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Top new questions this week:

May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?

I would like to use some weapon names to sound familiar to readers, (AK47, M16, C4, Colt...), but as far as I have heard, using real names from weapons one must have the permission of the companies ...

asked by LordWater 5 votes
answered by hildred 8 votes

How to correctly identify publisher?

Sometimes multiple publishers and locations are listed in sequence. For example: PENGUIN CLASSICS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England ...

citation publisher  
asked by user62076 5 votes
answered by what 2 votes

What is the benefit of using formal terms instead of informal ones?

I understand that sometimes formal terms are superior to informal terms because they're sometimes more specific or succinct, but oftentimes this doesn't seem the case. In those cases, what is the ...

asked by Kyth'Py1k 3 votes
answered by Jay 1 vote

What is the average cost of software for DITA authoring?

I'm looking to buy some software for technical document authoring with DITA. The tech writing group will have at least 5-10 users, writing 100-pages long documents for several products in various ...

technical-writing structure software collaboration  
asked by TuringTest 2 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?

I want to add a few chapters that don't push the story forward; they only explore the background and motivations of the characters. The best example I can think of is the Fly episode in Breaking Bad. ...

fiction creative-writing  
asked by Alexandro Chen 6 votes
answered by MGOwen 10 votes

How do you write a character's internal monologue?

I've seen two main methods of writing a character's inner monologue One is to use italics Dean is being silly thought Sam Another is to quote the text "Dean is being silly" thought Sam Or you could ...

style formatting  
asked by Liath 3 votes
answered by CLockeWork 5 votes

How do I write a letter to a publisher?

If I send a manuscript to a publisher, what should I put in the letter to them?

letter publisher  
asked by Randumbness 7 votes
answered by what 7 votes
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