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Can I self-publish in some countries and work with a publisher for another country?

I am creating a series of books. I'll be ready to publish the first in one month, then have about 20-30 more that will be done across the span of the next year or two. I'd prefer to self-publish on ...
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How do you write a YouTube description for a music clip?

How do you write a YouTube description for a music clip? Is there some kind of conventions? What are some of the conventions and are there templates out there that shows you how to properly credit ...
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Will a literary agent reject a book that is longer than the average word count?

I'm currently writing a book that goes much, much more than the average word count. (My children's novel is at least 80k words). My targeted audience would be 8-13 years old. Will an agent reject a ...
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The problem of the throwaway boyfriend

In the first 10% of my novel, my MC has a boyfriend. MC is accepted into the Space Corps (or he's summoned to fight Troy - the particulars don't really matter), boyfriend is sure he'll wait the ...
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How do you integrate numerology in poetry?

How do you integrate numerology in poetry? I was thinking of using numbers in the first four verses. For example, write a poem about war and make sure that the first four numbers matches the year ...
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What is the difference between “be embolden” or “be emboldened”?

In the context of a riddle, I am writing a couple of verses that should rhyme. The first verse ends with "golden"; looking for rhyme words, I found the word "embolden", so I wrote &...
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Sorting citations by date, using LibreOffice and Zotero

I am using LibreOffice for my writing and Zotero for my references. I want my citations to appear by date rather than by authors' names. Is there a way to do this?
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Mixing prose and verse

I’m writing a novel and one of my characters speaks in poetic verse, should I format her dialogue differently to my characters who communicate in the traditional manner?
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Structure to follow while writing very short essays

I have to write essays in two examinations which will be conducted soon. Those exams need essays to be written in 250 words. The topics are given on the time of the exams and are usually anything ...
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Is italicizing parts of dialogue for emphasis ever appropriate?

Is it ever appropriate to use italics to emphasize parts of dialogue to show which words the speakers is putting emphasis on? I used to do this quite frequently, but I was told that this was a sign of ...
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Is my novel too short?

This is my first time trying to write a book, and I usually just plow through stories so fast that it ends up being like 50 pages. I'm at 73 pages right now, wordcount being a bit over 10,000. It's ...
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Will changing a protagonist into an antagonist alienate readers?

It's really hard for me to write questions here without giving a complete info dump on my story. Every time I start to explain my problem, I find myself writing an entire synopsis. This is my third ...
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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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Is there a term for a fiction piece that goes after the prologue but before the epilogue?

I'm writing a long non-fiction text that describes a fictional setting. I came up with a fiction piece for that setting, to include as further illustration. I decided it would work best if I split it ...
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Is it necessary to include humans in a world to make the world seem more grounded and realistic?

I am making a continent for a RPG that I am planning to run. I am currently running one on a different continent in the same world. That world has Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Halfings and a handful of ...
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How to avoid having too many side characters in school-based story?

Follows up this my question (How to choose ideal number of main characters?) I want to write a book / series about 4 friends from school. A little inspiration comes from The Middle series. But I do ...
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To facepalm or not to facepalm

How would you describe a facepalm in a more formal sense? For example, he rubbed his head with his hand. Or, he rubbed his temples. Basically, my character here is really annoyed at the stupidity of ...
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How to beautifully describe a marble statue? [closed]

The scene is that a student has sculpted a marble statue of a woman and is presenting it in a competition (there is magic involved). The person who is judging them finds his breath taken away by this ...
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Can the character name I'm using be copyrighted?

In a novel I am trying to write, I have a character named Agent Fiercestar. This is an obvious reference to Warriors, as "Fiercestar" could be a perfectly good name for a warrior cat. It has ...
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What to do when you lose 20+ pages of story?

I was writing earlier today, and doing very well. I was 'in the zone', writing great, everything going well, writer's high, 40+ words per minute, everything seemed perfect. And then everything decided ...
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What should I do with this? [duplicate]

So like, I received a message from "Author Liaison Representative" in Wattpad. The thing said: Hello Mimiko-nyan, My name is Tika. I'm an Author Liaison representative, representing W e b n ...
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How do I make a headstrong female character likable and not annoying?

I have a story where one of my lead characters is a headstrong young woman. In terms of personality she is hyperactive, energetic, and charismatic, but at the same time these traits make her arrogant, ...
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Similar plot and similar character names-too similar? [duplicate]

I'm asking this question on the behalf of my friend. So, recently, my friend's story seemed remarkably similar to a published story(FYI, my friend's story is still in the drafting stage, I'm just ...
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What does an italicized ``n'' mean in an index entry of an old book?

The following snippet is from a the INDEX of book that was published in 1877: I would like to know what the n means in, for example, the index entry Acworth, George, 100, *n*. I don't ever recall ...
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Why is tl;dr at the end?

Why is it in the end, I see this often after reading the material. The definition is too long, didn't read, but by the time I see the tl;dr, I've already read it. It breaks the flow of the whole story ...
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What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing?

What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing? What should we keep in mind while writing it?
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LaTeX as alternative to Scribus for large text books

I want to publish multiple large text books, each one about 480 pages long, this is print on demand (POD) on IngramSpark. The content is basically text and a few black and white images. Another ...
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Skipping chapters due to lack of resources

I am writing a historical fiction book. I do not have access to historical records and stuff like that so I tend to skip chapters saying I will write them later because I do not have the resources to ...
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How to punctuate dialogue interupted by the same character's dialogue?

I understand how to punctuate dialogue interrupted by action. But there are two main examples of where I feel it's effective for the same character to interrupt their own dialogue. Example 1: ...
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Flow of narration [closed]

I have this problem with my narration that a lot of the time I felt as if it's a bit stale or rigid. It doesn't help that English is my second language, although it's easier to display my writing in ...
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How to write a sequence of steps without constantly using phrases like “then” and “after which”?

I am given a task that required explanation of a procedure. The procedure (just an example) for making a banana shake would be as follows: Get 1 dozen bananas Get 1/2 a liter of milk Get 2 tbsp. ...
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Which website is the best for finding critics and feedback on my stories? [duplicate]

I want to post somewhere the pilot chapter of my planned book, to earn feedback and tips what should I improve. Kinda when a TV orders a pilot and then reviews it, if it will attract people. Could you ...
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How to make a romantic subplot without dragging it out?

So, I have my MC and her love interest. One is a prince who is a fugitive of his kingdom, the other a street urchin who has a scarred past. Despite this, the MC falls in love with the love interest ...
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How to create a likable and sympathetic character, even if they are a pervert?

I want to add a perverted character to my story (don't ask why), a bit like Master Roshi from Dragon Ball or Minoru Mineta from My Hero Academia. However, I want to make them more sympathetic and give ...
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Is it possible to teach yourself how to line-edit and copy-edit your own writing?

Is it possible to teach yourself how to line edit and copy edit if you are the writer? I read others work, but the styles of a writer can be confusing. I need to learn how to edit to be a good writer.
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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 (please pay attention to the structure of the sentence, not its ambiguous or ...
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How can I add dynamic images to page headers based on headlines?

Version: Microsoft Word 2016 Here you can see, that my headline 9 (and all other headlines, too) have an image as part of the headline and the headline is also displayed in the page header. Everything ...
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How to stop writing from deteriorating mid-writing?

I'm not really sure how to describe this, but whenever I write I tend to start off okay-ish but as I progress it all just falls downhill. I think it's because I get too ahead of myself with my ideas ...
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Third Person Limited: use of 'I' in internal dialogue

My current piece in 3rd person involves lots of internal dialogue because the character is somewhere they can't speak in the local language. I've been advised not ever to use 'I' in this perspective, ...
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Where is a good place to find beta readers?

Beta readers are important to perfecting a novel/novella/short story. They give you a fresh set of eyes, offer opinions, and can be a great moral boost. But where can you find good beta readers? Are ...
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What features would a user require from a Citation generation app

I'm attempting to create a mobile application that allows users to convert a DOI from a research article into a Citation. The user will be able to select any valid Citation styles and the generated ...
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A good term describing the dichotomy between stochastic and deterministic? [migrated]

I'm searching for a fine word-choice for X in: "The X of the model outputs can be deterministic or stochastic.": I know that we can write that the Size of a house is small or large Color of ...
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Software for organizing blocks of text within files

I'm looking for a simple program that takes as input text files, allows me to tag them on a relevant paragraph or subsection, and combine those tagged text snippets in files corresponding to each of ...
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When using mythology in your writing, can you change certain small aspects of some myths to fit into your story?

I'm writing a book that takes place in modern day but also involves the Greek gods and goddesses and Greek mythology. Is it frowned upon to change a small part of a certain myth to make it fit into ...
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How to write partner fighting?

To clear some things up, I define partner fighting as combat in which two people of the same side are fighting alongside one another as a pair against another person/other people. I haven't been able ...
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How can I cite multiple pages from the same site with no author listed in MLA?

I'm writing an MLA paper which in which I need to site 2 pages from https://www.merriam-webster.com. Here are what my citations look like in my works cited page: "dirigisme". Merriam-...
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What resources can I use to be 100% assured that my story is not too similar/plagarising already existing works?

I've been worrying about this for quite a long time. So, for the past year or so, I've been working hard on a story I'm very passionate about. My biggest concern of them all is copyright issues. I'm ...
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What's the most effective way to indicate an unknown year in a decade?

I want to indicate that the setting of a story is Los Angeles in the 2030s, but I don't want to specify the year, and I don't want to write it as Los Angeles, 2030s The Possibilities Los Angeles, 203-...
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How To Avoid Burnout [duplicate]

One of the main issues I've had when writing is burnout. I get really invested in a deep story and work on it for months, milking every second. However, the issue with this is, after a few months I ...
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Is there a good way to organize chapters with Open Office Writer?

I've found I'm writing some of 20+/- page documents that are of publishable quality. How can I organize them into chapters in order to keep them organized better than in a single document.

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