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 does one avoid repetitive sentence structure?

Could anyone help me rephrase this: "The morning set in crisp and cold, and the first of the leaves had begun to fall - an early manifestation of Autumn, perhaps. Dappled sunlight shone through ...
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When is it better to use a real life versus a generic fast food company name when talking about a regional chain?

So, I know that questions regarding the usage of real-life company names has been brought up before, but this is a really weird example that I've run into that doesn't seem covered by the previous ...
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What's the effect of placing “of course” at the beginning or at the end of the sentence?

Example from my writing: Not everything was rainbow and roses, of course. Sometimes rain would fall on my head or a thorn prickle my finger. Of course, not everything was rainbow and roses. ...
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Software to organise world building?

There were a couple of other questions about this, but they were asked many years ago, so I thought I'd start a new one. For a long time, I used Wiki on a Stick to organise my worlds and allow for ...
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Which form of spelling is preferred when publishing for an English speaking audience?

Sample text: Dude had long been sceptical of abrupt changes in weather. (Quoted from an Australian author.) As an American, I was startled to see the alternative spelling of skeptical. Perhaps I am ...
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Am I able to freely borrow or reference real people, places or things in a story that takes place on a different world or a made up landmass?

I'm currently writing my first novel and I can't figure out whether I am able to reference an abundance of different people, places, and/or things. I've had this idea of wanting to sneak in a sizable ...
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Are modern authors still using colons and semicolons in dialogue?

Not sure if it's just my idea but I rarely see colons and semicolons in dialogue (especially in modern novels). Is it because they don't simulate normal speech? Because their use is more a semantic ...
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Protagonist who is morally compromised and antagonist who is “good”?

My protagonist is Eris and my antagonist is Ezrith. In a post-apocalyptic world, my unreliable narrator Eris has the ability to control and manipulate life and subsequently kill any living thing at ...
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How to write about forceful laugh like laughter yoga

If I want to write about this image, how should I go about it? Here is what I wrote: The morning routine of the people didn’t seem to bother him. People were running round and round on the track; ...
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How do you set a prologue in the present and then chapter 1 is like 5 months before?

Do you just put it like Prologue Present Day And then Chapter 1 Chapter Title 5 Months Earlier Or am I missing something?
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How to keep my essay from crossing the word limit? [duplicate]

I want to write an essay on pollution in not more than 150 words. But there are many different forms of pollution, and describing them separately is exceeding the word limit. Please suggest me ways as ...
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How to remove filter words from dialogue actions in first POV

While editing my story's first draft, I read a blog about filtering words. When it came to editing, I realised it's not that easy to remove those words when you are editing an action after a dialogue, ...
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How to do a non-binary character?

I'm currently writing a novel in my spare time, though I like how it's going. The main character is a non-binary young adult, I try hard to make sure it doesn't sound off when people are using they/...
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Capitalized opening lines

I've noticed that novels and short stories nowadays capitalize the first sentence. Example (This is from Joe Hill's Throttle): Two questions: 1) What's the font size of the capitalized text (right ...
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Does This Geopolitical Power Balance in my Setting Make it Look Like I am Promoting Colonialism?

Background The book series I'm working on can basically be summed up as a science-fantasy series that starts out leaning much more on the fantasy end of the spectrum but moves more and more towards ...
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How do you write “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!” in a movie script professionally?

Stephen: I am your daddy. Robert: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The question is how do you write no in a way that looks professional without removing the "...
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How do I write from a girl's POV? [duplicate]

Ok, I know this question might seem a little bit weird. But I really need to know. How do I write from a girl's POV? I'm a 13 year old boy and I'm trying to become an author. I'm currently working on ...
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Am I Too Young To Publish? [duplicate]

I am turning 14 years old soon and currently working on a story called "Royal Wings" that I would love to get published someday. When it is completed it will be intended to be a Young Adult/...
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How do you make page numbers in Google Docs? [closed]

I really need to know how to make the page numbers in Google Docs look like a real book. I know how to do the page numbers, but how do you do them half on the right side and half on the left (like an ...
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What is my story structure?

I am starting to write a story and have made an outline of the major plot points. I am looking at the outline but am not sure which story structure it follows. My outline goes like this: Quick ...
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Can I say “hit the bushes” to mean escape? [migrated]

Can I say "hit the bushes" to mean escape? I simply want to verify if this expression exists. I know "beat the bushes" to describe a thorough search.
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How do you use interjections effectively in poetry?

How do you use interjections effectively in poetry? I am wondering when and where you can use the interjection O. One thing I noticed is that O is often optional, and is used when we refer to a person ...
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The “dead all along” trope

I'd like advice. I'm aware that many find the "dead all along" trope to be cliche. In searching for advice, most revolves around a protagonists interactions as, or with, a ghost, which doesn'...
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How would a character with a certain personality react in a certain situation? [closed]

I'm at a point in my story where the main character(M17) was in a huge car crash. He'd been in an overturned vehicle for about 10 minutes and had sustained heavy damage. A few of his friends had come ...
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Is it okay to write short adjacent story of a second lead in the main story?

I am writing a story of a slice of life of a teenager girl who seeks her forgotten past and run away from her forced marriage to follow her dreams. I want to add another story of her cousin and her ...
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What should I do in this situation?

I get most of my ideas for my novels by watching anime, or listening to the anime op or just music - the idea doesn't always be related to anime but it gives me an idea and with music and anime op, I ...
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How should you describe turning pages quickly? [closed]

I want to describe this action. How should I describe this action?
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How to write a hospital death scene without sentimentalism?

The cliché scene where a man dies on the hospital bed and ECG goes "beep beep beep" is seen by everyone in movies. The problem is that someone told me that I go too sentimental in scenes ...
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What are other ways of using metaphors aside using it to describe something visually similar? [closed]

What are other ways of using metaphors aside using it to describe something visually similar? For example, we use the metaphor "a city of stars" to say that the sky at night looks like a ...
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Is this character too cliche?

So I'm writing a story and my main antagonist is Death (At least from my MCs point of view). Is he as a antagonist too cliche? He owns a casino, his headquarters, and the setting is in 1700, London ...
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Reminding the reader that while characters are out of the spotlight - they are still contributing to the story

Today I have a question about writing a long period of elapsed time. I have three main characters who each get their own chapters from their POV. Two of those three characters do not need much ...
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Possible metaphors for the sky

What are things that are compared to the sky? The only element I can think of is ceiling, or dome, so I am wondering if there's any other word aside those two that can be used as a metaphor for the ...
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How do you add information about the music, sounds, camera actions in a trailer script?

Format your script elements. There are several different parts of the script that require specific formatting so that they conform to industry standards:[10] Scene Heading: This is also called a “...
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Is it okay to publish a book at a young age?

I am writing a novel that is called 'Murder' It's about a girl who almost gets murdered but then has to live with the murderers with almost no knowledge that they are the ones that killed her. (...
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How can you write a film or story that can be interpreted in countless numbers of ways?

How was Stanley Kubrick able to make a film that could be interpreted in so many ways? Is there a technique that allows you to make a film that can be interpreted in many different ways? The Shining ...
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How do you understand and what is the connotation of “to dwell on a dream”

I understand the phrase to dwell on a dream as to think about that dream after waking up, maybe often or maybe sometime after I had dreamed it. I also like the possibility that one can interpret ...
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Using “with” vs. “, her/his”

Mio smirked, her eyebrows drooped. Mio smirked with drooped eyebrows. Is there any difference between the two (semantically or stylistically speaking)? Or they are exactly the same?
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I feel like my stories are too short considering the amount of action described. How can I extend them? [duplicate]

I have a story in my mind and put it onto paper. The contains a lot of content: characters appearance and personalities, plot, action. My issue is usually I end up having several pages while giving ...
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What level of understanding should you have of Quantum Physics to write a hard science fiction novel?

What level of understanding should you have of Quantum Physics to write a hard science fiction novel? And how should you learn Quantum Physics in order to be able to write a hard science fiction novel?...
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How do you say that a land is desolate without telling it literally in a poem?

Show don't tell is what people say poet advise you to do, but how can you say that a land is desolate without using the word desolate, lonely or any synonym? Is there a way to do this?
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What are some techniques used to structure symbolism in a movie?

What are some techniques used to structure symbolism in a movie? Watching Kubrick's films makes me wonder if there is more than one layer of symbolism, because unlike other movies there are so much ...
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Is it possible to write a serious story without any humour?

I'm planning out and (will hopefully be writing) a trilogy takes that takes itself pretty seriously and very dark while having a distinct absence of comedy. The reason is behind this choice that I ...
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How to prevent other elements from an allegorical film from being misinterpreted?

How to prevent other elements from an allegorical film from being misinterpreted? Let's say you make a film where the character is in a dark world and runs after a light. The light is the end of the ...
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What books should have a sequel?

I wrote my very first novel several months ago and I sold it to a publisher two weeks ago. Now I am thinking of writing something new. The problem is I can't get the idea of writing a sequel out of ...
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Does the hero have to defeat the villain themselves?

I'm writing a story where the villain is a powerful crime-boss. The hero is a young woman who is forcibly recruited into his mafia and is looking for an escape. In the end, I want to have the villain ...
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Should I drop my chapter because I don't like it?

I'm writing a chapter where my character is having an educational competition and I feel that my writing is very poor. I can't find events to write about aside from asking and answering questions of ...
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What can I do to make my book more challenging?

I'm writing a children's novel, and after handing it to my younger sister for her feedback (my sister's seven, the targeted age range is 8-12), she said it was very easy for her, but she appeared to ...
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Starting Sentences [duplicate]

I have been working on a book on an online website lately and while I was looking through my previous chapters I find myself starting sentences repeatedly with the character's pronoun or name. I want ...
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What techniques do filmmakers use to distinguish dream sequences from reality?

What techniques do filmmakers use to distinguish dream sequences from reality? I heard it's one of the things you don't learn in art school, because there's no agreed upon techniques or standards for ...
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To read or not to read similar works before writing my own?

I was thinking if is better or worst to read other works that share similar ideas to the story you want to write before you start it or while doing it. Two quick answers comes to my mind: Yes, do ...

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