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What's the word for “synonyms of a phrase”?

I'm looking for multiple ways to say "Call the Police". When searching the thesaurus, I couldn't find anything. In my head, I can come up with "report to the authorities", or "...
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Idiomatic writing

Is it possible for a non-native speaker to write idiomatically without having studied in countries where English is the native language? What advice would you give such a person to better his craft?
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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 claim type is this sentence?

What type of claim is this sentence? We should pass this measure to increase funding of community colleges.
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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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What are some contradicting symbols, motifs or images used in literature?

Can someone help me figure out some sort of symbolism that can be interpreted as both something good or something bad. I want to write that my character saw this image or symbol etc in his dream and ...
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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?

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?

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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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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Sharing my opinion of a novel writer's reality [closed]

I often thought of a novel writer. How he thinks of writing a long novel about the characters,their interactions or creating a plot by these!! Like you were throwing sands somewhere and meanwhile a ...
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Can you use personification and then refer to the inanimate thing as a part of your body?

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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Hyphen or no-hyphen for adjective phrase for impact/emphasis/clarity?

Here are two alternatives, one with a hyphen of previously-obscured one without as previously obscured: As our global society becomes evermore connected, we become increasingly aware of the ...
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How is the moon symbolism related to atonement?

How is the moon symbolism related to atonement? I saw that "silver" and "water" mean atonement in the Jewish culture, but I haven't seen any source upon a Google search that ...
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Referencing figures, tables, sections and chapters: When to capitalize and when to use lower case letters

I know this question has been asked before, but I am still confused. That's why I am asking again, but in a detailed way. In a scientific work, a Master's Thesis for example, you will insert figures ...
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Does a glossary make sense in a computer science thesis

I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science, more specifically on voice activity detection, a sub-area of automatic speech recognition using neural networks. I asked my supervisor if I ...
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Writing blogs and articles related to math and phy

Where can I write articles explaining math and physics concepts , I've put a considerable amount of work in understanding these and I don't want them to fade away ,and if possible also get paid?
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how can I bring back a character who has died by their own doing? [closed]

So my character a\has died by his own doing on accident, and his partner is severely depressed and doesn't talk much about anything anymore. I don't want him to be brought back by just magically ...
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How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness?

How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? I am thinking of using metaphors such as broken mirror and distorted reflections, but more specifically is there ...
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How to write romantic scenes that aren't cringy?

I know this question is inherently subjective, but I'm asking it in the case that there are universal traits of a romantic scene that makes it cringy. Now, I guess this question can be applied to all ...
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If a story includes a cross country road trip, do the highway and city names need to be real?

If a story includes a cross country road trip set in the USA in 1970’s, do the highway and city names need to be accurate / real? If she takes a train cross-country, do the routes need to also be real?...
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Can a writer change the perspective of a story?

Is it a bad thing if someone writes a story in the third point of view, then he changes the whole story into the first point of view where the protagonist himself tells the story?
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How should endorsements be used?

I have a long and analytic article. By its nature, it's hard to get clicks, and even raise skepticism. Luckily, I have an endorsement from a person who is regarded as expert in the field, and I am ...
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A question about punctuation

Every man chased three deer going to the forest while eating oranges. Every man chased three deer going to the forest, while eating oranges. Does the comma greatly alter the meaning of the second ...
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How to stop using she in creative writing [duplicate]

Hi can someone please help me to stop using she so much in this paragraph. Clitter, clatter. The heavy metal case carrying her belongings rolled over the small divides in the polished white floor, ...
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Typing correctness - minimising errors such as DOuble capitals

I've been doing a lot of technical writing work lately, and would like to increase my writing speed by minimising errors. One error that I tend to repeat is capitalising the first two letters of a ...
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Tense-inadequate but Meaningful

I was writing the conclusion to one of my short stories in which the main character has to endure a bit of humiliation so that everyone else gets to have a good time. The closing sentence is: They ...
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When does figurative language go too far?

I like using figurative language to lighten up my writing. However, I'm not sure how far you can take some stylistic devices, such as personification. Please take a look at this example: “XYZ is a ...
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How do you make a complex but unlikable character?

I'm at the point in my story planning where I need to develop all of the characters. I want this character to be just be a complete asshole, but have more than that one trait. I'm not sure how to ...
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What's the difference between Deus Ex Machina and coincidence?

I've read 1, 2, 3 and of course, 4. Then I read 5 and 6 and even 7. I was blissfully ignorant about coincidence, DEM and plot-convenience; but now, I'm just confused about the difference. I feel ...
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Is it true that the need for marketing/promoting one's books is a “myth”?

For indie fiction authors, is it true that if one simply writes and publishes regularly, one will begin to see sales (as Dean Wesley Smith proclaims), and that book marketing/promotion is actually ...
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Are there any online literary magazines that provide feedback regarding work that they turn down?

I’ve gotten sick and tired of being rejected by pretentious form emails. At this point, I only prefer to send to magazines who will at least have the kindness to give a bit of feedback to authors ...
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Does “Let me know if you have any questions.” mean “reply only if you have a question”? [closed]

Does "Let me know if you have any questions" mean that there is no need to reply unless you have a question? I get informational emails sometimes that end with some form of "Let me know ...
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How would I best express this in English? [migrated]

I'm new to English writing and, unfortunately, I cannot even find words to describe the problem properly (I guess there would be a special name for this issue). I wrote a sentence "[...] the ...
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Can I use a print on demand service for my novel with an explicit scene?

I am looking to print the first novel I ever wrote for personal use—one physical copy to sit on my bookshelf as a token for completing the first one (there have been multiple after this one). This ...
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A smooth way to make Dialogue

I am an amateur fiction writer and a key feature in most of my pieces is dialogue. There are often 6-12 characters in the exciting scenes and a lot of the content depends on who said what and how the ...
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Would having two time skips close together be weird?

There's a story idea I've been playing with for years now but I feel like I need to do two time skips one after the other which may be weird for readers. I have a prologue where she talks to her ...
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Is frequent releasing of new books a good alternative to doing promotions?

Is it true that releasing several well-written books consecutively/frequently will lead to sales without any need to do promotions? I have heard some indie-publishing authors/pundits say that a better ...
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Real city in different location [closed]

I want to use the name Tailholt in Oklahoma as a city in western Oklahoma when it actually in eastern Oklahoma. Is this a good idea or bad one?
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Is it a copyright infringement if I include a magical newspaper with moving pictures in my novel? [duplicate]

I want to add a magical newspaper in my novel. In the newspaper, all the images are moving, like the newspapers in Harry Potter. Is it copyright infringement for me to include a newspaper with moving ...
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How do I write less like a screenplay?

I've come to notice I have a very specific manner of writing. Specifically, I've noticed that while I'm writing a book, I tend to pace and set up things more like I'm writing a screenplay than a novel....
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Short Story versus Novel format [closed]

I have just completed a draft erotic short story I have never professionally published fiction before but I believe this story "sizzles". This story is around 4000 words. I have rough ...
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Is it possible for a sequel to be a completely different genre than the first book?

I'm wondering if is it possible to write a romantic dramatic book, and then write a second book that's a sequel but in a completely different genre, like a horror or psychological horror story?
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In a parody of a short children's story, is copying a couple of lines word-for-word going to present legal problems?

I've written a parody of a famous children's book, the original being a 60-line poem with illustrations (modern, so definitely within copyright). I've tried to get the parody as close to the poem as ...
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Why do publishers and agents frequently require a biography and curriculum vitae with queries?

I understand why a publisher or an agent might want a synopsis or a chapter-by-chapter breakdown. But, more often than not, agents' and publishers' submission guidelines require these along with a ...
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How can I overcome that paralyzing fear that my writing isn’t good enough

I've written a large section of my book. The questions that keep haunting me are: Is this story unique? Will people like it? I think it's becoming repetitive. Will the characters be loved? And a lot ...
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How to write better introductory passages (usually the first paragraph in the chapter that introduces the setting)?

Each chapter of a novel usually has an opening paragraph, or an introductory passage, that lends a flavor to the setting essential for the action that will follow. How to make the descriptions more ...

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