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I would start with the literature produced by suicide prevention programs. Its targeting the minds of people considering suicide and its trying to educate people of the warning signs, and how to help. This will provide you with insight into the mental frame of your characters Then, you can access research materials produced by psychologists and social ...


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Having scoured the internet for a bit, I have found two style guides which I have not read myself, but which sound like they do at least part of what you are looking for. The first one is called The Economist Style Guide and is available on the website of The Economist. It's a general style guide for the English language, so it might not be directly a tool ...


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The purpose is to avoid repetition of modal verbs and make the writing more persuasive. I think you're barking up the wrong tree. You're relying on your individual sentences to persuade people when you should look at your entire essay. It doesn't matter to most people whether you say "the parliament should pass the antiterrorism bill" or "it is incumbent ...


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Have you tried TV Tropes? It is a wiki which describes story "tropes" (i.e. the various narrative elements, tricks and occasional fails of the storytelling art). It is vast and has a loose but fairly well defined structure; tropes are organised by category and are extensively hyperlinked. Works, creators and genres are also given, with lots of links ...


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You are asking if there is a database where scholars are turning art, which is subjective in it's very nature, into a science. You do realize what you're asking is probably in some back corner of the net, if at all. As libli had said, there are furious debate on many different works of art, and especially writing, because it can be as complicated or as ...


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There is software for the Mac called (unoriginally) Narrator from Mariner Software, who have several niche apps aimed at writers, authors, and especially screenwriters. It uses the various text-to-speech voices on the Mac, assigned to characters in a script. Characters can also be assigned with no voice, to create silent gaps in the audio where an actor can ...


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Not a style guide, but for adding nuance to this discussion I'd like to suggest the talk "Linguistics, Style and Writing in the 21st Century" by Steven Pinker, held at the Royal Institution. Summary: Does writing well matter in an age of instant communication? Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science, Steven Pinker replaces the ...


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The Wikipedia history of campaigns against singular they gives quite a few examples of stylists from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Note that prescriptions of language such as these rarely matched what common people actually said and wrote, and arguably had sexist motivations (for the particular case of third person pronouns). If you want to match ...


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Here are some books that should help. Where it makes sense, I'm trying to include the date and place of publication, a description, and a quote for context. (Not all of the information in these books will be helpful, unless you don't know what consonants and vowels are.) A Key to the Art of Letters, 1700, London: Earlier than your timeframe but still worth ...


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Westlake, J. Willis (James Willis), 1830-1912, wrote at least three "how-to-write" books, including How to write letters: a manual of correspondence.


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