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I can't write without an inspiration

I've been writing a book for almost a year now. But it takes so long because I have to wait for "inspiration". Sometimes I will get an idea that makes me excited and want to write. Mostly it's a ...

writers-block inspiration  
asked by Neon462 14 votes
answered by Acid Kritana 22 votes

Using colors as words

He was clad with white and silver bracelets. Can we use colors such as white and use them as a substitute for other words like "white clothes"? He was clad with white linen and silver ...

creative-writing poetry metaphor figures-of-speech  
asked by remote 3 votes
answered by S. Mitchell 8 votes

Is it acceptable to have a subplot run out of sync with the main plot by a few days?

Is it acceptable to have a subplot run out of sync in front of the main plot by a couple of days and hide that fact from the reader until near the end, where it then becomes synced with the main plot? ...

plot time-depiction subplot mystery twist  
asked by th1981 3 votes
answered by Acid Kritana 2 votes

How can I learn about the aesthetic rules behind composing new names for things?

This is kind of difficult for me to describe, so let me lead with an example. Suppose I tell you there's a creature named Humbarum and another named Axratax. I'll ask you to start imagining what ...

asked by doppelgreener 3 votes

Does a response agree or disagree with points they didn't address?

Math teacher here. The problem is that I'm teaching a course where students are being asked to write online and then respond to each other. Suppose a student responds to disagree with a single point ...

asked by Jeff 2 votes
answered by S. Mitchell -1 votes

At what point in my story should I get beta readers?

I'm writing a book right now. I want to get beta readers for it, but at what point in the story should I get beta readers? Should I get them early? In the middle? Near the end? After the book? ...

book beta-readers  
asked by Acid Kritana 2 votes
answered by Mary 3 votes

I want to write about a suicide, how should I do it?

I want to have a book (or multiple) have a suicide in it, and I want to write the suicide. I don't know how exactly to go about that. I know that very descriptive details or very graphic ...

fiction characters novel book  
asked by Acid Kritana 2 votes
answered by Tau 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

The Good, the Bad, and the Semicolon

I completed my novel and an editor friend graciously offered to assist me with formatting. As a former scientist, I am more familiar with technical or academic writing, so formatting fiction can be a ...

fiction technique formatting punctuation  
asked by Richard Stanzak 73 votes

Does a Haiku needs to have exactly 17 syllables?

Having 17 syllables is in the definition of Haiku, but does it have to have exactly 17 syllables, is this usually followed strictly, or it is only more as a guideline? I am asking about Haiku ...

asked by Eduard Florinescu 10 votes
answered by Chris 15 votes

How to write a prophecy?

No, I'm not actually asking you to tell me how to predict the future! Several pieces of fiction I've read/watched recently have prophecies. One of my favourites is On the fields of Trenzalore, at ...

asked by Liath 28 votes
answered by SF. 27 votes

What are the differences between a script and a screenplay?

There is usually a lot of confusion when it comes to these two terms. Some sources say that there is no (practical) difference between the two while other sources talk of various kinds of differences. ...

style screenwriting script dramatic-writing  
asked by Pravesh Parekh 16 votes
answered by Kirasha 13 votes

What is the proper way to write time in a manuscript?

I haven't been able to find an answer to this question for a while now. What is the proper way to write time in a manuscript? I'm referring mostly to A.M. and P.M. Should it be written in caps? With ...

novel formatting time-depiction  
asked by Ralph Gallagher 11 votes
answered by ArcticLlama 10 votes

Using real words from a foreign culture feels like 'Calling a rabbit a "smeerp"'

I'm working on a novel, that's set in pre-Islamic Persia, in the same general way that The Lord of the Rings is set in Britain. (Meaning, it's set in a world all its own, but there's this source of ...

fantasy word-choice language tropes  
asked by Galastel supports GoFundMonica 82 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 101 votes

How to separate scenes in a chapter?

I have multiple scenes in a chapter, sometimes from different POVs, or different locations/times. Now I would like to make it clear to the reader that they have left a scene and are entering a new ...

asked by Shantnu Tiwari 9 votes
answered by Goodbye Stack Exchange 11 votes

Can you answer these questions?

How to include figures and images in body text

I am writing a text (following MHRA style if that makes a difference) which refers to several images throughout, but am unsure how to include them in my body text in terms of writing style. Does it ...

asked by P. Ustinov 1 vote
answered by RobJarvis 0 votes

Citing things that you draw inspiration from

If you draw inspiration from a picture, music, place, and other things like that, do you have to cite it or reference it? Such as (this is a random one): if you want to see what hair styles a ...

asked by bittersweet 1 vote
answered by Acid Kritana -1 votes

What's the different between the part of Abstract and the part of Introduction in academic writing?

I'm really understand the two things between the Abstract and Introduction in academic writing. In my opinion, the Abstract just talks about the aim of the articial and the structure of articial. And ...

academic-writing structure  
asked by M_L_Sing_Jump_Rap 1 vote
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