ...
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Where to indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. But I ...
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Problems about making a story suspenseful

I've been writing my first story for almost one year, and I am facing problems in working on suspense and that's why I'm slowing on it..I just present ideas, kind of explicitly and I don't know how to ...
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A BibTeX for Reference-Style Links in Markdown?

Both Daring Fireball https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#link and Markdown Guide https://www.markdownguide.org/basic-syntax/#formatting-links suggest that in Markdown writing, ...
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What is the problem with starting a sentence with “and”?

Few months ago, in my school, someone checked my writing, and said, “I’m not a big fan of starting a sentence with ‘and’,” and I don’t see a problem with it. Can anyone answer why some people dislike ...
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Two of my characters have the same names as two characters in a comic book/show. Should I change one of them?

So I'm currently starting to write this idea that I've had in my head for a long time and a couple of months ago, I realised that my main female characters have the same names as the main female ...
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Can one of my POV characters have the last name Thibodaux and get published?

I live in Louisiana, and names with french origins are very common here. So we all know how they're pronounced. I'm worried that a publisher will want me to change the name as it may not be so obvious ...
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Misspelling and punctuation how to improve?

Love telling/writing stories except I am the absolute worst at both spelling along with punctuation. Normally I care less about these things because I can still read them although many people get ...
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Is it possible to publish a fanfiction on DARK (Netflix TV series)? [duplicate]

I am a 24 years old Indian. I've been writing a fanfiction on DARK. The very famous Netflix TV series. I took main leads from the series and the basic theme of time travel and multiple universe. Later ...
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How to improve writing style and vocabulary?

I'm working on my first book. I'm not that great in English and sometimes while writing, I feel that I'm not able to give my 100% in dialogues and overall writing style, overall( like adding more ...
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Lots of ideas, but don't want to tell stories

I sometimes have ideas for what I think might be compelling stories - most would fall in the category of fantasy/science fiction; however, I realise that I have no real interest in telling stories. I ...
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Translate or keep terms with diverse meanings?

I struggle with a passage in a text that I gave in three translations. In one, the original word is kept, but as it's ancient Greek and I don't speak Greek I had to look it up. In the other two ...
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Should a writer be a good reader?

Someone who wants to be a writer, has a good idea in his/her brain but is not much of a reader. Can that person be a good writer given that he/she has read a few novels but wants to write a great ...
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Introducing secondary characters

The dilemma I find myself in is introducing secondary characters. Say, this character - a family relative - only exists fleetingly in my story. The first time I introduce the character, I mention it's ...
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How does war work? [closed]

I am currently writing a story about an interstellar war. Here is the general idea: this war is taking place in Jupiter, the largest planet and one of the main areas of conflict everyone in this ...
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Cons of Extensive Detailing [duplicate]

Every time I start a story, I create the scene in my mind. I'm pretty sure others would be able to write it in 2000 words. However, once I start writing, I detail every scene way too much and the end ...
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Mixing up mythology [closed]

So I am writing a book in which I want to include gods from different mythologies, like Erebus from greek and Heka from egyptian mythology. but I don't know how I should approach it. Can I like ...

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