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One way to shorten a piece of writing effectively is to remove any duplication. Sometimes, we repeat something for effect, to highlight how important it is, but it can be effective to remove duplication to make writing 'punchier'. To find duplication, you can look for places where very similar expressions occur next to each other in the same sentence, or ...


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Try looking for places where you're overly wordy. Your third sentence for example is clunky and seems to be trying to fit in words for the sake of getting close to the maximum. I'd re-arrange it and cut some of the excess. You shouldn't be using infinitive verbs (verbs that are written "to [verb]" when they can be placed as the main action of the ...


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I agree with Surtsey's answer: one thing are stylistic choices and characterization, another is fixing mistakes during a revision. If the problem is "i tend to overwrite", the only solution will be passing the novel through another revision where you specifically take care of this aspect, cutting down unnecessary words, simplyfing sentences, synthetizing ...


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Your question is pure gold! Based on the information you have provided - you have no recourse. (Especially as you were employed and therefore remunerated). The beauty of your question is that you have posted it on a site that allows editing of your work by "anybody". I could edit your original question to say, "Donald Trump ate my Chihuahua - is that legal?...


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There were multiple proper courses of action. 1) Refuse to let him publish it under your name, and retract permission to use the paragraphs you wrote. You did not write it, it was a first person narrative and not your words, publishing it under your name could be considered libel, attributing words and thoughts to you that were not your own. 2) Insist on a ...


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You're conflating two unrelated issues. When it all boils down, a first person account is basically all dialogue (others, no doubt, will disagree). You cannot run a character voice through grammar software - people don't talk like the OED. I hate to burst everybody's bubble but novel writing is not an academic exercise. After marketing, the success of the ...


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I presume that the different applications don't use exactly the same formatting rules and thus it cannot work properly. I have the same kind of problem if I highlight things in a same book in my Kindle app and also in my Kindle device. One added functionnalities on the app overlap the highlighting function in the normal Kindle device and create bugs. ...


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