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In what order should I name characters?

I was wondering if there is a rule or advice in which order to name my characters. For example, if I want to tell that Bob, John and Rob entered the room should I just name them in random order or ...
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Are separate acknowledgements sections for co-authors odd?

I'm writing a book with a co-author, and we disagree on who to thank. So, we're thinking of each writing our own short acknowledgements sections. For context, assume the book is just a regular book ...
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Dropping subtle hints about a character's sexuality

I have a character who is assumed to be straight, but after a few months reveals herself to be bisexual. I don't want her to just come out of nowhere and say that without any kind of hints first ...
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38 views

Providing context without getting lost in Description

I think one of the challenges I have faced the most often in writing books has been where to start. I tend to do a lot of flash forwards to jump into the action and follow it up with a chapter or two ...
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Is there anything like Patreon for German authors?

I spent quite some time on the website of Patreon and wasn’t able to find but two authors of German language novels (both in the fantasy genre). It seems that Patreon hasn’t got any German speaking ...
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'The Chosen One' paradox

In many books novels or other forms of fictional writing, the reader is introduced to a so called 'chosen one'. This character or being is of higher power or in general, of different nature than other ...
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2answers
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Given how much self-promotion modern writers need to do, are Query Letters still worth writing?

I have struggled with this for a while because of how much the market has changed over the past decade. Are Query Letters still worth writing if all you have is your manuscript (no "platform"), or do ...
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46 views

From where is this poem? [on hold]

Hi can someone please tell me from where this poem is and what it's called? The thick dank mists come stealing down, And press me on every side. With never a voice to cheer me on, And never a ...
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118 views

Genre: Deghettoising fantasy - is a high concept fantasy advisable, or a pipe dream?

A recent idea I had for a novella to write at some point involves exploring a high concept; what would happen if you could replace a dead loved one that parted with you bad terms? I'm expressly using ...
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128 views

How can I make a compelling character unlikable?

I know what goes in to making an unlikable character compelling and engaging but I'm not sure I know how to make them unlikable in the first place. In particular how does one show that a main ...
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271 views

What would a FtM transman's, who was born in 1990, life be like? [on hold]

His parents are supportive from the beginning, but did transpeople have access to hormone injections and the sort of resources they do today back then? Because if there were, they'd help him receive ...
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5answers
243 views

Ordinary writing or Prose: how to make it immersive?

As a beginner, I have a frequent problem when writing: I know what I want to write, but I fail to put it in good sentences that reflect my thoughts. Often, this appears in dialogues when I try to ...
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99 views

Is it possible to use the word “it” too much?

I'm describing a creature in my story, and I'm worried I'm using the word "it" too much. Is there a substitute I can use for the word? Can I keep using it? Beady eyes look back at him, inky and ...
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2answers
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Are there narrative structures other than Kishōtenketsu and the three act structure and its derivatives?

Derivatives of the three act structure include the Hero's journey, Dan Harmon's story circle, and the five act structure.
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First example of story told via dual timelines?

A few novels I read recently were told via dual timelines, with chapters alternating between a "current" plot and a "background" story. It felt to me as a "modern" story-telling technique, since I ...
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50 views

How big should Twin Towers be in my version of 9/11? [on hold]

I am making a cosmic version of 9/11, in a novel about our society. Plotline is simple: 2 passenger spaceships, bound for other galaxies, are hijacked and diverted into Universe Trade Center. ...
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3answers
101 views

What, exactly, is a character study?

Critics and writers use the term "character study" a lot, usually to describe works that are especially 'literary' such as The Remains of the Day. Despite its usage, it appears that no one really has ...
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2answers
48 views

How should I move the story forward with the support cast while hiding a plot twist regarding the MC from the reader?

I am finishing an arc of my novel, and right at the end some sudden development happens with MC, that is partially obscured from the reader. They can guess at what it is, but it is a sudden change to ...
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6answers
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How do I add tension to a story, when the reader knows the MC survives?

To clarify: There are two parts to the book (or I might split them into separate books), one with my main protagonist, and the second is a prequel, showing the protagonist's father's story. Both ...
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3answers
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Why do literary magazines insist on cover letters?

Why don’t they simply judge each story based on its own merit? Why do they want your publication history? Of what relevance is it to the story itself? I ask this because a suspicion has been growing ...
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Are creative writers all granted implicit immunity from grammar rules?

That'd sure come in handy for me.
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Characterisation: What lines can an antihero cross while retaining reader sympathy?

Now, to clarify ahead of time; I'm quite aware that compelling doesn't necessary equal sympathetic and vice versa. That being said, here is the dilemma. There's a character that I intend to write who ...
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Series: How can I get my reader to not expect any one genre?

Background: I'm planning on writing an extensive series of fantasy books. I plan on writing quite a few of these books, and while they'll all be set on the same planet, I intend them to center on ...
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2answers
117 views

What are various sites to publish erotica?

Where could I look, or what could I search for, in order to find sites that allow user based publishing of erotic stories online? The only site I currently know of is literotica.com. I am not trying ...
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7answers
155 views

What can someone do who struggles to write in active voice?

I will preface my question by stating I am very new to writing and new to this website. I am here for help. I'm writing a collection of inspirational short stories, as though I was sitting across ...
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0answers
92 views

Can breathing be “uneven”? [migrated]

I wondered about the different expressions one can use for heavy or unstable breathing. Rather than being heavy breathing from exercising, it's heavy, laboured breathing due to negative emotions. ...
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6answers
450 views

Third Person POV: What level of telling is acceptable for character motivation?

The novel I'm writing is third-person limited POV in style. This means that the narration's coverage is limited to what the POV character can observe, think, feel, while others' thoughts, feelings, ...
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2answers
55 views

How to enter a self published book into Russian library

My late father wrote a book in Russian. He self published it, and registered it with the USA Library of Congress. I tried twice to upload a picture here but keep getting error messages. His deep ...
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0answers
4k views

Starting a sentence with And? [migrated]

I have a phrase which I want to write, but I'm not sure of the correct grammar. I want to say: He sat (dramatic pause) and I (beat) nervous of what he was about to say... Would I write this as: ...
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3answers
65 views

How do I create dialog when the story is told in letters by the protagonist? [closed]

I am writing a historical novel, and the gist of it that these will be letters found by ancestors in the 21st century. Just reading letters is boring, though, and I need to interject conversations ...
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2answers
99 views

How to introduce a world previously unknown to the reader AND the protagonist?

I'm working on a novella where the protagonist finds himself in a new world in Chapter 4. How do I avoid infodump and maintain the reader's interest whole furthering plot and theme? The time period is ...
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1answer
19 views

Can you cite a source in the introduction of your paper in MLA?

I'm currently writing a paper in a class about writing papers (go figure) and I'm stuck on whether or not I can cite something in the introduction. I can't find anything concrete on whether or not it ...
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1answer
92 views

Why is more than my copied link highlighted as a hyperlink when pasting content into scapple?

Let's say you want to copy and paste something like this: mytotallyoriginallink.com My totally original notes! In Scapple, the note always ends up being messed up, linking part of the notes after ...
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5answers
194 views

Characterisation: How to make it evident that a character's flawed perspective is intentional?

I'm writing a novel which has alternating point of views; odd chapters are from an angsty, neglected twelve/thirteen-year-old girl who's struggling with belongingness, puberty, and parental confusion/...
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6answers
641 views

How should I plan a life as a professional Writer/Author/Novelist? [duplicate]

I have an academic background in Engineering and work experience in tech companies. A few years back my life completely crashed. I had to quit everything in my previous life. For some medical and ...
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3answers
135 views

Will an explicit resemblance to an Actor put-off the readers disliking him?

One of the central characters in my novel, at the back of my mind looks like Benedict Cumberbatch. So while writing the story I have explicitly written that he looks like Benedict. It was also helping ...
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12answers
8k views

How long can a fantasy novel stay in metaphorical Kansas?

I am writing a novel with the basic Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland or the Matrix if you want structure. The novel begins in perfect modern day, and at some point in a very sharp way takes a turn ...
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3answers
49 views

How to write an introductory dialogue? [closed]

What are different ways I can write a dialogue where a character is introducing himself to a woman in a professional setting? I don't want to write explicitly like this, "Hello Miss Emily, my name ...
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10answers
170 views

Anticlimactic ending as a surprise after climax?

Note: my story is for a video game, but that should hopefully be irrelevant to the question itself. Our heroes spent a long time fighting their way to the evil demon king. The hopes of all the people ...
4
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6answers
1k views

How can I establish my story's setting in the first chapter?

In the first chapter of my trilogy's first act introduces the protagonist, other major players in the series and the series' setting. The bulk of my trilogy takes place in a city that has been ravaged ...
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6answers
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How advisable is it to end a love story on a downer?

For example, it doesn't end with the leads getting together; rather, one of them dies or the relationship is left ambiguous. I know that taking this approach would be bad if the genre I was aiming for ...
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8answers
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The stages of writing - what are they?

So, I'm likely finished with my idea in form of a novel, but now comes the difficult part with the rewriting. That's when I thought: What are the general Stages of writing? Of course I know the ...
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4answers
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How alien can my aliens be if I want them to demonstrate how alien a human character is?

Using non-humans to show human failings is a mainstay of Science Fiction but is there a limit to how alien a viewpoint can be and still be used to show that a human character is devoid of an aspect, ...
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1answer
29 views

Reporting Satterthwaite approximated degrees of freedom (APA 6ed)

Is there any established way of reporting approximated degrees of freedom (be it Satterthwaite or Kenward–Roger) for mixed-effects model in psychology (APA 6 ed.)? Specifically, is rounding to whole ...
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6answers
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Publication: What to do about a high wordcount debut novel?

I'm a strong believer in books/novels being as long as they need to be; if it turns out short, don't try to pad it out, and if it's long... unless there's chaff to cut out, it's long for a reason. ...
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2answers
98 views

Do I stand to lose anything if I reprint an already published story on my own site?

I've got a story published in print with limited circulation. From what I can tell, my first publication rights are spent. I like this story and I want to make it available to more people, so I'm ...
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2answers
78 views

How to decide between usage of a paragraph and a dialogue?

While writing a novel which is a story told of what happened in the past, I am facing two different ways to present information. For an e.g., I can write the story in the following two different ...
3
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2answers
95 views

How to refer to a group having 3 men and 1 woman [closed]

I am rewriting a story that once had a group of 4 men. Throughout the story they were often referred to as the 4 men. Now the story is being updated to replace one of the male characters with a female....
2
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4answers
264 views

How do I know, how to limit the details?

While writing a novel, which is a drama, how do I manage the amount of trivial details or trivial information, that I want to give to help the readers visualize the scene but given the details have no ...
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4answers
98 views

How do you tell the reader that the setting is normal modern day?

I am getting some feedback on my writing but one of the questions that come back is that the readers are not sure about the setting. White the story was marked as fantasy, nothing fantastic had happen ...

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