Catalyst
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Is representing distorted voices via different typefaces, and different languages represented by enclosing brackets an advisable thing to do?
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Think about it: Are you reading this answer on paper, or on a (color) screen? The convention may change quickly, if readers accept changes Conventional wisdom says not to play 'games' with ...

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Showing Confusion
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Hand gestures (or their absence from a character who usually uses them), changes in gaze or head position/orientation (e.g. looking down at their feet.) Changes re personal space: invasions thereof ...

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Can I legally use these song lyrics as book/chapter names?
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A data point for you, even within the time-travel subgenre: John Varley used the titles of other author's time-travel stories as chapter titles in his novel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_(...

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Does it make sense to set a sword & sorcery fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world on Earth?
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Done well, this can work -- but getting it to work well is tricky (as I'm finding.) IMHO, one of the trickiest aspects is to provide a plausible reason that both big changes (tech dies; magic appears)...

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What are the keywords of fantasy that might deliver the feeling of fantasy
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Choose words and symbols to illustrate your fantasy, rather than something generic. First off, there are a number of free online tools for exploring words' synonyms, connotations, and impact. One I ...

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Would Amazon allow sex between transformed humans (animal/object) with normal humans
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Amazon isn't going to clarify their policy anytime soon -- nor make it consistent -- unless a Court or their customers force them to. Here's an example of something they carry with a cat-derived '...

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When to not using SI symbols for units?
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If you want to know the standard way {1}, see: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/pdf/sp811.pdf gives the rules, including capitalization and abbreviations. {1} NIST was formerly the National Bureau of ...

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Does a reader care about how realistic a book is?
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I'm new here and to writing fiction, but I'll still venture an opinion: Readers grok fiction; they understand fictional premises like magic. But use it sparingly; a good story has to be plausible ...

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Why are papers printed in a two column format?
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For technical papers, a two-column format allows figures (e.g. graphs) to be large enough to understand, without taking up nearly as much of the limited page count. And similarly for equations, to ...

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What aspects of written dialogue are important when giving characters a unique voice?
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Key factors for conveying different characters in their written communications (specifically email.) Native language, especially if it's NOT the language of the emails. Cultural identity/political ...

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What is a good way to name characters?
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If you're writing in some manner of word-processing software, you can DEFER the decision while writing. So feel free to use a placeholder name while you figure it out. When I'm unsure of the final ...

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How to manage extensive notes?
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I'm using online folders of Google docs and spreadsheets. Pro: No cost, Accessible almost anywhere, easily searched, easily shared (read only, comments, or fully editable) exports to many formats ...

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How to create feeling with setting
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IMHO, one good way to create feeling is to elicit sensory memories in the reader of place(s) they've been or vividly imagined that are like your setting. I say elicit, because there's always the show ...

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