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Resources to describe medieval clothing from different cultures?

I realise this may not be the best place for this question, but I'm not sure where else to ask. I'd like to describe specific clothing from various societies existing when feudalism was still around, ...
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How to make a world building reveal relevant to the plot

I am writing a story that is based on mythology. I have my own characters which have their own voice. One of those characters, the wise old man archetype, has certain qualities and has a background ...
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Starting a sentence with well. Does my sentence need to be changed?

I had a colleague today point out that the use of well in the following sentence is a typo. I think it makes sense but now I'm second guessing myself. Is this correct? If not, what would be a better ...
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How can I indicate time passing?

There is a scene in which my main character is hiding from the villain while they are both in the same room. I want this to be a suspenseful and agonizing stretch of time, but I’m not sure how to show ...
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How do I write a friendship between a boy prince and an older commander?

In my story, there is a certain man in his late twenties, who is one of the commanders in a war against a great threat for a medieval-like kingdom (this kingdom is also in such an unstable state that ...
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Modifying common fantasy species like elves, dwarves, etc.?

So I'm writing a science fiction story, with more fantasy that actual science. When I say "sci-fi" I really mean space opera. There are intergalactic companies, entire planets dedicated to ...
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How do I go about writing a biographical account of my father? [closed]

I want to write a book involving the life of my father. He's been a political activist during his youth and the events that he narrates are worthy to be recorded. But I am confused as to what it ...
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Resume sentence fragment conundrum [closed]

I am updating my resume and need help making this sentence grammatically correct. Is it ok as is? It is for a bullet point list of job duties on a resume. “Review, prioritize and respond to ...
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How do I create a mysterious character? What personality traits and ways does he need to be mysterious? What attitudes must he have to be so?

How do I create a mysterious character? What personality traits and ways does he need to be mysterious? What attitudes must he have to be so?
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A blog on sexual abuse and harrassment

So I'm planning to start a blog where I write about sexual abuse, sexual harrassment and also domestic violence. Pretty heavy stuff right? That's why I'm here for advice. I'm worried that people don't ...
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How to refer to a crowd of many different species?

How could I say the equivalent of "A pouring wave of humanity," when there are more than one species in the scene being described?
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How to cite the paper I'm writing? APA style

I'm writing a paper on a theme that has a lot of research. To define a concept, I use the definitions of several writers, all properly cited. Then I define more related concepts, and then I want to ...
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Characters with apostrophe names

I have created a world, and one of the cultures has mainly apostrophe names - Vax'Ildan, Vex'Ahlia, Soih'Ym... How would this work grammatically - possessive and nicknames, in writing? (To forestall ...
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How to write the same event with a different POV?

I am aiming to change POV in the middle of my book, based on my previous question and I have yet to decide where to start the second POV. The first POV and the second meet during one event - a ...
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Section headings: “to check…” vs. “checking”

I have a technical document which consists of the following sections: 1. Assignment statements 2. Concatenation 3. Data types 4. To check whether key exists 5. To retrieve value 6. To check whether ...
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Should my character speak like an layman or a Latin teacher?

'He tracked and updated 182 patient statuses' OR 'He tracked and updated 182 patient stati?' I believe "statuses" is correct. However, the originator is claiming some sort of Latin derivation as to ...
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How to care about the characters more than the world?

I have a very well-built up world with politics, religions etc, that I've built up over the course of my writing. But I have recently realised that I care more about the world than the character. I ...
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Markup langage to easily write technical texts

I'm looking for a syntax that allows me to write in a simple way (not like in LaTeX or HTML) documents with technical elements (chess boards, music scores, tables ...) in addition to the usual bold, ...
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How can I focus on writing one book?

I'm only 9 and I started writing a few books, but I didn't even finish them all. I don't know if I should keep writing different books, or focus on one. I sometimes find old books of mine that aren't ...
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Concerns about my novella trilogy's main antagonist

In my novella trilogy that I am writing, Of Aliens and Men, the leader of the main antagonist faction, an alien organization called the Empyre (pronounced: Em-peer) Empire, Empress Erika II holds nigh-...
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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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My characters parents are dead, what now? [closed]

In my book, my main character has unfortunately lost her parents. But before the plot, I have nothing. I don't want to do an orphanage, foster homes, or give her a family at all. The idea of her ...
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Scrivener challenge with page numbers

I am having a challenge with getting page numbering to work in Scrivener (Windows). I have set Page Header/Footer checked for "Not on page 1", unchecked on "Count page 1". Here is my problem. I have ...
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Scientific report and capitalization

I'm writing a master's thesis in English, which is my second language. I have understood that I should capitalize Section, Chapter, Figure, etc., but should I also capitalize other elements that refer ...
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How does one strengthen their sense of rhythm?

Many pieces of writing are succinct, but they are not rhythmical, giving no pleasure to the ear of the reader. The reason for that is likely this: The writers themselves either are unmindful of rhythm ...
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How can I know that I'm not plagiarizing?

New to the web. I just recently started to write again. I won a few highschool prizes writing short stories. Around the same time, I began to play Roleplaying games and to write different stories for ...
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How can I show a character's emotions through a phone call?

When writing face-to-face dialogue, I like to give clues as to what the non-POV character is thinking and feeling through their actions. Not all the time, but whenever it feels appropriate. They might ...
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Is the often used black and white symbolism inherently racist?

It is an extremely common trope that white/light means good and dark/black means bad/evil. I thought that - contrary to the appearances - the black/white symbolism is not racist. I believe it has ...
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How can one go about writing with a full time job?

I'm a single working professional who after work, chores, and sleep can manage to find only a few hours to sit down and write each day. I do however try to religiously read everyday. Writing seems ...
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How to make a weak character fight in major battle [closed]

My character is about to fight someone that really strong but he believes that he is still weak. So how can i force him to fight. (For plus note: i make a fantasy story like magic and stuff)
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Multiple hyperlinks

I'm writing a paper using Microsoft Word that must have all figures in Appendices and I have to save it as .pdf. I have found myself in this situation: I use one figure to define multiple concepts, I ...
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How to time “big reveal” and twist moments?

My question is similar to this one and in the same general vein as this one, but I think it's sufficiently different to warrant its own question. Background I've recently written a cyberpunk mystery ...
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How to write a drunken POV scene

One of my POV characters is an overthinker. Partly because she wishes to stop thinking so much, and partly because of peer pressure, she gets super drunk... and ends up doing something that she would ...
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Has the idea for my story already been taken?

I want to write a story about a place called Kingdom Come, where you can come in but you cannot go (i.e. you are not allowed to leave). Has this idea already been taken? It really sounds like the sort ...
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How do I teach my protagonist high level programming? [closed]

I am working on a science fiction story about robots and the protagonists needs to hack the main computer to stop the robots. Edit: The protagonist knows a little bit of programming but not enough to ...
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How would a young man treat a young girl back in the 1940s?

I am writing a story in which a young man (about 18) meets a 14-year-old girl, and they work together to overcome serious hardships. I mean actual, physical danger and violence, starvation, etc. A lot ...
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Is it really necessary for a novelist to follow phrase structure rules radically?

I have read many novels and found that the writers do not follow basic phrase structure rules while constructing a sentence. For example, they may write a sentence with only one word like "Fear" And ...
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How can I introduce a new POV late in my book?

In the book I am writing, the first seven chapters are from the POV of one character. In chapter 8, I am planning to add a second POV character. I will probably also add a third POV character in ...
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If you're writing a story where the location is based in the USA, should you adapt your spelling to the American way, rather than British?

If an Australian writer writes a story based in America or another country that uses American English, should you change your spelling to American English, or continue using British English? Is this ...
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How to write a POC explaining to a bullied child that dark skin isn't bad

I'm writing a scene where the skin tone of an adult person of color (POC) is brought up in conversation. The POC has the nickname "Ghost" and another character asks if it's ironic like "Tiny" etc. (...
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How can I write dialogue to show arrogance?

In a series I am currently writing, the protagonist grew up in a big detective family, causing her to know a lot about the detective's world. How can I write her dialogue to show she's a knows it all?...
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Successful (non YA) epic high fantasy published episodically as a novella series

The high fantasy genre is notorious for producing enormous tomes. I am currently writing a BronzePunk epic of my own. However, I have chosen to publish it somewhat episodically as a series of ...
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How do you translate intentional language errors?

I am watching and translating TV shows to practice certain languages. I was watching a tv show where the main character speaks English but occassionally make mistakes. For example, "That person ...
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Writing Historically accurate diversity vs. Telling someone else's story

I am writing a story that takes place in a period of heavy political tension. It is a fictional world, but based off reality, especially American history. One of my main characters is a POC who joins ...
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Do I have to get permission to use a person’s pet’s first name and likeness?

I want to start a comic series about my pets living in a universe without humans. This would include their interactions with my neighbors and friends pets. I only use the pet’s first name and the ...
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Good way to collect digital signatures [closed]

I'm currently writing a framework with a team of scientists. We aim to reach a higher impact by getting other scientists to sign this framework. They're not part of the writing team but they would ...
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Is this character too similar to a real person?

I’m writing this fictional story and based a character off this guy I saw in a documentary. He isn’t well known at all (other than being in the documentary). I did not use his name. His appearance is ...
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I'm writing a book [closed]

I recently quit my job and now I'm bored at home with nothing to do. So, I decided to write a book. There is an phone app I can upload it on... I want the main character to be a woman in her 20s. ...
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Older Characters

I'm ten years old and writing a book series. I have trouble writing about older characters, and that's especially the older kids that are already dating. I don't know any people that could help me ...
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What is the literary form or style of a story with no heroes?

I have a piece of non-fiction to write that I'll be doing by telling a story. It's somewhere between a news report, op-ed, and historical lesson, but told as a short story. In this story there are ...

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