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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 But anyway, I have a portfolio of unpublished novels that have been thoroughly edited.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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Is it ok to underline or italicize the topic sentences of each paragraph of an essay?

I'm writing a casual essay which is intended for one of my friends. I wrote it so that it's quite easy to grasp the gist even if you read only the topic sentences of each paragraph. Would emphasizing ...
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format of a song in writing a novel

In my novel, I am writing a scene where my character digs up a memory of a song a lady sung to him in the past. He runs into the lady again, several years later and he is recanting the song to her. ...
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Is it a bad idea to write two screenplays at once? [closed]

I write scripts. Right now I'm writing a feature. I'm kind of a beginner, so I wanted to ask, is it a bad idea to write two screenplays at once? Sometimes, I sit down to write and start having all ...
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The proper use of had in a sentence [closed]

In my novel I am writing a scene where I am trying to describe a character. In the scene, he is a white male, 35 years old, with rich parents. He is an alpha male and I am trying to make him dress ...
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Mother is writing a book, thinks writing her life stories is same as telling them [closed]

My mother is a celebrity in a small niche world. Her contribution and experiences are wonderful and should be told. She says she can't write a book, so she has settled on a book that is something else,...
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Does it makes sense that my main character is not going to solve the plot's main objective?

First of all, sorry, english is not my mother tongue My novel runs on a sci-fi universe and my main character (MC) has been infected by a virus that infects others that breathes the same air. ...
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Journaling | One for each topic, or combine several topics in one?

Lets assume that I begin a written Journal ( which over time will be published online ) about: My preferences towards MUSIC Inspirational ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SHORT STORIES that I read and enjoy In ...
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Free software for complex timelines

I'm searching for a software (bestly free or at least really cheap) for time-lines which: would be easy to use and user friendly will be useful to both dayily (or even hourly) and years, centuries o ...
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How can you show a character trembling without telling the reader

I'm trying to write this scene where the character is trembling but it's unrealistically. "My heart was pounding beneath my chest. I trembled and felt terrible pain as if someone had hit me in the ...
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What makes a cliffhanger bad/good?

In the second (not yet written) book of my novel series, the ending is a cliffhanger. A very hopeless one. The very hopelessness of it is deliberate. Not only am I signing them up for the next ...
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What are other words that can be use instead of “I” when writing in 1st person POV?

I don't want to use "I" at the beginning of ever paragraph. What other word could I use in this paragraph? Example: "I thought, “Is this a death sentence?” I was scared to death of Death. I was ...
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Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction?

Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction? Hi everyone I write crime fiction set in my home town, and in my latest novel, a kidnapped woman is left alone in a disused ...
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How to write a drunk character slurring in speech

Question for the English pros: I am working on a scene in my novel I am writing and have a question about the style of wording in a drunk character’s speech. I have included the character dialogue ...
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How much traffic is considered to be publishable by publishers?

Say I have a non-fiction blog that generate an amount of frequent readers. A publisher tells me that I can only publish when I can sell 2000 copies. How can I measure my traffic to know whether it's ...
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Adding conflict to a persuasion scene [closed]

POV character, let’s call her Alpha, needs to get a feudal lord to rebel against the Empire. The lord doesn’t know there is support for the rebellion. Alpha is a merchant and uses her network for ...
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Co-author Trouble

So, I was writing a book with my best friend, and half way through - at 70,000 words - she decides she doesn't want to write the book anymore; but I still can. And we didn't have any agreements or ...
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When submitting an article to a journal, should the article be an attachment or a link to my blog?

I have a research article (not really an article with academic standards, but display my analysis nevertheless) and I would like to submit it to a journal (not an academic one either, but has ...
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Is it illegal to provide samples from previous published work?

I am a ghostwriter and I am currently looking for a new job. I have come across an article writing career. I am currently in the process of filling out an application and one of the questions asks me ...
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Will I have to pay royalty or fee to illustrator [closed]

Will I have to pay a fee or royalties to the illustrator of my first book that I hired from a freelance service?
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I need help with the wording of this book I'm writing. I want it to sound like It is happening in the present, not the past! [closed]

There are tons of places I don't know how to make it sound like the present. Here's a sample. My nerves continued to grow at full throttle. Every step me and my team would make from here on out would ...
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How do I cite and translate poetry in MLA format?

I hope to translate poems from other languages to English, but I don't know how I am supposed to cite the original author and include myself as the translator in MLA format. I will translate from ...
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First-Person Instability

Hello fellow writing nerds. I have a series idea that I am toying with that has one character that ultimately goes insane (this downward spiral is brought upon her largely because of events, once ...
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In fiction, what is meant by phrases such as “his eyes flashed anger for a moment”?

I've read a lot of such phrases, but that one in particular doesn't make sense to me. Physically, what is supposed to be described here? How long is the moment? I've personally tried to make my ...
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Can I use a real person's name as a pseudonym?

I don't want to use my own name when publishing my book - my pseudonym is the name of a German actress. Is it ok to use it? It's not a common name, but my book is in English, and the actress is German,...
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How to state multiple instances of evidence?

A would always lie about B. He told everybody he was weak. Furthermore he told all the adults how he enjoyed travelling, even though he did not. Furthermore he told people how much he enjoyed good ...
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Wizardry before Harry Potter [closed]

I'm writing a book about the hidden wizard world that spread and broke because of the fear of being shown up and it's the first book that starts the series, the adventure is about one guy lead the ...
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Verbless, list-like sentence [closed]

In copywriting, I got to wonder if the combination of a verbless sentence followed by exclamation is anywhere near correct grammatically. Here's how it is at the moment: "Compliance, gaps, contacts, ...
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Adding related “documents” to a story

I’m writing a fiction novel set in the future where a dictator creates an act that sets the laws and punishments of the land. Part of that act, a title of it, is a dress code. I’m interjecting ...
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Under-the-radar Feelings

So I have this idea for two girls that ultimately are going to get into a relationship. One of them is proudly gay and open about her feelings from the start, cracking jokes and sly compliments about ...
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Books sales volume data

I am looking for a database / list of books with sales volume numbers for each title. If this isn't available, then what is the best proxy for sales volume numbers that is available? I am not just ...
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Citing sources “Adversity introduces a man to himself”

This famous quote from Albert Einstein, after research, doesn't have any origins (No year, no location/event, etc.). How would you go about citing it in APA format?
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How do I make a dialogue tag for a man speaking to someone behind himself [closed]

Currently I have a very uncomfortable sentence: '#####' announced Graham behind himself, turning his head away as he knelt towards the window. I just don't know how to phrase this. He's addressing ...
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How to translate written shorthand to dialogue

I have a character who's going to answer a question with "Either/or." She pronounces it simply either or, but I know some people pronounce the slash itself sometimes. How do I indicate explicitly how ...

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