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I have a former military officer from a powerful empire searching to put a stop to the evil plan of a group of dark elves. They are trafficking people to their homeland to sacrifice to their god/...
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How to cite Google Trend?

Im doing a social studies research paper and I use google trend as one of the sources but I do not know how to cite the website. I also use APA format. Thanks.
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“To be so”, is it a real phrase? If so, what is the correct way to use it?

Can I say: To be so, you must do so & so.. For example: Do you want to be wealthy? To be so, you should ... Or is "to become so" more correct? or neither?
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I find it tough to write my non-fiction stories in anything other than past tense, why is this?

I would like to venture out into present tense, but it is so hard for me to do. How can I work on this to be able to actually write a full book in the present tense?
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Generous with or generous to? [migrated]

Is it correct to ask: are you generous with your self? or are you generous to yourself? The exact usage I want is: Are you generous with your self worth? Is it correct?
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i would like to illustrate poem and compile it into a book, and is it ok to publish it?

I'm an artist and I wanted to illustrate some of my fav poems into a book. The poems are mostly from before 1900. Is it alright to illustrate them? and meanwhile we're at it, is it alright if the ...
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What Drives a Broken man?

There is this story that I was working on, for an extended period of time. I have scrapped many ideas and drafts but I just could not seem to let go. The idea of this story, in my mind, is simply too ...
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writing task1 the transformation in Castellón - the city of Spain [closed]

Look at my essay below. I appreciate your help. The two maps compare the transformation in Castellón - the city of Spain from 2000 to the recent period of time. It is clear that the Castellón ...
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How to portray a character slipping into insanity over time?

The deuteragonist of my trilogy, The Ragnarǫk Sequence is heavily implied to be Jeanne d'Arc (whose characterisation takes many cues from Artoria Pendragon) and serves as the protagonist's moral ...
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Does Blind Querying Literary Agents Actually Work? Is That How Authors Find Agents?

I have been BLIND QUERYING agents for nearly three years to no avail, and I am wondering if this approach is a realistic one. I have used countless templates in crafting my query letter and all my ...
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Tech Writing Research

I'm looking for data on the role technical documentation can play in pre-sales perceptions and/or buying decisions. I see people talk about it in articles, as if it's fact, but I never see data cited. ...
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How do I balance immature levity and flaws and character growth?

I am working on a series where one of the intended primary draws is character drama and growth. I have an ensemble cast of five characters who more or less share the role of main character equally, ...
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how to describe the owner of something embedded inside them? [migrated]

I have the following sentence in my story Almost everyone has implanted under their skin a sensor that monitors their vitals and health in real-time and could alert the wearer of potentially ...
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How do I write LGBTQ+ characters for a romance story, as a non-LGBTQ+ person, without using potentially offensive stereotypes

So today, some of my friends challenged me to write a short story and gave me a number of prompts from which to write, most of which were admittedly not great. There was one, however, which worked ...
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How can I rewrite the blessed trinity in a way that makes sense? [closed]

Zoth-Ommog is an ancient and demonic god that exists outside reality and seeks to enter our world. To accomplish this, he took a virgin to be his "bride" in order to reincarnate a portion of himself ...
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Word Count Historical Fiction for Adults

I am writing Historical Fiction for Adults. What is the acceptable word limit. Some places say 80K to 100K Others say 150K If it matters, I plan to submit to publishers who accept manuscript ...
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How can I write a good product review? [closed]

Give me some suggestions about writing a good product review, specially smartphones, laptops or any electronic gadgets.
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Why is this considered a sentence fragment? Please help [migrated]

"A reward and punishment system to help enforce safety equipment use." The sentence in quotations was kicked back to me as a sentence fragment. I feel it is a sentence. If this is a sentence fragment, ...
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Structuring a book?

So I am attempting to write a book, the first I have attempted yet. My current method has been to just write scenes that come into my mind and I have over 40 pages of 'scenes' so far and have ...
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Pictures in my book

I have recently been diagnosed with ALS. I was keeping a journal on the CaringBridge site, and I got enough feedback about it that I have decided to turn it into a book. I have added memories of my ...
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How to deal with my Dark Lord without him being too much like Sauron and Morgoth? [closed]

So, my Dark Lord's backstory is completely like Morgoth's. God (called the Great One), created the group of divine beings and this Dabol is greatest of them all. Dabol returned and my main characters ...
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How to identify what type of literary device an example is? [closed]

I am reading All Quiet on the Western Front, and analyzing the theme of how soldiers lose their humanity. One of the examples I picked was "It is not now the time but I will not lose these ...
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Examples of Complex or Unusual Narrative Styles for Biographical Novels [closed]

I am interested in writing a biographical novel and I'm looking for inspiring works, especially in regard to narrative style. I want to explore a range of possibilities. I'm interested in those in ...
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How do I make a park while writing [closed]

1.) Its like a green grass park, but also like a kids park, like a mix of both. 2.) This question is pretty much just asking how to describe it 3.) I dont have a name yet so no need to worry about ...
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How to end a horror story in a hospital? [closed]

Planning a horror story where this doctor receives a letter from this mysterious man and it all turns out to be a dream. What could be the ending? To keep the reader on the edge? Thanks
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What Is Considered a Pet Peeve When It Comes To Writing?

I have had about two beta-readers who had pet peeves with respect to the use of certain words in fiction. I was wondering if these pet peeves are valid. For instance, is the use of the word, "then," ...
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Describe the combination of eye shadow and tear [closed]

In this picture, the woman's tear has turned black because it was mixed with her eye shadow. How would you describe it in a dramatic way?
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How to create suspense when the conclusion is known?

How can there be suspense if the reader knows the conclusion from the beginning? I am writing an apocalyptic survival story, and I chose to write it in a non-linear style. So, the reader will know who ...
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Writing a supernatural book with characters who have supernatural powers that have already been explored in other works?

I am in the process of writing a book with many of the characters discovering that they have supernatural powers. I am trying very hard to find 'original' powers that have not yet been created and ...
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Rules of Misdirection in Stories

I am wondering if there are any rules for misdirection like how would you tell if a misdirection was done right or wrong in a story? Are there do's and don'ts or a point where you can over do it when ...
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Create Character that Use's Real-Life Poet's Work

I am attempting to write novel. Character is loosely based on real-life Poet who lived and died in foreign country (b. 1919, d. 2005). I would like this Character to create same poem this real-life ...
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When should a chapter end and the next chapter begin? [duplicate]

I writing a short story and I would like to know when I should end a chapter.
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How does authorship and copyright work in translation?

I am a freelance translator, and once received a request from a client saying that they were supposed to translate a chapter of a book, but had to outsource this task as it was difficult. I declined ...
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Rewriting “both trailed below double digits” [closed]

This is a question specific to something my editor pulled me up on. The paragraph in full is: "Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary winning 25.9% of votes cast and beating Pete Buttigieg into ...
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How do I define smells I have never experienced?

I am a lifelong writer, who was also born without an ability to smell. I have been trained to engage the reader by applying the five senses, or as many of the five as is practical without becoming ...
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Quoting italicized text: keep formatting?

I'm quoting a sentence from Carl von Clausewitz' On War. He has part of the sentence italicized though: Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Is it necessary to maintain his formatting? Ideally, I ...
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Gerund vs noun in academic writing

I wonder what is the best way to describe things in an academic manuscript writing. for example, I have a sentence therefore, passivation of the surface or the introduction of additional interlayers ...
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I may have unintentionally copied a TV series

As some of you might know from my other question, I'm writing a middle-grade book (hopefully the first in a series). In the setting of the series, a very small percentage of the population are born ...
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Why would a someone desecrate a pharaoh's tomb? [closed]

I'm trying to find a believable reason for someone to open a clearly cursed tomb for my short story. I'm finding myself between the silly-but-different and believable-but-boring spectrum. For example, ...
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Capitalization in a series [migrated]

I think this is purely a style preference, but I want to confirm (and settle a debate amongst colleagues). In general, is it better to use: Antioch, Oberlin, and Boston Colleges. -or- Antioch, ...
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Does receiving donations to give earlier access to chapters in a fan fiction count as copyright infringement?

Well long story short I have been writing a fan fiction for a while (The fan fiction takes place in the 'please don't tell my parents i'm a supervillain' universe) and some of my readers asked how ...
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In an academic Paper, should you mention/reference stuff like Definitions or Theorems? Or are they part of the “text flow”?

I'm not sure if my question is entirely subjective or not. I'm asking because maybe there is a "standard" way of doing it. I haven't found anything about this because it's kind of difficult to search ...
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How to avoid or mitigate heavy science lingo and “technobabble” in a science fiction story?

Background I am currently working on a small science fiction story (as referenced in a previous question of mine). The main protagonist of the story is an autistic biologist who gets stranded on an ...
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Describing shapes and objects

While I absolutely agree, that descriptions should be experienced through the narrator's / protagonist's eyes in terms of personal involvement, I oftentimes find myself puzzled in describing the basic ...
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Using copyrighted content in professional blog. How?

I tried to find similar question, but it seems it haven't been asked, the closest I found was this but it is more specific about screenshots, and I need a general advice. If I write blog about my ...
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How Do I Define Smells Of A World With Anosmia? [duplicate]

I am a lifelong writer, who was also born without an ability to smell. I have been trained to engage the reader by applying the five senses, or as many of the five as is practical without becoming ...
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Can you legally write a book based on technical concepts that someone else’s coined?

Is there any issues with writing a book and publishing it that is based on topics and concepts that the technical industry previously coined? Several books have been written on the topics, I just ...
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Can I reference a Lego Millennium Falcon in my book?

I read the post about referencing real and fictional characters but would like to know what you think about this. I am writing a book where the character is looking back at his childhood toys and I ...
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How to avoid being overwhelmed by your stories when you write them

When I am writing a very intense and dramatic scene, I often become overwhelmed by it and have to stop writing. Any tips on avoiding this and on focusing on writing.
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As a writer, how can I avoid exposing myself as a non-native English speaker in my texts?

I am a Japanese student learning English, and one of my current goals is to learn to write texts in such a way that no reader will realize I am not a native speaker. I am humbly seeking advice on how ...

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