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Do empty pages need a number?
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The question of whether a blank verso facing a chapter title carries its page number is a question of style determined by designers (if their publishing house does not already have a fixed policy.) ...

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How to Create Barcode from ISBN Number
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You require the barcode as an image that you can place on the cover just like (for example) the thumbnail picture of the author. There are plenty of free software packages that will generate barcodes ...

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Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
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One further option is to have the aliens adopt "earth names" as part of the plot because their (non-verbal) method of identifying individuals is incomprehensible to mere humans. Perhaps their species ...

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How long does it take to write a 1000-word news article?
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Your assumption about hours rather than days for the mechanical processes of writing (a feature article, for example) is probably correct. I have "text entered" 1000 words in a day more than once. ...

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How to convert handwriting into text
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Almost every computing platform now supports some form of speech recognition software. If you can read your own handwriting, then that offers a cheap and relatively painless way of getting your draft ...

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Words for Sounds in Screenplay
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Why not simply describe the FX you want. Footsteps on gravel, rusty metal gate opening, reverberating gunshot, scream of pain is far more useful in a screenplay than Crunch, Creak, Kapowee, Aaaagh. ...

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Multiple tasks and a step by step tutorial
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If you want your tasks to have multiple endpoints, then you need to have an EXPLICIT branching point. 1 Open Gmail 2 Click on Contacts 3 Do you want to view (a) a single contact or (b) all contacts. ...

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Does this excerpt strike a balance between the formality of steampunk and accessible writing?
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If you had not specified that the setting was meant to be steam-punk, then I would not have inferred that from your sample. I was going to comment on the fact that your use of contractions strikes me ...

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Should I write about how the character solved some riddle or let the reader solve it himself
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You can do both by leaving the riddle unexplained at the time but later have another character demand to know how the protagonist passed the door. Then the method can be explained to reinforce the ...

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Software for collaborative writing for a small team
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If you are programmers, then why not use the same tools you use in your day job? Trello may meet your needs.

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Should I embrace or avoid memes(pictures) when blogging?
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switch(NumberOfMemes){ case 1: result="This might liven a dull post."; break; case 2: result="If the first one did not work, take it out."; break; default: result="If you want a picture gallery, stop ...

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Is it possible to publish stories with experimental spacing technique? (aka, blank pages, etc.)
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The difficulty you face is that "magazines and journals" are built around a well-known (and successful) form factor that is incompatible with what you want to do. It is as though you announced that ...

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Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?
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Differences in spelling are a relatively minor impediment to cross-cultural culture. The use of completely different terms for the same thing (footpath, sidewalk) can usually be understood from the ...

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Is a glossary needed in a novel?
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You should also consider a third alternative. Is there a character in your story who will have the same difficulty as the reader with the "foreign" words? Having a piece of dialogue that makes the ...

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How much influence does blogging have on learning to write better?
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Writing a blog may be less useful than reading the work of others and analysing what they have done and why. Ask yourself "Would I have written that in that way?" While you do want to develop a ...

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How can people doing technical, archane work be portrayed interestingly?
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In order to make scientific work accessible to the non-scientist, you need to connect it to something within the experience of your audience. The personal life of the researcher is a very popular ...

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Space Between Stanzas: Line Breaks or Paragraph Style?
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As a general rule-of-thumb, "hitting the Enter key twice" is never the correct answer to any question about formatting text in a word processor. That action does not add a line space after the ...

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What's a word for a person who took a very rough story and made it into a book?
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Perhaps Adapted by ..... from an oral history of ..... translated from the German by ..... Your contribution has been to convert from one genre (an oral recount) to another (a printed text). In many ...

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Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
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Take great care when you opt to use a single generic name (or even a limited set). What is the message you are sending to Trang, Luigi and Antwan when every reference to a given name uses John or ...

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When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?
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I think that a company "that acts like a publishing house" but has no other corporate activity is a (small) publishing house. The one obvious benefit will be if you are successful promoting and ...

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Does inclusion of significant quotations from literature make a novel harder to publish?
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Check your contract (if you already have one). In some cases, responsibility for securing permissions rests with the author. If so, the publisher will not be concerned so long as you deliver the ...

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Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?
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Many years ago, I studied German with a teacher who did not believe in sugar coating his comments. One piece of advice that has stayed with me was "If you don't know the word for picnic, don't try to ...

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How many different words are in the average novel?
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You know that you have an important question when your topic already has a recognised acronym NDW. However it is typically used in the medical field rather creative writing. It appears to have arisen ...

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Can you reprint screen shots of a game application or program without permission?
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There is a legal consideration concerning using part of one copyright work in another. The rules around it involve the quantity of material copied and the purpose for which it used. However in your ...

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How to depict Australian characters
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If you give the work a "stereotypically Australian feel" then you are creating caricatures not characters. When you are deciding how Wrangler(sic) will speak, you need to consider his level of ...

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Concept map software that concentrates on ease of use?
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It is a long time since I used this software so I cannot vouch for the current version; but CmapTools from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition was both powerful and flexible for ...

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Looking for writer's platform
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Consider Trello which I believe will support everything you want (except the daily posting of topics, and even that should not be too difficult to automate). It is a project management tool for ...

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Books for children: complexity
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Your question relates to the developmental psychology of children more than their capacity to decode text. As such it has very little to do with chronological age because there is so much variation ...

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How to write a summary of an article or any text print?
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Once upon a time in education systems based on the English model, the writing of a precis was regarded as an essential skill for any literate person. Works such as A Handbook of Précis-writing with ...

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Making simple sentences more interesting
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Ask yourself why that simple sentence is in the story. What purpose is it mean to serve? Once you know its "motivation" then you can build on it to make the narrative richer. The street is ...

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