Ángel
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Managing alien languages in Sci-Fi creatively
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You should first think (even if you don't explicitly tell it to the reader) how such communication will happen. Some possibilities: Humans and aliens have the same language There is a universal ...

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Can You Hide A Character's Name?
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You have several options at your disposal: You could use a descriptive name: main character, maid, angry customer. Not all characters need names. While it's a bit unusual to refer that way to long-...

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Email Signature of a Complicated Name
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7 votes

We already knew that names were problematic but I agree yours will be a source of confusion. I wouldn't know where to separate the names, if you write name(s) first or the surname(s). Not even the ...

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What to call a main character who changes names?
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I don't think the narrator adapting to the name change would be a problem per se. However, what needs to be clear to the reader is which character you are referring to. So, suppose that we have a ...

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Separating two separate bits of information in parenthesis
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I think it is quite clear the way you have phrased it, but if you want to skip the two items in one parenthesis, you can simply reword it as ... such as the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (...

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Replacing a historical figure with a fictional one
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This is a fiction novel. Other than the restrictions you put upon yourself, there is no problem in changing some historical characters, dates, etc. The limitation would probably be that you want to ...

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I'm writing a prologue from the POV of a non-English-speaking character. How should I write the dialogue?
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2 votes

I would say to write all the foreign language in italics, and let the reader have their aha moment later when they figure out that the reason the prologue was in italics is that it was spoken in Alpha ...

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How to time "big reveal" and twist moments?
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As JonStonecash noted, this depends on the kind of story you want to build. I would consider that it is appropriate to reveal this at the beginning of the first chapter. I expect you wanted to write ...

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When editing, should I use track changes?
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Note that you can compare to versions of a document, one a "descendant" of the other to view its differences. "Track changes" feature may makes this easier for you, though. You can ...

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How do I know if I've introduced too many characters too quickly?
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I don't think these are necessarily too many characters. I would worry more about having an extended period of the story where nothing happens but slowly meeting more characters. Also, knowing about ...

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Scenes with different languages spoken after translation
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I have seen some books where the solution used was to add a "In <language> in the original" editor footnote for each of those instances. I wouldn't recommend that, though. There was a &...

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How to call a paper or book holding charms/incantation/magic formula?
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If this is just a single paper holding your incantation, I would call it a scroll. A collection of scrolls could be then joined into a spell book or, if written as a single work, a Grimoire as noted ...

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