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 diversify the personalities of supernatural predators?

I'm working on an urban fantasy story that has a species of monsters that regularly prey on human beings, as in many, many other settings (e.g., various monsters in Buffy/Supernatural/The Dresden ...
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What do you call the technique of using idioms to form new idioms to allude to something?

On English Language Learners there was a question about the lyrics "Wake me up inside" regarding the grammatical correctness and meaning of the words. I am wondering if there is a name for ...
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As an author, can I afford to get emotionally attached to my work?

It's said that to be a good writer you ought to "Write what you feel and feel what you write." While this sounds logical, I sometimes find that being too attached to my work cramps my ...
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Everything I write ends up being a rhyming poem, or lyrics maybe

I have been writing for awhile and decided to write a memoir, except I can’t seem to write anything but poetry. However, I don’t know for sure if poetry is the proper term. My work uses cuss words, &...
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How do you choose words to ensure that a sentence will be a tongue-twister?

How do you choose words to ensure that a sentence will be a tongue-twister? What are the criteria for determining which words will be a tongue-twister from an initial word you chose randomly? I don't ...
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Lyrics with “lalalalala” or “nanananana”? [closed]

Lyrics with "lalalalala" or "nanananana"? Is there any lyrics of a popular song where the "lalalalala" is written? I noticed a lot of lyrics, don't have them, but the ...
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How do you insert lyrics into a novel?

She suddenly began singing "Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil If she doesn't scare you No evil thing will To see her is to take a sudden chill Cruella, Cruella She's like a spider waiting for the ...
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How can I compensate for lack of decision-making due to a non-sentient protagonist?

I intend to write an adventure novel where the protagonist is a (divine) plant. Though it cannot move or speak, it's necessary for the plant to be the main protagonist (there will not be any subplots)....
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Why are discourse markers not used when writing character dialogue?

I am not a writer, but I always wondered why characters tend to not talk using discourse markers, specifically cognitive markers to create flow in the dialogue. There aren't any "um", "...
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Is there any point where an overpowered main character could be an interesting one?

I just read a novel where the main character is overpowered: he has unbeatable superpowers, many girls that are interested in him, enemies that get scared just by facing him, etc. I find it annoying ...
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What if you want to write two separate books at once?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series, and while browsing writing prompts and trying to better my writing yesterday, I got an idea for another, totally different series. I am in love with the ...
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Can you use tenses illogically as a stylistic choice?

Can you use tenses illogically as a stylistic choice? This was the seed of your undoing. This mistake will end up killing you. There's a tense mismatch between the first and second sentences. Can ...
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How to add subtle hints for plot twist in your story?

In a murder mystery novel or stories alike, how do you give out hints and foreshadow key details without being obvious that those details are important yet if the readers read through it again after ...
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How should i proceed with my short story?

I wrote a short story a while back. It makes enormous sense to me but I can't decide if it would make as much sense to others. In my mind I imagine literary giants (mainly E.M.Forster for some reason) ...
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In song lyrics, how do you convey that a line or parts of a line is spoken at the same time?

In song lyrics, how do you convey that a line or parts of a line is spoken at the same time? Example: You are a fool, yeah that's right. "You are a fool" is spoken by a different person. &...
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Does spending time on Self-Publishing take away from improving my writing skills?

We all have read about the huge successes of self published authors: Amazon Pays $450,000 A Year To This Self-Published Writer The Fast-Track to Making a Million Dollars From Writing Books Most ...
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Humanoid vs Bipedaloid Word Diction

I'm doing an extensive write-up project, and I'm stumped for how an alien species similar to the human analogue morphology (Two Arms, Two Legs, and Plantigrade-Bipedal standing/maneuvering) should be ...
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How do you write a script for a music clip?

How do you write a script for a music clip? I am wondering because you need to sync the lyrics with the descriptions of the scenes, so I am wondering how it's done by the industry. Is there any ...
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how to describe online games addict [migrated]

how to describe the person who is spending lot of time on online games and youtube channel and not spending time on studies and home work? Just games addict might not be very suitable. Any specific ...
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Choosing a title based on an idiom

Let's say you use the title "Bush's worn out shoes" to refer to what another president would have done if he were in Bush's shoes during 9/11. Does that make any sense, or it is too much of ...
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Is it bad practice to start a line with 'of'?

I have written a poem in which several lines begin with the word "of": The men and women Of the United States Who sang and danced along The music that echoed in the night Were drunk with ...
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Overuse of commas?

I've noticed I have a thing for commas, but I don't know if it's a big enough deal. I do try to sparse my longer sentences, but it leaves these lingering ones with probably an overuse of commas? I ...
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How do you introduce a sung part in a novel?

Let's say that the characters sing a song such as this one: Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil If she doesn't scare you No evil thing will To see her is to take a sudden chill Cruella, Cruella She's like ...
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How do you realistically create a breakup/betrayal scene?

This happens in a war setting. I have a female protagonist who, in her childhood, met a prince who was banished and felt betrayed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the female lead decided to help the ...
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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 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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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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