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Can I get in trouble for discrimination by writing an epic fantasy based on Medieval England like Lord of the Rings?
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You Bet You Will — Welcome to Writing! I agree with @JasonBassford, there will always be someone who thinks you haven't achieved the social ideal d'jour. Could you imagine the argument between ...

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Do I have any control over the grammar of my novel?
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After spending ten years as a micro publisher, allow me to state the following: 1) Non-fiction should be written using "book English," meaning it should be as clean, clear, grammatically, ...

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What do you do when your message could be dangerous?
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Imagine a world where bold, innovative, life- and world-changing authors didn't write. No Bible, Quran, or Tanach. No Vedas, Sutras, Tao Te-Ching, or Book of the Dead. Terrible wars and ...

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a compiler or an editor?
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There is a difference depending on whether or not you have anything to say. Let's say that you create a compendium of famous quotes from Zig Zigglar. You don't actually say anything other than to ...

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How different does a retelling have to be in order to publish it even if the original story is not yet in the public domain?
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People retell stories all the time. The question is, are you retelling the story, or reusing the world? You generally can't reuse the world (although there are cases that have been successful, like ...

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If I write a scene almost exactly like in someone's photograph, would it be plagiarism?
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My retired attorney father is famous for a saying: Anybody can sue anybody for anything at any time. "They may not win," he would continue, "but they can do it... and drive you into poverty in the ...

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Other authors' fictional characters in writing
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Copyright is a whomping complicated issue. The most likely answer to your question is "yes" as nearly all written works prior to 1923 are in the public domain. You should read this and this as ...

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What is the line spacing in novels?
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Typographers don't call it "line spacing." They call it "leading." Comfortable leading depends on the font style, the size of its ascenders and descenders, and the physical size of the text on the ...

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Copyright of examples used in books?
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Even "fair use" doesn't cover the reaction of the owner and won't protect the intent of the user. As my retired attorney father often said, "anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time." If you ...

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Which citation format do I use when multiple style options apply to the same source?
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A practical way of looking at this is realizing that PDF (Portable Document Format) was intentionally created to be the electronic representation of a physically printed (printable) document. While ...

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Should I follow my instinct or public demand when writing a story?
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Allow me to provide a wholly practical opinion on the matter. At any point in your writting, what's more important to you? The money, or your pride? There's nothing wrong with either. You ...

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How do I sound like Thanos when I write?
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I'd like to add to Thing-um-a-jig's answer. The written "voice" of a character has at least three components. The character's lexicon. This is the unique way a person/character uses words. This is ...

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