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Fiction is a form of prose writing that deals with at least partly artificial or imagined events and characters. This tag should be used for any questions relating to fiction, including fiction formatting, techniques and publishing.

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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

I have been working on a script for a television company who accepts scripts from new writers and members of the public, and the setting is fictional, but in a real-world location. The issues of it ...
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Show-don't-tell and limited 3rd person perspective

I am working on a story written from roaming but-limited 3rd person POV. That is, different parts of the story follow different characters and each block is very clear about who is being followed. I ...
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Self-contained fictional narrative consisting of only about 150 words, and without conflict between the characters

The title describes the goal. Below is one attempt to achieve the goal. My question: Can I say that there's no conflict between the characters, or is that just my opinion? There's an obvious ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

I am writing a piece of soft science-fiction set on an alien-provided generation ship decades after the destruction of Earth (or at least the ruination of humanity) by a rogue comet, possibly sent by ...
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How to Write an Involuntary Secret Reveal

I am trying to have my character's secret discovered, they are currently in a hospital, and hiding injuries under their clothes, a couple of which have reopened. They are underaged so they are at ...
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When submitting a letter to an agent for publication of a novel, what does it mean to say that your manuscript is "complete"?

I have been looking at sample query letters [successful ones] sent to agents for publishing novels. I notice that in nearly all of them, the author says their manuscript is "complete" at X ...
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Selling small scenes?

I absolutely love writing small scenes. Smaller than a complete chapter. Is there any website where I can sell them? I am all for selling copyright over to whoever wants to write a story off of them, ...
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How should I format a surprise scene change such that it reads coherently but is still a surprise?

In the current WIP chapter of my most popular web serial, there is a scene at the beginning that is presented as happening "now" (that is, having regular story focus) only to be suddenly ...
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I need help writing a murder scene in first person [closed]

So the chapter starts like this: I continued to sip my coffee as he choked on his own blood. It was bitter - both the coffee and the look permanently etched onto his face. I want to write a seamless ...
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How should I choose what happens to my protagonist?

The main plot of my story is that a girl named Arabella signs up for a dance competition and practices for weeks. Fearing that the other dancers are too good, she invites them over to a practice ...
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Showing the readers what the villains are doing in 3rd person

I am currently writing a YA detective mystery. It involves a group of detectives who work to keep their city safe, but there is an organization that has infiltrated every level of the government. They ...
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I want to describe a young man sitting astride on a chair, leaning his forearms on the top of the back

I want to describe a young man sitting astride on a chair, leaning his forearms on the top of the back. I am aware that I am focusing too much on the mechanics of the posture, and I will deal with the ...
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The Dread of Planning a Timeline

I'm working on the second draft of a novel series, and I already have 800 pages written. After re-evaluating the characters and most of their arcs, I've started planning a timeline for each book in ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

John Truby, in Anatomy of Story, says you shouldn't write a story that doesn't have an exciting premise. But what makes a premise good, bad, boring, compelling, or exciting? This is what Truby says ...
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Interested in editing fiction novel as co-author? [duplicate]

I've written a fiction novel that is intended to be the first in a series of five. I have not edited to novel and want to know if any writer is interested in giving it a read and would like to edit/...
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Urban or Epic Fantasy? [closed]

I can't decide what I want to write about: Should I go with urban or epic fantasy? And what are the pros and cons of them?
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How do you correctly write a Father-Daughter Relationship?

The two main protagonists aren't actually related and the initial relationship they have is filled with mistrust and irritation, but eventually it turns into an unspoken father-daughter kind of bond. ...
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Do I have to follow a formula to write good fiction?

When writing fiction, do I need to follow a formula or can I author a story the way I see fit?
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How to correctly portray sign language between multiple characters

I am writing a book where one of the main characters only uses sign language to communicate, and all of the speaking characters communicate using ASL whilst also speaking aloud at the same time. Is ...
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I need help writing a scene or experience about air being knocked out of you

How would you write a scene of someone trying to breath again after getting the wind knocked out of them? I am trying to describe the experience and how your body reacts physically while your brain ...
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Help with writing letters!

In a story I'm writing, the two main characters write letters to each other frequently. The characters are close, and have a romantic relationship that starts midway through the story. The story takes ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

This post is part advice and part discussion. How do you determine if a story's premise is believable? Is the believability of a story's premise more of a demographic thing? Do people determine how ...
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Can I write a story based in a world without humans?

I have this world I'm building that I want to write a story on, but there's absolutely nothing human in the world. It's entirely built around elemental creatures including the protagonist.
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Swapping between third and first person in a book

So, I was wondering in the case of a book is it okay to swap from 1st person to 3rd person? Like on the spot swaps, almost like breaking the 4th wall. So, for most of the book it'll be a third person, ...
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Writing an accent and evolving

Sometimes I read written accents in books, most notably maybe Hagrid in Harry Potter. I find it a fun way to add a layer to a character that sets them apart from the rest. Could you "evolve" ...
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How to write symbolism into a story?

I'm writing a dark academia/Gothic romance. It's about this guy named Humphry who accidentally summons a ghost girl named Cal after a failed experiment. He at first is freaked out and wants nothing to ...
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Can I switch the POV of a main character? [duplicate]

So I'm momentarily writing a fictional story for a class I'm taking, and I've run into a problem. I have one main character, but there is a scene where that character passes out. Is it possible to ...
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Describing exclaimations from a group

My character, an old woman, has been knocked down, injured and can't get up. There is a crowd of people, spread across a park, who all witnessed the accident. From her view, at ground level, she is ...
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How do I make a situation that looks like a planet will be destroyed, but without actually destroying it? [closed]

Here are some details for context: There are two civilisations, A and B. B is significantly smaller, around a few hundred people. B is visiting A's home world via a magic item that can teleport a ...
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Blending First and Third Person: A Wording Question

I'm writing a book with a blending of first and third person, and it switches whenever I need it to and not across chapters. The third person follows every character until the perspective changes to ...
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How to refer to different versions of a character?

In my historical spy thriller, there are five different characters named Miku that our protagonist has to fight. So initially, they're refered to as Idol Miku, Vampire Miku, etc. etc. etc. But then ...
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Should I flesh out the start of my fictional story?

The plot I’m thinking of goes from very normal, with fleshed out characters, to surreal towards the end. I want to wrap it around to have strange foreshadowing at the very beginning of the book to ...
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Can I use a place from another book in my own?

I am starting to write a book. I have original characters and plot (it should be original). It is about Greek mythology but Camp Half-Blood is not in it. I want my character to go to Olympus. Can I ...
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How Should We Implement the Given-before-New Principle in Fiction?

It's safe to say I've become a bit of a grammar nerd since I started writing my first novel. Three years after my first words landed on the page, I'm only now coming to the end of my final round of ...
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Is it inadvisable to use a racial slur in my story?

I’m currently writing a story which is an erotic thriller/romance set in the music/TV industry. The protagonist is a Taylor Swift-type confessional songwriter who is the biggest popstar in the world, ...
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If a character has multiple names, how can my narrator refer to them?

I'm writing a story about a spy. The narrator is third person omniscient. However, our spy has multiple names. Her fellow spies refer to her as "Spy 94" but her real name is "Kafu"....
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Fictional settings & fictional towns - how to be realistic with geography for a realistic setting?

I've been writing a short story - and the setting is semi-important to it, it's not just a backdrop. It's historical fiction of a sort - the 2000s is the era it's set in. Would this qualify as a ...
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What is an inciting incident?

I've been struggling to find a clear definition of what exactly an inciting incident is. According to Masterclass, an inciting incident is: The inciting incident of a story is the event that sets the ...
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How do you know if it is morning or evening if I write 9 o'clock?

If I write 9 o'clock in my novel - or any o'clock - how does the reader know if that's morning or evening?
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I am seeking for a partner to finish a fictional story. Where can I find somebody to work with me?

I have written a fictional novel of about 40,000 words with a very bad translation to English. I need someone to expand it with 30,000 more words to reach 70,000 and become a partner with me for ...
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What if the narrator forgets the names of the characters?

My writing project involves flashbacks and explanations that may already be hard to follow to the reader. But the most important point in it, is that in the end, no one remembers what ever happened. ...
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How do I write a superintelligent character?

A very similar question has been asked here. Writing a Super Intelligent AI I ask this question for multiple reasons. I was writing a sci-fi work and I decided it'd make sense that the characters have ...
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Would a story about a character who dies by suicide and regrets it in the afterlife be disrespectful or inappropriate?

I've had this story idea on my mind for months. It is rather taboo as its centered around a suicide and the afterlife, and I want to know the best ways I can go about it respectfully and considerately ...
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What examples are there of a major character being written out *without* dying?

Mainly talking about stories that span multiple instalments, like TV shows with multiple seasons or a novel series with multiple books. In my experience, when a main character exits a series ...
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Is a self-introduction of the main character speaking to the reader appropriate to start a novel?

I'm authoring a horror/corruption/murder novel. The book starts off with the Main Character telling the reader about who he is and his physical appearance (now in his 60s), how he got to be ...
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Selectively mute character where language is a barrier

I have a mc that speaks only mandarin and is taken in by pirates that are mostly English speakers. He didn't speak much before being taken by them. So how would I write a character that is basically ...
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Do I need to ask real locations' permission to use them in my story?

I have written a children's book about dragons and the things they do in Texas. Do I need to ask i.e. the Lubbock Arboretum if it's okay that I mention them in my story? So my question is: When do I ...
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What is the difference between the 5-Act structure and the 6-Act structure of storytelling?

There is a YouTube channel called 6-Act Structure, which I will be citing as a reference, run by an Marshall Dotson who wrote The Story Structure Secret: Actions and Goals. The author argues in favor ...
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How do you turn a protagonist's desire to get revenge on an antagonist without killing the antagonist into a quantifiable and tangible goal?

I'm writing a story inspired by the 2010 South Korean movie called I Saw the Devil. The movie is about a secret service agent called Kim Soo-Hyun who enacts his revenge on a serial killer called Jang ...
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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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