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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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How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio?

How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio? Secondly, how do you tell the artist what kind of text bubble to use? Is there a way to do this, that's considered standard? I am ...
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How do you merge two comics panels into one?

I thought about it, and I am wondering if there's a way to put 5 seconds of action in 1 single comic frame, or you need to make 5 frames or 1 for each action. Consider the following fictional excerpt. ...
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What does it mean when someone says a dialogue has to be "well executed"?

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0013138/ Jim Agnes, famous director and writer, said that when writing a movie script you need to make sure the dialogues need to be "well executed", they need to ...
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How do you determine if a character dialogue can be cut?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kaQh9qmGh0 I am not good at writing dialogues, so I want to write as little as possible while making the story engaging and having good story beats. I would like to ...
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I want to name a fantasy species something, but it's the name of a similar species in WoW. Is that okay?

I came up with a name for a species in my fantasy world, and looked it up to see if it had been used already. Turns out it's the name of a species in WoW. They are both big cats. Am I infringing on ...
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How do you write a scene in a transcript or script with a reworked version of a song with dialogue interruptions?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy-vM5fPbR0 How do you write a scene in a transcript or script with a reworked version of a song with dialogue interruptions? Look at the scene, but imagine she's ...
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Which line is better and why? [closed]

I have assigned to do a farewell write-up for my college seniors. However, I am stuck at writing a line which conveys how our college seniors acted as mentors in our daily life. Which is better? When ...
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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

I write stories, not movies, but often movies will inspire my writting. I came across a website that discussed the Big Lebowski and how it's a kind of play on movies like the Big Sleep, even the ...
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What do you call these text bubbles without tails?

What do you call these text bubbles without tails? I saw some radio text bubbles with tails that pointed to the headset, but I am wondering if it's better and more standard to use these tailless radio ...
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When hiring an animator or an artist, how do you insure that you don't become solely reliant on that artist or animator?

When hiring an animator or an artist, how do you insure that you don't become solely reliant on that artist or animator? When writing a script and giving art direction through writing, how do you ...
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How can you show that people are showing antipathy towards a character without using or by using minimal dialogues in a comics?

How can you show that people are showing antipathy towards a character without using or by using minimal dialogues in a comics? I was thinking of putting some panels where some characters are seen ...
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How do you handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics?

How do you handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics? I remember instances where people in TV shows are literally dreaming while awake with their eyes wide-open and just wakes up from their ...
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How do you make flashbacks especially obvious with a clear beginning and end?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7qB_GfNnY Let's say the flashback flashes in the protagonist's mind, what can you do besides graying the gutters, or graying the panels, or making the borders fuzzy? ...
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How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story?

How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story? Because of certain restrictions, I am forced to put a lot of time-skips at the beginning of a story, but how do you do that ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

This has been a very contradictory topic for me. I've been told that publishers expect fantasy books to be that long but others would tell me that 170k is too long. So far I've been cutting things ...
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Is there a good book to help someone decide what kind of writing to pursue?

Is there a good book to help someone decide what kind of creative writing they are best suited to pursue? (I'm excluding non-fiction, technical writing, journalism and the like.) For example, whether ...
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What do you do with your story beats when changing protagonist midway through a novel?

I heard that this is difficult to execute well from a writing standpoint. The writer usually wants the audience to follow one protagonist along on an interesting journey. But that is harder sell when ...
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What are ways to shorten exposition scenes?

Let's say you are writing a military sci-fi comic book and you have a mission briefing, how do you shorten it to the maximum amount possible while avoiding cliches? I've been thinking about it and I ...
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What are some ways to tell that two people are talking over the same radio frequency?

What are some ways to tell that two people are talking over the same radio frequency? "HQ, do you copy?" said John. "Dark Saber, I copy." said Matthews over the radio. "It's ...
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Is it ok to skip over some dialogues, and how do we do it?

Let me give you an example first. "Alpha Bravo, we have enemies on our flank." reported the pilot. "Roger that." Versus "Alpha Bravo, we have enemies on our flank." ...
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Is it bad to have a character who is similar to an existing character if the stories are very different?

I am on the second draft of my book, and only now do I realize my main character has some extreme similarities to Katniss from the Hunger Games. While there are differences, her backstory and ...
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Could you describe a woman as "the apple of every man's eye in town" if she was sought after by all the men in town? [closed]

Suggestions for other ways to describe such a person would also be appreciated
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How do you describe the sound of a body being dragged through the snow? [closed]

How to describe the sound of a body bring dragged through snow
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Is this an exchange for novelists, poets, lyricists, and writers of all kinds? [migrated]

I am new to Stack Exchange, and do not wish to step on any toes or offend anyone. I searched for a group specific to poetry and song-writing, as this is my forté. I am an aspiring novelist as well, so ...
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How would you introduce a new story arc in the middle of another arc?

How would you introduce a new story arc in the middle of another arc? Let's say that you stopped writing a comics series for 3 years and the last time you left off is in the beginning of a new arc, ...
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How do I frame this question?

I'm writing a script and there's a question I want one character to ask another but for nearly a month, I just can't construct the question even though I know what I want to ask. Basically, I want to ...
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How do I avoid using "the" in a story?

No matter what I do, I can't find a way around "the" when it comes to writing stories or making a story that feels like it's repeating. Here's an example of what I've gotten so far with a ...
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How would i go about censoring adult language in my book for school?

I'm making a book just for fun, but I'm using a device provided by my school. I (a 12-year-old male) am writing a book with some curse words in it. Later I got an Email from my district, it was ...
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Would it be too presumptuous of any established author to write a novel in the hope that it be made into a film?

Before I start, let me clarify that this is not a dilemma I am facing currently. It's just a question I had in mind for many established and aspiring authors. Many best selling novels get made into ...
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How to write a character going insane

so I'm writing a short story for homework. The story is about a writer who has to write a narrative for a book fair she'll be attending as an honorary guest. But she can't come up with any ideas. In a ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

My mc is a paladin who has a fairly serious personality. He had to become the father figure of his siblings at a fairly young age, after most of his family was killed. Him being a paladin, he ...
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Are there any particularly easy dialects with which to spice up my bit characters?

I want to spice up some of my bit characters, the folk who only appear for a scene or two and fulfil one purpose. One way of making them more memorable is to have them speak an English dialect, ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

I'm writing a crime/mystery YA novel and found that I accidentally gave my main character first and middle names from Mr. Darcy (the one from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice). My character's name is ...
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Alternatives to raising eyebrows to show surprise

I’m trying to reduce the number of clichés in my manuscript, and I’ve found 11 instances of characters raising their eyebrows. A couple I don’t mind, but it feels like too many. What other actions can ...
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Is this telling and not showing, and why is it ok in here?

In Stone Ocean, the antagonist explains his power at the end of the series. I am wondering if this is telling and not showing and if there are situation where telling and showing is completely ok and ...
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Effectively defusing tension after a first act climax/peak, even though the characters themselves aren't relaxed

I've got my story all written down until the first act climax (which technically shouldn't be called a climax, but I don't know a better term): a battle of physical and emotional stakes that's ...
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Is it wise to start a story with a character that never appears again?

I plan to write the prologue with a limited third person view of a man delivering a 5 year old girl to a secluded city. His reason for doing this, even though he's not related to her, is because he's ...
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What are some essential parts of a mission briefing scene?

What are some essential parts of a mission briefing scene? In war movies, you have a general going over some plan. Here's our target. He's in some place. Look out for X, Y, Z. And then sometimes, the ...
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How do you make a place/situation seem brutal?

Up until around the early-through-mid 1800's (of the real world, for clarification), the rights of criminals, disabled people, and the poor were commonly ignored. As a result, the justice system was ...
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Can you completely skip bridge scenes in movies or comic books?

Can you completely skip bridge scenes in movies or comics books? Let's take an example. Mario is told by Luigi that the princess was kidnapped by Bowser. Mario asks Luigi where the princess is being ...
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Can "they" be used when it comes to a person and their animal companions

Yes, I know that an animal is referred as “it” unless the relationship is personal (like a pet that has a name). Then they'd be "he" or "she" It's more on the context of: A person ...
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Can anyone provide some more examples of picturesque speech?

There used to be a regular column entitled, “Toward More Picturesque Speech” in Reader's Digest, It was pretty heart warming, I used to adore it. Where can I find more of these? Here are few examples:
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Style to convey strong statement

I just want to make a bold statement implying Design can be used to direct people's behavior. What is the best way to put it - 'Design can use to direct people.' or 'Design can be used to direct ...
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How do you clue in your readers as to what your theme is, especially when the theme is morally wrong?

How do you clue in your readers as to what your theme is, especially when the theme is morally wrong? Let's say your theme is: Survival is the most important thing, and to survive you must be willing ...
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Is there a written equivalent to the "jump scare"?

The "jump scare" is a standard storytelling technique in horror and science fiction film and video games, in which a very rapid transition (stereotypically, a creature literally jumping up ...
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How do I deal with "false filler" scenes necessary to move the plot along?

I wanted to ask this question after seeing this question. The two question are similar but kind of touch on somewhat different topics. Specifically, I am wondering what one should do about "fake&...
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What are some good beat sheets for long-running series like One Piece?

Since Snyder’s sheet was originally created for screenwriting, the bracketed number by each beat is the page or pages that it would take up of a standard 110-page screenplay. The beats are as follows: ...
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How do you know if you messed up scene transitions in a film?

I watched the original star wars and the scene transitions are terrible, but I don't know why, I can't put the finger on exactly makes the scene transitions in the films look terrible. Is there a list ...
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Expressing the intensity of an emotion by showing and not telling

I get how you can "show" for example the story of a woman who is sad by merely describing the stars in the sky, but how do you describe the intensity of her emotion in a poem? I think you ...
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What doesn't count as character development?

What doesn't count as character development? I think most people assume by character development, you mean that a character becomes more mature, generally speaking, so let's say the character becomes ...
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