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Is it acceptable to put the period after the quotation mark?

As a programmer, it always bothered me when the period was inside the quotation marks, like so: His nickname was "Quincy." I'd much prefer to do it this way: His nickname was "Quincy&...
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Do publishers and editors require a certain font for the manuscript?

I was about to print my manuscript when a sudden thought occurred to me, do publishers require a certain font? I didn’t want to print out 50,000 words only to discover it was useless, that costs a lot ...
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How would you come up with a great antagonist?

So I’m writing another series. No surprise there, at least not if you know me. I wrote my first series on an idea, and let it reveal itself to me as I wrote. That was a good a method for the specific ...
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What if you want to write two separate books at once?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series, and while browsing writing prompts and trying to better my writing yesterday, I got an idea for another, totally different series. I am in love with the ...
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How to punctuate long, never-ending dialogue sentences?

I need some basic grammar guidelines to follow regarding how to punctuate dialogues where people go on forever, like in the example below: Now I've edited the whole series all five books which means ...
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Why is writing so hard? Are there any self-help books for scientific writing?

Not to make this a post complaining about my inability to write, but I'd like to understand the universal challenges people face when writing and overcome some of these common challenges. Maybe ...
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How to punctuate repeated thoughts/words when transcribing dialogues?

I'm transcribing a webinar for work and I need to get the punctuations right for this. How do I punctuate dialogue when the speaker repeats words in a row whilst wondering out loud? For example, in ...
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Can you be too detailed in fantasy writing?

I am wondering if there is such a thing as “too detailed” in writing. If yes, then I want to know if I am doing it. I will insert a descriptive paragraph from my own writing below. Its scaly head was ...
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How can I read 700 pages in a day?

It's been two months and I haven't completed one book, and this OP has read 700 pages in one day. So how can I increase my reading habits? Compared to this person, I did nothing but just wasted 2 ...
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Am I bringing my character back to life too much?

This story is about a person in a sort of technologically advanced secret government organization that is basically SCP. The organization is very advanced and, in most cases, can revive dead people. I ...
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Would a second publisher ever want a book that didn't do well with the first publisher?

I have a nonfiction book out which isn't selling well at all. :( And yet, it's gotten rave reviews from every industry professional who's read it. I'm looking ahead to when it's discontinued and the ...
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Writing: Balancing Barbarism And Magic

I'm having some issues with balancing the world in my story. My story is centered around a magical world where the people are brutal. There is political corruption, arguments over the use of magic (...
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Is it okay to kill a main character?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. I started this book with a light bulb idea late one night while reading Peter Pan. I didn’t know anything about writing, but I ADORE reading, so I pulled ...
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What makes a book young adult

I am a young author writing my first series . I’m not writing my books simply because I want to or that I am frustrated with other books, but those are some reasons. The book I am writing is pure ...
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Indirect reference following brackets in scientific literature

I've got a bracketed reference in a scientific manuscript I'm writing, that immediately follows bracketed text like so: ...rather than visiting flowers that were in ‘same scent’ group (same scent and ...
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What to do when you hit writers block

I’ve recently been writing my book when I got stuck. I think it’s safe to say that this has happened to everyone. This has happened a few times in the certain book I am writing, and I’ve noticed it is ...
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What exactly is a beta reader list?

Beta readers. I am asking this question for others benefit, because I feel it is an important part of writing. Everyone in their writing career at some point has heard the term, beta readers. But what ...
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Character development. Do I need major events for changes or can it be more gradual

I have this main character who is very academically gifted but has a bunch of problems. For example he is: Anti-social, paranoid, ignorant of the people around him, very violent, short tempered, and ...
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What are some tips to keep on track of your plot

I am a new writer writing a fantasy series, and earlier today I found myself thinking “Yay! I’m almost done with the main plot of my first book!” Then I realized I was nowhere near done with the ...
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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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What are the steps to get an imprint for my book.I am self publishing my poetry book in India [closed]

I am self publishing my book but I don't know how to get an imprint.
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Name of the poem or poet? [migrated]

I remember from my childhood a English poem about a joker with disorganized attire. He has worn a cooking pan as hat, (probably) socks as gloves and he's travelling in a train and leaves his station ...
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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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POD price comparison? [closed]

I want to print some 100 copies of my upcoming book in English. What's the good recourse to compare prices for POD services in US and worldwide?
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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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Is sequentially encrypting messages based on previous messages a good enough excuse for preventing players from reading stuff in wrong order? [closed]

In my game players can view messages/mails. There is also a mechanic where you can hear the player character's thoughts on the content of the mail after reading it. However, the messages are such that ...
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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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My name is Angel and I am 10 years old. I came on this site to have my specific questions answered [closed]

If I write my book and it gets published, do I choose what languages,countries, and libraries it can go to? If not, why? Can I hire one of my family members as my illustrator? If so, do I choose how ...
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Whether to use the word 'was' or 'were' in this particular context [migrated]

I am writing a report whereby I have to state something about the team. My colleague and I are of different opinions. Can you tell me which is the correct one? Eventhough good reasons were given, the ...
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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 have a question! [duplicate]

Can I be an author at the age of ten? I really want to write my book and publish it! I just don’t know if I can! Can someone help me?
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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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