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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

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Do "unlimited ammo" or "bottomless magazine" tropes ruin storytelling?

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When is it too late to introduce major characters?

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Is it a bad idea to make a villain or a main character too unlikeable?

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Can a visual novel with branching plotlines be translated into one single book?

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Is it alright to kill off a character without setting up death flags?

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How can I remove the repetition of 'the' from descriptive writing

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What does (beat) refer to in a script and what other elements can we put instead of (beat)?

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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

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What are ways that a character can acquire psychic powers?

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When is a bad time to foreshadow something that's gonna happen at the end of the movie?

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How do you write an action and science fiction story without having it be overtaken by the romantic plot tumour?

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Are there situations where it makes sense to tell a character's plan even if it's going to fail?

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If a protagonist is smart enough to escape a trap, how could they have allowed themselves to become trapped in the first place?

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Confused about motive and goal of protagonist

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How do you make superhuman strength "make sense" in a fantasy setting?

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What ways can be used to make a story secretly horror

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Ligatures in modern novels - A Publishers perspective?

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Where to find guidance/advice on avoiding impossible or highly improbable timing

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When adapting a novel to a movie or a comic book, how do you choose which dialogues to pick and should you modify them at all?

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Is there a way to make a character written mostly as a support to another character not shallow at all?

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How to describe when someone hesitates before speaking?

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Is "Truth be told" a valid expression to be used in a written essay?

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Writing, or rather, not writing PTSD

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Choosing a good riddle for a dungeon in a story

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I have this scenario all mapped out in my brain but I am having difficulty putting it into words

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Use of unconventional punctuation

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Can I quote lines from a tv show in my book? [closed]

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Stuck on how to expand my chapter

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Using English idioms in a particular fantasy setting?

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How do you draw the text bubbles for telepathic communication in comics?

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Is it ok to indirectly attribute an idea to an author without explicitly naming the author and giving explicit attribution?

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Would it be wrong to base a fictional country on multiple real-world countries?

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How to use parentheses with parenthesis inside

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Is it considered to be a bad thing to use idioms in poems?

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Why is the usage of a character's name not always trademark infringement?

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Creating an anti-Trump, moderate Republican white woman in her mid-20s but would like to know how to do it authentically [closed]

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What are things that can happen off-screen and things that can't happen off-screen in a film, comics, or other visual media?

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How could I show good worldbuilding without ending up with info-dumps?

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At what point would the romance and sexual feelings between different species be uncomfortable?

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How or why would a publisher republish a work that's out of print?

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Story Progression

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How do you make a character inconsistent without annoying your readers?

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Are there some ways to use wiktionary to find related terms more easily?

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How do you introduce singing in a text bubble in comics?

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How much should you spoil when advertising a book? [closed]

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Is there a term for the writing method where the author simply sets up a situation and lets character decisons drive the scenes from there?

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What is the 'it' doing in this sentence?


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