• Logistics behind child protective services, abusive parents, and runaway situation.?

    I'm writing a book in which the protagonist, a 14 year old boy, is present when his 16 year old step brother is running away from Brooklyn, NY to go to Washington, DC where his abusive father is. The protagonist follows him if only because he can't stop him. The question is, when they arrive and the step... show more
    I'm writing a book in which the protagonist, a 14 year old boy, is present when his 16 year old step brother is running away from Brooklyn, NY to go to Washington, DC where his abusive father is. The protagonist follows him if only because he can't stop him. The question is, when they arrive and the step brother's abusive father calls their mom, how would they get home/what would happen between then? My assumption is, authorities wouldn't put two teenage boys that just ran away from home on a plane by themselves to fly home, but I honestly don't know. It's only an hour flight. Cost aside, what would happen? Would they have some sort of escort? Would one of the parents have to fly to DC and get them then fly home? I'm going under the assumption that the boys wouldn't be able to stay in the custody of the step brother's abusive father, but maybe I'm wrong. I honestly have no idea how our government handles stuff like that. Would they go to a police station until a flight could be arranged? Is there some sort of child services office? It's somewhere around 6:30-7:00 on a Saturday by this point. Are they even open that late? Who would the adults call? If there is no procedure, please let me know. Any and all related answers are much appreciated!!! I haven't been able to find any answers elsewhere.
    19 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can you list "stand-alone" books with female leads? (stand-alone, not series)?

    I am sick of series/trilogies
    I am sick of series/trilogies
    13 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Are there other books such as Frankenstein and Dracula? What theme is this?

    Best answer: Yes, it's Gothic. Jane Austen wrote a parody of Gothic novels, which were becoming popular during her lifetime, called "Northanger Abbey." Now that you've read a couple of the real things, you might enjoy her "takedown" of them.
    Best answer: Yes, it's Gothic. Jane Austen wrote a parody of Gothic novels, which were becoming popular during her lifetime, called "Northanger Abbey." Now that you've read a couple of the real things, you might enjoy her "takedown" of them.
    12 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What is the first novel to be categorized as Young Adult Fiction?

    Best answer: I suspect that the category was invented and lots of pre-existing books placed in it simultaneously. If you really mean 'what was the first published book deliberately aimed at older teenage readers' that is much harder to answer. While The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is a good contender, so are some of the... show more
    Best answer: I suspect that the category was invented and lots of pre-existing books placed in it simultaneously.

    If you really mean 'what was the first published book deliberately aimed at older teenage readers' that is much harder to answer. While The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is a good contender, so are some of the early works of Marion Zimmer Bradley written in the early 1960's, such as 'The Sword of Aldones' which although featuring characters well into their 20's is arguably written from a teenage viewpoint.
    8 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Is my writing good enough to be published? How old would you think I am based on my writing?

    Best answer: Your writing is thoughtful and descriptive, but the adjectives definitely get in the way. When I write, I often ask myself, "Is there a way I can say this without using an adjective?" The thing about adjectives is that you'd think they help readers visualize things better, but that's often not the... show more
    Best answer: Your writing is thoughtful and descriptive, but the adjectives definitely get in the way. When I write, I often ask myself, "Is there a way I can say this without using an adjective?" The thing about adjectives is that you'd think they help readers visualize things better, but that's often not the case. Sometimes they're just distracting.

    Take the words, "beautiful", "bright," "clear". Did you get a good picture of what I'm describing? Now consider the sentences: The wine glass lit up in the window. The bottom was sculpted so that the sunlight glinted across the diamond texture.

    Now this is a bit flowery, but it gives a better image than say, "The wine glass was beautiful, clear, and bright in the sunlight." You may feel the need to emphasize that something is beautiful, bright, etc., but it's often not necessary. In fact, extra adjectives often cloud the picture. You want to get in the habit of cutting out unnecessary words. Consider if I had said: "The bright, beautiful wine glass sat lit up in the window. The bottom was sculpted so that the sunlight glinted across the clear diamond texture." The extra words are just really bogging the imagery down. They're not truly adding anything new to the description because the reader can already "see" those things without these words.

    Anyway, the work you posted isn't really up to publishing standards yet. You need some work with toning down the adjectives, and I think you may want to play around with how you introduce the story. It's a very calm sort of introduction with some interesting background information, but ultimately that's probably not going to hook people into the story. Writers often want to immediately immerse their readers into the worlds and stories they've built, but that can kind of make for dry reading because so much is just... explanations and exposition. Which you actually did a pretty good job steering away from, but you could still work on this aspect some.

    It definitely shows that you're not a novice writer. In general your dialogue, pacing, narration, etc. are decent. You did a nice job setting the tone of the scene and you have some strong characterization. I would recommend letting this draft sit for a few weeks to a few months (the longer, the better) so you can get a better feel of it yourself. Don't worry if it's not publishable yet.

    I don't want to give you an age guess because that's really not how writing skills work. I student taught some sixth graders who wrote more eloquently than my classmates from my senior year of college. I *will* tell you that I think you've been writing for 4-8 years.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What shall I name this book?

    So I wrote this short story. It’s for this girl, and she knows I’m into writing and we’ve been close for a while now. The story is basically my take on her, and goes from her personality to youth to hobbies etc. I just need a good name to give it. Was gonna go with her name but that’s too simple. If it helps... show more
    So I wrote this short story. It’s for this girl, and she knows I’m into writing and we’ve been close for a while now. The story is basically my take on her, and goes from her personality to youth to hobbies etc. I just need a good name to give it. Was gonna go with her name but that’s too simple. If it helps her interests include fashion, shopping, heels and she’s a law student
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • I m a upcoming fictional action adventure author/action star I wrote a book on Amazon kindle ebook thing I have question read on?

    So on the app fo android o whatever how do you tell how many people bought your book i did research online but I got a thousand ****** confusing steps and **** please help!?lol o whatever
    So on the app fo android o whatever how do you tell how many people bought your book i did research online but I got a thousand ****** confusing steps and **** please help!?lol o whatever
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Book suggestions?

    I’m in AP literature this year and I’m looking for some classic books to read. Something of “literary merit”. I’ve looked around but there are too many to choose from. Any recommendations?
    I’m in AP literature this year and I’m looking for some classic books to read. Something of “literary merit”. I’ve looked around but there are too many to choose from. Any recommendations?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • '' I am not solitary whilst i read and write, though nobody is with me?''?

    What did Emerson mean by this?
    What did Emerson mean by this?
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Which is a better method for writing a second draft?

    Best answer: One of the coolest things about writing is that the writing process is very flexible. You can change it up however you want. If you have to do extensive editing to the first draft, then you *may* want to start a whole second draft. I'm not sure exactly what you consider extensive editing. But for me, that... show more
    Best answer: One of the coolest things about writing is that the writing process is very flexible. You can change it up however you want.

    If you have to do extensive editing to the first draft, then you *may* want to start a whole second draft. I'm not sure exactly what you consider extensive editing. But for me, that means the plot has fundamentally changed and most of the old writing is going out the window. Even if I do this, I will often pull out scenes from the old draft and work it into the new one. I also like to go through the first draft and highlight sections and quotes that I want to keep. I sometimes copy them into a word document labeled "important scenes".

    But if you can avoid writing a new draft, and you just need to alter the scenes a bit and add a few more scenes... then I would probably just focus on editing the first draft. It's harder to edit newer drafts because they haven't been sitting for that long. New drafts tend to need just as much fine tuning as old drafts. Maybe not plot wise, but the actual writing will still need to go through the revision process.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What shall I name this book?

    So I wrote this short book about this girl I like She knows I like her and we’re very closer and she knows I like to write I’ve got her gifts before so this won’t be a total surprise or creepy move lol The book is basically all about her. Starts with an intro on her, then her appearance/personality, her youth,... show more
    So I wrote this short book about this girl I like She knows I like her and we’re very closer and she knows I like to write I’ve got her gifts before so this won’t be a total surprise or creepy move lol The book is basically all about her. Starts with an intro on her, then her appearance/personality, her youth, future, ambition, hobbies, etc I’m just not sure what to call it. I was gonna call it her name but that’s too simple. If it helps she’s into fashion, heels, has a star named after her (by me) funny jokes, and she’s becoming a lawyer.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • I'm thinking about writing a prologue for my autobiography. What do people typically write for a prologue?

    Best answer: You aren't thinking of writing a "prologue", you're thinking of including a preface, which is completely different. Explain what you think an author might include in a prologue to his or her autobiography. An autobiography is the story of one's life. Is it possible to include information about... show more
    Best answer: You aren't thinking of writing a "prologue", you're thinking of including a preface, which is completely different. Explain what you think an author might include in a prologue to his or her autobiography. An autobiography is the story of one's life. Is it possible to include information about events that occurred prior to the author coming into the world? Well, yes, but that wouldn't constitute "autobiographical" information. And while some factors might be important enough to warrant a mention, such as the fact that prior to the author's birth, his or her parents had spent the previous fifteen years as missionaries in the Highlands of New Guinea and had only returned to suburban Maryland when they learned they were expecting, short of that, it's doubtful the information you plan to disclose needs to be provided before the story picks up.

    The real question when it comes to an autobiography is this: Have I lived a life worthy of being immortalised in print? These days, any clown with an internet connection can keep us notified of the goings-on in his or her daily life. Even people who are only marginally known to the public at large think that they ought to write a book. But we've all got a story, all the world's a stage, yeah? But sadly, the wide majority of individuals live a positively ordinary existence. Why would anyone care to read their story?

    When an author inserts a preface into an autobiography, he or she normally does so because the preface lays out the scope of the work. The preface outlines the reasons why the story ought to be read at all. If Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein and Adolf Hitler had lived mundane, run-of-the-mill, unremarkable lives, who would want to read their stories? If Bell had been a shipping clerk and Einstein a jeweller and Hitler a railway ticket-taker, who would give a toss about their stories? Their stories sell because people want to read about accomplishments, about overcoming adversity. Why should anyone read your story? What have you done?

    If you need to include a preface to your story, then use it to explain what the story is meant to build up to. Outline that it's intended to trace a line from your point of origin to some highlight worth plodding on to. And if you haven't got one to talk about, maybe start living a life worth writing about and come back to this in 20 years.
    11 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What was your favorite book you read in 2018 so far?

    Best answer: The Godfather
    Best answer: The Godfather
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Why is it the longer I write, the more I feel what I am writing is rubbish?

    I'll write for abut four hours in the morning. Some days, like today, I will write for about six. However, during the extra two hours, I feel the writing and plot has become boring and rubbish. Why do I feel like this? Should I ignore the feelings?
    I'll write for abut four hours in the morning. Some days, like today, I will write for about six. However, during the extra two hours, I feel the writing and plot has become boring and rubbish. Why do I feel like this? Should I ignore the feelings?
    16 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Plot twist/general plot ideas?

    Best answer: Well since this is a play, you're rather limited as to the amount of action. So despite this being a ripoff of dozens of movies, you'll need to do something which involves conversations. Why not set this as a group of six people, one of whom needs to be killed to save the world. Then as the two factions... show more
    Best answer: Well since this is a play, you're rather limited as to the amount of action.

    So despite this being a ripoff of dozens of movies, you'll need to do something which involves conversations.

    Why not set this as a group of six people, one of whom needs to be killed to save the world. Then as the two factions of time travelers debate, each character is killed off in an attempt to head off the trouble.

    You basically write the same scene six different ways. Each time it is observed by the futurians and found wanting. You isolate them to one side of the stage, except for a well rehearsed bit of opening where they arrive at the apartment and poison the chosen person, eluding notice by knowing everyone's exact movements.


    So you have one set of actors being killed and another set arguing whether this is right or whether there are other solutions.
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago