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Can I publish a book set in the Harry Potter universe?

I know similar questions have been asked. But also, consider that I want to publish a book in countries other than the US or UK.
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How to start an argument between characters

My problem here is that I have two main characters, who, in the future, will end up dating. I’m trying to create friction between them at the beginning of my series so that they gradually fall in love....
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How do I write from a girl's POV?

Ok, I know this question might seem a little bit weird. But I really need to know. How do I write from a girl's POV? I'm a 13 year old boy and I'm trying to become an author. I'm currently working on ...
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This is a problem that doesn’t seem to have an answer [closed]

My bad guy is very very very complicated. My entire story exists because for thousands of years (no one knows why) regular people from everyday life have been showing up in a magical forest filled ...
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As a young author, how do you make people listen?

I am an extremely young author. I don’t mean to sound like I’m bragging, but I think I am very good. They say the best readers are the best writers, in a single day I once read a 700 page book. I read ...
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All my characters sound the same. How can I change this?

I am writing a fantasy series. I am a new writer. I am almost done with the first draft of the first book, I have about 400 pages. Everyone who has read my work, even complete strangers that I have ...
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How should I remind my teacher how to spell my name correctly? [closed]

I would like to remind a teacher of mine, how to spell my name, Mackenzie. I do not want to be rude or demanding with this, only kindly state my concern. She spells it McKenzie, which I understand, ...
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How can I find a good idea for a dragon-battle scene? [closed]

First of all, hello! I really, really, really do want to have an answer for my question. I’ve been writing a novel about dragons, but I can’t finish it. I’m just at loss of words (and ideas). To ...
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Is using the layout of anothers published work in danger of plagiarisim if nothing else is the same?

I started writing a book that uses the ‘layout’ or ‘style’ of another very popular book. I started it as a joke, but then fell in love with the characters and the idea. There is nothing the same in my ...
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What is Considered Good Writing? How Do You Become a Good Writer?

This seems like a vague question but it is not. What is good writing? Does it have simply be concise and clear? Obviously, not. Writing that sounds beautiful is considered good writing? But, what ...
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What is a good font to use for a literary magazine? [closed]

I'm working on some literary translations. I want to use a proper font for my work, but it is a little out of my area of expertise. In the past I've always just kept the default Calibri font and never ...
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Is it okay to use “It was all just a virtual world / dream” for a plot twist?

I am currently writing a novel where I use "It was all just a dream" (IWAJAD) plot twist, just because the main character needs it to change his personality and train his power to save the ...
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protagonist knows things which the reader doesn't know/story starts in the middle. How do I tell them?

when I say "reader", in the context of my particular scenario, I actually mean the "player" as this story is for a videogame. I start the game off with the player/main character (...
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What are some potential problems you can have if you happen to share similar names with an author?

I am a freelance author consultant and have ran into a unique problem. My customer happens to share a similar name with a famous author and she is concerned that there might be potential problems if ...
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Striking statistics on the SOLID principles

I'm writing an article about software quality and SOLID on Medium. I want to add statistics (reports, surveys etc.) to strengthen my article. For example; According to research of company X, the ...
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Should items separated by commas be alphabetical?

When writing a list of items, should they be alphabetical? The late Jurassic periods are Tithonian, Kimmeridgian, and Oxfordian. better? The late Jurassic periods are Kimmeridgian, Oxfordian, and ...
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Saying that someone is lying in a response to a court [closed]

I was accused by a neighbour of some things that I can easily prove were not caused by me. I told her many times she's wrong, emailed her many times how the things actually happened and I can easily ...
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How best to describe multiple alien species in a short amount of time?

I am in the beginning stages of writing what might be a space opera. The story starts in a society that consists of three planets that all fall under one governmental domain. The problem I'm running ...
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Who had 3 rules for submissions: 1. You must have a point. 2. You must make your point. 3. You must make it in pristine, first-rate english? [closed]

I think it was a famous magazine editor. I must be butchering the quote because Google search is absolutely no help on this one. In particular, I really don't remember how the third rule was exactly ...
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How widely-used is the term “omnibus?”

I know "omnibus" to be a term describing multiple novels put into a single book, but I've never really heard or read the term anywhere else. Because of this, I'm curious: how widely used is ...
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As an author, can I afford to get emotionally attached to my work?

It's said that to be a good writer you ought to "Write what you feel and feel what you write." While this sounds logical, I sometimes find that being too attached to my work cramps my ...
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I want to use the premise of a story that I think wasted its potential, can I do this?

I have been pondering on a novel idea that would likely utilize a large chunk of a premise of a novel that I read several years ago. To be clear, the elements that I would want to use are the premise (...
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If I remove the capacity for one of the primary flaws, is it inevitable I end up with a boring character?

In this world, there are mortals (human beings) and divine beings (gods/goddess). The gods and goddess have personalities, limitations, and what is commonly called "human nature" (they don't ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

So, I'm writing a few books at the moment. I really want to become an author when I'm older, but I'm much too shy to email a proper author about what to do or show it to many people. I really feel ...
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Replacing a historical figure with a fictional one

In a fiction novel with a strong historical foundation, can you replace a public figure with a fictional one? For instance, replacing the mayor of a city during a specific time period with a ...
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In dialog, what pronoun forms go before the colon?

What should I write before the colon in dialogue? Subject or object? I: Do you love me? He: Yes, I do. Or Me: Do you love me? Him: Yes, I do.
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first to third person mid text [duplicate]

I hope this discussion is still relevant but I only just had the idea to ask. Ok so my story starts as a first-person narrator, however the narrator itself is a literal character. now I know it might ...
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How to write in an academic way and sound professional? [closed]

For example, how could I write the following sentences in an academic way? After I have contacted Dr. .., he has accepted to be on my supervision panel, he told me that he can contact you and ask you ...
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Suggesting changes in cowriting

I am about to cowrite a song with a friend, who already drafted something. I want to suggest edits. I find some changes in the form necessary because we want the song to be in a different style than ...
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Can there be too many obstacles in a character’s path?

My current WIP involves a deliberate miscarriage of justice. I started out with three main characters: J - a young girl who is effected by both the crime committed and the injustice delivered D - a ...
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See examples 1 and 2 in section X - or - See section X, examples 1 and 2

Which form is more common when referring to examples (or, for example, tables)? Some text (see examples 1a and 2e in X). or Some text (see X, examples 1a and 2e). X is the title of the section. ...
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Using real names in fiction

I'm thinking of writing a fiction novel. The plot I've outlined so far centers largely around one possible path the future of our world could take over the next several decades. In doing so, the story ...
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If I use a real building in a real city could I be liable for some sort of lawsuit? [duplicate]

I want to use a real building (skyscraper) in a real city that will be the subject of a terrorist attack and partially brought down with disastrous effect on the surrounding neighborhood. Good idea ...
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How do I keep my character's gender a complete mystery?

At first my protagonist was going to be a female role, until I started having an inclination for male characters and the fact that I am a total BL (“boy’s love”, stories about male homosexual romance) ...
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Explain the lack of commas in James Joyce's “The Dead” [closed]

I am closely reading/editing (for my own benefit) the text of Dubliners, the collection of short stories written by James Joyce. In some stories, such as The Dead, there are many instances of what you ...
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Should I write his/her or their? [duplicate]

I am new in this site and I hope to convey my question in a correct manner. Any employee is also entitled to receive a reference letter. This document must contain an assessment on the performance of ...
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Not sure how to continue my story [closed]

I'm writing a story (I think a bit long to post here, but I could if someone would like), which is a metaphor for depression. In the story (from a 3rd person past-tense POV, if that's helpful), an ...
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Improving my story opening? [closed]

I'm writing a story about a woman driving cross-country in search of her childhood home. There, she discovers the small town has grown to a suburban sprawl, and she's surprised to find that she can no ...
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Using 'somehow' in a sentence

This is what I have: Entering the house, she realized that somehow, inside was worse. I'm just using the comma here as a natural pause but should it have a comma before 'somehow' as well? That was ...
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I found a story I wrote as a little kid. Should I finish it?

There was this story I was writing, when I was a little kid, that I found. I called it "Rage." I liked the story, and also liked a lot of the plot points. I want to continue it. However, ...
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How do i write a sci fi/horror story that's not too cliche? [closed]

I'm currently writing a story based around a human subject with superpowers who escapes out of a lab after like 12 years of excruciating pain. The forced mind control not working anymore, then tries ...
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Does this genre/setting have a name? [closed]

So, I'm tryng to figure out if there is a name for a specific sort of genre I've seen around. Well, it's more of a setting oriented subgenre, I suppose (probably of fantasy? though it can have sci fi ...
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Using “now” from a character's POV [duplicate]

The story is written in 3rd person POV, close. But I feel like the very last end feels jarring. He trailed his hand along the railing as he climbed the stairs so he could catch himself if he fainted ...
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How can I make the premise of e.g. a short story more real?

As far as my motivation in writing goes, I have long been frustrated about historical fiction I’ve read where the main character is basically an American dressed up in a cloak and armor. The Caryatid: ...
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What format when referencing

I am writing an introductory level book about civil engineering and construction. I list the references at the very back. I show the title and name of author at a minimum. Do i need something else? is ...
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How much can you reuse ideas from other stories?

So there was a novel that had some cool ideas and I really liked, but also there were many parts that made me annoyed mostly due to the genre, plot holes and inconsistencies and how they were done or ...
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Am I starting my story too late?

In my story the MC joins this pseudo-militia. The process for every new person is to sign up, go to training, and then be sorted into teams and wait to be assigned a mission. I have started writing ...
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Should I change my point of view?

I am not very familiar with "point of view". From my understanding, (correct if I'm wrong, but I looked it up so I think I'm right) 1st person is from the perspective of "I ate ice ...
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Struggling with using correct tenses, please help! [closed]

I am writing my first book, which I am very passionate about, but there are small details in the art of writing that have me second guessing myself, and then comes the confusion. I am writing in deep ...
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Asking about a possibility of a genre [closed]

Can I mix science-fiction and history in a story? I mean a story that is based in historical events with a touch of science fiction, is that possible or am I trying to invent something "...

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