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Engineer who wants to improve their writing from scratch

To expand on the title, I am about to finish my engineering degree. However, I haven't really written an essay for the past ten years. The main reason was that I focused all my attention on maths-...
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Transitions in a Story

I’m writing a historical fiction story set in the 1800s; the family has to move a lot when the protagonist is younger due to financial reasons, and the siblings often live out of state. In the second ...
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How to find a good writing partner

I find I write much better, more often, etc. when I have someone else who is also writing, and we can share ideas, bits of writing, even larger parts of manuscripts. What's the best place to go to ...
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What is the proper way to insert a subsection into a section / end a subsection within a section?

Not sure if this belongs here, or math.stackexchange but what's the proper way to do a special case subsection in a section? This is mostly in a proof/logical statement context i.e. To show ... \...
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Asking about writing techniques

Could you please help me..I have ideas of writings and stories, but..when I come to start writing, I can't find what I need to write the plot and that's leads me to think about giving up
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Can anyone recommend a website or other sources that can evaluate my essays and offer feedback

I want some professional or expert to review my essays and offer me feedback on how can I improve, things I could to do write better, tell me mistakes, etc. and inspire the examiner to award me more ...
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Quoting another poem in your own

I wanted to intentionally reference a famous Dylan Thomas poem in a poem of my own. I wondered whether there is a convention for how to do this or if it is 'allowed' at all.
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Should I save some plot for the sequel of my novel or make the first book (too) long but complete?

I wrote a sci-fi novel. It's around 120k words long with a neat 'ending' that wraps up the main plot. The story is not complete: Although the main goal has been accomplished, a lot of smaller issues ...
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Is it legal to present posts from social networks? [closed]

My question is as follows: is it legal to take existing posts and present them on a new site? For example: is it legal for me to take a post from Facebook and present it on a new site that I've made?
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UK or US English while writing [closed]

I often run into this dilemma while writing for myself. With clients, it's easy because they instruct me to use UK/British or US English. But broadly speaking, which of the two is "better"? ...
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How do you get feedback when sharing your ideas makes you not want to write?

I have a problem in that if I ever tell people about my story ideas, I lose motivation and eventually stop working on them. If I do not tell them I feel like I have pressure to get the story "out ...
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How do I keep the reader engaged?

Whether I'm writing poetry or any kind of prose, how do I keep the reader engaged from beginning to end?
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How do I put forward an optimistic conclusion from the narrative?

I am writing a self-help book. In one of the chapters, I have argued that academic success is dependent on IQ and IQ is hereditary (which I have proved citing various research studies), thus one's ...
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Do the references need to be in sequential order with the chapters?

I am writing a non-fiction book. I am not writing the chapters sequentially e.g. the first chapter first and then second etc. I have started with the sixth chapter and now writing the second chapter. ...
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I love the world and characters I've created for my story, but I dislike the plot. How can I proceed?

I've spent several years periodically writing and developing a high fantasy story I mean to turn into a book, or even a series depending on how much material I write. However, lately, I've realized I ...
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What is the relationship between legend and epic?

My superficial understandings of these terms are quite distinct: a legend is told and retold, exists independently of a particular telling, is often held by some to have some grounding in historical ...
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Has “ was” been leaved out before shown because of parallelism? [migrated]

If this work could be discovered, it might, he thought, in all probability be restored. Some of the country people were therefore seized, and, inquiry being made of them, the line of the canal was ...
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What is the literary term for a technique where expectation is built up by hinting at the future?

I've been reading a fantasy-novel series where the author cleverly seeds expectation in the reader. This works as a hook to continue reading. It's an audio-book so I can't easily riffle through to ...
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Do publishers check manuscripts using anti-plagiarism softwares?

I am writing a non-fiction book. Although I am very keen on giving references where ever there is a need, there are small parts of my book, like a line here and a line there which I have paraphrased ...
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Is my book to similar to Harry Potter? [closed]

My protagonist is called Ryan Konrale. Ryan has parents and five siblings, among which his oldest and favourite sister died when Ryan was 5. There is a magic school in the Netherlands, which is ...
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Writing an emotionless character?

I need help writing a character that doesn't like other people and rarely shows emotion due to high amounts of emotional trauma? He would let a person die if they were no longer of any use to him.
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Should I merge my series into a single volume?

I have written the initial drafts for the first two novels in my series. Originally, I split the story into two parts because the entire manuscript was 150,000 words. Two 75,000-word novels sounds ...
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I'm writing a prologue from the POV of a non-English-speaking character. How should I write the dialogue?

Picturing this in movie form would be easy. I would have the character speak their native language in the scene and place subtitles. But I do not have this luxury in writing. It would be weird to ...
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“Inequivalent” or “ nonequivalent”? [migrated]

How to write correctly: "inequivalent" or " nonequivalent"? I am interested in writting this word in mathematical texts.
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Why are there wierd punctuation symbols in some fan fiction writing? [closed]

When reading some fan fiction I have noticed some weird symbols where punctuation marks should be anyone know why it happens and how to avoid them? One example would be a question mark inside of a ...
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Similar words/phrases random generator

I recall using a website where a user could input a set of words or phrases and the website would generate similar words or phrases, which "felt like" (but didn't repeat) the original words/...
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Inhibitions when writing personal experiences

I write for myself and have no intention of publishing anything. However, I still become uncomfortable writing about events in my life because I think about how people who are involved or who know me ...
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Doubt on the trope “power trio”: what are their psychological basis?

I will gather some non-standard characters in this question. Suppose then the Powerpuff Girls, Team Sonic, Totally Spies, Kanker Sisters (Ed, Edd n Eddy), and so on.[1] Every time we can identify some ...
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Regarding the length of a PhD thesis [closed]

I am a research scholar writing my PhD thesis on Seamus Heaney's ecocritical themes. I am a little confused about the length of my thesis. So far I have written 120 pages excluding bibliography but my ...
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seeking advice - screenwriter looking to write novel

All. I'm looking for some advice. I'm interested in writing a young adult mystery novel, but I don't believe I'm a good writer in the traditional sense. My background is in screenwriting, so my ...
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Replacing “far out to where” [closed]

So, I have this problem where both "far" and "where" are weak words, so using "far out to where" is a no go. Is there any other phrase that means the same thing? He ...
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Is there any word or phrases that can replace greed and greedy? [closed]

Apparently, greed and greedy are weak words in poetry, so you can't use them, but what other words would you use? The pirate greed for their gold. And the adventurers are greedy In their quests for ...
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Critics said my first novel is too descriptive. Would they say the same about my new novel?

My first language is Arabic. Please ignore the grammatical mistakes. I've published a novel about 6 years ago, and most of the critics who read it thought that it was too descriptive. Now I'm worried ...
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How to cite several testimonies from the same House Bill in Apa

We are attempting to cite several testimonies, both parenthetically and on the references page. Any help would be appreciated.
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Enjoying my writing vs. maintaining writing habit

How do I resolve the conflict between: Being interested in what I write about Ignoring my inner critic, pushing past writer's block, starting writing, maintaining a writing habit, etc. When I find ...
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How to include a software license covering code samples in a book

I'm working on a programming book, which will be distributed both electronically and (potentially) in print. It includes many coding samples, which readers may wish to use. To avoid the hairy, and ...
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A peculiar problem in my writing skills

I have a problem and I'm not sure how common it is. I have often heard people say that reading will, just by pure habit, always develop the writing skills of a reader; that just by sheer recognition ...
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How do I write religious conflict?

In this book I'm making, there is a religious conflict that happens. Here's the base of my plot so far: Adrian lives in the dragon tribe Sa'fwan. Foreigners came to his land, coming across his tribe ...
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How to stick to your vision when you’re highly suggestible?

As a person, I'm a bit of a people-pleaser. I tend to bend over backward to avoid conflict and make people happy. I've reached the point in my writing process where I've started to send out drafts of ...
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I want the protagonist to win, but the antagonist is overpowered [duplicate]

I am writing a story about a normal teenager who is suddenly transported to this world that will soon be attacked by a powerful enemy overlord that rarely shows himself. I would like the protagonist ...
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Changing Genres in the Middle of a Story

Let's say the story was introduced as a romance, then somewhere in the middle it becomes a horror/thriller, would you immediately think it's bad? Would you feel like "This is not what I came here ...
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Conventions for Embedding Quotes in Analytical Essays [closed]

I wanted to confirm a few conventions for adding quotes into a literary analysis essay. If you change the capitalization in a quote, you put brackets around the first character: On the other hand, ...
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Birth-death dates in exhibit catalog

I'm editing an art exhibit catalog. The paintings featured are primarily portraits, most often titled simply with the subject's name. What is the best practice for including birth-death dates of the ...
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Does first-person have to be “recounted” after the fact?

I'm writing a horror short-story, and at the end the main character dies and his partner is whisked away forever. I had intended to write it in first-person, because the narrative becomes more ...
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Word adds blank zone (damage document) after paper size changing and printing to pdf [closed]

I created word document with wrong paper size - "letter". So for now I added more the 100 pages. Then I changed paper size to "A4". Before printing every thing was OK. But after ...
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How Should I Write my Character Discovering Superpowers? [closed]

Does anyone have any tips on introducing your m/c's superpowers? My novel is set as a supernatural teen flick playing on the roles of the cliche. My m/c is told she has powers and as it's written in ...
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Formatting a story collection for submission to publishers

Anyone know of a definitive online resource on formatting a story collection for submission to publishers and agents? One knotty question in particular: does one use the title of the book throughout ...
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Naming Side characters

So, basically, how do you name side characters? I get that you should give the main characters meaningful names, but finding suitable names for all of my characters is distracting and time-consuming. ...
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How can I write a hand-to-hand combat scene that is not too brief or detailed?

When I describe hand-to-hand combat, I include EVERYTHING that's going on, EVERY action and motion the characters make. I know this is exhausting for readers. However, if I'm not descriptive, the ...
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How do I write a “suboptimal” fight scene?

For my story I have been doing research on fighting in order to better write the fight scenes. However, once I got a better handle on how fighting in real life works I've noticed I've started nit-...

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