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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
57 views

Wizardry before Harry Potter

I'm writing a book about the hidden wizard world that spread and broke because of the fear of being shown up and it's the first book that starts the series, the adventure is about one guy lead the ...
2
votes
2answers
493 views

Under-the-radar Feelings

So I have this idea for two girls that ultimately are going to get into a relationship. One of them is proudly gay and open about her feelings from the start, cracking jokes and sly compliments about ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Does this sentence make sense? [migrated]

Does this make sense in a creative sense and it is grammatically or structurally correct? A heart so pure angel would implore What I'm trying to get at is "a heart so pure that it makes angels ...
-1
votes
0answers
24 views

Which is the better choice “Ask us for help” or “Ask us for assistance”? [closed]

Which is the better choice "Ask us for help" or "Ask us for assistance"? Let me explain that the button is on the buye-seller dispute page. On this page, the buyer/seller can click on this button and ...
1
vote
3answers
71 views

How do I make a dialogue tag for a man speaking to someone behind himself

Currently I have a very uncomfortable sentence: '#####' announced Graham behind himself, turning his head away as he knelt towards the window. I just don't know how to phrase this. He's addressing ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

How to describe shock in first person? [closed]

How can I describe shock in first person? To give you a little of the context. I would appreciate any help. "I heard a sound like a bird flapping its wings in a panic. Maybe it was my heart, for ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Do I Need To Show My Character's Meeting in my Novel? [closed]

This is more of an opinion or preference question but I was wondering, is it better to show the main characters of my novel first meeting and becoming friends or is it perfectly fine to start off when ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

How to use the word “Dysphoria” in a sentence to show distress and sadness? [closed]

I'm writing a sentence which goes like this: I could sense the dysphoria setting in her voice even through a noisy phone call. Is this the correct use of the word?, what else can I use to make ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

A Boy Named Sue - Copyright?

I am the agent for a writer who has written a screenplay adaptation of the story of the poem, "A Boy Named Sue," which is the name of the screenplay story. What copyright clearance is needed or is ...
0
votes
2answers
87 views

Which language to choose: my native language or English? [duplicate]

I want to right screen play, but every time I think about writing, the first question that pops in my head is which one to choose: my native language or English?
-3
votes
4answers
194 views

Can you go against the Reader-Response? [closed]

So, as I'm writing, I noticed something I've been subconsciously doing for a while: "Oh, you're concerned about something, guess this is a red-letter day" Iris smirked at Two, well as much as a ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Need help portraying a character's personality in my First Person POV Narrative

I'm writing a First-Person POV story that is following the main protagonist. I'm trying to get to the main plot, but I can't do that without making the story enticing enough to make the readers want ...
-6
votes
2answers
103 views

Is political correctness a challenge to clarity of communication and characterisation [closed]

The Ugly Sisters were ugly, everybody knows that, and in visual media they portrayed that way. I'm not going attempt to the original conflation of ugliness with evil. The sisters are no longer ugly. ...
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Can't think of a good name for my story [duplicate]

I've gotten pretty far into a story that I'm writing, but I can't for the life of me think of a name. I've never really been good at making names. Any tips on how I can come up with a good name for my ...
12
votes
11answers
4k views

In modern Sci-Fi/Fantasy, does real world racism need to be addressed?

I have read through a lot of questions regarding questions of a similar nature, but all of the questions I looked at involved fantasy worlds that were removed from the "real world." In my novel, I ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

problematic writing [duplicate]

I'm currently attempting to write a story. And In the past I have tried but found myself unhappy with the result because I find that I use "I" in every sentence. For example: The wooden floor was ...
-1
votes
2answers
95 views

How to avoid libel when writing a fictional account of a real event

I was a researcher for many years and it is a habit that has its usefulness in writing but also some serious drawbacks. The usefulness is that it helps create believable plots and functional physics ...
1
vote
2answers
66 views

What to remember when switching from audiovisual comedy to written ones?

"Oh for God's sake, get on with it!", the half-elf's scream boomed through the fort. The uneasines was palpable, you could probably even slice out a big chunk and eat it. [Name] glanced back at ...
1
vote
1answer
71 views

What kind of metaphor is “colors of the wind”?

What kind of metaphor is "color of the wind"? I am not sure it's a metaphor, because we're attributing some traits that shouldn't be associated to wind. It's a figure of speech, but I don't know if it'...
4
votes
2answers
229 views

Does self-publishing one's eBook online hurt a writer's chances of later selling the same book to a traditional publisher?

Prior to asking this question, I have found and read similar questions posted by other people and I have come away each time deeply dissatisfied and frustrated by the responses given. Here’s an ...
18
votes
5answers
4k views

How do I write romance if I've never been in love?

I've been trying to write a good romance but it's falling a little flat. I think it might be because I've never been in love before. My favorite genre is romance (for reading and writing), but I'm ...
-1
votes
2answers
97 views

How to merge conflicting narratives?

I am setting up my story setting, a sci-fi story, and the people that I work with have created their own lore(s). Some of them conflict with one another. How might I combine these lore(s) into one, ...
0
votes
5answers
183 views

Does Dean Wesley Smith's recommended method of writing into the dark, editing and sending actually produce quality writing that editors accept?

To elaborate, this is a quote from a question regarding this that I have found: "(Dean Wesley Smith) basically advises writers to just fly by the seat of their pants (without even having the ...
3
votes
2answers
164 views

Laughing in 1st person narratives

I've looked at other posts here, but none really get to the bottom of it, and none are specifically like my question. I'm writing the same story from two different perspectives. The first one is in ...
2
votes
3answers
92 views

How to write a “functioning” addict protagonist and it not get repetitive?

A sub-plot of my story, is that the protagonist is struggling with addiction to alcohol due to past events (which happen in the book). I'm worried that all the scenes will come off the same because he ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

Finding the right insults

As a non-native Anglophone, it can be a bit more of a challenge to do creative writing in English. Thesauri have helped me a lot, improving sentences like "Sokka caught his boomerang" to "Sokka ...
3
votes
3answers
184 views

Can a useless protagonist be interesting?

So, I was thinking about one of my little worlds, when I stumbled into an interesting problem. At first, this is a run-of-the-mill isekai (trapped in another world) story. The protagonist, an average ...
0
votes
2answers
119 views

How to perfectly use time to write edit and rewrite a complete novel from scratch before the due date?

There is a novel-writing contest, from a native publishing house in my country. I would love to participate. Submissions are due in four month's time. I have an outline of my story. Can anyone help ...
1
vote
2answers
111 views

How to get across pain more effectively in my story?

I have been writing a story about a young pianist living with the great composers. After the composers have a meeting, it is decided that Mozart should be her first teacher. My main character's name ...
0
votes
4answers
174 views

My writing analysis came back with a report of “Straight forward writing style”. What does this mean?

I am curious if this is a positive, negative, or neither here nor there. The analysis was done by Wattpad and it also included that fact that I write more like a journalist above anything else. The ...
30
votes
7answers
6k views

Evil plans - how do you come up with interesting ones?

I just wrote a long way into a first draft for Nanowrimo before realizing my villain’s evil plan kinda wasn’t interesting at best (and at worst was something we’ve all seen a thousand times before). ...
-3
votes
2answers
102 views

How can a mass murderer portray remorse for an immoral act?

This concept is based off of an scp foundation wiki monster. http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-231 An ancient deity called the scarlet king exists across several dimensions, but is prevented from entering ...
2
votes
4answers
141 views

Multiple First Person Narrators: how should I differentiate?

I am writing a novel (it will eventually be a series of five novels) and there are multiple first-person narrators. Each chapter starts of with the character's name in parentheses after the chapter ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

I want an effective means to organize my thoughts & Ideas [duplicate]

3 years has it been since I became an Aspiring writer (Sigh!) Over that time period, I filled several notebooks with ideas and Random scenes. A whole stack of them now lie in the cupboard untouched. ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

The excessive use of 'and'

The word 'and' is an indispensable conjoining tool in any form and discipline of writing. Although, a repetition of the word can make a paragraph too tedious to read, and it only lengthens a sentence ...
-2
votes
4answers
177 views

What are the different types of characters in a fictional story?

I want to be able to correctly categorise and identify different characters in a story, predominantly fiction. I have read a lot about different types of characters--flat, round, static, dynamic, ...
-1
votes
1answer
103 views

Are there any sites where authors can offer up their novel manuscripts for sale to other authors (who may want to buy ghostwritten work)?

Sometimes it is much easier for a writer to simply sell his/her completed novel to another author who is willing to buy ghostwritten novels. It usually has to do with preferring not to have to do ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

When writing in third person perspective, how do you differentiate the 'she' or the 'he' from the other 'he's and 'she's?

Every time I write and read the 'she's and the 'he's especially in the same paragraph it confuses me and that worries me if the readers will get confused. Obviously through different actions and ...
9
votes
8answers
598 views

How can one “treat writing as a job” even though it doesn't pay?

I hear this advice a lot: "Treat your writing as a job." But it seems to me that this is easier said/done when it is actually paying off and, thus, one is encouraged to do it. But what if one is being ...
0
votes
2answers
78 views

Is it a common practice to provide a chapter/section reference from the next volume in a series to the previous?

When writing a series of fiction books in which characters, universe, and events are closely related, is it a common practice in English publications to provide a footnote kind of reference, for ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

Number of characters : how much is too much? [duplicate]

Will having more than 6 characters bring problems of poor character development, loss of storyline and unending side plots?
18
votes
12answers
6k views

Is the genre 'fantasy' still fantasy without magic?

Is writing fantasy novel with no mages, witches, wizards or anything remotely magical a waste of time? Can it still be classified as fantasy?
25
votes
7answers
6k views

Outlining the climax made me lose interest in writing the actual story

I am a discovery writer. I wrote more than 50% of my first novel's first draft. I got really confuse about some aspects of writing, so I took a break and analysed my plot. I've started developing my ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

Text Appearing Between the Lines in Scrivener

I have been editing scrivener across devices, and when I edit text across multiple devices, the text appears midway between the lines. I can find no way to prevent this from happening in the first ...
5
votes
1answer
106 views

Changing POV style mid-story

I'm writing a story that is told by the main character. The idea is that at some point, he decides that what has happened merits documenting, so he's telling part of it in the past tense. The problem ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

How to identify a (personal) Canon Sue?

Sometimes (as an intelligent species, and therefore creative, speculative about reality and so on...) we want to experience some situations which aren't possible at all. Then as a writer you can ...
3
votes
2answers
157 views

What style should I write a torture scene in?

The premise of my scene is basically that MC is electrocuted by scientists trying to trigger some sort of power in him. I've been writing his view (3rd person) the whole time before, alas I'm only ...
1
vote
2answers
122 views

Scriptwriting, screenplay writing, playwriting, blogging [closed]

Does a script usually have to come out like a play? Or, there should be a difference?
5
votes
4answers
203 views

How to implement a fictional language in my novel?

As a writer, I used to write short stories and poems. As a reader, fantasy is my favorite genre. I created some what of a language for my (first ) novel. It's phoneme, pronunciation, rules and a ...
7
votes
1answer
96 views

Using third-person character interactions to create a relatable hook for a Character that is unrelatable?

So, I am writing a story based around a character that has the personality of a Computer. Emotionless, logical, does what he is told and if he can't or won't, will state it in the plainest way ...