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Is This An Acceptable Way Of Formatting Character Thoughts?

Is this an acceptable introductory paragraph to a fictional character's memoir? I'm not sure if the first sentence should be in quotations or have its own line and be italicized.. How often do you get ...
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Why do all of my lyrics have 3/4 feeling

I write song lyrics for fun and I always add simple music so the song can be performed. About 40% of my songs are in 3/4 (6/8) signature which is kind of unusual in the big picture. It's just that ...
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How To Make Something Straight-foward and Dark Into A Kid's Picture Book?

Let me explain. My book is about a little boy directed by a "wolf" to burn his farm's sheep. Consequently, it burns on the grass and his house, making him kill or seriously injure most of ...
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Website that pays for writing fairly

About a month ago, I stumbled upon a website that claims to pay writers fairly and transparently out of advertising revenue. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the site, and after ...
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Stuck with writer's block

I'm writing a short story in which my protagonist is a little boy. An unexpected event happens and makes his life upside down which is blindness. This latter causes him depression and now I don't know ...
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According to CMOS, can I change plural words in a quotation to singular, and vice versa?

Consider, for example, that the following sentence is from an external source and that I desire to quote it in my own work: A and B originate from X in a peculiar way and nobody regards them as Y. ...
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How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with foreign culture and foreign characters?

How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with a foreign culture and foreign characters?
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A character with a dark background seeking redemption or an average character background, what is more thematically appropriate?

This project is a sort of an attempt to deconstruct some tropes in fiction. The story follows a Valkotr, it is a title, whom is tasked by the emperor of the evil empire to hunt down a chosen one party ...
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I developed this character in the second book instead of the first

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. In my series, I have six main characters. Camryn, Dylan, Willow, Jason, Sarah, and Matt. In the first book the main character of the six and the first ...
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I accidentally added a character, and then forgot to write them in for the rest of the series

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. When I was looking over my manuscript, I realized that in chapter seven I’d added a character named Autumn. She’s a tiny fairy who rides around on the MCs ...
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Which is the most creatively written novel from this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist? [closed]

If one has to pick a read from this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist, which book would it be? I am more interested in sublime wordplay and precision to grammatical details than plot.
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Exploring one's sexual orientation. The process of it

I generally write about LGBTQ characters who have already out and proud. Now I'm planning on writing a character that just found out that she's lesbian. At the start of the story she finds out but ...
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How do I start? [closed]

To start this off, I am writing a new book called "A True American Family"(a dystopian-fiction novel), it is about a white american (U.S.) family,in the sixties, they are "perfect",...
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How should I format chapters in my manuscript?

I'm in my final stages of editing before I send my manuscript to beta readers. I'm wondering how I should format chapter titles. Do I put them as a header, or as a slightly larger, bolder font? (This ...
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Should I delete a character?

I have two characters in mind, both share many traits. One of them is a side character (E) and one is a supporting (Z), but I'm wondering if I should mesh them together into Z. E only appears in two ...
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Using non-say dialogue tags

Since I took up writing as a hobby, I've learnt that it's recommended to only use "say" and "ask" as dialogue tags, and to skip even these if the attribution can be supplied in ...
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How do I write a character who is exhausted?

So I’m currently writing a story where my character has emotion-based powers. When she is angry or scared she can do pretty powerful things, but they leave her completely weak and worn-out. I’m not a ...
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Aside from military, how do I write strategy in seemingly ordinary settings (something going on beneath the surface)?

The question says it all, but the only results I'm getting are battlefield scenarios that wouldn't translate well into the themes of my own story--which is more about escape, scheming, tactics, ...
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What is the ideal usage of the but instead? [closed]

Where I can use that is the collaboration of the but instead? I mean, where I can use it in the sentences or how can I use it? What is the counterpart of it in the sentence?
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Is this adjective correct?

which adjectives are used for an institute working toward education and culture? I've seen "educational and cultural' can be used, but is it possible to delete "and" while replacing a ...
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Should I use “people” for non-human creatures with humane mannerisms?

First off, my question is not this question. I am asking about a creature resembling a human and not a bug. Also, I put this question on World-Building SE and it was recommended I post it here, but if ...
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How long can a Children's Novel be?

I'm currently writing a realism fantasy novel targeted for a 9-12 age group. Since it became so long(the first draft turned out to be at least 90,000 words), I figured it would be best to split the ...
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Is one book long enough to make my character fall in love?

I am new to writing and this is my first story. I want to make my story believable and was wondering if one book is long enough to make my character fall head-over-heels for someone. She has known the ...
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What Is The Key To An “Alien” Culture?

Today I am asking for something I've been stumped on: what is the "key" to an alien culture? Allow me to explain: I am currently writing a novel about a stuck-up, prejudiced, bratty girl in ...
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What to avoid when writing a big reveal? [duplicate]

So im writing an enemies to lovers book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by new years. Slowly they fall in love ...
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Who Published James Patterson? Or did he self-publish? [closed]

So, being a young crime fiction writer and looking up to a Mr. James Patterson I really want to know where and how he got published, I have tried looking it up online but absolutely no luck!!
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How to have a character speak pidgin without inducing cringes?

The character Lee in Steinbeck's East of Eden is a Chinese-American who speaks in pidgin — until he explains to his boss, in very articulate English, that he does so for reasons of his own. In my Gold ...
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The right way to write

When debating with someone about how to write eloquently, I argued that one needs to learn grammatical structures so that grammar comes easily when writing, but he said that one should focus on ...
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How to reveal a secret romantic relationship?

So I'm writing an "enemies to lovers" book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by New Years. Slowly they ...
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What reasons would the government need ghosts? [closed]

I am writing a story about ghosts. The government summoned these ghosts for a specific task(s). What might these tasks be? The ghost I'm working on is a ten-year-old girl in a small town who makes a ...
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How to demonstrate that the main character of your story is narrating a story to other people in a scene?

Being new to writing narratives, I have a query in mind. In one particular scene, I want to show that my main character is narrating a story to the crowd. How can I accomplish this? I am unable to ...
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How much can you change a self-published book for it to count as a “new” book in the eyes of a traditional publisher?

I have a book that is nearing completion. Because the current circumstances might increase interest in the book and also the Christmas sale is coming, I would like if it would be a good idea to self-...
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How can a fictional character overcome a situation where he is under surveillance? [closed]

So I have a hacker character who is sort of under heavy surveillance in his house. Every single one of his actions is monitored. He needs to somehow get a couple hours of uninterrupted time to access ...
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I wrote a story built around an object but now I want to keep a character and drop everything else, but how?

I wrote a story that I intended to be a one shot with three main characters, mainly to play around with a certain object within a world that suited it. When I was about where everyone was supposed to ...
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Can I write a story with the same variations of another?

I am writing a story that has clans, apprentices, warriors and stuff like that from Warriors by Erin Hunter, but it has different plot, characters, ex. Can I still write it and publish it? I'm also ...
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How to write a letter asking for permission for something?

I need to write a letter asking for permission to enter a facility to get my things, which I left during the pandemic. Does anyone know how to write a good letter asking for permission for something?
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A better word to indicate slow/high latency? [migrated]

We are comparing two techniques in computer science. We want to say X has "significantly high latency" when executed on system Y Is there a better one-word term we can use for the above to ...
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Asking about chapter's length

Is that okay if in a short story, a chapter's length is 450 words? And then you find a chapter with 1000 or more words?
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What are the different levels of detail or depth of an article based on its focus?

After spending hours/days on this, I need your help. I'm trying to create 4 names or categories to describe an article's level of detail, or range of depth. Analogy: Carbon (atomic) Skin cell (...
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How can I expand my story to meet a minimum word count?

I'm writing a sinister story for school and it has to be 500-1000 words. But I only have 414 words and I don't know what else to add. This is how it looks so far. How can I expand this to meet the 500-...
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How can I make the story less predictable?

I'm working on my first novel. As I was going through the initial chapters, I felt that the story is quite simple and predictable (in the initial chapters) and picks up after 14 chapters are over. The ...
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What are the license/legal requirements to write a guidebook about a specific product?

As the title says. I'm writing guide and reference books (Amazon short-reads) aimed at people who aren't tech-savvy with the goal of improving their tech literacy. I've seen books like the one linked ...
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When is it appropriate to include citations in a guidebook?

I'm working on a series of self-published guidebooks aimed at teaching tech skills for people who aren't tech literate. My only prior experiences writing nonfiction have been research papers for ...
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Where does “inaugural” go in this sentence?

I’ve been trying to adjust my short bio/blurb on LinkedIn to include the word “inaugural” in it, but, as soon as I do, it makes everything feel off and I'm not sure why. Here's what I've written (...
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Copyright infringement on spelling of invented names?

Years ago I invented a name for a kingdom/country in my YA fantasy novel, which I am on the verge of self-publishing. At random, I discovered a self-published author had the same invented name for her ...
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Can the villain be introduced too late?

An important aspect of my story is the dread of my villain. He is slowly built up throughout the story, with a bunch of characters here and there talking of the terror he inflicts upon the world. ...
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How to correctly show a translation of a foreign word?

My current project requires a lot of translation work, where the main character is slowly piecing together a language. I'm assuming that the best way to show the foreign language is with italics. What ...
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Influence of conflicting parental motives

I'm writing a story where a charater is the landlord to the protagonist. The situation develops into a shared house. The problem here is that the parents of said landlord have contradicting motives - ...
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The author allows me to use their (excellent) idea, but I need to paraphrase it. I can't find a good paraphrase. What should I do?

I meet an excellent idea and really want to use it. The author allows me to do that, but I can't just copy the whole text. The problem is, I do want to use my own language, but in each sentence they ...
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Where do the punctuation marks belong in this sentence?

I'm writing an essay and I need to know whether the following piece of writing is okay to use and where to put punctuation marks? Perhaps the ideal arrangement would be to spend part of the time in ...

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