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Is There a Term or Description For When the Narrator Inserts their Own Personal Perspective Into a Third Person POV?

Occasionally I have read stories where the third person Omniscient/Limited POV Narrator will describe a scene and feelings from a characters POV, but sometimes it seems like the narrator is presuming ...
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Authenticity and writing under a pen name [closed]

My question is about marketing and using a pen name. Ofc I want to connect to readers, but I wonder if it's possible to be authentic if you're not revealing your 'true' identity. Is this a matter of '...
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How should I write two huge evil reveals in one climax? [closed]

I am only plotting my story as of right now, and I'm trying to put together a good climax. So far, A's parents were murdered by C. A is best friends with B, who actually works for C. Evil reveal #1: B ...
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Should I rigorously follow 15 beat structure for writing my novels?

I am a novice writer with one novella published on Amazon. Recently I undertook a MOCC on Udemy called Write a Bestselling Novel in 15 Steps. Then I also googled and researched the the 15 step ...
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How to give out a character’s backstory without info-dumping?

In my story, I follow a group of characters traveling across a post-nuclear wasteland. I’ve written all the characters (there are 7 of them in the group) their own unique backstories and whatnot, and ...
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Use of “set down” in a formal document

I was recently asked to translate a Spanish letter of recommendation into English. Not being an English native speaker, I was bound to make a few mistakes. According to a reviewer, one of these was ...
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If unstated, do literary magazines generally publish work submitted by minors?

Unless a literary magazine/journal is looking for work from a certain age range (ex. the teen experience, 20 to 30-year-olds), I rarely see age restrictions under submission guidelines. If unspecified,...
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How do I write “fantasy counterpart cultures” without being accused of cultural appropriation?

In my book series, the various planets of the galaxy are inhabited by different cultures, most of which are based on or inspired by, at least to some extent, by real-world cultures. For example: ...
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Avoiding tenses problems

I think I'm facing many problems concerning the use of tense when I write things..so is there any app or website that can check my mistakes and correct them?
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Are adverbs as transition a bad thing?

I am using prowritingaid to edit my writing and it keeps flagging all adverbs. They have a post related to it here. Yet I feel like adverbs as transition such as finally, additionally can be useful to ...
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Do literary magazines often value an author's reputation over the actual quality of his story? [closed]

There have long been accusations of nepotism and elitism within the world of publishing. In this case, I am referring specifically to literary magazines rather than publishing houses that publish ...
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What would happen if a character died of an allergy? [closed]

Ok, I know this sounds really weird. I just don't know where to ask. Anyway, one of my characters sneaks into the woods and gets bitten by an insect (it's a long story). She has a severe allergic ...
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How to make “new apprentice” type info-dump less boring

I'm writing a story wherein a teenager X gets suddenly and involuntarily enlisted in an sci-fi army. I need to explain certain technology to the reader, and the army needs to explain certain ...
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Got a message from an Author Liaison representative representing Webnovel about the story I wrote. Any advice?

I just published a story on fiction press, and although it only has 9 views, someone from Author Liaison representing Webnovel sent me a PM through the site. Some googling showed that this seems to be ...
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How to write a scene in third person limited when the POV character is not in it?

I am studying the third person POV for my novel. I read about the third person limited POV. I don't understand how can one write a scene when the POV character is not present in the scene. I have just ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using 'third person POV' for historical fiction? [duplicate]

I am starting to write my second book which is historical fiction. I had written my first book in first person POV. It was a kind of self-help novel and I used first-person POV to let the reader ...
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Can we use personification this way?

Can we use personification this way? Say His bold eyes swam through the forest. Instead of saying: He boldly ran through the forest. I am wondering if this type of metaphorical language is ...
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Am I using the word paradox right? [migrated]

I'm writing a short bit on time travel just to get my thoughts on paper and try to organize them, and need to make sure I'm using the word paradox right. Here's the quote I'm concerned about right now-...
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Will a publisher accept my novel?

I am writing a couple books, but they are for kids, and publishers are all grown up, so will they dislike it because it is mainly for kids and isn't for people their age?
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Aside from judging by ear, when should repetitions (he, she, they, a character's name, etc.) be excised?

In a recent issue of the London Review of Books, a professional translator of French into English writes, "In the field of translation studies, it is a commonplace that that good English doesn't ...
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I am a great writer, but, I'm nine [duplicate]

I am writing a couple books, like one called "SECRETS" and "The Secret World" and "Northern Secrets." They are really great, and even real writers, like Cindy Callagahan, ...
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Publishing of Collection of Short Stories

I have a Collection of Short stories-48 in total, wordcount of 80,000 and 156 pages. Regarding publication, is such a Collection likely to be too large? If I were to split it into two collections, is ...
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Book pricing in the US

I’m publishing a nonfiction emotional guide book with an assisted publishing group in India. My target audience is Indian diaspora in America. The assisted publishers are pricing my 180 page 6x9 ...
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How do I publish a book at age 12? [duplicate]

I'm writing a book called The Lost Mermaid. It's about a girl named Hazel waking up with no memory, and it turns out she has a boyfriend, Leo, but likes her best friend Eli. To make matters worse, a ...
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Looking For a Simile For Something That Follows You Around [closed]

I'm writing a blog post about the impacts of an autoimmune disease. The sentence I'm trying to construct looks like this: "The disease importunately follows me around like a god damn..." I'm ...
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How to write a character with an accent

One of my characters is Russian and speaks English as a second language. I know that people with Russian accents tend to leave out words like “the” and “a” because they don’t exist in Russian. My ...
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Why aren't literary magazines more honest in their rejections [closed]

Many literary magazines routinely send out form rejections with the following types of statements: Thanks very much, bla bla… Unfortunately, the story is not right for us at this time. We wish you ...
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Topic Sentence in a two-sided essay

I am writing a two-sided essay, and my teacher told me to underline the topic sentence in every paragraph. But I have a problem. First, take a look at the essay structure: [1] Hook, small context, ...
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Where should I post my unfinished story I'm still writing?

I've written a few bad stories before, but I post them online anyway. All my past ones have been put on a fanfiction site, but the one I'm working on doesn't go there. It's still a work in progress, ...
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What could be a way to improve my English writing?

I know there are general recommendations to improve English writing skills but I wonder if anyone could suggest hyper-personalized ways for me. I studied English as a second language from middle ...
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What's the paper quality used for the Penguin Books Great Ideas series?

I'm trying to learn more for a self-publishing project, and I really love this series: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/BM5/penguin-great-ideas I'm an amateur so I might not be using the ...
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Do I Have Too Many Characters? [duplicate]

I have been working on a story for the past several months. Basically, it is about a group of orphaned girls whose parents were all part of a secret organization unbeknownst to them. I know, I know, ...
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Correctly phrasing a sentence containing “along with” followed by a list

I have the following sentence structure and I am wondering about the best way to phrase it: "Along with A, B, C and D have been shown to influence the production of E." What I am trying to ...
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Writing a brief report in a job

I recall a comma limit rule with respect to many things (inanimate) in a list e.g. "I have completed an initial patrol of all the interior/exterior points, including: doors, openings, passages, ...
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How to construct the “inner layers” of a character: a doubt on construction of the psyche of fictional characters and bibliography suggestions

First of all, this is a question that was asked aiming good bibliography suggestions and tips. Secondly, my question could be cast into the famous interrogative sentence: "How can I construct ...
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Creating a unique spin on a nuclear apocalypse?

Basically, my story follows a group of 6 people (and 1 mutant human) exploring a barren wasteland of what used to be the USA. The world they inhabit was created through a nuclear war, that led to a ...
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Should a fantasy book only have fictional names?

My book is totally fantasy, full of made up countries and places, all with fictional names I created, but most of my characters have real names. Some are English, others are Asian, and some are even ...
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Is it too cliche to use multiple fantasy creatures at once?

I've been planning out a novel for a while and the main concept is that the main character is Elf/human/robot hybrid with superpowers and is set to defeat an opposing Elf when she arrives in her world....
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How do you write a story with someone else overseas?

My friend and I have wanted to write a story together for a while now. But she lives in a different country, so we are just confused on how we can do this over calls. Because I know that we can't call ...
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Capitalization for a thought mid-sentence [duplicate]

This is an example of something I've run into: I felt my excitement grow at the view, with “now THIS is a true alien world!” running through my mind. Should the "n" in "now" be ...
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In a book manuscript, what are the spacing guidelines?

What is the spacing distance between the chapter title and the first paragraph? If I am using double spacing between sentences, is it the same for between a title and a paragraph?
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What is the most environmentally safe medium of modern storytelling?

As an aspiring storyteller, I have a lot of stories that I wish to tell. I say storyteller because I am still not sure as to which medium of storytelling I should pursue, be it books, comics, or ...
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When citing a paragraph in a book on my website, how long can the citation be?

I would like to cite a few sentences of a book in my website, and I would like to know if I may run into some copyright infringement. On the book, it is written "Les Editions Arthaud, 1986, All ...
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“He laughed a laugh.” It seems correct to use a noun as a verb in the same sentence but should you? [closed]

I'm struggling with the title question in some of my current writing, so should you? Or is it just bad to repeat words? Other examples: "the remains remained", "she peeled the peel"...
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Realistically writing culture shock for this character? [duplicate]

I want some help writing a character. Her name is Christina and she lived in an underground bunker, in a post-apocalyptic world, so she’s really sheltered. But she has to leave, along with a group of ...
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Need a driving circumstance to drive mc into new world [closed]

I’m struggling to find a driving circumstance for my character to want to enter train and get better in my fictional world. I have tried letting the antagonist try to kill him to drive him there but ...
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When writing science fiction or horror, how to prevent the villain from becoming less scary as they are fleshed out?

I'm trying to write a horror short story about a shape-shifter, but I have trouble keeping it from sounding like a science fiction story. The story starts out with a creepy tone, with a person close ...
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Is there a name for a poem with rhyme scheme ABABCB?

I have just started writing a new poem, and I am thinking about rhyme schemes. The one that jumps out to me looking at the few lines I have already written is: ABABCB CDCDED... (in dactylic dimeter, ...
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Realistically writing culture shock for this character?

I wanted help writing a character for my setting. Basically, in this story I’m writing, I have a character named Christina. Basically, she lived in an underground bunker, in a post-apocalyptic world, ...
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Can you use personification and then refer to the inanimate thing as a part of your body? [closed]

Can you use personification and then refer to the inanimate thing as a part of your body? For example: The mournful hills, full of violent rivers, cried my lost uncle. It sounds like an odd thing to ...

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