Questions tagged [fiction]

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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Is it possible to self-publish while also signed up to a publisher?

Is it possible to be signed up to a publisher but to also self publish? I am currently working with a publisher but in the future I would quite like to write a book series and the publishers do not ...
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How do I have my protagonist learn their lesson without pausing the plot?

I am writing a fantasy series where the protagonist's main flaw is that she feels she doesn't deserve happiness. In the mid point, the protagonist and the antagonist come face-to-face and the ...
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Linear beginning or flash-forwards? [duplicate]

I'm writing this fantasy story that focuses on two main characters. The story was supposed to start with the male protagonist. So, in the first four chapters or so, we get to know his current ...
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Can I write a story revolving around a video game (Without it taking place in game and making many changes)?

Okay, so this is odd, but hear me out. We've all heard the story, Person A finds a cursed video game cartridge, plays it, every character dies, Person B gets involved and dies, Person A gets rid of ...
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Does the hero have to defeat the villain themselves?

I'm writing a story where the villain is a powerful crime-boss. The hero is a young woman who is forcibly recruited into his mafia and is looking for an escape. In the end, I want to have the villain ...
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What's an alternative, more generic word for “sky”?

I am looking for a word to describe what we see when we look up. For us, it's the sky. But, if you are, say, under the sea, that would be the surface of the sea. I need a word that can be used in both ...
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Is my book too much like Harry Potter? I feel like it's close to it and everyone will think I'm copying it [duplicate]

(I'm summarizing) My book is about 2 girls who find a secret passageway and find a room that they have to figure out which "substance" will get them through the water wall (like when ...
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Character's point of view when using empathic powers

I am writing my first novel in the third person semi-omniscient. I am aware that I ought to still structure passages from a primary character’s point of view, as in, if two or more characters are ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

I'm writing this fantasy story with the MC slowly transforming into a non-human being. Which makes him invulnerable... Or at least quite resistant. The problem is that I'm still not fully sure which ...
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Distorting historical facts for a historical fiction story

So, I'm writing fiction but in it, historical events, such as wars between the French and British, are taking place. But, after doing research, it's looking to be difficult to squeeze my little ...
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How should my protagonist refer to my male character who is 18?

I am writing a part where the sixteen-year-old protagonist meets a male character who is eighteen-years-old. I am not sure how to refer to him - boy or man. The male character is legally an adult, he ...
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Is calling a character a “lunatic” or “crazy” ableist when it is in reference to their erratic behavior?

I am considering writing a line of dialogue in which character A calls character B (not to their face) "a lunatic". In the context of my story, it is clear that character A has a simplistic ...
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Help! I have a strong concept, but a million decisions to make! How do I finish my first draft?

During the lockdown, I wrote 60,000 words of my children's fiction book. It wasn't a consistent process and as such, it has many inconsistencies and obsolete scenes. At the moment, the draft looks ...
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Is it offensive to kill my gay character at the end of my book?

In my novel, while the main characters are building the plot and driving it forward, there is a subplot with a gay couple. One of the gay partners is best friends with the female protagonist. At the ...
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Is my story too similar to others?

I'm writing a story about these detectives that are mythical creatures and go on a journey to save the five (or is it six I can't remember) realms. Some of the things I'm concerned about are: "...
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Can I have one Aristotelian comedy and another Aristotelian tragedy unfolding simultaneously in one book?

In my novel, I have two main protagonists, a father and son, who each have related but separate arcs developing in tandem. Each learns from the other over the course of their stories, culminating in ...
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Is my novel too short?

This is my first time trying to write a book, and I usually just plow through stories so fast that it ends up being like 50 pages. I'm at 73 pages right now, wordcount being a bit over 10,000. It's ...
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Can the character name I'm using be copyrighted?

In a novel I am trying to write, I have a character named Agent Fiercestar. This is an obvious reference to Warriors, as "Fiercestar" could be a perfectly good name for a warrior cat. It has ...
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How to make sure that my book is “accurate”

I'm not exactly writing historical fiction or realistic, but I want my story to be "accurate." For example, let's say that my character got into a car crash after being chased by the police. ...
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Include book cover in query letter to agent?

I'm emailing a few agents about a novel I wrote. Typical query letter, attaching a summary and the first three chapters, as they request. I happen to have commissioned a book cover for the novel, ...
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How can I write a bigoted narrator while making it clear he is wrong?

Edit: I'm a bit new to the site so I'll be fumbling around trying to respond properly, but thank you all for so many great responses! xxx This is a bit of a touchy one for obvious reasons, but the ...
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Should I write a book with third person perspective or first person perspective?

I am new to writing and I am starting my first novel which is a love story in 3rd person POV. After writing my first page, I started to think about how to change perspectives and write with the 1st ...
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I'm writing a YA fiction book. Trying to make the character more layered [closed]

I'm writing a YA fiction book. How do I make the character different, yet understandable, and what are your suggestions for keeping track of information you have placed in your book? For instance a ...
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As a British writer writing a story set in America, should I write the narration in British or American English?

I asked this question on the English Language & Usage site but I thought it useful to ask here, too, since it is a writing issue. I'm writing a book that's primarily set in America; my protagonist ...
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I don’t know where to go next in terms of the setting of my story

I am writing a comedy horror series. The first book was set in a basement, the second book was set in a Ski-Resort and the third book was set in Italy, meaning that each book’s setting was ...
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How do I come up with new places to take my characters?

I am writing a book series, and I am currently up to my fourth book. I have an idea for an external threat I want the characters to face, but I do not have any ideas for where to take the characters ...
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The threat in my series is dead. Where do I go next?

The series I'm writing is a horror comedy, where the first book follows a satanist trying to sacrifice the protagonists to The Devil. In the second book, the protagonists confront The Devil face to ...
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When is there too much of a plot misdirection?

I'm sure that somebody is going to point me to this question, but my case is different. So I and my best friend are currently writing a science fiction novel that has many plot twists and "...
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Two Questions about Point of View

So I'm currently writing a story and I have two questions about it. Is it possible to emotionally connect with your audience when your writing in third person point of view? Secondly, I want to write ...
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What could be the turning point for the protagonist? [closed]

What is/are life changing event(s) (positive or negative) that leads a young solitary physicist to enquire into spirituality? [Later protagonist turns into modern monk and figures out way to ...
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Audition Scene: Writing a Book with a audition scene for a child

I want to write an audition scene in my book. The character is eight, turning nine in a few months, and she will be auditioning for the main character role in a child fantasy show. I've never been to ...
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How to write a storyteller well?

I have seen in many books a storyteller, usually, a knowledgeable "mentor" character, tell a story to the MC, for a variety of reasons, with a variety of gimmicks and such. What sort of ...
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How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with foreign culture and foreign characters? [closed]

How to write a novel which is taking place entirely in a foreign country, with a foreign culture and foreign characters?
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How long can a Children's Novel be?

I'm currently writing a realism fantasy novel targeted for a 9-12 age group. Since it became so long(the first draft turned out to be at least 90,000 words), I figured it would be best to split the ...
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Can I write a story with the same variations of another?

I am writing a story that has clans, apprentices, warriors and stuff like that from Warriors by Erin Hunter, but it has different plot, characters, ex. Can I still write it and publish it? I'm also ...
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What qualifies for an antagonist?

I'm a young author writing a realism-fantasy novel. My "antagonist" is this man who sends the protagonist away against his daughter's wishes(this is the climax of the story). He does it sort ...
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Is it all right to write a memoir like a novel?

I wanted to share my true story as if I were writing a fictional story. For example, the author Terry McMillan's novel called, "Disappearing Acts", wrote a fictional story shared with her ...
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When to be literal and when to be metaphorical?

I tend to chide myself when I explain things very literally. However, I've noticed some excellent literature uses some very literal explanation of the scene and even the character's emotions while ...
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Giving journeys a sense of scale

Journeying is a central part of my novel. However, it gets really boring really quickly to describe them walking through the same landscape for a few weeks. I want to skip to the parts that are ...
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How to get across to the reader a character’s prophetic abilities

My protagonist is speaking to my interpretation of the three fates from Greek mythology. He doubts their abilities until one of them echoes his every word as, or an instant before, he utters them. How ...
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In Alan Bennet's The History Boys Mrs Lintott says to Irwin 'If I was a better teacher..'. Why does she not say 'if I were a better teacher? [closed]

I don't understand why Mrs Lintott does not seem to be using the subjunctive
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Where to go next in the writing process?

I'm a new writer, have been working on a novel length piece of work for the past couple of years, and I have always been the kind of person to just "wing it" and see what happens. After ...
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Is it bad practice to use “ahem” in dialogue?

I'm writing a bit of fiction and what i have is an uncomfortable character who is clearing his throat before speaking. Is it better to say so literally: Louis cleared his throat. "I'm not sure.&...
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Is this beginning good for A STORY [closed]

David Gemstone dives his head in a bucket full of water. "Bang" he hears a sound outside. He pulls out his revolver and walks out of the bathroom. "Who is it?" he asked with a ...
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Writing a good flashback

I am having the main protagonist find their imaginary friend that they had previously forgotten. How would I make some flashbacks without making the plot too confusing or sounding choppy and forced? ...
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What pronoun to use for a sentient, self aware AI?

I have a sentient AI in a story. He sentience aspect is mostly an unexpected result and some characters in the story do not believe it. When they refer to the AI, should they use the "it" ...
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A typical American food a grandma could cook that would spoil if left outside the fridge over night [closed]

This is oddly specific and I'm not sure this is the right place for it but I'm writing something set in a contemporary American setting and I need a typical American food a grandma could cook for a ...
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Is it acceptable to put the period after the quotation mark?

As a programmer, it always bothered me when the period was inside the quotation marks, like so: His nickname was "Quincy." I'd much prefer to do it this way: His nickname was "Quincy&...
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Am I bringing my character back to life too much?

This story is about a person in a sort of technologically advanced secret government organization that is basically SCP. The organization is very advanced and, in most cases, can revive dead people. I ...
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With this degree of violence, is my book a Middle Grade book, or a Young adult book?

I am a young author writing my first series. I’m not writing my books simply because I want to or that I am frustrated with other books, but those are some reasons. The book I am writing is pure ...

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