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Q&A Need basic tools and ways to practice and polish my writing skills

What are the ways to practice and improve basic writing, like content and creative writing? I am not planning to write or learn to write fictional stories. By creative writing, I mean the essential...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Michael16‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by sinneddennis‭

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Q&A Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?

So in elementary school, I was told not to use Wikipedia too much because you can't trust what they write. So then for all the projects, I used the Canadian Encyclopedia, but then now, I really wou...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by iiRosie1‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Are there any websites that show you the popularity and regional use of words?

There are some words and phrases in my manuscript that I think are used in America. However, a beta reader tells me my character sounds British. Are there any online sources I can use to check the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by writersam‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Where can I find resources about writing "Choose your own adventure"-style books?

I have read/played a couple of "Choose your own adventure"-style book and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write o...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Secespitus‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Secespitus‭

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Q&A Where can I find online resources about writing a visual novel?

I have read/played quite a few visual novels and am interested in the process of creating one. Where can I find (preferrably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or styleguide articles and...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Secespitus‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Secespitus‭

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Q&A How Can I Reliably Find Well Written Novels?

Let me open by saying that I wasn't entirely sure how to ask this question and stay on topic. This is my best attempt. I do believe this question will help other writers. As an author, I want to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Finding literary critiques

I have been finding it very difficult to come up with topics/ theses for my essay assignments and I think reading the works of more experienced scholars may be useful. However, I haven't been able...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user21057‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good writing software for tracking information/facts (for Man vs Nature plot)

I have been looking for a writing software, but while I have seen a number of mentions about how this or that program helps you keep track of characters, I haven't seen any mentions of ones that ar...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Kaine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write realistic injury scenes?

I'm currently writing an apocalypse themed story. As with the territory, death and/or injuries happen. I'm wondering how other writers write these scenes realistically as far as science, medicine,...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by KaguraRap‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best blind sequence? [closed]

I'm trying to write a story in which the sun has essentially gone out and visibility is constantly limited, and sometimes completely gone. Being a very visual person, I'm finding it hard to describ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by A Blue Shoe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I find information about a contract that allows two authors to use a "shared world"?

A friend of mine was gracious enough to let me write a story using a setting he has been using for his own novel. I finished my novella while he is still working. I am looking at indie publishing t...

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

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Q&A Background speech with foreground dialogue

A few days ago, I stumbled upon an issue of the type; meaning I had two characters talking between themselves and another character talking in the background; actually delivering a speech. What th...

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

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Q&A Writing about a subject on which you have no expertise?

So I signed up for a novel workshop, and within a month the first chapter will be due. Problem is I that want to use characters who are well-versed in mathematics, especially group theory or model ...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Sniper Clown‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write time duration correctly

Within a user manual, I need to convey the maximum time period allowed as "365 days 23 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds" - are commas expected between each component? Is the word "and" expected before t...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Jewelya‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the following piece of text comprehensible and written in good style?

I am a PhD candidate and I am having difficulty in communicating effectively in writing. Specifically, this post is a piece of text submitted for critique and, in addition, explains what I am tryin...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by mfrank.23‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I search for words by meaning/definition?

Where can I search for words using descriptive sentences? For example, now I'm looking for a word meaning "to purify (by hand) a quantity of grain and take away anything that isn't good grain." Ho...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Mussri‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it overkill to follow style-guides for technical writing?

I currently work for an engineering company as an electrical engineer. A good chunk of my time is spent writing testing reports or instruction documents. Currently my company doesn't have any sort ...

8 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to develop a story for a novel?

I am looking for some inspiration on where to start writing a novel. I have a general idea for a plot and characters, but I don't feel it's enough for sitting down and starting to write. It needs a...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by daphshez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What needs to be included in a corporate style guide?

What kinds of things need to be included in a corporate style guide that can't already be found in S&W, AP, Chicago Style, etc?

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by dddppp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a good textbook for understanding literary techniques?

I want to really understand literary techniques. I want to be able to say "Ah, I see this writer is making use of assonance," or "I think I will use a simile here instead of a metaphor." There are ...

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

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Q&A Character with extreme manners

My objective is Victorian-style tea-drinking "upper class" lady characters. (It's more of a writing challenge.) Does anyone have any useful resources or tips for creating such a character? Persona...

1 answer  ·  posted 12y ago by srcspider‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the effect on the young reader when there is no "Happy Ending" in a story for children?

It is a common practice for a story for children to have a happy ending. Would it be considered inappropriate and disappointing for the young reader if his hero/heroine will suffer a horrible trage...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Axarydax‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some good historical sources for writing medieval battles?

This question popped into my mind after criticizing the strategic choices in a recent episode of a famous fantasy television show (coffs). A lot of genre fiction (mostly fantasy, even if we may ca...

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

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Q&A I'm looking for inspiration for spells and potions [closed]

Is there any books out there that details old spells and potions?

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

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Q&A Writing technique resources

Are there resources (books, blogs...) which describe proven techniques to obtain certain effects? For example: you will obtain this effect if you use the first person, effective ways to describe fe...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Adrien Hingert‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I find resources about writing a litRPG book?

Where can I find (preferably free) online resources, such as How-To-Write or styleguide articles and blogs, about writing a litRPG book? LitRPG, or Literary Role Playing Game, books combine elemen...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Secespitus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are good resources to get fantasy names?

I have trouble coming up with fantasy names. I've used random name generators but they weren't very helpful. Is there a website that would have fantasy names or Norse, or Celtic names?

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

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Q&A Where to find primary sources for getting into historical character? (voicing)

What sites, libraries, or other organizations have strong, easy-to-browse collections of letters, diaries, and other primary sources that are great for authors doing research for historical fiction...

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

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Q&A Latin names of European places

The novel I am writing is set in Europe. For the setting, I'd need to find the Latin names of places, e.g. villages and geographical features, in the regions corresponding to modern-day England and...

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

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Q&A Writing as a hobby, where do you learn the basics and go further?

Sorry if I use the wrong terms or make a wrong assumption. I consider myself a beginner, and I know that I still have to learn a lot in the field. I write as a hobby. I do it when I have the tim...

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

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Q&A Where can I find resources for bedtime story plots?

For past ten months, my wife and I have been telling bedtime stories of our own making to our older daughter (who recently turned 4). We do it on alternate evenings. The stories have a nearly-const...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Boris Bukh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tools or communities for word association?

Are there any tools or online communities that deal with word association? I'm looking for a resource where I could poll for common associations for a particular word. If you do know of such a too...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by bernk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there online research resources that cater to writers?

I tend to run into a bunch of domain-specific questions when I'm writing, such as: What happens to a jet flying at low altitude, at super-sonic speeds, when its cockpit gets breached? What's the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by So8res‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Quality examples of 'in medias res' starting sequences in SF literature

You can find my initial trials here, and, based on feedback, version two here. I was trying to create a sort of 'flashforward' opening (please don't cite Sawyer) for a novel. That is: of the 45 ch...

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

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Q&A A letter of recommendation

I am a programmer/engineer who has been asked to write a letter of recommendation for a colleague, who wishes it to help him pursue higher education. Since I feel it necessary, to be very professi...

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

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Q&A Resources for character development

I'm weak at building characters. What resources are there to create rich characters? I'm thinking beyond name generators: Quirks, biography, diseases like allergies, hobbies and jobs, wealth, omen...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Aaron Digulla‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Resources on plotting mystery stories

I'm looking for books, essays and articles on plotting mystery/detective/investigation stories (and novels). The type of story I'm aiming for is in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, or ...

6 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Standback‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writer's Market

Is Writer's Market a viable place for a freelance editor to find possible clients? As I understand it, the book is geared towards writers finding agents/publishers, but I've never even paged throug...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Neil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Resources: Dictionaries of Australian English

I know that Australian English has many spellings in common with British English, but (as with Canadian English) the two are not identical. Are there standard, authoritative dictionaries for Austra...

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

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Q&A Is it worth reading book to learn more about topic of my story

The story I am writing involves the 10 steps of turning a democracy into a police state. And to make it more real, I thught the people who are doing it should explain it to the main character relai...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Chris Okyen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A rhyming dictionary worth bookmarking online or purchasing?

Has anyone come across any really good rhyming dictionaries? If so, what makes it worth having/bookmarking? (eg. completeness/ease of use/absence of really sketchy suggestions)

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by mootinator‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are widely-used UK-English style guides?

In the UK, what are the equivalents to Chicago Manual of Style, the Associated Press style guide, Yahoo, APA, MLA, etc? Most importantly, what are their intended audiences? (AP is used for journali...

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

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Q&A Does Wiktionary supply what writers need in an online dictionary?

There are actually Wiktionaries for many languages and the English Wiktionary also defines and translates words of many other languages. But ignoring these other languages, have you tried the Engli...

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

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Q&A What are good places (online) where a community of writers can get together and share their knowledge about writing?

It would be nice to be a member of an online community of people who are knowledgeable about writing, willing to directly help eachother in a format such as Q&amp;A (like here on SE), but also enga...

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

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Q&A Is there a good reference book on allegories used in literature?

Is there a good reference book on allegories used in literature? I am looking for a reference book that gives references to use of allegories in the creative literature. For example: If a novel use...

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

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Q&A Is there a good resource on all different formatting and writing styles throughout history?

I noticed writers in the past used a different format, in terms of punctuation, indentation, quotations, spacing, and paragraph length, and the format can be different from author to author and fro...

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

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Q&A Book on (character) voice

Any book recommendations that teach you how to make sure each character sounds different in dialogue and is recognizable even without dialogue tags? Any book tips to learn more about character deve...

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

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Q&A The who, when and where of what has been written

Question: Is there a resource that categorizes existing fiction works by themes based on the authors' demographics (e.g. gender, age, historical period, geographical location, etc...)? For instanc...

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

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Q&A Writing style before Elements of Style

I am looking for the representative references on writing style in English that would pre-date Strunk and White's The Elements of Style (possibly in the period between 1750 - 2000). I would like to...

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

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Q&A Many sexual situations, but no actual sex scenes?

My guile heroine's character arc is almost entirely sex and manipulation. I tell (not show) she was a sex worker in the past, it's left ambiguous (likely) that she still is. She has powerplay scen...

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

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