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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 ...

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How do you escalate a story's plot after killing the Big Bad?

Everyone remembers the Death Star and how it was supposed to be the most potent superweapon in the Star Wars-verse. Then in the Expanded Universe, they needed to add tension to the series since the ...
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What could an expression similar to “bridge the cap”/“walk up to” be? [migrated]

What I would like is bit more complicated. Essentially, when there is a wedge between two ideals, people, etc, you can metaphorically bridge a gap between both via actions taken. What I'm looking for ...
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Will the publisher/agent tell me what to write?

I recently read this answer, which suggested that an author's first novel will be rejected, and the publisher will instead get the author to write the novel they want to publish, assuming they feel ...
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Does someone has a bullying script that i can use for making a short 7-8 minutes film? [closed]

I would be very grateful and I won't forget to mention your name in the script. Send me the data on my Gmail account which is dlpgurjar@gmail.com. I need this script urgently. If everything goes well, ...
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In literary fiction, when does allusion, pastiche or intertextuality cross over into plagiarism?

I want to write a novella that to some degree translates Conrad's Heart of Darkness to a modern urban setting, and I want the astute reader to be able to make multiple connections between the two ...
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Difficulty understanding Writing Prompt [migrated]

I do not understand what the person means by ampliative and reductive aspects and conditions for transparency and embodiment? I looked up the definitions but I don't understand what their context ...
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How to write dialogueless flashbacks?

In my trilogy, the protagonist and deuteragonist share a mental link, allowing them to communicate with each other telepathically. A side effect of this telepathy is that they enable the duo to ...
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I feel like my book is too small and I’m kind of just throwing all my ideas out too quick. Does this mean filler might be necessary?

My book seems like it’s going to be way too short. My goal was 300 pages but it seems like it’s barely gonna make 100. What should I do?
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When is it okay to say the word “now” in a past tense story?

I’ve seen it done in Harry Potter I just don’t understand when its okay to do it, like can I say something like “John walked away from the house and was now walking along the road” or not? When is it ...
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How far apart can the dots be?

I've written enough to know the kind of writer I am, my voice, my style. I am often accused of making the reader work too hard to put the plot points together. In my latest story: a man experiencing ...
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Proper handling of “sophisticated” English usage

Good day everyone! I am currently writing my first fan-fiction. Here are some basic traits of one of my characters. He usually talks in normal English with a small infusion of 'moi' and 'thou/thee'....
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What do we mean by “Inevitable Narratives”? [closed]

The inspiration to ask & answer this question came from a comment made by Matthew Dave on this reply: https://writing.stackexchange.com/a/38648/16555 I've also been asked that before, by a ...
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Exposition: Talking Animals - How do I Reveal This to the Reader?

I'm writing a book series where most of the cast are highly anthropomorphized animals (or in some cases mythological creatures). Humans still exist in this universe, but are rare (only being found in ...
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Are there any set rules to creating a story with audience participation?

I have recently grown interested in the idea of writing a litrpg novel where each two days i will publish a chapter describing a single day of the main character and at the end of the day the readers ...
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How much time do you find you have to commit to daily writing to see results?

I've wanted to publish a book for a long time (since I was 10 or 11), but never bothered to do any serious writing until a few years ago. Now I'm in college and working part time in an engineering ...
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What are some examples of an inciting incident that would force a character to go on a quest or adventure?

I've noticed that my novel is missing a really strong inciting incident and I can't think of anything strong enough to suffice. The only inciting incidents I'm familiar with seeing in nearly every ...
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Sensitivity with disorders/mental illnesses

The novel is overall very distressing and supposed to elicit emotion from the readers, it's practically dependent on it. A few of the characters in my novel will contain depressed and suicidal ...
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Does point of view matter drastically?

I've looked at a few other questions and answers but nothing that I was really looking for. The point of view is a little confusing at the beginning (and probably) throughout the novel. It starts with ...
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How to stop rushing writing

I get caught up a lot in what I'm writing and I'm interested in writing a particular scene, but the scene might be chapters away. I don't like writing it before I write the rest and go back to it ...
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Invoking Deliberate Values Dissonance

Deliberate Values Dissonance is when the morals of a character or culture in-story (whether historical or fictional) that modern people don't agree with are presented in-universe. Not because the ...
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What makes “thrilling” writing?

I am writing a thriller, but even though it is filled with exciting events, it is starting to feel boring to me. My Scenario: This girl (Freya) has amnesia and the doctor that is helping her(Lana) ...
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Futuristic world with old technology? [closed]

I wrote this paragraph with my character pulling out a laptop, when he literally has a computer Chipped into his Arm??? Greyson entered his study, he got his computer out of it’s briefcase and ...
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When writing science fiction, how important is it to provide scientific details for the (fictitious) things you are presenting in the story?

I know there is a difference between 'hard' and 'soft' science fiction. But even then, it can be hard to know what sort of categorization in which to place and treat your story, and it is not really ...
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How do I get reliable information on things I don't know anything about?

I'm writing a short story about robots and I wanted them to bleed coolant and thought the colour contrast would look good if it was yellow. I've read from multiple sources that coolant can come in ...
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What should I do if I can't properly formulate the personality of one of my characters in my novel?

In my novel, my protagonist joins a team with four other characters to go on a quest. Each character in the team is supposed to contribute to the journey in someway and all are mentioned in a prophecy....
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How long should a chapter be? Can it be too short or too long? [duplicate]

My first chapter in my novel is only ten pages is that too short? Can a chapter even be too short or is it in the eye of the beholder?
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Is it bad if I sidetrack to a backstory that’s not that really necessary but interesting?

My story is about two children and one of them dies in the first chapter. I give a four page backstory of how his parents came to the town they are in now, it is unnecessary but very interesting. ...
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What if a concept on my story differs greatly from the common trope?

I'm planning of giving a -possibly very unpopular - interpretation to a very loved concept in the genre of my story and I wonder if this could be see as shocking or plain stupid by the average reader. ...
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How to escape writers block [duplicate]

I've written things for an audience before, but I've never written a small novel like I currently am planning. I haven't wrote anything since maybe December of last year so I am very rusty on my ...
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Is there a term for a storytelling style where a passage is repeated with more and more detail?

I've been writing some things in this style and I'm not entirely sure if there's a term for it - I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of something like this and I'd like to read some more about ...
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Horror story in a hospital: how to unsettle the reader?

I'm new and I hope to do this thing right, soo Hi! I'm willing to write a short story about a girl who wakes up in a hospital and gradually discovers that the entire structure is under the influence ...
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What genre mixes History and Time Travel?

I am trying to write a time-travel short story about two real people from history. The individuals are Jack Sheppard, a robber notorious for being a popular criminal who escaped four times in his ...
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Writer's Website — Feedback needed [closed]

I've been writing fiction off and on for a number of years and lately I've been more off than on. But I want to get back into writing books and to do that I thought I'd need a website (rather than ...
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How to Write an Eldritch Abomination?

My trilogy features an otherworldly monstrosity called Fenrisúlfr as it's primary antagonist, whose characterisation takes cues from Nyarlathotep, Sauron, Showa!King Ghidorah, Sutekh and the Gravemind....
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'The Chosen One' paradox

In many books novels or other forms of fictional writing, the reader is introduced to a so called 'chosen one'. This character or being is of higher power or in general, of different nature than other ...
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Ordinary writing or Prose: how to make it immersive?

As a beginner, I have a frequent problem when writing: I know what I want to write, but I fail to put it in good sentences that reflect my thoughts. Often, this appears in dialogues when I try to ...
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Is it possible to use the word “it” too much?

I'm describing a creature in my story, and I'm worried I'm using the word "it" too much. Is there a substitute I can use for the word? Can I keep using it? Beady eyes look back at him, inky and ...
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How should I move the story forward with the support cast while hiding a plot twist regarding the MC from the reader?

I am finishing an arc of my novel, and right at the end some sudden development happens with MC, that is partially obscured from the reader. They can guess at what it is, but it is a sudden change to ...
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Will an explicit resemblance to an Actor put-off the readers disliking him?

One of the central characters in my novel, at the back of my mind looks like Benedict Cumberbatch. So while writing the story I have explicitly written that he looks like Benedict. It was also helping ...
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How to write an introductory dialogue? [closed]

What are different ways I can write a dialogue where a character is introducing himself to a woman in a professional setting? I don't want to write explicitly like this, "Hello Miss Emily, my name ...
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How can I establish my story's setting in the first chapter?

In the first chapter of my trilogy's first act introduces the protagonist, other major players in the series and the series' setting. The bulk of my trilogy takes place in a city that has been ravaged ...
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The stages of writing - what are they?

So, I'm likely finished with my idea in form of a novel, but now comes the difficult part with the rewriting. That's when I thought: What are the general Stages of writing? Of course I know the ...
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How to decide between usage of a paragraph and a dialogue?

While writing a novel which is a story told of what happened in the past, I am facing two different ways to present information. For an e.g., I can write the story in the following two different ...
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How do I know, how to limit the details?

While writing a novel, which is a drama, how do I manage the amount of trivial details or trivial information, that I want to give to help the readers visualize the scene but given the details have no ...
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How do I make it clear that someone is going through something, like Obito and not like someone pushed through something? [closed]

There’s a car and it’s going through a fence and I say “the car did not go under, around nor over the fence but through it” how do I say that in a way that conveys that the car went through it like ...
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Overcoming “Possibility Paralysis”?

I don't often experience writer's block these days. Instead I struggle with a different sort of impediment in my writing: I call it Possibility Paralysis. I have to quickly acknowledge that this is ...
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What software/techniques do people use to gather ideas?

I'm planning to create a game. It won't be the first game I've created (or even released), but it will be my first game with any story to speak of. I'm still very much in the planning phase of the ...
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Do I have to keep saying “_____ thought,”after I put italics?

Every time a character is thinking something is it necessary to put “_____thought,” if there is italics, so shouldnt they already know that’s what the character was thinking not the narrator speaking?
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How to create a page turning effect if there is no suspense?

This is my first attempt at writing a novel and I am learning in the process. So my story is about a girl who is having an ordinary life with any standards and then she gets divorced and learns more ...
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Will it be disappointing for the reader to not know who the main character is until the end?

What I’m trying to say is the first four chapters are about four different people by themselves, then they’re together the rest of the book and all die except one, but that one is very important and ...