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Since you haven't actually sent the book to anybody, you can change the names all you want and nobody will know. I'd say sure, go ahead and change it. If you are still on the fence, you can ask the betas (that's the great thing about betas; they're there to help). Tell them, 'I got these two names I'm not entirely set on. Do you think they're fine or should ...


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I agree, it's not the answers (plural) that "cause" has to agree with, it's "the lack of answers...". You have A LACK OF something, so the singular verb form is correct. It's not the lack of funds that causes me such pain, it's the lack of fun. I'd like to see what the grammarian behind that grammar checker has to say.


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There's some ambiguity in the sentence, and this seems to be causing the grammar checker to misparse it. The intended parse is It’s not our (lack of (answers to these problems)) that causes us such pain. "lack of XXX" is a singular subject, so a singular verb is appropriate. But I think it's parsing it as It’s not our lack of (answers to these (...


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Once it's been through copyediting before publication you shouldn't change character names. Until then, you can change names any time you like. I would say that readers will be much happier if they don't have to deal with too-similar sounding names.


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If you have yet to send it to anyone, there’s no reason you shouldn’t change the names. Possibly ask your beta readers for an opinion if you can’t decide, but it’s ultimately up to you. However, I would question your supposition that the names Zeidric and Xandria are too close for two reasons: Phonetics of names don’t matter much in written form, and novels ...


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Is it possible to teach yourself how to line edit and copy edit if you are the writer? I'd say "yes" and "no". It is of course possible that you can teach yourself to edit. It will probably be harder than if you found some school or teacher, but not impossible. However, should you edit your own work? Yes, as mentioned below, depending on ...


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Some terms are always capitalized, like Holy Ghost. Specific and important religious events are capitalized in many style guides (the Creation, the Crucifixion, the Flood, the Resurrection, the Second Coming, etc.), but not all. The "great falling away" (=apostasy/rebellion - 2 Thessalonians 2:3) is less talked about than the Flood or the Second ...


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More Editing...: Editing is both awful and wonderful. Everything can be changed - for good or ill. Consider your character's goals that changed. You need to either discover a new goal for your character in keeping with the rest of the story, OR you can RE-edit the part you just did, adding back the original motivation. Either way, you have an editing ...


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The clinical terms, “vagina,” “penis” and “breasts” would be considered the softer option (ages ago when I used to teach Catholic confirmation classes, there was specific direction when we got to the class on sexual ethics to stick to those terms in all discussion). Choosing other words is going to change the tone dramatically. The example you gave reads not ...


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According to the APA style guide, "A subtitle should be separated using a colon or em dash (i.e., — and not the shorter - en dash) and then a single space (i.e., Title: Subtitle OR Title — Subtitle)." Personally, I find the Oxford Style Guide recommendation of an en-dash far more aesthetically pleasing.


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Go ahead and change it. Just make sure to, just before submitting it to publication, doublecheck that you didn't accidentally revise in the old name by force of habit.


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Take care... my friend did this and at the last minute, they decided to change the main character's name from 'Mary' to a less common Charlotte. That was fine but there was a scene with a religious reference, and nobody caught that the front garden of the house had a statue of the virgin Charlotte until it was too late...


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Have you considered keeping the name but using a short form for most of the story? You mention shortening it to Ri or Ria for the whole of the story. But in real life, a lot of people use a short form of their official name for a lot of the time. If I take myself, I am hardly ever called by my official first name, (two teachers in my primary school used it ...


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Go ahead and change it if you'd like, just use find and replace to get rid of Xandria (making sure to be thorough and replacing possessive case and stuff like that) and put something in its place. Be sure to commit to the process because there's no turning back after publishing, but I would agree with you, you don't want similar sounding names - it can be ...


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Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Most people can NOT edit their own work very well. I would imagine that some professional writers who are also English professors might have that capability. But the issue is not SPAG (Spelling, punctuation, and grammar) or education, it is psychological as it is too easy to keep overlooking the same mistake that was made when ...


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Line editing; TBH, I didn't know what this meant and had to do a quick google search to figure out what you meant. So I'm probably a bit off, but I think I'm close enough to still be of some help. Line editing is mainly making sure you are using your words to their maximum potential, and can be very impactful on your works. This is probably going to be one ...


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In Canada, the "City of" formulation usually refers to the municipal government specifically. So a lawn mower or other park maintenance equipment doesn't belong to Toronto, but to the City of Toronto, often just called "the city" by people who live there. It isn't the name of the city, but of the city government. The main purpose for ...


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I think the confusion is that the word processor is suggesting using 'causes' instead of 'cause' - and you are assuming that it is because it is adding the 's' to make it plural. However, 's' can be added to show that it is a persistent condition NOW, rather than in the future or past. So: He will run tomorrow. He runs out the door now. That horse runs a ...


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Semicolons can be used in place of periods or to build a list When two or more sentences are very connected, sharing the same subject, and amplify the meaning or intensity of the previous sentence then you can use a semicolon instead of a period. They must be complete sentences though, capable of standing alone. I like pie; however, cake is my favorite ...


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General caveat: I come from a completely different academic field and do not aim to describe academic custom in general (which is very difficult given academia’s diversity), but rather to explain the problem. Failing to connect sentences are a rather common mistake in academic writing and something I often criticise as a supervisor, peer reviewer, or similar....


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Put the draft away then read it What you've done is put your draft away for a year and now you've read it. Unless you have a super memory, it's very likely you've forgotten several details in your story. So much so, you might be able to come at it with the eyes of someone that has never seen your story before. This is why, if you haven't finished reading the ...


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I suspect the instructors intentions are to reinforce good practices to avoid inadvertent plagiarizing of someone else’s work From UNL: Defines plagiarism as “Presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source) and submitting examinations, theses, reports, speeches, drawings, laboratory notes or other academic ...


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The SFWA's "Writer Beware" project has some pages about how to find an agent, adn how to spot a bad agent. See particularly "LITERARY AGENTS" and "HOW TO FIND A (REAL!) LITERARY AGENT". These mention various red flags, particularly charging reading fees and referrals to paid editing services, lack of a verifiable track record, ...


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You can start the editing process on your own. Reread what you wrote and give print copies to trusted Beta Readers (I used to give my drafts to family members in addition to Christmas gifts until they outgrew the target audience). Beta Readers are good for both the grammar and general story structure as they can give you a few good "first time reader&...


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As both an editor and aspiring writer myself, I've found the best method (for me) is to read the passages in question aloud. Now, it's not perfect, but it can certainly help to clue you into something being wrong, which allows you to take a closer look. The problem (again, for myself) arises when reading something you've written recently. Often times you can ...


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It depends on the setting of your story. If set in the real world, it's best to conform to the usages of either the country your story is set in, or, if writing from the point of view of a character, using what would seem natural to the character. You can even play the differences for laughs, e.g. the American/British tourist using the dictionary/guide book ...


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The answer turns out to be pretty simple and very much in line with the way that Ulysses works: It is true that there's no global search and replace, but that's misleading. Simply select the root folder of your manuscript (or whatever) in the first pane, select all of the sheets that appear in the second pane (CMD-A), and then do the Edit -> Find -> ...


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