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The role of inexplicable events in hard science fiction

The modern world has few true mysteries, among them the fate of the Roanoke colonists and the crew of the Mary Celeste but do such happenings have a place in futuristic settings? In settings with ...
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How to create a document with a table of contents in Scrivener on Windows?

I'm using Scrivener under Windows to write a text. How am I supposed to generate a document (Word, OpenOffice.org, LaTeX or something else) with a table of contents? I found some tutorials for doing ...
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How can I randomly replace only a few words (not all) in Microsoft Word?

How can I replace, say, 250 out of 1000 words in Microsoft Word? For example, 'happy' is written about 1000 times in my document. I want to replace only 250 of them with the word 'joy'. So is there a ...
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Writing in Common Styles

How do I make my writing sound like a college textbook, a newspaper article, a scientific journal, a blog post, etc, professionally?
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How to keep a story interesting when it's mostly dialogue?

I've realized that most of the short stories I've been writing recently are almost entirely dialog. The stories hinge on relationships between characters and associated conflicts, so it felt natural ...
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How do I show a character is involved in Internet subculture without making them seem dated?

I have a character who one of their primary character quirks is supposed to be that they are very involved in Internet subculture. They're a programmer who spends a lot of their spare time on certain ...
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How should I go about introducing character as a long forgotten friend?

I am having the main protagonist find their imaginary friend that they had previously forgotten. How would I make some flashbacks without making the plot too confusing or sounding choppy and forced? ...
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“Just as well” - can/is this used sarcastically?

I'm having a discussion with another writer: in the story, a person is describing someone else's father's disappearance and possible death. They're trying to express bitter resignation and uses the ...
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How To Start Writing [closed]

I'm new here and have been writing for around two years. I'm still fairly young, and I developed a love of writing around 6th grade. I've gone through many trials and errors, and I have a story I'm ...
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Sophisticated Prose: Good or Bad? [closed]

Prose that was written in earlier times has more complex sentences than prose that is written today, sentences whose meaning is not so easy for modern readers to grasp, because their complexity ...
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Is this too depressing?

I’m a young author writing a fantasy series. I decided to try writing the ending first because I was having trouble writing the first part. In my second book, they’re supposed to lose, and this guy’s ...
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Punctuation of a quote inside parentheses

I was wondering how to properly format a quote inside parentheses in MLA. So far I have mostly used the third option, although the double parentheses seem a bit ugly. example: 1) He directs his ...
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How to make a change in place and time more naturally?

Often when I write, I fast forward to a different time and place. When I do this, it sounds very unnatural and the pacing of the story feels too rushed. For example(by the way, this was not actually a ...
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Is it wrong to describe multiple scenarios with the same words, and if it is, how can I avoid it?

First of all, I don't believe my question is a duplicate of this question, but tell me if you think it is. (I don't think it's the same, as that question is using one particular example and is asking ...
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How to make sure that my book is “accurate”

I'm not exactly writing historical fiction or realistic, but I want my story to be "accurate." For example, let's say that my character got into a car crash after being chased by the police. ...
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Hyphen or en-dash

What is the correct dash usage when naming a title? I have an essay with the title: The success factors for successful e-commerce - A Linux-based e-commerce platform from an economic perspective ...
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Stuck with writer's block; how can my young protagonist overcome depression due to sudden loss of sight? [closed]

I'm writing a short story in which my protagonist is a little boy. An unexpected event happens and makes his life upside down which is blindness. This latter causes him depression and now I don't know ...
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What rights are needed to sell books on your website?

I have a website and I want to sell some books from different authors. Can anyone suggest who I should contact to get the legal rights to sell the books? I am selling them to other countries as well, ...
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What are the Best Practices for Developing Content for a Product-Promotion Website? [closed]

For products that are already listed in marketplace, what would be the best practice in sourcing content for a blog-style website that reviews, compares, and promotes such listed products with a view ...
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Term for a collection of novels divided into several series

I'm writing my first series of novels, which will contain four books. As often happens, about half way through developing the books, I opened up the possibility for an entirely new series set in the ...
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Should a third-person limited POV reflect the personality of the POV character? [duplicate]

I´m intending to write a fantasy story utilizing a multiple POVs in third-person limited. More than anything between the two main characters. And I was wondering whether it's okay to make a clear ...
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Could Abridged-Series-Style Comedy Fit a Fantasy Series?

Minus the obvious tropes like 4th-wall-breaking, pop culture references, or lampooning the source material that wouldn’t be usable in a serious novel, would you still be able to take a fantasy novel ...
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Include book cover in query letter to agent?

I'm emailing a few agents about a novel I wrote. Typical query letter, attaching a summary and the first three chapters, as they request. I happen to have commissioned a book cover for the novel, ...
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What type of writing would this fall under?

Would this be considered prose, or poetry? The reason I ask is because someone had told me that I should submit it to a magazine but I don't know what kind, if any would look at it. I write it about ...
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Flow of Today's Recommended Style

I know I've already posted many questions about the rhythm and flow of prose, but now I am asking a sort of specific question about the principles of style in relation to such things. All the style ...
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I’m having a rough time starting my second book in my series. Is this normal?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. When I was writing the first book, it was easy and words literally flew onto the page. Now that I’m starting the second book (even though I know what it’s ...
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How to write from the perspective of the future about the present?

My story mainly takes place in the present, however, it begins and ends about 20 years into the future. (The main character is reflecting on events in their youth.) Given that this is not science ...
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Original source of “Hero's Journey,” and related writing tropes?

Where can I find the basic texts on a story theory - books or things like that that discuss ideas like the "Chosen One" and the "Hero's Journey"?
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Tips on adding plot misdirection

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. My story is unpredictable, but there is absolutely no plot misdirection whatsoever. I have tried writing plot misdirections in my story a few times, but I ...
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Any resources for writing in Anglish?

"Anglish" is a variation on modern English that avoids or replaces all words that have non-Anglo-Saxon roots. I'm working on a story where I'll need to convert a lot of dialogue (just for a ...
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How do I avoid the “chosen hero” feeling?

In many works of genre-fiction (I'm talking mainly about fantasy and sci-fi, but others genres can apply), and across many forms of media, the main characters ends up being special in some ways. ...
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Does the fact that an old work was republished later affect the public domain status?

I want to use large excerpts from an old book in the textbook I am writing (e.g. 500-1000 word chunks at a time taken). These will serve as primary sources for the students to analyze. The first ...
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Love triangle issues

I will start by saying this isn’t a romance, but has your classic love triangle within the plot The problem is, within my writing, I got in too deep with my first two characters love story, and now ...
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Can I use the name of a character if they have totally different traits? [duplicate]

I'm writing a 7 book series and I wanted to use the name Roth in my series. However, I've seen this name used before in The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. If my Roth is a totally ...
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Dot after figure title?

Whether there should be a dot after a figure title (in a scientific book)? Note that I have figures numbered like "Figure 1. ..."
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Powers with unknown limits vs ones full of rules, limits and reasons?

I'm in a dilemma: I don't want my characters to have flawless, limitless and bad-consequence-less powers, but I also don't want to have my creativity limited by such rules and limits. In my case, it's ...
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Any words meaning a situation when you can't joke? [migrated]

I'm looking for a word that can be used in several situations: a moment when you cannot joke a subject that you can't joke about a person who doesn't understand your joke And I wonder if there are ...
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Disclaimer on true events

I am writing a book based on true events and characters. The issue I am having is with regards to conversations that some people may or may not have. I was thinking that a disclaimer something like a ...
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Shortage of Ideas

Oftentimes, when trying to write, I run into trouble comming up with all I intend to say, barely managing to author the main points. As to whether this is due to some cognitive defect, or due to some ...
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How to add symbolic things “in the background” without giving them focus?

my primary interest is video game development and I picked up writing (short stories) as a secondary skill. Because making games is a visual art that encompasses a bit of painting, cinematography and ...
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How do I ratchet down expectations in a genre that seems to have gone gonzo?

I've done worldbuilding and extensive plotting for a Book 1 based around a "detective" (not a literal detective but someone who fills that role) who hunts and resolves (neutralizes) occult objects. ...
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How does one avoid inevitable influences being obvious when writing something like superheroes?

So I have been debating writing a story idea I have had swimming in my head for a long time. I love superhero comics, and I love the more character driven aspects of the stories. I have been ...
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I feel as if my character does not have enough flaws. Any tips?

My character is named Buteo, he is one of my story's protagonists. He is very neat and organized. He really does not like change. He keeps to a schedule. Buteo is a perfectionist when it comes to ...
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Is Ice/Fire opposition too stereotypical?

I'm writing a story where a secondary story-line (it's about a companion of the main character) is basically about a fire mage and an ice mage. It fits well in the story and the fire/ice elements aren'...
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How do I handle an unequal romantic pairing in a world with superpowers?

I am writing a story that revolves around a number of characters that have superhuman abilities living amongst normal people, akin to they myriad superhero comics or many urban fantasies out there (e....
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Writing a supernatural book with characters who have supernatural powers that have already been explored in other works?

I am in the process of writing a book with many of the characters discovering that they have supernatural powers. I am trying very hard to find 'original' powers that have not yet been created and ...
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How Should I Write my Character Discovering Superpowers? [closed]

Does anyone have any tips on introducing your m/c's superpowers? My novel is set as a supernatural teen flick playing on the roles of the cliche. My m/c is told she has powers and as it's written in ...
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Two magical realities, ours isn't one of them. How do I stop my readers from getting confused?

I'm writing a story with a world that has different physics, alchemy rather than chemistry, and biology that relies somewhat on magic. The protagonist is not of this world, however he is not of our ...
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Superpowers in Writing - Cool for the sake of cool

I originally started planning/writing a short story that was more or less based on a few popular trends in YA/Sci-Fi writing (interstellar travel, superpowers, etc) just as an exercise to force myself ...

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