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Looking for active “Save the Cat” forum/group [closed]

Yes I already know lots of people think "Save the Cat" is terrible; that's fine. I'm looking for a not-dead forum or subreddit or something for discussing it and the other books in the series. ...
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Should Authors Strive to Write Stories Easily Understood by 5th and 6th Graders?

I just decided to use the Flesch-Kincaid metric for all my unpublished novels, and they all have a 5th Grade Reading Level. Is this good? I remember doing some final revisions of them all and I think ...
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I have two story ideas and I want to know if they're similar enough to other books/movies to be copyright infringing [closed]

Is a story about the Hindu gods being real inherently copyright infringing on the Percy Jackson series? Is a story about a plague causing the apocalypse, then a street gang trying to restore order and ...
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Where do I place parenthetical citations?

Do I place it inside the sentence like this: Family engagement is crucial to developing children’s emergent literacy skills because children who are raised in homes that promote literacy do better ...
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If my story is about fandom around 1920, how necessary is slang to convey the feel of fan conversation?

My idea for a novel about baseball is simple. This story is about being a baseball fan around 1920. In the name of conveying the way my great grandfather would have seen a baseball game, to what ...
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How do I ensure that my temper is not affecting my writing?

Usually, when I read my old blog posts, one thing I evidently observe is that my posts are affected by my temper at that time. I feel like I could have written them in another way (maybe due to my ...
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Can the first book in a series have a sad ending? (The antagonist wins)

I have an idea for a series, but I want the protagonist to die at the end of the first book, and make it seem like all hope is lost, and then in the second book others (one of his other relatives) ...
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How to write about a character adversely different to you

So, I am very naturally a nice person. I respect everyone unless they have well and truly wronged me. I go out of my way to help those who need it. Stuff like that. I am naturally a helpful and nice ...
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I'm having a bit of trouble fleshing out a character

I am having a bit of trouble getting into the head of one of my characters. He isn't one of the main protagonists, but he is allied with them. He is the husband of the leader of the group the ...
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How to quickly change people in first person view?

So, I'm trying to write a book in first person, but have trouble when there's any form of action involving in groups. After all, it's about multiple people, and I want to make sure each get their time ...
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What's the rule on revealing something to the audience, but not the characters?

This is a common problem I have writing fantasy. Most of the trouble comes from revealing a monster, but for the characters who have never seen the monster before, they don't know what it is. One ...
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What to do when API objects and UI names are different?

This question is in reference to API documentation. Say the name of an object is "Action" in the backend, but "Step" in the UI. We cannot rename objects. My approach is to explain that Action = Step ...
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Proper punctuation [migrated]

Please consider the following sentence. "A" has a unique association with "B" beyond its shared variance with "C" and "D". My question is whether "and" is joining "B" and "D" or it is joining "C" ...
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How to reference Other Sections in a document

I am writing a procedure and want to reference other sections in the same procedure. What is the correct way to call them out? Example: The xxxx are shown in Section V, Procedures Used to Implement ...
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Kishoutenketsu examples from media?

I've discovered recently this technique kishoutenketsu. And all I could find when people try to explain it the invent their own examples. But can you add here an example of usage of this technique ...
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Will naming a character Sindri make it too obvious that he isn't trustworthy? [closed]

I am writing a middle-grade series where a character is introduced early on as a supporter of the protagonists. He is enthusiastic at first, but grows more and more pessimistic as he realizes that ...
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Using song titles for chapter names from same artist?

I'm writing a thriller that takes place in 1950s NYC. The plot has already been fully written. I'm considering having chapter names take the form of Sinatra song titles. Frank Sinatra is not ...
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Do Traditional Publishers Want Shorter Works from Debut Authors?

I have been told by an assistant of a literary agent in New York City that debut authors should stay away from pitching a book that's over 70,000 words, and less than 55,000. Is this universal for the ...
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How do I describe something vividly without being purple?

I feel that the following example from Rosa Luxemburg is good at describing my goal. Despite using "complicated" words it doesn't come off as pretentious or edgy, but it still manages to give off the ...
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Chicago notes citation question: how to cite an entry from an annotated bibliography?

I apologize in advance if I shouldn't post this question here. I am trying to cite an entry from a book containing a collection of annotated bibliographies that organizes its entries by number. For ...
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When Should A Writer Stop Self-Editing?

I have about four thoroughly edited unpublished novels right now, and I have accounted for a lot like: story (developmental editing), logic and consistency, flow and style, and now including for ...
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How to cite inside a book [closed]

Currently I am in the process to write a explanatory guide about the composition of Cannabis flowers, in particular their medical, recreational and health related values. As this topic involves the ...
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Can you use a gerund in past tense to signify that is happening at the same time [migrated]

Ex. "He spoke softly, narrowing his eyes as they adjusted to the light" "'I'll never agree,' he said lifting his head in defiance I know gerunds are present tense but it seems like they can be tied ...
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Is starting each chapter with a diary entry cliche?

In my post-apocalyptic story, my narrator keeps a journal, and each new chapter starts with a journal entry of hers that's relevant to the events of the chapter. How often is this done, and is this a ...
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How do I avoid using to many "I and My in first person narratives [duplicate]

To give you a little context below. "Yesterday, I was smiling, and tomorrow, I will try to hold my head up high. But today, tears welled up in my eyes, as my worst fear looked me in the eyes as my ...
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How a character displays disdain for someone [closed]

I am struggling trying to get one of my characters to display disdain for someone. I've tried him "snorting", "twisting his lips", "rolling his eyes" but it isn't coming across well. Can anyone give ...
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How would I write a squeal?

I've seen answers that are just AHHHH! or AAAHHHHH! if the character is frightened, but what if the character is excited? I've also seen people put an exaggerated "SQEEEEE" for excited but I don't ...
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George Orwell died over 70 years ago: how does this affect the copyright of translations of his works?

From what I understand, since George Orwell died (21 Jan. 1950) slightly over 70 years ago now, his books are now in the public domain under UK copyright law: Type of work Written, dramatic, ...
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What word would people with outdated technology make up for a plane? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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The use of elipses in writing a novel

I am a little confused and need some help in clearing things up. In writing dialogue and the speaker pauses how do you show this. Now, from my understanding you use ellipses(...). If this is true, how ...
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Would a Novel About Persecuted Christians and Saudi Arabia Be Banned in Some Countries?

I have been thoroughly line-editing a debut novel of mine entitled ISA for which it's about a persecuted Christian living in Saudi Arabia, and I have commented a lot on the social structures in Arabia ...
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Including incidental personal traits in a review

When you write an online review (for instance, of a restaurant) is it appropriate to include information about the hosts that isn't directly related to the service provided? Recently I bought a ...
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How to write a character with a bipolar personality?

I need some help. I am already deep into 2 stories that involve composers and in both stories there is a character based on Ludwig van Beethoven. Here is what I have trouble getting across: Friendly ...
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Help! How do I transition from a character voice to a narrator?

How do you successfully transition from a first-person narrator, who is present only for the first few chapters of a book, to a different narrative voice that will continue for the rest of the book? ...
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What's An Acceptable Word Count for a Debut Novel?

I decided to ask this question after finding no other similar questions to mine. But anyway, I have a portfolio of unpublished novels that have been thoroughly edited. One is a piece of Christian ...
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Should I call my book a memoir if it also has some autobiographical elements?

I asked a similar question on here and am updating a manuscript I initially wrote for a friend six years ago. I learnt that an autobiography is more like a journal which details accounts in ...
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How to write an autistic character having a meltdown?

Background I am currently working on a short science fiction story, and need some advice about writing a pivotal scene for the main protagonist. The main character of the story is a biologist and ...
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Punctuation in non-period bullets list

Desktop-publishing question: For example, in the bulleted text with non-period-at-the-end writing style, is it proper to eventually use a few sentences for one of the bullets with a period mark in-...
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Writing Someone Drunk

So I want to write a scene from a teenage girl in 1st-person present tense. She's drunk. I've never been drunk before, so I can't tap into personal experience to make this relatable and/or realistic. ...
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Proper use of comma in a sentence [migrated]

I would like to know if this sentence is right or are there too many commas. His father, Sandul, clad in his brown loose-fitting, collarless, ankle-length traditional jalabiya walked through the ...
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Who are some people (or well-known fictional characters) that drew a lot of media attention in 18th/19th century Europe/US?

Suppose someone is suddenly exposed to a barrage of media attention today, they might say something like "I feel like a Kardashian". What if I have a character (in Europe) experiencing something ...
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What is a more effective way of describing 1st POV with out using “I” [duplicate]

To give you a little context. Is there a better way to describe this scene without using I? I felt the urge to run out the door. In that moment, I was swept up with fear and self-pity. I jumped ...
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If I were to publish a book series, each having 100 pages, would it be considered a children's book series?

I had an idea for something like a light novel of some sort, but I have a creeping concern. If I published a fantasy book series, each book has 100 pages each, would it be considered a children's book ...
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Turning a general story idea into a series of events

I don't tend to struggle coming up with ideas for story plots - the 'one sentence summary', as it were. As soon as it comes to breaking that into a series of events and chapters, though, I quickly get ...
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Order of “List of”s in TOC

Is there an accepted order in which "List of"s should appear in the document? For example, I have a section dedicated to "List of (Code) Listings", another for "List of Figures", and another for "...
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Writing a character that only the protagonist hears/understands (kinda like R2D2)

How do you write a character that only the protagonist can hear and/or understand? I'm writing a story with this doll as the antagonist, but the doll is only a figment of the protagonist's ...
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Is this a tacky ending?

Would you consider a worldwide vote on if the character succeeds to be a tacky ending to a story? The means for the vote to occur are in place, but is it a satisfactory climax to have the protagonist ...
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Should the first paragraph after a chapter be indented if it is quoted dialogue?

In my manuscript I generally do not indent the first paragraph following a chapter heading. This generally looks good and reads well with the exception of starting a chapter with quoted dialogue. See ...
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Can I put a strong sarcastic statement in “formal” speeches or debates

I have to write a speech on 'High level of illiteracy in [some country]', can I include a strong satire on bureaucrats, on power? I am not mentioning the sarcasm here, due to some reasons, (I will ...
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Using single or double quote

I have scoured the internet but have found conflicting information. When in in dialogue in writing a person mentions the name of a song, should it be in single quote? Example below and the part in ...

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