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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How can I rewrite the blessed trinity in a way that makes sense? [closed]

Zoth-Ommog is an ancient and demonic god that exists outside reality and seeks to enter our world. To accomplish this, he took a virgin to be his "bride" in order to reincarnate a portion of himself ...
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How can I write a good product review? [closed]

Give me some suggestions about writing a good product review, specially smartphones, laptops or any electronic gadgets.
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Structuring a book?

So I am attempting to write a book, the first I have attempted yet. My current method has been to just write scenes that come into my mind and I have over 40 pages of 'scenes' so far and have ...
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What Is Considered a Pet Peeve When It Comes To Writing?

I have had about two beta-readers who had pet peeves with respect to the use of certain words in fiction. I was wondering if these pet peeves are valid. For instance, is the use of the word, "then," ...
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How to create suspense when the conclusion is known?

How can there be suspense if the reader knows the conclusion from the beginning? I am writing an apocalyptic survival story, and I chose to write it in a non-linear style. So, the reader will know who ...
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I may have unintentionally copied a TV series

As some of you might know from my other question, I'm writing a middle-grade book (hopefully the first in a series). In the setting of the series, a very small percentage of the population are born ...
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How to avoid or mitigate heavy science lingo and “technobabble” in a science fiction story?

Background I am currently working on a small science fiction story (as referenced in a previous question of mine). The main protagonist of the story is an autistic biologist who gets stranded on an ...
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Very short prologue?

I'm currently writing a fictional book where the main character is a diagnosed psychopath that is planning to kill the president. I have an idea for the prologue already written, but once it hits the ...
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What do I do with this short story?

I wrote a really, really, good short story recently, with an amazing main character. I want to use her again, but it doesn't feel right to put a character from a short story into a long series! should ...
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How to describe a doctor who is short? [closed]

How to describe a character who is a doctor but short in height without saying he's short? The character is a doctor who's under 5 feet, and I want the reader to know this without mentioning he is ...
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What Do People Mean When They Say You Write From A Different Time Period?

I was told recently that my writing style mimics a style of writing that is no longer in fashion. What do people mean by writing like I'm living in a different time period? What are some writing ...
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Current events may have ruined a name I was going to use

In the middle-grade series I'm working on, there are two organizations: one led by the antagonist, and one that opposes them, which the protagonists join. In the setting of the series, a very small ...
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Use of real company name in fiction: generic, common names

I read the very helpful discussion of using brand/company names in fiction (Use of real organization in fiction) and have read other resources on the internet but have not been able to find one ...
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Examples of verbal altercations in literature [closed]

I'm looking for well written verbal arguments in literature (modern or classic). These could be familial fights, lovers' spats, between strangers, etc. I'm want to study up on various techniques and ...
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How do I ensure that my temper is not affecting my writing?

Usually, when I read my old blog posts, one thing I evidently observe is that my posts are affected by my temper at that time. I feel like I could have written them in another way (maybe due to my ...
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How to write about a character adversely different to you

So, I am very naturally a nice person. I respect everyone unless they have well and truly wronged me. I go out of my way to help those who need it. Stuff like that. I am naturally a helpful and nice ...
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I'm having a bit of trouble fleshing out a character

I am having a bit of trouble getting into the head of one of my characters. He isn't one of the main protagonists, but he is allied with them. He is the husband of the leader of the group the ...
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How to quickly change people in first person view?

So, I'm trying to write a book in first person, but have trouble when there's any form of action involving in groups. After all, it's about multiple people, and I want to make sure each get their time ...
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Is starting each chapter with a diary entry cliche?

In my post-apocalyptic story, my narrator keeps a journal, and each new chapter starts with a journal entry of hers that's relevant to the events of the chapter. How often is this done, and is this a ...
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How to write an autistic character having a meltdown?

Background I am currently working on a short science fiction story, and need some advice about writing a pivotal scene for the main protagonist. The main character of the story is a biologist and ...
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Writing Someone Drunk

So I want to write a scene from a teenage girl in 1st-person present tense. She's drunk. I've never been drunk before, so I can't tap into personal experience to make this relatable and/or realistic. ...
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What is a more effective way of describing 1st POV with out using “I” [duplicate]

To give you a little context. Is there a better way to describe this scene without using I? I felt the urge to run out the door. In that moment, I was swept up with fear and self-pity. I jumped ...
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format of a song in writing a novel

In my novel, I am writing a scene where my character digs up a memory of a song a lady sung to him in the past. He runs into the lady again, several years later and he is recanting the song to her. ...
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The proper use of had in a sentence [closed]

In my novel I am writing a scene where I am trying to describe a character. In the scene, he is a white male, 35 years old, with rich parents. He is an alpha male and I am trying to make him dress ...
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How can you show a character trembling without telling the reader

I'm trying to write this scene where the character is trembling but it's unrealistically. "My heart was pounding beneath my chest. I trembled and felt terrible pain as if someone had hit me in the ...
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What are other words that can be use instead of “I” when writing in 1st person POV?

I don't want to use "I" at the beginning of ever paragraph. What other word could I use in this paragraph? Example: "I thought, “Is this a death sentence?” I was scared to death of Death. I was ...
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How to write a drunk character slurring in speech

Question for the English pros: I am working on a scene in my novel I am writing and have a question about the style of wording in a drunk character’s speech. I have included the character dialogue ...
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Adding conflict to a persuasion scene [closed]

POV character, let’s call her Alpha, needs to get a feudal lord to rebel against the Empire. The lord doesn’t know there is support for the rebellion. Alpha is a merchant and uses her network for ...
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Wizardry before Harry Potter [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I make a dialogue tag for a man speaking to someone behind himself [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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