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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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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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Terminology: writer's block

Does the term "writer's block" refer to the condition in which the author not having anything to write, or has the material but unable to put it in words in the way he wants; or both?
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Are Said Phrases Dependent Clauses, Independent Clauses or Phrases? [migrated]

I have been stuck on these two questions for figuring out whether or not these are independent or dependent clauses/ phrases. The two are: a new year and the blues and the bad I think that "a ...
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When to be literal and when to be metaphorical?

I tend to chide myself when I explain things very literally. However, I've noticed some excellent literature uses some very literal explanation of the scene and even the character's emotions while ...
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How can a newbie writer secure a self-written story for him/herself using copyright? [closed]

I have an idea to write a story. How can I apply copyright to it after it gets written?
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Going back in time [closed]

If i were to have a character go back in time, could there be a rule for having only one world exist? So if she goes back in time, the other world would be destroyed? Could that potentially happen, so ...
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How to improve writing non-action scenes

I think in terms of action. Whenever I am imagining any scene I am about to write, I see it as a movie playing in my head which I then pen to paper. So naturally, action scenes (like a fight, chase or ...
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Using minimal amount of dialogue to introduce two characters but still move the story along

I have always struggled with writing dialogue between my characters in my historical fiction novel. So, when it is possible to avoid dialogue, I avoid it. In the scenario I am writing, I have 2 ...
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How does the end of a sentence conveys the greatest emphasis, but the beginning conveys secondary emphasis?

Location of information within a sentence also affects emphasis. Generally, the end of a sentence conveys the greatest emphasis, the beginning of a sentence conveys secondary emphasis, and a ...
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If your Introduction can function as a Conclusion, isn't it redundant to write anything in the Conclusion beside “refer to the Introduction”?

In the example below, I would state the Conclusion just once, at the beginning. I pick the sentence under Section 5 because it's more detailed than the sentence under Section 1. I find the second ...
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Figure Annotation and Writing papers

If I had a figure like let's say imaginary figure A. If I were to use this figure, and only needed a segment should I put the whole figure in the academic Research paper or just the section? If so, ...
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I'm writing a book on my life, what publishers look into these type of books?

Im a Mexican/American by the border of South Texas. I have a real story to tell from crime to redemption what publishing companies publish these type of books?
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Words use to describe racing heartbeat

I think that it is too simple just to use "my heart pounded." I prefer something a little bit more elaborated. What sentence can I use besides from "my heart pounded?" Maybe you ...
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How to describe a setting but without making it too cliche?

There is this one author technique that I find a bit cliche, which is matching the mood to the setting. This means that for example, when one character is upset, the skies are grey to match the mood ...
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Giving journeys a sense of scale

Journeying is a central part of my novel. However, it gets really boring really quickly to describe them walking through the same landscape for a few weeks. I want to skip to the parts that are ...
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How to write natural-sounding dialogue?

Writing dialogue for my novel has proved to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. It all seems clunky and unnatural. Any tips for writing natural sounding dialogue?
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Should I be concerned about covering the same stuff in multiple self-help books?

I currently don't work with a writing mentor, and was wondering if I should worry about covering the same things in multiple books on the same subject for self help. I'm basically going through the ...
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What's the proper form of “As a judge of your parents actions”? [migrated]

A grammar checker is saying I have two options, but which one is proper since you have two parents: parents' parent's Note: this is for a Theology Masters paper that I hope to eventually publish ...
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Main Character Death

I have a main character out of 3 main characters in a Historical Fiction book. His name is Darius. I have planned for him to die in a POW camp during WW1, this will happen near the end of the middle/...
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Developing Voice for a Third Person Narrator and Multiple Characters

I'm currently working on what I hope to be a near final draft of my first ever novel. Something I've struggled with through this writing process is developing a voice for my narrator as well as my ...
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Scientific Research Paper

Is it okay to reference material from a previous paragraph, like as follows "In paragraph 3" or "In the introduction"? Or do I have reassert the idea, if so does it have to require ...
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How to get across to the reader a character’s prophetic abilities

My protagonist is speaking to my interpretation of the three fates from Greek mythology. He doubts their abilities until one of them echoes his every word as, or an instant before, he utters them. How ...
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How to give your characters enough dialogue?

In my story, there are quite a lot of characters. It can be difficult for me to give them dialogue. For example, let's say that there are a five friends at a party. I would run into a habit of having ...
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In Alan Bennet's The History Boys Mrs Lintott says to Irwin 'If I was a better teacher..'. Why does she not say 'if I were a better teacher? [closed]

I don't understand why Mrs Lintott does not seem to be using the subjunctive
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List of symbols in dissertation with wide range of topics

Currently, I am writing a dissertation in computer science, which covers a relatively wide range of topics. When creating the List of symbols I have the problem that many symbols appear several times. ...

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