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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 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 How to move back to main section after finishing a sub-section

I am writing a paper but I don't know how to move back to the main section after I'm done writing a sub-section, like this: 1.1 Main section 1.1.1 subsection 1 1.1.2 subsection 2 As I write long...

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

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Q&A How can I do research about the geographical scenarios of plot?

I am writing a semi-fantasy novel, which is set in medieval India and today's New York. I have never been to New York, and will not be there, for far period. How can I do research to embed the cult...

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

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Q&A Looking for informed people to evaluate a creative writing project about psychiatry

I am a beginning writer. I would like to write a science fiction / fantasy book that is critical of psychiatry, including diagnosis inflation, the influence of Big Pharma, and the field's de-empha...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user9885‭  ·  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 What is the formal way to write a reference in English?

I am writing my thesis and I need to know the correct way of putting the reference. For example: This is a sentence taken from someone [2]. This is a sentence taken from someone[2]. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by sarah‭  ·  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 How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?

When I sit down and put words on paper or type into my computer, that aspect of creating a text (like a novel or software manual) is called "writing": I store the content of my text in letters. Bu...

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

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Q&A How do I do literary research on an unresearched topic?

I asked this question earlier: What are the stages of The Guardian's Journey? In constructing a story, I plan on following the following patterns: The Hero's Journey: The Hero's Journey ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Elemecca‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?

In one of my stories, my main character was once able to speak, but after being alone for 3 or 4 years in his early 20's without speaking a word, he became mute, unable to speak at all. Is this si...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Shkeil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dream analysis research

I am currently writing a short story/novella. This piece of fiction describes a child who has vivid dreams. His dreamworld starts to blend with the real world by him being able to manipulate his dr...

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

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Q&A Researching sensitive subjects

How do you research subjects for a novel that might be sensitive? Both cultural and jurisdictional. Example: I usually try to "research" the setting and characters for my texts from real life. Whe...

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

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Q&A How do you come up with a fictional character name in a historical era/region?

How do you research to find character names? Especially when it's long ago, not European, and the culture was totally different from what the region has now. For example, how would you generate nam...

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

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Q&A In which sections of a research report is it appropriate to include citations?

I have been doing some research on citations and haven't been able to get a clear answer on this. When writing a project report, in which sections is it appropriate to include citations? In this...

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

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Q&A When writing in a school context without ever having been to school, how do I make sure that my story is accurate within school context?

I read a lot of YA fiction, a lot of which happens to take place in schools. Recently, an idea jumped into my head for a YA-ish story and told me that it was going to take place in a school. The i...

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

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Q&A How to write a character that knows a lot about explosives?

I'm writing a story where the main character makes and detonates bombs. The character could be considered a terrorist. I want to portray the character as an expert, but I don't know a way to obtain...

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

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Q&A Structure for computer science research paper

I'm writing my first undergraduate research paper for computer science and I think my lack of experience is starting to get on my supervisor's nerves. I've written a program that collects video met...

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

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Q&A I'm writing a thesis/novel. What should I pay attention to on a possible research trip?

For my BA degree, I am required to complete a thesis project in the field of fiction writing, and I plan to write a novel. With the idea I'm pursuing right now, I plan for it to have elements of fa...

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

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Q&A Would publishing my book like the "Stacks Project" increase the readership of my book?

I have written a book about my math discoveries. The book is available as a PDF file and as LaTeX files published in a Git hosting under Creative Commons license. Will it increase readership of my...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by porton‭  ·  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 How to tell readers that I know my story is factually incorrect?

Sometimes, it so happens that I do some research for a story and find that a major plot point could never work in real life. At this stage, I can either continue with my impossible (for a non-fanta...

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

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Q&A Should I write a companion book/blog?

As a spinoff to this question: Incorporating research and background: How much is too much? I'm writing a middle-grade fantasy novel with a historical fiction component based in Ancient Egypt. I'm...

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

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Q&A Finding out about other countries' military day-to-day

Where does one go to find out about the day-to-day of military life? In countries other than my own? I don't mean combat - I mean the boring routine. Basic training. What kind of food is served in ...

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

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Q&A Consulting experts - why should they talk to someone who isn't a published writer yet?

Whatever subject I am researching for my story, the common recommendation is "talk to the relevant professionals". If I need medical information, talk to a doctor. If I need information about the m...

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

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Q&A Character is an expert on something I'm not

My OC Edward, who I thought of quite a while ago but haven't done anything with, is a professional cyber spy and hacker. He's employed by an organization (in the future, of course) that is basical...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Interviewing a person for a character

So I'm building a character who works in a particular field of science and I found an e-mail for a scientist on the internet and emailed him. I described how I'm writing a sci-fi story and gave him...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Harshfi6‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to research sex for writing?

I'm not writing erotica - I'm writing fantasy and sci-fi. But sometimes my characters make love, sometimes in ways I cannot be familiar with. In one story, it's two guys (I'm a girl). In another st...

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

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Q&A Researching Future Technology for a Science Fiction Novel

Because I enjoy reading Science Fiction, I'm thinking of writing a Sci-Fi novel myself. I'm interested in 'hard' (related to the engineering sciences) science fiction with a military bent (think Th...

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

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Q&A Is it important to research the topic of your novel/story before writing it?

Let's say you're writing a story about magic. Does it have to be based on real facts and real magic or can you just make up everything and it doesn't have to be based on real facts?

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muhammad Atef‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you verify information?

This is a problem I usually come across with my stories. I often worry about whether the plotlines I introduce are realistic or not, and it's usually something that can't be solved with a simple Go...

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

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Q&A How to write about Autism and Intellectual Disability?

In a novel I'm writing, I have a minor character who is either autistic, or has an intellectual disability. (I know they're different. But like I said, he's a minor character, so I haven't really d...

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

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Q&A What to Research for Military Fiction?

I'm beginning to write a novel on a person in the military, and this is set in the future so the technology would be different, but I want a basic overview of every branch of the military. This wou...

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

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Q&A To read or not to read similar works before write my own?

I was thinking if is better or worst to read other works that share similar ideas to the story you want to write before you start it or while doing it. Two quick answers comes to my mind: Yes...

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

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Q&A Can a person get bogged down by science fiction research?

I discovered my interest in writing a few years ago. I was extremely stressed out from work, and so out of the blue, I sat down to write science fiction every night for a week. Although I have bee...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user9885‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A MLA Background Research Paper: Noting a citation in the text?

I need to write a background research paper on a science fair experiment, but it needs to be formatted in MLA. I looked up some examples of a MLA essay and research paper but there seems to be some...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sugarblob‭  ·  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 Should you read your own genre?

In terms of novel writing, I tend to avoid my own genre, at least for the most part. Some of the reasons why: Genre Blindness / Genre Trap: Too much reading of your own genre blinds you to the tr...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Panda‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does a writer go about consulting experts?

I'm writing a story that has a medical condition as a central plot point, and now I have questions to ask a doctor. The problem is, I don't know one. I could make up the details, but I feel like ...

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

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Q&A How can I effectively research for a high-fantasy setting?

When you write in a modern day setting, you research the culture, climate, location and history of that setting. You can do the same for historical fiction or low-fantasy settings based on real pla...

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

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Q&A Gathering information online? [closed]

How do I get correct information when looking something up for reference? I would go to google, yes, but how to get proper intel. I have this system where I get some general Idea for a "thing" ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Aspen the Artist and Author‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?

In the essay that I'm writing, I claim that women are more likely to be victims of abduction than are men. As evidence, I cite a study on child abduction (the NISMART, if you must know) stating tha...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by moonman239‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I research non-recent 21st century cultural events?

I'm currently writing a story taking place in the recent past in which (aside from the main plot) my characters get to spend some time in a big city. They end up visiting the tourist joints but als...

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

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Q&A Research Paper Summary: How much should be citations versus original thought?

I'm finalizing a single-paragraph summary of a multi-page research paper for school and I was concerned when I noticed that most of my summary was in my own words. I mean that most of what I wrote ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cam J‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write a non-fiction book? [closed]

I've heard that in order to write a non-fiction book I need to write notes and then put them together to make a book, but I'm writing notes from possible 4 completely different books, so when shoul...

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

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Q&A Exhaustive research vs artistic license?

I'm working on a post-apocalypse novel set all over the world. I'm fairly flexible on where some of the events take place, but there are often specific requirements on the look, layout, general reg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ian Coombes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it okay to majorly distort historical facts while writing a fiction story?

Suppose A is a famous historical character with a known history of emotional attachment with a particular set of people. If I would want to write a fictional story about character A that might invo...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Karan Desai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to document and cite website downtime properly?

I couldn't find anything on this one, so maybe someone has a good idea on what would be considered good practice in a scholarly context. Background For a semester project, I have to observe an on...

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

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Q&A Incorporating research and background: How much is too much?

The amount of research I'm doing for my novel is staggering. To the point where my spouse says I need to write a companion book (or a blog) just talking about the research! Sometimes I research f...

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

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Q&A Research on an alternate history novel

I love alternate history scenarios; however, I just want to start writing. Should I do research or just start writing and go with it with some research along the way?

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Galactic5‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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