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 to write a character going insane

I am writing a short story for homework. The story is about a writer who has to write a narrative for a book fair she'll be attending as an honorary guest, but she can't come up with any ideas. In a ...
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How do you write verbal abuse without it coming off as cheesy?

I have a character who's being abused by his father. While most of the abuse is only implied/referenced and readers instead see the fallout or emotional/physical effects of it, there are a few scenes ...
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How to accurately write a post-nuclear winter novel in which supplies are limited?

The story I'm writing is a post-nuke winter novel in which the MC is born into a "safe dome" where the resources are limited. They have no animals for food and the only crops they have are ...
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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 handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics?

How do you handle hallucinations/daydreaming in comics? I remember instances where people in TV shows are literally dreaming while awake with their eyes wide-open and just wakes up from their ...
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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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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 are things you need to insure when using text bubbles for off-screen characters in a comics panel?

What are things you need to insure when using text bubbles for off-screen characters in a comics panel? I have a few panels where we see 1 character visible, but there are 2 other characters speaking ...
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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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Can you use crosscuts in a less generic way without leading the audience astray?

https://youtu.be/p4RCX2cpHCI?t=499 Can you use crosscuts in a less generic way without leading the audience astray? The author says that the effects of crosscuts are not as effective and even makes ...
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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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If you want to 'steal' an idea is it better to be blatant about it?

Quite often a book or movie sparks an idea for a twist on the plot. "That's good but what if..." It seems like a lot of good stories are very obviously inspired by old ones so my question is,...
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How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio?

How do you tell in a script that a character is talking through radio? Secondly, how do you tell the artist what kind of text bubble to use? Is there a way to do this, that's considered standard? I am ...
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Can anyone provide some more examples of picturesque speech?

There used to be a regular column entitled, “Toward More Picturesque Speech” in Reader's Digest, It was pretty heart warming, I used to adore it. Where can I find more of these? Here are few examples:
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Style to convey strong statement

I just want to make a bold statement implying Design can be used to direct people's behavior. What is the best way to put it - 'Design can use to direct people.' or 'Design can be used to direct ...
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How do you know if you messed up scene transitions in a film?

I watched the original star wars and the scene transitions are terrible, but I don't know why, I can't put the finger on exactly makes the scene transitions in the films look terrible. Is there a list ...
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Where can I get critiques on my Query?

I've written the query for my novel (YA fantasy, ~90k), but I'm having a hard time finding people to critique it. Query Shark is there, but she's REALLY hard to get critiqued by. I tried the subreddit ...
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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 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://...
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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, ...