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Clickbait isn't like news where you tell someone the headline so they'll click for more information. Eggplant linked to lower cancer rates. Clickbait is where they have to click just to find out the headline. This one vegetable stops cancer! There's no nuance in clickbait. Not like medical articles where you use caution about overselling things. ...


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Even if you don't intend to index your entries by page number, you'll annoy quite a few people if you omit page numbers. Librarians, who need to file number of pages, printers, who need page numbers to assemble the book from sheets, archivists, who prepare digital copies and need page numbers for these, ...and so on. Table of contents should always refer ...


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Read, read, read, read. The only way to learn words is to ingest them, to feed on them. The only place where to look is books. Read a lot of different authors, styles, genres, ages. The more words and expressions you put in your head, the more you can use them in your writing. Every time I wrote something, I realized I was heavily influenced by the things ...


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CSS supports media queries since Level 2, Revision 1. That's from way back in 2011, so any modern web browser should support it. If you're able to specify custom CSS, and apply custom CSS classes to your content, then you can define a CSS class such that the pictures and other ancilliary content is shown on screen, but only the actual recipe is printed on ...


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Click bait works by pushing psychological buttons. Most of those buttons are in the form of tangible curiosity and fear. Fear: If you don't know this hinted secret you will die Tangible Curiosity: List. "10 secrets of the incredibly famous" (your test, rewritten) Also, promises and calls to action tend to trigger people's BS reflex. So, avoid those ...


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Along with balancing positive and negative feedback, it's helpful to stick to 'I' responses, rather than 'You should do X' type responses. I try to frame my responses using my own experiences as references. So I'll say, when I was in this situation, I did XYZ which resulted in ABC, which was helpful to me because of blah blah blah. The OP is less likely to ...


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Some general rules for frame challenges 1. Be nice. There's no point in being sarcastic, judgemental, or rude. This is also mentioned in the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct, so it should not even have to be said. 2. Be empathetic and reflective. What might be obvious to you is not obvious to the OP, and you might also be missing something in the intent of ...


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Have you considered (re)using Personas? A well defined persona can make it much clearer to talk about features as you remove a "layer of abstraction", making it easier for non-technical readers to understand. Your examples might change (with a little introduced context) from ... "Users will now be able to..." "...opens up the creation of $feature ...


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Don't worry about them stealing your idea. Ideas are cheap. Publishers care less whether your idea is original than whether you can execute well on your idea. Here is an excellent article about the topic. And another from O'Reilly books. So I'd say that you should reveal as much about the book as you need to in order to impress the publisher. You have ...


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Pages are the unit by which users manipulate physical books. Personally I hate books that are indexed in anything other than page numbers. Even if your excerpt sizes are extremely consistent I'll still hate you for making me do math in my head (there are about 6 excerpts per page, so to find excerpt 1397 I should turn to approximately page...uh...hrm.) If ...


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Don't ever use the word if. It is a sign of lack of conviction. If you want to impose your clickbait on the audience, don't give them an opportunity to make a choice. Look at your own examples. They are affirmative. The audience feels like making a choice, but they really aren't. There are a few things I would like to add. Probably I couldn't make my point ...


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A common trend between your clickbait titles (and clickbait in general) is that they're promising to give you something, but only if you click in and read the article/watch the video/signup for the newsletter. As @Cyn's answer mentions, this "something" that they give is Sometimes [...] about making money, achieving fame, or curing disease. But other ...


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I'm inclined to suggest that you go with what DPT posted as a comment. Start writing things down in some manner. If nothing else, record the facts, including the facts about your thoughts, feelings and emotions in the moment. You don't have to share the first revision with anyone. In fact, it's normal to write a first draft or two before showing it to ...


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All of those examples imply there is some specific kind of secret knowledge you can learn quickly that will change your life. In your example, "really famous" is not specific enough. First, in writing, "really" is an intensifier without meaning. What exactly is the difference between being "famous" and "really famous"? Or "mad" and "really mad"? Even then, ...


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If you want to be really famous you only have to click here. "you only have to click here" - you can remove that. Your audience knows how the internet works. They know that in order to receive more information, they have to click. It's obvious. "If you want to be" What do you mean, if you want? Your audience must know about your amazing secret. There is no ...


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If the non-fiction work is an essay or similar analysis of the literary work, I would use present tense. Tom Sawyer's friendship with Huckleberry Finn represents unity between middle and lower class Americans. In the scene where Tom is painting his fence... (I've never read the book, I just made something up for an example)


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Be Socrates In my view the champion of frame challenges is Socrates. His famous method always starts with an attempt at a frame challenge. The success of the Socratic method stands on the basis that it is based on logic, and it leads to check if a frame challenge exists on the basis of logical contradictions. Socrates poses a lot of importance of factual ...


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I am an experienced technical writer specializing in API documentation. In my experience, in order to be successful a technical writer needs enough technical aptitude to (1) understand the users' needs and (2) probe the subject-matter experts (SMEs). If all you're going to do is parrot what the SMEs tell you, you're going to miss important details. SMEs (...


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Users are usually categorized by their role, so you could write: "Managers will now be able to..." Also, some processes use a hypothetical first person to write about features, such as: "As a manager I should be able to..."


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Proviso: I am not a lawyer. Here's a good article on Fair Use; it might answer your question. You say you'd like to use many quotes from the same author; if you are writing a critique of the author's work, or a biography of him, or some similar piece about the author which you are backing up using the quotes - then you're on pretty safe ground. If, on the ...


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I highly suggest you do nothing. A) is a very bad idea - it will tarnish your reputation as argumentative and rude. C) could easily be construed as doing A) -- even with the best intentions, someone could take it out of context -- so it's also best to avoid that. As for if my answer would change for a different type of novel, definitely no. This is good ...


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It's been decades since I was a kid watching cartoons on TV, and I can still sing some of the Schoolhouse Rock songs. Schoolhouse Rock, for those unfamiliar with it, was a series of short (2-3 minute) bits of educational programming interspersed among Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Bullwinkle, et al. Each episode taught one concept -- math, grammar, US history, ...


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TL;DR: Put the important stuff atop. This isn't the technical solution you were looking for, but it's another way to give both types of readers what they want. Readers who want the full story will read your blog post regardless of where you place the actual recipe. So why not place it right atop, maybe prefaced with a "TL;DR" (too long; didn't read)? Busy ...


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Before I give some suggestions, the best advice I can give you is speak to a lawyer directly about your personal situation. Unless there is one on the forum, I really wouldn't take any other advice as gospel, including what I'm going to say below. Also, legal issues will differ from country to country, so what's true in the US may not hold true in the UK (...


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Don't worry - everything has been done before; just try to be yourself Your goal shouldn't be to be the only one to ever blog about something. This is especially true for fiction as there are only a handful of basic plots in existence and the main goal of an author is to provide a new version, telling the story in his own words. But this also applies to ...


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The book exists in the present, so the characters do as well. The author, though, exists in the past, since he's no longer with us. Mark Twain wrote about a boy, Tom Sawyer, who has adventures with his friends. It would not be wrong to write about the character in past tense if describing his actions that have already happened (because you finished the ...


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The only study on bullet points I could find was done by Chris Atherton looking at the usage of bullet points in Power Point slides, and this concluded that they did not work when it came to the audience remembering the information presented. However, in written form, this study would likely not apply since it's a completely different setting. Something ...


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I'm not a lawyer. Any questions about specific rights, etc. should be directed to someone knowledgeable about the rules in your jurisdiction. That being said, there are a number of things that could complicate this question. For example, you say 'your children' and refer to your 'ex-husband'. Is he the father? If so, do the custody arrangements allow him ...


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NOTE: I am not a lawyer, and the following is just the result of some Google searching. You're allowed to publish basically anything you want; the concern is not whether you will be able to publish it to begin with, but whether you can be sued (for libel or misrepresentation) later on. Even if you would win such a lawsuit, it would probably be expensive and ...


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