Questions tagged [creative-writing]

"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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Taking suggestions from your readers on how to progress your story without being liable to legal damage?

Taking suggestions from your readers on how to progress your story without being liable to legal damage? Is there a way to navigate this, or this should be a no no at all times, because the risk of a ...
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How do you catch people by surprise when crafting a political intrigue?

How do you catch people by surprise when crafting a political intrigue? Whenever I put some politics in my story, people know exactly what's gonna happen, so I have trouble coming up with some kind of ...
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Are there archetypes for political intrigues?

The 7 story archetypes are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Comedy Tragedy Rebirth Are there archetypes for political intrigues? If not what are the building blocks ...
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What do you need to understand in order to be able to craft complex political intrigues with ease?

What do you need to understand in order to be able to craft complex political intrigues with ease? I feel there are some missing pieces that prevent me from being productive in this area. I can't ...
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What are the most important parts of worldbuilding that may have a big impact on the story or narration?

What are the most important parts of worldbuilding that may have a big impact on the story or narration? I want to focus on the part that would have the biggest impact on the story or narration so I ...
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How do you cover an F1 race in a comic book?

Let's say you wrote a comic book about F1 racing, how would you cover an entire race? Should you spend 10 volumes to cover a single race, or should you just skip times very often? For example, 3 ...
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What are some ways to describe a character's clothing?

I have a hard time viewing clothing outside of the simplest descriptors. A shirt is just a shirt, shoes are simply shoes, pants, etc. Basically, what I'm asking for is some clothing terminology?
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How would I describe the feeling of being buried alive realistically?

For context, this would be from the POV of children who are trapped in a high-rise office building during a monster attack in the city. They wouldn't have any injuries from the event; they would just ...
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Is it bad to end a story with a lot of loose points?

Is it bad to end a story with a lot of loose points? Are there some exceptions where some loose points are permitted as long as the main questions are answered? I heard it's bad, but I see a lot of ...
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How do you write a character with goes from A to Z and back to A realistically?

How do you write a character with goes from A to Z and back to A realistically? Let's say the characters is extremely in love, then wants to murder the person she was in love with and then go back to ...
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In a comic panel, how do you show your readers that the voice is heard within?

In a comic panel, how do you show your readers that the voice is heard within? Do you use a different font, do you use italics, do you use bold characters? And how do you write this in a comic book ...
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Does anyone know any specific words that can be used to describe a character flying?

I feel like I've used words like "floating" and "hovering" too often, to the point of tedium.
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How do you write a script for a comic?

I read some movie scripts and I know how to write one, but I haven't seen one for comics books. I heard some people use movie scripts to write comics, but I need a template that associates each ...
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Where can I get critiques on my Query?

I've written the query for my novel (YA fantasy, ~90k), but I'm having a hard time finding people to critique it. Query Shark is there, but she's REALLY hard to get critiqued by. I tried the subreddit ...
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When adapting a movie into a comic, what are the things you need to take into consideration?

I've heard that you need to rewrite the story of a movie if you want to adapt it into a comic, because the medium and format is completely different. However, I am not sure what are the considerations ...
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Should I write numbers using words, or the actual numbers?

I'm stuck trying to figure out if I should put numbers or words. Which one looks better? After it took me 4 hours and 24 minutes After it took me four hours and twenty-four minutes
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How to effectively take notes when exploration writing?

Until very recently I had a world building first approach (architecture writing) to writing. But now I've found a compelling character to write about, I'm making choices about the setting and her ...
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When writing, should I describe a scream instead of having the character yell out "Ahhhh!"

Another writer was critiquing my story, and she mentioned that I should describe the scream and show the reaction of the character instead of having the character actually scream out "Ahhhh!"...
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How to make artificially-intelligent nanobots that 'ride' on blood cells realistic? [closed]

I have a character idea where said character is a gadgeteer/artificer type, and they have these nanobots in their blood stream that they use to make the items they need. The nanobots also have an ...
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I am writing a diary entry and I don't know how to describe my confusion. How do I do this?

So our situation is this: Imagine that you are an astronaut on a space ship that is trying to get safely home but you recently have come to learn that one of your crewmates is trying to stop you all ...
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How does one go about describing subtle movements in characters actions?

I'm struggling with figuring out a way to describe subtle movements in a scene that wouldn't normally be picked up on if not shown. For example: A character is being put in a prison cell and another ...
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Help with describing an unconscious character

One of the characters in my book, the narrator, is suddenly knocked unconscious. How would I describe what he sees/feels? Do I just have a big timeskip, with him confused as to what happened when he ...
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Writer's Block Over a New Draft

A while back, I finished my first draft and decided to make huge changes in the protagonist. I went back to replanning the entire story I have been familiar with for two years. How I plan the plot ...
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How can I avoid overusing "I" and "I'm" in a first person short story?

The story I'm writing uses 'I' and 'I'm' way too much, and it's really obvious. The problem is that I cannot find words to replace the two, and when I do, it always changes and bends what I'm trying ...
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Punctuation in a dialogue where a character says their nickname, followed by their full name

I've been wondering about this rule for a while now, and I haven't seem to get what the 'correct' answer is. For example, there are times where I want a character (let's say the full name is Chris ...
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How to format dialog mixed with non-dialog?

You normally break dialog up into separate paragraphs, but how are you supposed to format it when it's intermixed with non-dialog? Below is an example. Is it correct to write the following exchange ...
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How to format italicized internal thoughts intermixed with other text?

I'm writing a story in the 3rd person, but there are parts where I use italicized text in the 1st person to tell what the protagonist is thinking. This works pretty well most of the time, but there ...
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What should I do to help my writing flow?

I am writing a story (fiction) about all gods of all mythologies, including some new gods. I only have three pages written, and need to write faster. My deadline is in exactly 2 months, and i have to ...
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When is a colon recommended or more grammatically correct than a comma or semicolon when used mid sentence?

Please note I am posting as a UK English writer, I point this out as I know there are differences between American and UK grammar guidelines or accepted practices. I would also add that I am asking ...
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I doubt myself as a writer. Is there anything I can do to better my writing? [closed]

Over the years I have fallen in love with writing narratives. I found the passion when I began to experiment with emotes as a teenager on a Peer-2-Peer program used to download music. Some of the ...
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Can you suggest a book that focuses on the prose aspect of creative writing?

There are a lot of books on creative writing to choose from. However, most of them focus on the "plot" aspect of writing, and those books that talk about prose are usually very beginner-...
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Is having antagonists who believe in Christianity potentially offensive/harmful?

Brought this question from Worldbuilding SE, and still not sure if I’m asking in the right place. If anyone knows a better place to ask, any advice would be appreciated. The world I’m building ...
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Ways to construct a temporary medieval road block? [closed]

I understand bandit attacks are themselves cliche, but ignoring that for now: Situation: A guy is transporting a shipment of ice from atop a mountain, needs to get to the foothills asap. Cue cliche ...
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How can I write an authentic depressed character? [duplicate]

I'm currently rewriting a novel in which the main character is depressed. They have their friends pass on, most of their life is miserable, and they don’t have anyone to turn to. My question is, how ...
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How to length chapters in book [closed]

I began trying to write a book yesterday and saw that what I wanted to write in 10-15 pages I wrote in two. How do I lengthen the book so it won't be this short?
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Alternative sites to Google Docs

I'm looking for websites that let me write and store my stories online, so I can keep developing them no matter where I go. (Because of my devices specs, sadly Dropbox — and similar options that need ...
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Writing from a depressed character's point of view

I've got characters on an adventure together, nothing groundbreaking. But one of them (let's say "Alice") loses a body part in one of their fights, and winds up in a dark mental place as a ...
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How do you add a sung part of a movie trailer?

How do you add a sung part of a movie script? When the song is unknown and the lyrics are unknown, how do we mention there's a song playing in a movie script? This image gives you a basic idea of ...
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How to avoid using "she" repetitively in action?

I really like to write but I have a problem. I am starting to write about and I want to make it mostly in 3rd person, but I don't know if I can do that and not repeat the prounon she or he a lot. I ...
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How to maintain vivid description for recurring elements without repetition?

For my current project, the use of vivid description is essential for carrying across the particularly alien experience of the protagonist. This leads to a problem, however, when my protagonist needs ...
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How would you describe a complex dogfight?

How would you describe a complex dogfight? The issue is that to describe a simple single movement is hard enough, but there are many of them happening in a short period of time. So how exactly can you ...
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Which factors do we need to count to evaluate the standards of short story?

I like writing suspense-based short stories similar to this one on Wattpad, but I don’t know how to assess if my writing is good or meets the expectations of the suspense genre, or if my stories ...
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Is there a standard way to introduce an emoticon in a novel?

Is there a standard way to introduce an emoticon in a novel? Let's say that the main character discuss with someone over text message, is it ok to use emoticons? If so how do you introduce it? Here's ...
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I struggle to make characters emote during dialogue

I often find myself with two (or more) characters speaking, and too often my descriptions would be "he paused," "he sighed," "he rubbed the bridge of his nose," etc. Too ...
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Writing ideas for regrets someone would have after death and how to overcome them [closed]

Not completely sure if this is the right place for this question, but I had an idea for a story involving teens that have died with regrets/undealt with trauma being sent to an "afterlife" ...
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How to avoid "character said" when there is a group of people talking?

I am at a certain part in my book where a group of six people travel and talk with each other. I would like to make them all talk, as that would be what would happen in real life but I can't really ...
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What are some of the ways you can cue in your reader that your chapter is a timeskip to the past?

What are some of the ways you can cue in your reader that your chapter is a timeskip to the past? Let's say you write a chapter just to go back in time and reveal some details about some characters' ...
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How do you format a chapter intended just for exposition?

How do you format a chapter intended just for exposition? Let's say your worldbuilding is really hard to digest for most readers so you create one chapters just for that, what are the various way to ...
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After a line of dialogue, if an action is taking that does not change the POV but slightly alters it be a new paragraph or be in the same one?

what I mean by altering the path is like from this context to: we walked to her house Here is the context: "Let's go to your house." I said "Ok." she mumbled down looking at the ...
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After editing a chapter, the whole story changes?

I created my story last year in the nanowrimo challenge, and I finished the whole thing, I was quite happy even if it was a mess. Then I tried to edit it to give it a little more clarity and fixing ...

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