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"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 to get over a long break from writing?

I'm wanting to get back into writing and work on a novel or a collection of short stories. In the past, I've done creative writing and I've written a full-length novel, however it's been over a year ...
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When using false leads when foreshadowing something, how do you maintain narrative coherence?

When using false leads when foreshadowing something, how do you maintain narrative coherence? I want to make people believe that the lead character is the killer by giving false leads when ...
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How do you solve the issue of emotional detachment when using unreliable narration?

I've been told that unreliable narration can cause emotional detachment because the reader may not trust or empathize with the narrator's perspective, which can make it hard to connect with the ...
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Is it possible to make characters who are neurotic, who have low agreableness, low conscientiousness, low extraversion likeable?

Is it possible to make characters who are neurotic, who have low agreeableness, low conscientiousness, low extraversion likeable? I thought the only way to do this is to find something that the reader ...
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How do you show in a comic that in a scene with three characters only one of them can see one character?

I have this scene where there's a character A that sees character B in the same scene, but character C who is right next to character A doesn't see character B. How do you show that character C doesn'...
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Tips on writing a character with bipolar disorder

I am writing a novel about a young man who is grieving the loss of his mother. He's also been diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder in the last two years. I really want to do his character justice, and I ...
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What do you need to do to insure that text bubbles are localization friendly in comics?

What do you need to do to insure that text bubbles are localization friendly in comics? You gave a script and the artist filled the text bubbles she drew, but how do you know if the text bubbles are ...
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How do you introduce a song or a sung part right after a dialogue?

So I was thinking this would look really odd. Do you have to use the same format as you introduce a spoken part, or can you do this? And what might be the alternatives to this? I am asking, because ...
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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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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 ...
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Non finite (..ing) v finite (..ed) verb form correct usage

The rhythm of these 3 excerpts below are different, they read to me more or less the same though. Are any actually grammatically wrong? It's funny the sort of questions that pop up when you start ...
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Tips for writing a contemporary story

I have a couple ideas for an upcoming novella that I am writing - one that I am quite excited about happens to fit into the contemporary fiction category. I don't consider myself to be a contemporary ...
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When the ending is abrupt and the protagonist dies should you explore the aftermath or can you just end it abruptly with a hint of what's to come?

I have a story where the protagonist dies as a martyr and fuels the fire of rebellion against an evil empire, but I am not sure how I should approach it and whether it's perfectly fine to end the ...
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Is inconsistent tone in a thriller always a bad thing?

I've heard that changing tone is a bad thing, because we're expected to remain consistent in tone, but I am wondering if this is really true and if there can be exception to the rule. For example, in ...
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Getting it across

I'm having trouble wording something so people understand it. I have a man across the street from someone holding up a wallet in the air up to another guy across the street. The guy across the street ...
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How do you change from omniscient narration to unreliable narration and vice versa in a comic book without speech balloons?

How do you change from omniscient narration to unreliable narration and vice versa in a comic book without speech balloons? I am guessing you need to put square speech balloons, to switch from ...
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Writing a character with amnesia

I'm working on a webcomic in which the main character has amnesia from head trauma. She was an experiment and when escaping she hit her head. She has one sentence of dialogue to the other main ...
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You have purple prose, and you have basic writing- What's the median called?

To start with, you have a form of description and furtherance of the intended narrative composed almost wholly of a horribly verbose and impenetrably confusing style known disaffectionately as "...
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Need help in figuring out how to write dialogue as if my mouth was full (+18)

I saw a similar question, but it didn't really have the answer I was seeking and it wasn't concerned with the same thing — sucking someone, thus the full mouth. I saw an answer there that suggests ...
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How do you do branching endings in a comic book?

There are sometimes 2 or more endings in video games. In video games, it's simple because the ending is determined by the character choices, but in a comic book, it's not too obvious so how would you ...
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What are some ways to introduce a character's name in a comics book?

What are some ways to introduce a character's name in a comics book? In my comics, I have this issue where none of the characters' names are known until chapter 40, and it's because in Japanese ...
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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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Indianisation of "Thank You, M'am" written by Langston Hughes

Thank You, M'am To Indianise the story, along with the name of the character & place, the story has to be adapted in an Indian context and style. Both style and context are critical here. Langston ...
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When using an allegory from another book, do you have to stick to the most mainstream interpretation of the book?

When using an allegory from another book, do you have to stick to the most mainstream interpretation of the book? Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain used Moby Dick as an allegory. Although I am not ...
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Is there an encyclopedic book with all the various formatting styles found in novel since the beginning of history?

Is there an encyclopedic book with all the various formatting styles found in novel since the beginning of history? I would like to read one to see what are all the different formatting options you ...
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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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How to Capitalize a Weird Title

I've googled and googled this to no avail. Say I'm making up a weird title for a business like Great Super Wonderful Smart Fancy Famous Hamburger Cafe. Would I put commas between all these adjectives ...
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A Novel Based Off A Song...How Close Can It Get?

I have recently become obsessed with the song Devil Town by Cavetown. I haven't been that into writing recently and this song has really inspired me. I was wondering what's a yes and whats a no to ...
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Should this sentence use "might be" or "might have been"?

I am writing about a woman who has found an anonymous parcel on her desk, and she is talking to her colleague to find out who might have sent it... The novel is written in past tense, and I am not ...
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How to write dash after question mark?

I would have loved to buy her an expensive gift, but did I ever had money- for I was as poor as a beggar? Is this sentence correct? I am having doubts about when to use a question mark. Is it ...
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How would you describe the following futuristic skyline of Toronto and its destruction as it is happening?

I'm just trying to understand how I should properly describe my "futuristic" Toronto before an alien invasion and after an alien invasion or attack. Images attached to give help https://i....
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describing a child's footsteps on stairs

I am trying to write a scene where dad is trying to get house ready for his mother visiting, so he has got up early to tidy and sweep stuff under the sofa (not literally lol) His daughter has woken up ...
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Are there any particularly easy dialects with which to spice up my bit characters?

I want to spice up some of my bit characters, the folk who only appear for a scene or two and fulfil one purpose. One way of making them more memorable is to have them speak an English dialect, ...
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