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Q&A mice don't tap and tablet-users don't click: what word can I use for all audiences instead?

I am documenting features on a web site. The audience is end users, who could be anywhere from seasoned Internet veterans to relatively new people who came for my site's content but aren't general...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Pantsing a story?

I heard a writer talking about pantsing a story. What does that mean?

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Elizabeth Schechter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A What is the "acid test" for a nonfiction anthology?

I'm asking this on Writing.SE because I'm doing a short presentation on "What is an anthology," and I'm not sure how to answer the question "Why is X an anthology and Y is not?" Merriam Webster de...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by RJo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Term for stereotype stories

Is there any term to describe stories where the "evil" characters are extremely evil, and the good characters are extremely good?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by SystematicFrank‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the correct terms regarding (this literary) technique?

An example comes from a cartoon where there is a woman talking to her boyfriend. There's a "cloud" that comes from her mouth, and the text inside reads: "You're so handsome." But there is another ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are First Drafts, Second Drafts, etc.?

I've been reading a few questions on this site, and I've seen the terms First, Second or Third Drafts. What does this refer to actually? And could someone give a clear detail of what they are, and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Fikko3107‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?

I find that my students are using a lot of these phrases at the beginning of their sentences: First... First of all... To begin with... All in all... The other reason is that... Above all... At l...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Village‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the term for an accessible character that knows nothing?

In a lot of books, movies, or TV shows, there will be a character that knows little to nothing about the subject at hand. Most cop shows and medical shows will have someone who doesn't know very si...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Jeff‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?

I'm a tech genre author, and have already published one book on Android development. However, this book was focused more on the developer of the apps, than the user. Now I'm working on my second b...

7 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Raghav Sood‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a discovery writer?

From an answer to this question: How do I successfully structure a long fiction piece? I think I can infer the meaning from the usage but some elaboration would be helpful.

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by One Monkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Less universe-specific synonyms for "squib"?

I write primarily fantasy; recently, it's been brought to my attention that I use the terms "muggle" and "squib" informally fairly often in roleplay. If I were to publish something, I'd not want to...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Yamikuronue‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's a moment that's more impactful on a reread called?

I've met a few of these but the most recent instance was two characters discussing buying a third character a drink when they all got home, on the first reading this is a simple moment of comradery...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ash‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call a fact that doesn't match the settings? [closed]

I am not sure what you call them exactly. I don't think it's a plot hole, because it's not related to the story itself. Let me give you an example: Let's say your novel is set in Italy, but every...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When should we redefine a term that's used in a different way in the book we're writing?

Let's say I am writing a fantasy book where magic users doesn't use something called "magic", but use something called "Hermetic". Where in the book should we redefine (give a new definition to the...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any general rules or guidelines for using newly coined word(s) or neologism?

Recently, I came across one beautiful word 'Wynorrific', defined on Urban dictionary: Something being both beautiful and terrible at the same time. [The word "awesome" has lost its meaning on...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by CaWo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a term for 'The Secret Garden' and similar works? [closed]

For some time now I've been curious about how to classify a small group of literary works. They include The Secret Garden, Polyanna, and to a lesser extent Anne of Green Gables. I'm sure there are ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is another word for "character-building"? [closed]

I want to say that the author uses Character A's "character development" to explore Character B. In other words, the author builds on the personality of A to exemplify the nature of B. What is an...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aniket‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Technical term for written dialogue that mimics the speaker's "sound"?

I'm wondering if there's a technical writing term for when an author uses purposefully misspelled words to mimic the sound of the speaker? This has the effect of "forcing" the reader to hear the d...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Will‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does the use of a new concept require a prior definition?

In my novel I have written this line; At your deepest core the buddha nature is waiting quietly for you. Now Buddha-nature is a complex concept to understand. If the reader is not savvy about...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Term for future-tense technique that isn't exactly foreshadowing

Not sure if this has a name, but I think it's best demonstrated with some examples I've seen: Nadia and her family both considered her thereafter to be without a family, something all of them, ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by purpleladydragons‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a term for this?

I'll explain my question by citing what was done on the TV show Dexter. Halfway through an episode (Season 4, episode 4, 'All in the Family') two established characters (one of them being Deborah)...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Bob516‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Terminology in sociology & statistics

What is the word commonly used in statistics when the thing that you want to measure cannot be (or was not) measured directly, so you assume that another thing that can be (or was) measured gives a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by GAS4‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this device of using quotes to imply that a character represents or symbolizes someone else?

In the movie Prometheus, David 8 quotes a passage from "Paradise Lost" said by Lucifer. He tells Walter, Serve in Heaven or reign in Hell. One of the crew mate even insinuates he's the devil...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How Can You Use "In Medias Res" To Beautify Your Amazing Masterpiece? [closed]

How do you write out the second build up without killing the essence of the masterpiece? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Medias Res?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Phantom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Alternatives better to the binary "0b..." format?

In our documentation, we write binary numbers like this: 1010 But we write hexadecimal numbers like this: 0xABAB Now, according to the GCC compiler conventions: Numbers are normally written in...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yoel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Terminology question - "if-else" or "if/else"?

Are they "if-else statements" or are they "if/else statements"? I'm partial to the latter, but I can see the logic of the former - both "if" and "else" are acting as a unit modifier for the noun "s...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yoel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Bridging the gap between colloquial usage and technical meaning of terms

Frequently, at least in the software world, it seems that terms get assigned a meaning over time that is more general than the original definition. REST is a good example of this. While REST refe...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by thesquaregroot‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between "accurate" information in a document and "believable" information?

As part of some research I am doing on measuring documentation quality, I have come across the terms "accurate" and "believable" as two separate dimensions of information quality. But the differen...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yoel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an arena-driven story?

There is an answer here from FraEnrico which is the cause for my question: What is the difference between character-driven stories and plot-driven stories?. Here he explains a bit of what an "arena...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hanilucas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between character-driven stories and plot-driven stories?

I have googled this question several times but I'm just not clear on the answers I'm getting. For example, I know that screenplays/plays/books such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Enough Said, The Spa...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to draw the line between expository and argumentative writing?

I read many articles on-line, but cannot understand where to draw the line between expository and argumentative writing. According to many articles, expository writing presents information. Argumen...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Village‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Separator character for terminology and definitions section?

If I write a section of terminology and definitions in academic writing, which is the correct unicode character for the "-"? Is it the dash or is it a hyphen? For example: CPU - Central Process...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Niklas Rosencrantz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What other kinds of writers are there besides plotters and pantsers?

In a comment to an answer of mine Mark Baker has suggested that the common, dichotomous view of writers as either "plotters" or "pantsers" or something of both might not be complete and that there ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is subtext?

In this question about creating subtext, Where in the writing process do you work in subtext?, the question of what the word subtext means was raised. This question is to address this issue. Of co...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mark Baker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the significance of the owl with respect to writing?

I've seen 'owl' mentioned many times in the context of writing. Some libraries have an 'owl's nest', some universities have writing workshops by the same name. If you google 'owl writing' you wil...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by horse hair‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What term describes the language used in comparing the ideas of different authors?

I teach a course preparing students for college-level writing. In one writing task, the students need to read a passage written by one author, listen to an audio recording by another (who disagrees...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Village‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a thematic quote qualify as an allusion?

I am writing a paper on "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and I need to include an allusion in my introduction paragraph. Can my allusion be a direct quote from Nelson Mandela that ...

0 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Lee‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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