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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

Two things are important to keep in mind. First, don't be ashamed of your 'Fifty Shades of Gray' meets 'Close Encounters of the Third kind' fiction. Let your freak flag fly Second, it wouldn't be ...
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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

Not only is it common, but it's actually a useful thing to have your work be the mixture of two familiar things, because assuming that you want to sell your story eventually, that becomes a really ...
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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

All the time. Writers rarely create in a vacuum and occasionally, works are created take heavy inspiration from other works OR combine elements of other works and turn it into something new. Some ...
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Question about present tense writing, and use of the words: have, and think

is “have” correct in this situation regarding it being expressed in present tense? Extra question: in the first question, could I have put “have” in italics instead of quotations? What you want to do ...
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Is it ever possible (or a good idea) to write a story where the "lie" a character believes about the world is true?

Is it possible? Sure. I can easily imagine a story where the hero is told X, he believes X, some time later he concludes that X is not true, but then in the end he discovers that X was true all along. ...
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Question about present tense writing, and use of the words: have, and think

I assume you're not asking for a general critique of the text samples so I'll skip any nit-picking. In English it's most common to write stories in past tense. "That was my birthday. I had a ...
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Question about present tense writing, and use of the words: have, and think

It reads a little off, tense-wise and also not quite the personality of a child. Are they slightly abnormal perhaps? They seem very measured, where they might be expected to be more chaotic? I am ...
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Is it ever possible (or a good idea) to write a story where the "lie" a character believes about the world is true?

What you're describing sounds problematic but it might be quite fixable. There are really strong reasons why (described in another answer here as well as extensively elsewhere) a protagonist needs to ...
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Killing off main characters in an ensemble cast

I would classify what you're wanting to do here as turning a genre expectation completely on its head. When you have a story about a gang or ensemble cast of characters, there are certain expectations ...
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Is it ever possible (or a good idea) to write a story where the "lie" a character believes about the world is true?

Actually, I have never heard that particular rule, though I've read a great deal of advice. It certainly sounds like a rule of thumb useful in many stories, but remember that the only real rule is ...
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Is it ever possible (or a good idea) to write a story where the "lie" a character believes about the world is true?

If the Lie is true, then it's not really a Lie, is it? So you probably have some problems to solve... The Lie is part of your character's journey or arc so it actually needs to be a lie for it to do ...
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Antagonist that remains unknown

If there is no antagonistic force then there is no story. Period. Perhaps it is a vignette, an essay, or a slice of life. But it is not a story. The difference between a human antagonist and an ...
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Is it okay to have wildly varying chapter lengths in a fantasy novel?

Whatever you do, do not pad out chapters. You want them to contain nothing superfluous. Instead, look at their structure. Are the chapters logical units? Does it make sense to group these scenes ...
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Is it okay to have wildly varying chapter lengths in a fantasy novel?

I am also writing a fantasy book and have found that chapter length doesn't matter too much. A lot of the time, chapter length only puts stress on you as a writer. If you're trying to reach consistent ...
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What is good introductory book to learn scientific academic writing and publishing process?

The book "The Scientist's Guide to Writing" written by Stephen Heard is an excellent guide that is often used in graduate level academic writing courses. Although a little nontraditional, &...
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What is good introductory book to learn scientific academic writing and publishing process?

As a PhD Candidate I was not given a manual; I was given actually written and accepted papers in my field. Different fields can have different customs; match your writing to other published papers, in ...
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What is good introductory book to learn scientific academic writing and publishing process?

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L Turabian is oft-cited and much-recommended. It's not a book I have personal experience of and it doesn't cover all you ask ...
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