Kevin
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When is prosody in fiction too ornate?
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As a rule of thumb: Never make the reader reach for a dictionary. Every word's meaning should be obvious, either from context or because "everybody" knows that word. Life is too short to ...

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How do you create an idiomatic sounding composite name for something like a landmark, city, region, etc.?
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There isn't really a good set of top-down rules for this. But it may be helpful to walk through a series of examples. Since you appear to be familiar with Skyrim, I will use their hold names. While ...

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Is there a way to include your Patreon page when the credit rolls after a movie?
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Patreon-funded films are a bit of a new thing, compared to the film industry as a whole, so there is no "traditional" format. Here are some options that might work: Show a URL for the film'...

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When should I end a sentence?
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Err on the side of brevity. As a rule of thumb, short (but grammatically complete) sentences are preferable to long sentences because they are easier to read. If a sentence can be easily split into ...

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Can I write a story revolving around a video game (Without it taking place in game and making many changes)?
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Let's suppose, for the sake of argument,* that there are no legal issues and you can just do whatever you want. It's still not a good idea. If you use a real video game, there will inevitably be fans ...

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How can I show that my character is not good with people?
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Social awkwardness, in my opinion, is not best demonstrated at the moment your character first wakes up. Almost anyone, in that situation, is going to be alarmed and disoriented, and if you really ...

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LaTeX as alternative to Scribus for large text books
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Yes, with reservations. LaTeX is designed for publishing professional, academic articles, particularly in mathematics, sciences, and related fields, but it is a general-purpose typesetting system with ...

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Is it appropriate for one to use already existing content?
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Will it be considered copyright infringement if one would use already existing content, for example, a song? Without permission, this is (very likely) copyright infringement. Can you be sued for ...

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Breaking the Rules
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I generally agree with Chris: You should break "the rules" to the extent that you understand what they are trying to accomplish and you still believe that breaking them is the most natural ...

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A smooth way to make Dialogue
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If your plot really does require throwing 12 people in a room together, and most or all of them must actually talk at some point, don't try to write out the literal sequence of dialog word-for-word. ...

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Should I write my story if I haven't established a plot?
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There are nearly as many opinions on this subject as there are writers. Some people meticulously plan out every little detail of their stories in advance. This is often done by writing an outline of ...

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Is it permissible to use subconclusions for argumentative paragraphs if they contain multiple arguments in support of the main point?
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My question is whether I, in the case of a long paragraph, can use subconclusions (such as a sentences beginning with Thus, So, or Therefore etc.) for the First and or Second arguments, or whether I ...

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What is the correct way to write dialogue?
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John Doe's answer does an excellent job of explaining what to do about the word "said" and other dialogue tags. But there's another half to this question which is currently being neglected. ...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Semicolon
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You mentioned using semicolons in dialog. As others have pointed out, this is usually unnatural. But it is instructive to understand why it feels unnatural. In real life, people rarely speak in ...

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