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Q&A How to organize ideas to start writing a novel?

Beginner here. So, I have tons of ideas for a novel, and in fact I want to write one (even a series), but I'm struggling a lot in actually starting writing the story. I have ideas for characters an...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KLTKGK‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by arpitsinha‭

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Q&A How do I approach rewriting an entire user guide in an agile environment?

I'm tasked with rewriting an entire user guide that hasn't been updated for years at a company and I am the only technical writer on the team. Only release notes were sent out all these years. The ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by john_doe‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Secespitus‭

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Q&A Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

It's said that writers improve through writing. Maybe true, but I've discovered the first draft of any new piece I write is still really, really bad. The characters are flat, the descriptions lac...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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Q&A How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?

One of my bugbears about writing is the editing process. I'd much rather get it right first time, rather than chop this and change that afterwards. Other industries would not tolerate the rather c...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by robertcday‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A How do you track dependencies for your co-authors?

I and one or more co-authors, sometimes geographically distributed, are working on a set of related documents. Sometimes I will make a change in my part that affects someone else's part; this coul...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Are there advantages in writing by hand over typing out a story?

I'm a member of a Discord server for people interested in completing an entire novel during NaNoWriMo (and Camp sessions). At one point, a discussion arose around writing by hand vs. typing out you...

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

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Q&A Changing the meaning of well-established symbols

Can we change the meaning of a well established symbol and use the newly defined symbol in our writing? If so how do we go about doing so? It am not talking about using a symbol in the context of ...

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

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Q&A How to keep track of characters' location, within a longer narrative?

I'm currently working on a piece which has characters coming and going. Basically, sometimes a side character is near the main (also point-of-view) character, and sometimes that same side character...

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

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Q&A What writing process should I use to produce the kind of writing I want?

I want to achieve the following: To produce a work that is well-organized and full of substance. To produce a work in which each thought flows smoothly to the next. To produce a work that is perf...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by g.arbia777‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Act 3 totally broken...keep writing?

I'm ready to enter the final act, Act 3, of my (first big) story and by now I'm pretty sure I'll have to rewrite 50-70% in ACT 1 and 2. I outlined the whole story but it is clear that my main her...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Tim Dams‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where in the writing process do you work in subtext?

In the BBC Sherlock fandom there are many lively discussions about how a lot of the story takes place in subtext: Person C is a "mirror" for Protagonist A, water symbolizes emotions, drinking tea m...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing a novel, can I do [this or that]?

I want to write a novel about [something or other] and now I wonder if it is possible to do [this or that].

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

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Q&A What steps to follow in thinking through the writing of a conclusion?

I am teaching some students how to write a 5-paragraph essay. Their writing is coming together, but when it comes to conclusions, they get lost. They have difficulty assembling the ideas for a conc...

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

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Q&A How to include photos in my Scrivener book?

I am creating a practical guide book with images. I am using Scrivener. I need to include images into the text, but I will then pass over my draft to a layout designer to layout out the project in ...

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

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Q&A How to write from the middle?

My biggest problem as a writer is that I always get inspired and then start writing from the middle, in particular scenes or moments which I think will be crucial. Climaxes. These scenes turn out...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Alexander Nikolas Gruber‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get over writer's block related to revising?

I'm a PhD Student in the social sciences. When I do focused free-writing on a topic, my thoughts just fly out and I can easily generate 600-800 words an hour of relatively high quality text. Howeve...

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

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Q&A IF i want to write an episode to a TV sitcom, how can i send it to the TV network?

what are the steps to such thing, i want to write an episode to beavis and butthead and send it to MTV ,i don't live in the USA,i don't know if that a problem , please provide me with all the detai...

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

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Q&A How can I work more efficiently when writing multiple pieces of fiction at the same time?

I'm working on multiple pieces of fiction at the same time, and finding it very difficult. When writing one piece at a time, I'm able to devote my passing time to thinking about the one subject I ...

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

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Q&A Picking a theme as a discovery writer

When I write I often don't have any great meaningful moral to share. I don't have a message that I want to convey to the reader. I often don't write about the nature of the battle between good and ...

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

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Q&A Delivering sarcasm

Most of us who have spent more than a few days reading things and interacting with people on the internet know how difficult it is to convey sarcasm. There is no tone there is only the words on our...

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

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Q&A Keeping up with multiple projects at the same time

I love writing and write almost every day, and I have multiple pieces that I am working on currently: two books, multiple original characters' background and development, and academic analysis piec...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is genre ever relevant to the writing process?

I'm a strong believer in genre being largely a thing that's used for marketing, an easy shorthand for book stores to know where to place your book and sell it better. It's also, unfortunately, a sh...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Matthew Dave‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to collect scattered ideas on various topics in to a blog post/ writing article?

I try to write on various Q&amp;A sites, but now I am thinking about having my own blog website. The main thing is that I don't know exactly what my niche topics would be for blogs. I write on vari...

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

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Q&A How to write a Stack Exchange Question?

There are a couple questions out there on How to ask a smart question and the FAQ has its own tips, but lets assume you know how to ask what you want. From a purely writing perspective, most of the...

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

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Q&A Documenting story in a videogame

How does one write a story for a story-based videogame. Is it done in the form of a screenplay? Is it written as any normal prose? Is it written as documentation that goes with the other early desi...

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

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Q&A Avoiding burnout

As a writer, I sometimes have trouble seeing a project to the end. Sometimes it is because I reach an impasse. Sometimes it is because I choose to scrap it for whatever personal reason. And sometim...

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

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Q&A What are the signs of accidental self insertion?

I am currently writing a novel where the main character will be far more powerful than most of the people in the world and I am worried that I will end up losing sight of what I am writing and star...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Maiko Chikyu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to create a plot given theme and settings?

I often find myself coming up with seemingly compelling premises and world settings, but unable to come up with equally compelling character or plot. For example, I am currently thinking about a ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user289661‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Rules about breaking the rules. How do I do it well?

There are rules to writing and we often talk about them here. But sometimes a good writer will break the rules. And to be honest some of my favorite pieces of writing are from when this is done wel...

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

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Q&A Does success imply validation and agreement?

When I write I always want to deliver a message. Not matter what I'm writing I ultimately have something important (to me,) to say. For that reason I try to be very careful about how I deliver cert...

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

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Q&A Injecting creativity into a cookbook

I'm a chef. I'm also a writer. It's inevitable that I would want to write a cookbook. In fact I've probably started a dozen that I just never got around to finishing. Partly because I'm not sure ho...

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

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Q&A Write for an audience or find an audience for your writing?

I've never written for anything other than personal enjoyment or for a predefined context before. I have ideas and partial drafts for several books and want to finish at least one this year. My co...

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

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Q&A Re-reading and making changes to current work that makes everything worse?

I constantly re-read my work before writing again. It helps me get in the proper mind set. But my biggest problem is that I make more changes on what's already there that I don't get further along ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Darryl Simpson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to survive editing

I am currently trying to edit a one my most recent novel. Trying is the keyword. I asked a few people to read my book as beta readers, but all of them have been busy, so no progress on that front. ...

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

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Q&A Should I write scared?

Is it better to push yourself in your writing? To attempt bigger and deeper stories than you've done before? K.M. Weiland says so. But then there's this thread (which is talking about music perform...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Proof reading service [closed]

I am looking for a proof reading service for my scientific paper. I am not a native English speaker. I have spent significant time on improving the writing, thus I want to try a proof reading servi...

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

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Q&A How can I deal with an overload of writing projects?

I'm formulating a habit where I create too many writing projects. I'll work on a project, and things will go fine, until I have this incredible idea and I start writing on it. This continues overti...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Zolani13‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What word processor is recommended for writing a technical (programming) book?

I'm looking at writing a book with code samples, hints, and other stuff, and was wondering what type of word processor would be recommended for writing a book that's 50+ pages (including code sampl...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by i am me‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can we make compiling release notes less chaotic?

Each of our software releases is accompanied by a set of release notes, which include short descriptions of the following: new features, important or breaking changes to old features, and important...

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

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Q&A Habits and routines for my first tech writing job

A Japanese company has offered me a gig helping translate an Android1 business application + documentation into English. Their staff will do a rough translation, and I will polish it into something...

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

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Q&A How can I write a panicked scene without it feeling like it was written in haste?

I normally try to place myself in my character's shoes and I think to myself, "how would I react if I were in this situation?" Well one of my beta-readers commented on my work, and he said the chap...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Dawn Kelli‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing about oneself objectively

I was recently updating some of my Stack Exchange profiles and I remembered how much I hate writing about myself. It isn't just Stack Exchange profiles either. It's resume cover letters. It's colle...

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

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Q&A Is it important to consider tone, melody, and musical form while writing a song?

Be it Mowgli and balu singing Bare Necessities or Enrique singing Somebody's Me, each song (or poem) has their way of being sung. Were such songs written after selection of musical note, tone, and ...

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

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Q&A Should authors write books anticipating audiobook narrations?

With the surge of audiobooks popularity and the dramatization of fiction and non-fiction recitations, do authors plan for their books to publish their work as audiobooks too? Additionally, if an a...

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

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Q&A Why do professional authors make "consistency" mistakes? And how to avoid them?

I'm currently reading a sci-fi book that has over a dozen characters. The author had written dialog for two different characters using the same odd idiom in two separate chapters so far. I cannot s...

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

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Q&A How do I go from 300 unfinished/half written blog posts, to published posts?

Goal: To publish a blogpost 2 times/month (from once in 4 months) Currently: 300 blog posts in drafts/unfinished. I even have three 20k word unfinished novellas gathering dust. (Over 5 years of ca...

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

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Q&A When must a character grow beyond their archetype?

A good well-written three dimensional character requires a lot of work. You need to really show them through their ups and their downs. You have to flesh out their strengths and weaknesses. You hav...

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

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Q&A Writing effectively under very brief constraints

I recently noticed a trend to a few of my questions. I am attracted to writing in places with extreme brevity. This makes sense to me on a personal level. I've always been attracted to one-liners a...

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

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Q&A How to write a Stack Exchange comment?

We all do it. We do it quite often. Some of us too often, to the chagrin of the mods who have to clean up after us. Many people out there have autocomments but I try not to. I find them impersonal ...

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

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Q&A Writing a Story From The End

There is a writing technique where a writer would imagine in her mind's eye where her story should end and will write it 'backwards'. Writing the end and then writing the chapters leading to end, s...

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

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