Questions tagged [concept]

This tag should be used for questions dealing with a concept in your process of writing, such as when asking about conventions for creating a concept for your characters or asking about how you could use your concept for a story for marketing purposes or to find an agent or a publisher.

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I'm afraid that my setups will be overlooked

I have a main character that cannot die. I'm trying to convey this information to the reader, but since my character isn't aware of this, I've decided to leave hints throughout the adventure. This is ...
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Creating a logical framework for the concept of “decisional causality”

I'm working on a science fiction universe in which time travel exists, in a very limited form, but it's useless, at least it's the intention that it be useless. To that end time travel, on the rare ...
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Does the concept come before other “literary devices” in philosophical science fiction?

I have read in a few books about writing science fiction that a compelling concept should override considerations for character, and possibly other things like setting or plot. I have the notion to ...
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How do I write a maze as a story challenge?

I want to have a character who expresses her love of adventure by exploring old maze-like ruins, and thought it would be interesting if she figured out 'tricks' to solving each. However, I don't ...
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Case studies of the use of concept mapping in science fiction writing?

I have a general concept for a science fiction novel. I have a habit of looking for information from books and scholarly journal articles to help "fill in the gaps" with such ideas. In the last few ...
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How do speech writers find the contents that make their speeches so impressive?

I wonder, when I hear JFK, Obama, Lincoln, Gandhi, Modi. The sentences, phrases in their speeches are so impressive. The content of their speeches are wonderful. I desire to be a successful orator but ...
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How to write a utopia?

I have always been an avid reader of utopian novels. Not necessarily those that advertised themselves as such, but the small utopias, of people doing good, of relationships going right, of a happiness ...
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Having a hard time developing an idea

I'm developing an idea for a story in a video game which I'm going to design and program. I've already got a good idea, however, I'm having a hard time developing it to where it can be long and ...
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What is the “acid test” for a nonfiction anthology?

I'm asking this on Writing.SE because I'm doing a short presentation on "What is an anthology," and I'm not sure how to answer the question "Why is X an anthology and Y is not?" Merriam Webster ...
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Copyright - Can I go to any other publisher?

I have a question. I have self-published a book through Partridge publishing. This is what my contract says - "1.4. You will retain all rights to the content of the Work. We do not own rights to your ...
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How can I dripfeed new concepts to a reader?

I have a character, who is part of a unique arm of the law, higher than the city guard. This isn't a secret arm of the law; in the universe in which my novel is set, the characters of my book are ...