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"Creative writing" is a vague term, but generally means fiction, or writing that's not non-fiction, technical, or business writing. This tag should be used when asking questions that apply to multiple categories of creative writing, such as when asking questions that could apply to fiction or poetry alike.

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Character is called by their initials. Do I spell it out?

I have a character who is referred to by another character by their initials TP, do I spell it out (teepee/tepee/tipi) or just use the initials TP. It is supposed to add humour and show their fun ...
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If I was sexually assaulted but didn't tell anyone, how do I go about writing this in my book?

I'm writing a book based on stuff that happened. I've changed names but want to keep the characters authentic to my life. I was assaulted but never reported it. I want to write about it, but I don't ...
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Is it okay to have a children's picture book with 100 illustrated pages? Are there any examples of such books?

Recently, I had commissioned illustrations for a children's picture book that I had written. I had outlined what type of illustrations I wanted and the whole thing ended up being 100 pages worth of ...
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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

I have a problem bridging two parts of the book. I need to make a character some kind of hero that has admiration of the country. In my story, the character is a "wizard". Wizards are meant ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

I have been working on a script for a television company who accepts scripts from new writers and members of the public, and the setting is fictional, but in a real-world location. The issues of it ...
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Is it a bad idea to design a purposefully inconsistent magic system?

I am working on a magic system for my fantasy world. The basic constraints are that most magic occurs naturally and at random. However, some people (sometimes) can channel and use magic. One of the ...
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Using unusual grammatical wording to refer to people

All that will die tomorrow Is whom I loved and will still love So I was wondering if this is a common thing in poetry. You refer to people as "all that", and then use whom, which creates a ...
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How to get over a long break from writing?

I'm wanting to get back into writing and work on a novel or a collection of short stories. In the past, I've done creative writing and I've written a full-length novel, however it's been over a year ...
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How to Write an Involuntary Secret Reveal

I am trying to have my character's secret discovered, they are currently in a hospital, and hiding injuries under their clothes, a couple of which have reopened. They are underaged so they are at ...
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Is stating a completely false fact something many writers do?

Is stating a completely false fact something many writers do? I heard that doing so is considered to be poetic license and it allows poets to deviate from strict adherence to factual accuracy in order ...
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Difficulty describing a complex image in a single sentence

I am having difficulty explaining that the sun evaporated the fog that had brushed up against the blooming hills. When I add "with spectacular wildflower blooms", it sounds as if the sun ...
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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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How should I choose what happens to my protagonist?

The main plot of my story is that a girl named Arabella signs up for a dance competition and practices for weeks. Fearing that the other dancers are too good, she invites them over to a practice ...
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Showing the readers what the villains are doing in 3rd person

I am currently writing a YA detective mystery. It involves a group of detectives who work to keep their city safe, but there is an organization that has infiltrated every level of the government. They ...
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Is it possible to write short stories without any humor, comedy, or jokes? [duplicate]

Would it be possible to write short stories without any humor, comedy, or jokes? I am looking into writing short stories, but I am not very skilled as a writer and very much end up getting caught up ...
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How to exclude swearing from my thriller novel?

I'm working on a psychological thriller. I know that most books in this genre use at least some profanity. But I, myself, don't swear. I never have. Sometimes I let one slip, but other than that I don'...
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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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I want to describe a young man sitting astride on a chair, leaning his forearms on the top of the back

I want to describe a young man sitting astride on a chair, leaning his forearms on the top of the back. I am aware that I am focusing too much on the mechanics of the posture, and I will deal with the ...
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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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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

John Truby, in Anatomy of Story, says you shouldn't write a story that doesn't have an exciting premise. But what makes a premise good, bad, boring, compelling, or exciting? This is what Truby says ...
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How do I avoid repeating a sequence of events that occurs multiple times?

In a story I am working on, there are many doors that require a fingerprint, a passcode, and a key card to open. Writers say 'Show instead of telling.' As such, instead of writing something like: ...
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Urban or Epic Fantasy? [closed]

I can't decide what I want to write about: Should I go with urban or epic fantasy? And what are the pros and cons of them?
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How can I make a character death that's relevant to my book and hits really hard?

I'm writing a stand-alone fantasy novel about a bunch of kings. The protagonist is a girl I am basing off of a female king from Sweden in the 1600s. I am planning on killing off one of the other kings,...
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How would you write a character turning invisible?

One of my characters in the story I'm writing has the power of invisibility. I was wondering how it would feel for her to turn invisible from her perspective.
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How to describe my character using a power

My character has the ability to charm others. She can use her powers of charm to persuade others to do what she wants or daze them for a small period of time. Too much use of this power can drain her ...
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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 can I come up with meaningful (and exciting) scenes for my character's journey?

I am struggling to find conflict in each place (countries for my story) I'm working on. I have some fun ones (small but whack adventures that my character partakes) but I don't have an intriguing ...
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Advice on writing a book on travelling when I have never travelled before

I am writing a book about travelling. However, I have never travelled abroad before and currently, in my situation, cannot. I feel a little discouraged on all the backlash I could receive on cultural ...
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How can I not give up on writing my story?

I am planning a book, but I can't convey it into words. I am stalling, planning unimportant things that won't be essential to my novel. I have given up on over twenty drafts, thinking one idea was ...
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I need help writing a scene or experience about air being knocked out of you

How would you write a scene of someone trying to breath again after getting the wind knocked out of them? I am trying to describe the experience and how your body reacts physically while your brain ...
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Would it be "wrong" to rewrite a fanfiction as a writing exercise?

I've been reading a fanfiction lately that honestly has a good plot, though the writing is subpar—grammar and punctuation errors, lack of descriptive detail, bad formatting, etc. I've been thinking ...
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Is it considered a story if I write short pieces that are just dialogue and philosophical-ish stuff?

I have a couple of short stories that are basically just dialogue and philosophical-ish stuff, such as “There’s no such thing as good or bad.” “Then why do we have laws? Why do we have prisons and ...
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How can I write a fictional college?

Im having trouble creating a fictional college for my books. I'm trying to make it realistic with a lot of different majors, but I'm only in high school and I don't understand all that much about ...
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In a subjective omniscient PoV, can a writer ask a question in the narration?

When a narrator filters the thoughts of characters, can the narrator ask a question as if it comes from him or her? For example: “Who could ask such a question? John was upset.” Or “Was she scared? ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

This post is part advice and part discussion. How do you determine if a story's premise is believable? Is the believability of a story's premise more of a demographic thing? Do people determine how ...
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Is it better to write a novel with contractions?

In a subjective omniscient PoV, is it better to use contractions for the narrator’s voice, or to avoid them for a more formal and distinctive tone?
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Swapping between third and first person in a book

So, I was wondering in the case of a book is it okay to swap from 1st person to 3rd person? Like on the spot swaps, almost like breaking the 4th wall. So, for most of the book it'll be a third person, ...
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How do you create an emotional attachment to a character who never appears?

Main Question My protagonist, Dannie, was taken from her home for 7 years. The story starts when she escapes and follows her journey home. Dannie discusses her home with her traveling companion, and ...
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Is there a term for the underlying concept that must be accepted for the story to work?

Is there a term/trope for the sort of underlying concept of a story, which itself is most likely unrealistic, but which we must accept without explanation, proof or tie back to real-life, for the ...
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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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How to write symbolism into a story?

I'm writing a dark academia/Gothic romance. It's about this guy named Humphry who accidentally summons a ghost girl named Cal after a failed experiment. He at first is freaked out and wants nothing to ...
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Writing a surreal, dreamlike setting?

I am working on a concept for an existential horror / comedy, similar to works like the DHMIS TV show and Little Runmo. I already have a collection of strange, dreamlike entities; like an organic ...
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Past progressive in a novel

I have been reading a lot of different options on how to write a novel. Many people suggest that the past progressive tense is most often used in fiction to describe interrupted actions (in relation ...
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What does it mean when people say your dialogue should have its own line? [duplicate]

So, I've been trying to write a novel and some people have read it and said it was great and I've also received some criticism saying I needed to give each line of dialogue it's own line. Does it mean ...
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Which Is Clearer: 'Being pressed' or 'Pressed'?

Consider these two sentences: [1] Being pressed against the wall, he struggled to break free. [2] Pressed against the wall, he struggled to break free. I've recently spent some time reading grammar ...
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Should I use 1st-person or 3rd-person perspective for an alien character alone in a post-apocalyptic world?

This has been a difficulty for me for a bit. I'm writing a story about an alien character alone in a post-apocalyptic world. Them being alone makes me think it'd be easier and better to chose 1st ...
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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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What should I do while waiting for alpha readers?

I have finished the first draft of my first novel, a work of LGBT gothic fiction/horror. I have 5-6 people who said they are happy to look at it as alphas, but I have no idea what to do in the ...
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How to refer to different versions of a character?

In my historical spy thriller, there are five different characters named Miku that our protagonist has to fight. So initially, they're refered to as Idol Miku, Vampire Miku, etc. etc. etc. But then ...
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Does every piece of dialogue need a dialogue tag like "she said"?

If I quote what a person says and use "she said" after the speech, do I have to state that again if I add another part of the speech after "she said"? For example: "It's a ...
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