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Can novels have twist endings?
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Novels frequently (usually, even) contain plot twists. The thing is, a twist in a novel is very different from a twist in a short story. You can make a twist the core of a short story, the one element ...

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Will using real-world cultural vocabulary in a fantasy setting disengage readers?
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An excellent question, and a permanent source of controversy and disagreement in fantasy and science fiction. Let's try to break this down: Basics of worldbuilding. You cannot construct an entire ...

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Is Jaime Lannister a "telling not showing" example?
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An author cannot demonstrate in action every trait of every character. It's all about separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Jaime Lannister is probably not an example of telling instead of ...

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How much is considered plagiarism?
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Excellent question. The boundaries between different forms of derivative work are constantly being pushed and redefined. "Derivative" has come to be used mostly as an insult, but as you rightly point ...

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What is this 'pretend dialogue' technique called
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The method of laying out ideas in the form of a dialogue where both speakers are written by one author is called dialectic. It has its roots in philosophy and has wide application. What you're ...

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How could a criminal forget a crime?
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Off the top of my head, solmnambulation and memory-impairing drugs are probably the easiest and most probable. Human memory is somewhat frail. In real life this generally impacts the accuracy and ...

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Does it confuse readers if a character name is similar to the name of an object?
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Don't stress about it. There are only so many consonants in the English language. The similarity would have to be pretty big before anyone noticed it. In the specific case you give, I don't think it ...

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Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
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An informal, jokey title is perfectly appropriate. This is especially true if, as I surmise, you're writing a progrmming manual of some sort. Computer science is a pretty informal field, after all. It'...

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Should I write my novel?
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Yes. I didn't even have to read your question (but I did). The answer is yes. Write 25K words in half a year. That's perfectly respectable. I work full-time, and often 2-3 hours a week is ...

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Does this image convey bursting passion and confidence?
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There's a contradiction in the visual imagery. "Flame" and "spring" are not very compatible as metaphors for emotion. A spring is not generally a very fierce body of water, unlike a raging river or a ...

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How to handle speech within speech?
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As long as you use two different sets of quotation marks readers should easily be able to follow the conversation. However, I think it would be more correct and more readable if you added a comma ...

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What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
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A good primer on stylistic conventions is Strunk and White's Elements of Style, at least for writing in US English. It follows a prescriptive convention, which may be helpful to beginning writers. It ...

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Is it a bad habit to write "something" too much? If so, how to get rid of it?
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By and large, overusing a specific word or phrase is not great style. However, what I see here is the same word used three times with three different meanings. The first usage references a mental idea ...

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Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
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Your question seems to be primarily about how to integrate plot and characterization. This is an issue I've been working hard on in my recent writing, so I'm going to make an unearthly effort to keep ...

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Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
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If your index doesn't contain any of the original work's text, I fail to see how it could be considered copyright infringement. Since it can't be used without the original text, it's not infringing on ...

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Jumping between points in time in narrative
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Jumping around in time is the sort of narrative technique that you need a very compelling reason to include. It requires more work of the reader and so it also needs to provide commensurate reward. ...

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Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
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A query or cover blurb for a murder mystery must contain three elements: the detective, the crime, and the element connecting them both. The weight of each element is variable, and the first and ...

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How do I cite or give credit to a statistic on a website?
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Absolutely cite any hard numbers you use. It's good practice and not nearly common enough, which means it should be encouraged. Given how quickly statistics become outdated, I would definitely cite at ...

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Typical Fairy-tale Story Especially Princess Stories
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As I mentioned in my comment above, the Aarne-Thompson classification, specifically the section on fairy-tales, may be useful to you. A handy summary can be found on Wikipedia. It classifies stories ...

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Does this urge you to read further or stop?
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It's science fiction, and more specifically dystopic fiction. That means the purpose of the story is to highlight the differences between the fictional, 'incorrect' reality and our own 'correct' one.^ ...

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Do you set yourself daily goals and stop once you've reached them?
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Yes to the first! Emphatic no to the second. If I'm on a roll, I'll keep writing until I run out of words. In order to start writing, I have to make a plan and stick to it, otherwise I'll get ...

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Non-fictional ideology in a fictional culture
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I don't know you, so I don't know your level of familiarity with Ubuntu philosophy and the cultural lexicon that stems from it. However, it is worth noting that a situation such as you describe is not ...

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Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters
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You cannot create names with no connection to any existing human culture because... you're human. What I gather you're asking is more along the lines of: How do I select names that don't sound too ...

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Quote a sentence with references
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That looks about right to me. It might depend on the field of study and the conventions thereof. For example, as I recall, in my biology classes we were meant to cite in-text by author and year e.g. (...

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What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
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Low fantasy is a label that's somewhat commonly used for stories set in secondary worlds, where the tone of the story is dark and the worldbuilding leans towards realism. Frequently these stories will ...

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APA Citation Single Source
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Just once at the end of the last sentence. The only reason you would need to cite the same source twice is if you refer to it in different places in the text. If all the information from one source is ...

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