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In my polytheistic world, how should I prevent people fighting over which god to worship? [closed]

Remember when I set the protagonist, Berta Newton (Issac Newton's incarnation into isekai), as an angel? As the accepted answerer aptly said, people will be interested in her magics themselves, rather ...
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Can I write a character that does not technically exist? They are an alter identity(?) of another character

I’m currently planning my characters, and wanted to grab some opinions. I’m planning to have three main-ish characters, where the third character is more of an alternate identity of the second ...
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How do I accurately portray a character that has DID?

In a novel that I'm working on, one of the characters has multiple personality disorder, though this will not ever be explicitly stated in the aforementioned novel. I was wondering how to portray such ...
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How can I fit a protagonist and his character arc to an existing world and plot?

I began my project with world-building. Afterward, I decided on the overarching plot, and now I'm trying to populate it with characters, starting with my protagonist. I've figured out his core driving ...
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How can I make a character memorable and not stereotypical?

I am planning a novel and am currently developing the characters. I have written one sentence for each character that defines them, come up with the roles they would play in the story, as well as ...
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How to format a script when the same character says two lines one after another?

I'm writing a script for a school project and I forgot when you can have the same character's lines right after another. For example: Bob: Hey joe, how are you? Joe: I'm good. Joe: I could be better. ...
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How to describe a character dealing with a betrayal from one of their closest friends?

The character who gets betrayed is my main character, who is practically left to die by her closest childhood friend. My MC is the type of character to wholeheartedly believes and trusts in her ...
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How and when do you reveal information about your character?

Similar to my previous question 'How/when do you reveal a big secret to the reader,' I'm looking more specifically at the first few chapters and when to reveal anything, not just big secrets. For ...
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How do I include a woman on her period in a Fantasy novel?

One thing I want to see more of in Fantasy exploration books is mentioning the necessity for 'emptying ones bowles' and women on their period - human reproductive systems will generally not change ...
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How do I make it CLEAR there is no sexual tension?

Both for the book I’m writing right now, but also for the future, how do I make it COMPLETELY clear that there is not, nor will there ever be sexual tension? The relationship I’m focusing on currently ...
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How do you write a character who can only communicate with one person?

In my sci fi story, the main character, whose perspective the entire story is told from, underwent a failed brain surgery. As a result of the failure, he can't speak. He can communicate with his ...
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How do I write a major character from scratch?

I've designed loads of characters, most remaining in my head, some being written down on paper and others even having the honor of being in a book/short story. I'd like to pride myself by saying I'm ...
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A cool side character who knows their place

I have a question that may shake my story up a bit. So I'm going for a mix of Faust and Dorian Gray with a very violent tone that's set in modern times. Now nearing finishing my outline/synopsis, I ...
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How/when do you reveal a big secret to the reader using first person or third person viewpoint?

How and more importantly when do you reveal a major secret about the character? My character is a mythical species, highly valuable for both intel and magical properties, however she is humanoid and ...
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How do you show the audience that the 3rd person limited narrator is deluded/wrong?

My character's home, both her family and society, are toxic, but in a way that she doesn't realise. They manipulate and essentially brainwash the inhabitants. It's not an evil place just a little ...
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How do I keep a villain's menace after they've suffered so many defeats?

I've noticed in many long-running stories that it's common to have a villain who's a genuine menace to the heroes become impossible to take seriously after they've gotten defeated or died so many ...
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How to make sure the reader knows the MC is a different species (not human)?

How can I hint that the main character is a different species (still mostly human shape) without directly telling? I could mention specific traits, but I'm not exactly sure how to incorporate them ...
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How should I switch between different pronouns when writing a nonbinary/genderqueer character?

(For refrence, I'm trans, and have done my research on this stuff.) A character from a story I'm writing is nonbinary/genderqueer. Basically, they just don't care about gender. I really want to write ...
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Can I write a story based in a world without humans?

I have this world I'm building that I want to write a story on, but there's absolutely nothing human in the world. It's entirely built around elemental creatures including the protagonist.
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How do I portray therians in a way that's relatable and not weird?

I'm writing a story on therians, for therians themselves to enjoy and for people to understand them better, but it's turning out kind of weird. I was making this more for people to stop hating ...
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Is this a a crazy enough reaction for someone who isn’t the most sane person, yet normal enough to be considered a human reaction? [closed]

In the beginning of my story, my character wakes up in an unfamiliar apartment. Although they’re scared for their safety, they were sure nothing bad had happened to them that night. At first they were ...
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How do I turn my Imagined-Daydream-Fantasy-Book into an Actual Book

Problem I love writing and I love reading. I also love coming up with all sorts of books/films in my head so that if I'm bored in real life, I can just dive into my imaginary book/films to entertain ...
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What's the best way to write a 2-person story, primarily involving interaction?

I am writing a short story that only has 2 characters, and is written in the third person. I am deciding between script-type writing: Character 1: "Wow! these are my words!" He smiles ...
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How to write "The Breakdown Scene"? (cosmic horror)

I am currently writing a cosmic horror story, (without an eldritch abomination) and I am wondering how one would write the classic "You've seen too much and now your mind is breaking" scene ...
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Is there a way to make text feel like an unhinged rant while still being readable?

I want to write a passage of text that makes the reader feel like the person writing it is deranged or otherwise not in the right state of mind. It seems relatively easy to write incoherent, ...
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Can I switch the POV of a main character? [duplicate]

So I'm momentarily writing a fictional story for a class I'm taking, and I've run into a problem. I have one main character, but there is a scene where that character passes out. Is it possible to ...
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Describing exclaimations from a group

My character, an old woman, has been knocked down, injured and can't get up. There is a crowd of people, spread across a park, who all witnessed the accident. From her view, at ground level, she is ...
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Is there a smooth way to indicate that third person pronouns don't matter so much in my worldbuilding in English?

For context, I am nonbinary, and also East Asian. My language of fluency is English, but I know other languages and also have an anthropology degree. (Japanese, Korean, a tiny, tiny bit of Mandarin, ...
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Using the stages of grief to fall in love

I would love to utilize the stages of grief in a way to show the progression of a character's resistance to fall in love. I have some ideas for each. What are some other ideas? I have a vigilante ...
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Should I change my character's name if it's a variation of mine?

I'm trying to name a character, and I found one that fits him perfectly. It makes sense for the setting, it supports the theme and his character arc, and it supports his parents' characters (mainly ...
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How do you know if your story is too complicated or just complicated enough?

I've been working on my current story for almost a year. It's a great story but at times it seems really complicated. How complicated is too complicated in a story?
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How can I make my character show his feelings more without being excessive?

I started writing a story sometime ago, and I wrote all I could think of. I did a good job as per my imagination served me. I couldn't complete the story because I planned to go the magic and fantasy ...
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Looking to include hijabi character in children's book about magic, would that go against muslim customs?

A friend and I have written and illustrated a children's story about a group of kid witches that includes a girl with a hijab. I have read that magic and witchcraft are taboo in Muslim faith, should ...
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How to find or create a mantra or guiding quote for a character?

I'm in the process of developing a character for a story right now, and I want to come up with some sort of mantra or repeatable quote the character can repeat to themselves over the course of the ...
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About a way to express a posture

I need to describe a person in the sitting posture shown in the image. Is there a name or expression to describe this posture other than "sitting in foetal position"? I appreciate any ...
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When should I use the setting to express the motif, and when should I use characters, plot events to do it?

I'm currently still at the early stage of writing, and I may be facing too much freedom than what is helpful. One of the results of that is: I'm very uncertain of when should I use the story setting ...
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Is it okay if I use a historical figure's name for a work of fiction completely unrelated to history?

I was planning at some point to write a mystery fiction unrelated to history. I was inspired by writers who used literary figures as a name for their characters, yet the plot was completely unrelated ...
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How to safely pose this Mary Sue character?

I'm writing a science fantasy, and I'm afraid that the protagonist has too many superpowers. Here's the concept: The protagonist is Berta Newton, an isekai counterpart of Issac Newton. She is the ...
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How do I write a superintelligent character?

A very similar question has been asked here. Writing a Super Intelligent AI I ask this question for multiple reasons. I was writing a sci-fi work and I decided it'd make sense that the characters have ...
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Mako Mori test: independent character arc in a plot?

at least one female character and that this character has an independent plot arc and that the character or her arc does not simply exist to support a male character's plot arc source Given: by far ...
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What examples are there of a major character being written out *without* dying?

Mainly talking about stories that span multiple instalments, like TV shows with multiple seasons or a novel series with multiple books. In my experience, when a main character exits a series ...
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How to describe a character accepting congratulation in a modest, self-deprecating fashion

I am trying to describe how my protagonist reacts to congratulations from a friend about a genuinely significant career achievement. My protagonist is modest and self-deprecating by nature, and I am ...
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Is a self-introduction of the main character speaking to the reader appropriate to start a novel?

I'm authoring a horror/corruption/murder novel. The book starts off with the Main Character telling the reader about who he is and his physical appearance (now in his 60s), how he got to be ...
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Tough female character softening

I'm writing a tough, capable young female character who is savvy and can survive well in an unfamiliar society. However, she has no patience for stupidity and is quick to shoot barbed remarks. I want ...
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Character vs story [closed]

How much should I allow my characters to influence my plotting, and how much should the plot influence how I create my characters? Should I begin with a plot and then devise my characters to be "...
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Is it copyright infringement if my character is pretty similar to another character?

I want to create a manga. The problem is that my characters are pretty similar to oshi no ko characters. For example, the main character has the star eyes like ai eyes, and her eyes are purple. ...
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How can I smoothly transition from my main characters to my secondary characters?

I am seeking examples of clean ways to transition from my main characters to my secondary characters. When I review what I have written, it is clunky and unclear that the story is now focusing on the ...
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Is it okay to use words from other languages as names?

I am writing a book that I planned out as a kid; I've completely changed it around so that only the characters have stayed the same. I love them a lot and I love the names I gave them back then, ...
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Should you support the aftermath of every single supporting characters after the main conflict is resolved?

Should you support the aftermath of every single supporting characters after the main conflict is resolved? Not exploring the aftermath of supporting characters can be seen as a mistake to avoid when ...
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How would the "one good member" of an evil organization/culture see themselves?

I have a character that is the stereotypical "token good member of an evil organization". The organization is a brutal social darwinist one that sees nothing wrong with killing people and ...
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