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 do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? [closed]

How do you suggest in a poem that the narrator has dementia or a mental illness? I am thinking of using metaphors such as broken mirror and distorted reflections, but more specifically is there ...
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How to stop using she in creative writing [duplicate]

Hi can someone please help me to stop using she so much in this paragraph. Clitter, clatter. The heavy metal case carrying her belongings rolled over the small divides in the polished white floor, ...
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Are there any online literary magazines that provide feedback regarding work that they turn down?

I’ve gotten sick and tired of being rejected by form emails. At this point, I prefer to only send to magazines who will at least give a bit of feedback to authors whose work they turn down. Do you ...
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Is it possible for a sequel to be a completely different genre than the first book?

I'm wondering if is it possible to write a romantic dramatic book, and then write a second book that's a sequel but in a completely different genre, like a horror or psychological horror story?
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Problems about making a story suspenseful

I've been writing my first story for almost one year, and I am facing problems in working on suspense and that's why I'm slowing on it..I just present ideas, kind of explicitly and I don't know how to ...
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Misspelling and punctuation how to improve?

Love telling/writing stories except I am the absolute worst at both spelling along with punctuation. Normally I care less about these things because I can still read them although many people get ...
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Lots of ideas, but don't want to tell stories

I sometimes have ideas for what I think might be compelling stories - most would fall in the category of fantasy/science fiction; however, I realise that I have no real interest in telling stories. I ...
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What are some examples of the “simple but vivid” description that Chekhov talks about in the quote below?

(The quote below is from one of Chekhov's letters to other Russian writer, Maxim Gorky.) Your nature descriptions are artistic; you are a true landscape painter. But your frequent personifications (...
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How to create unique dialogue for characters? [duplicate]

So, one of my problems is that I have trouble giving my characters unique voices. They usually all sound the same. I may say that they have a certain dialect or accent, but it doesn't come through in ...
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Not wanting to “spoil” a story due to lack of skill

I have a story that is dear to me and that I would very much want to write about. However, I don't have lots of experience in writing so I'm afraid if I do try to write it, it won't be as good "...
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Alternatives for the over use of her and she in action scenes [duplicate]

I am really struggling to try and cut out repetitive use of the word 'her' and 'she' in action scenes while still trying to keep them short and sharp. I have read other posts here discussing this ...
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Asking about outlines and writing techniques [duplicate]

How do I write an outline? And is it necessary for each story?
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What to do with a story fragment?

What should I do when I write an idea, for example a fight scene, but then I find it difficult to write a solution or way to switch from that idea? Should I cancel the whole idea or what, knowing ...
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Asking about writing techniques

Could you please help me..I have ideas of writings and stories, but..when I come to start writing, I can't find what I need to write the plot and that's leads me to think about giving up
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Inhibitions when writing personal experiences

I write for myself and have no intention of publishing anything. However, I still become uncomfortable writing about events in my life because I think about how people who are involved or who know me ...
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Is there any word or phrases that can replace greed and greedy? [closed]

Apparently, greed and greedy are weak words in poetry, so you can't use them, but what other words would you use? The pirate greed for their gold. And the adventurers are greedy In their quests for ...
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How to stick to your vision when you’re highly suggestible?

As a person, I'm a bit of a people-pleaser. I tend to bend over backward to avoid conflict and make people happy. I've reached the point in my writing process where I've started to send out drafts of ...
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How can I write a hand-to-hand combat scene that is not too brief or detailed?

When I describe hand-to-hand combat, I include EVERYTHING that's going on, EVERY action and motion the characters make. I know this is exhausting for readers. However, if I'm not descriptive, the ...
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How do I write a “suboptimal” fight scene?

For my story I have been doing research on fighting in order to better write the fight scenes. However, once I got a better handle on how fighting in real life works I've noticed I've started nit-...
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Can we omit “the” in poems even if it makes the sentence nonsensical?

Can we omit "the" in poems even if it makes the sentence nonsensical? For example: They remembered the taste of fruits they enjoy. instead of: They remembered the taste of the fruits they ...
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To facepalm or not to facepalm

How would you describe a facepalm in a more formal sense? For example, he rubbed his head with his hand. Or, he rubbed his temples. Basically, my character here is really annoyed at the stupidity of ...
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How to show a character with multiple personalitites?

To preface this, I have seen the question multiple personalities characters speech in text and I feel that my question is different enough, to warrant a separate question. In my book, a character has ...
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Does this sentence make sense grammatically? Is there anything I can do to improve it? [closed]

"The meticulously placed masses of skin under her eyes were captured involuntarily by the customary light fixtures of the hospital ward, sufficiently polluted with the indistinct clamour of her ...
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Punctuation in direct speech with multiple sentences

The information I found on using punctuation marks in direct speech did not address doing so with multiple sentences. For example, I want to write four sentences with direct speech with reporting ...
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How to introduce a previously hidden faction without creating plot holes?

I've been planing out a sequel series to my trilogy, which has a secret society called Nukui-Paub spearheaded by the sequel trilogy's primary antagonist Ma'dtuth, who draws inspiration from Vandal ...
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How to make a world building reveal relevant to the plot

I am writing a story that is based on mythology. I have my own characters which have their own voice. One of those characters, the wise old man archetype, has certain qualities and has a background ...
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A blog on sexual abuse and harrassment

So I'm planning to start a blog where I write about sexual abuse, sexual harrassment and also domestic violence. Pretty heavy stuff right? That's why I'm here for advice. I'm worried that people don't ...
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How to write the same event with a different POV?

I am aiming to change POV in the middle of my book, based on my previous question and I have yet to decide where to start the second POV. The first POV and the second meet during one event - a ...
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How to care about the characters more than the world?

I have a very well-built up world with politics, religions etc, that I've built up over the course of my writing. But I have recently realised that I care more about the world than the character. I ...
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How to write from the perspective of the future about the present?

My story mainly takes place in the present, however, it begins and ends about 20 years into the future. (The main character is reflecting on events in their youth.) Given that this is not science ...
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My characters parents are dead, what now? [closed]

In my book, my main character has unfortunately lost her parents. But before the plot, I have nothing. I don't want to do an orphanage, foster homes, or give her a family at all. The idea of her ...
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Is the often used black and white symbolism inherently racist?

It is an extremely common trope that white/light means good and dark/black means bad/evil. I thought that - contrary to the appearances - the black/white symbolism is not racist. I believe it has ...
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How can one go about writing with a full time job?

I'm a single working professional who after work, chores, and sleep can manage to find only a few hours to sit down and write each day. I do however try to religiously read everyday. Writing seems ...
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How to time “big reveal” and twist moments?

My question is similar to this one and in the same general vein as this one, but I think it's sufficiently different to warrant its own question. Background I've recently written a cyberpunk mystery ...
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Is it really necessary for a novelist to follow phrase structure rules radically?

I have read many novels and found that the writers do not follow basic phrase structure rules while constructing a sentence. For example, they may write a sentence with only one word like "Fear" And ...
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If you're writing a story where the location is based in the USA, should you adapt your spelling to the American way, rather than British?

If an Australian writer writes a story based in America or another country that uses American English, should you change your spelling to American English, or continue using British English? Is this ...
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How to make a conflict seem more complex, despite the story itself being rather one-sided?

So, one of my story ideas involved werewolves. In the setting, they were a minority, much like most non-human races. Now, of these werewolves, turned (as in a human who became a werewolf) ones only ...
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Alternative to “it is commonly said”

I have a sentence I am trying to write that just doesn't feel right. It currently reads "It is commonly said that X, but the truth is that Y." The second part feels okay, but the first part feels like ...
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How can you express sadness without using any word non-figuratively related to sadness?

How can you express sadness without using any word non-figuratively related to sadness? I have been told that in poetry you need to "Show, but not tell" instead of saying thing literally, so I am ...
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Creative evolution of the craft of writing [closed]

What according to your understanding liberates a writer from the constraints of a restricted imagination and a restrained style arising out of naïve reverence and limited cognizance of the aesthetics, ...
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Using colors as words

He was clad with white and silver bracelets. Can we use colors such as white and use them as a substitute for other words like "white clothes"? He was clad with white linen and silver bracelets. ...
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How can I describe an incredible release of power, realistically [closed]

In my writing, a goddess is removed from her position as a god and reduced to a human. (See my previous question) At the moment of the loss of power huge amounts of energy would be released into the ...
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How would a god-like character react to losing their godhood?

A character in my book is a (small g) goddess, who has limited knowledge of all her worshippers and the natural world. She and a group of others were raised to godhood by their friends many years ago, ...
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I'm unable to read any book or write a single line

So, there was a time when I could finish a book in 2 days. All I did was read books and sometimes I took some time out to write something as well. For the past few months though? Nothing. When I sit ...
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How can I show time passing with no way to measure time?

In the writing, I was doing recently, a character is locked up in a wagon and dragged across the country by rich slavers. How could I show the reader that time is passing when the character wakes up ...
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Fiction Advice: Country's Children [closed]

I had an idea for a setting. I don't know if it has been done before. What I thought of is that a government would collect children. I am not sure if I should have the children be distributed to ...
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What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery? [closed]

What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery/Police Procedural, where the culprit/murderer doesn't get revealed until nearer the end of the book? My instinct keeps saying that the murderer ...
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Are illogical comparisons permitted?

"Clouds soared high into the sky like raging horses." Horses don't soar, but is it ok to use "like raging horses" after "soar high into the sky"? I am wondering if this kind of comparison is ...
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How do you add symbolic meaning in a graphic novel/comics?

When writing a written work that includes images, what are the techniques used to add symbolism/symbolic/allegorical meaning to a work? I am thinking that you want to add symbolic images in certain ...
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How can I make a disturbing first-person narrator compelling?

I'm writing a story centered around a protagonist trying to live a normal life while suppressing his evil impulses and the temptation of giving into those dark desires. Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde is my ...

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