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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TW: child abuse, Is it ethical for me to write a book centered on child abuse despite not experiencing it? [duplicate]

It's my first attempt at trying to write a long length story of my own and so far what I've come up is a story that is to be centered around child abuse (sexual abuse) (the psychological and emotional ...
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How can a portal be hidden for 5 years but found by children? [closed]

I am writing a story in which two children, ages 12-14 years old, discover a portal to another dimension. The portal is roughly the size of an average door and has existed for five years prior to ...
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I want to write about a suicide, how should I do it?

I want to have a book (or multiple) have a suicide in it, and I want to write the suicide. I don't know how exactly to go about that. I know that very descriptive details or very graphic images/video/...
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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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I want to write a male character, but I am lost

I'm writing a new story. The main character is male. I know how to write from the viewpoint of a male (I am one), but I'm lost on writing him. Here's the story so far: His family was killed, he ended ...
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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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Switching from past to present tense in fiction writing

Is it acceptable to switch to present tense when writing in third person POV past tense? (Not only within dialog.) For example: "They marched in two perfectly formed lines. Their footsteps ...
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What is a good name for my fantasy species that's not too long? [closed]

I made a fantasy species,a dragon. It's based off of a Siberian tiger, a bearded dragon, and a fruit bat. But the trouble is, i'm not sure how or what to name it. It's main features are it's throat, ...
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Which plot should I use while outlining my plot beats?

I'm writing a crime/mystery fiction novel. The main plot involves a murder at the start, a case that my protagonist, a police detective, has to solve. He faces conflict and difficulties along the way,...
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How do I write dialogue as heard by a POV character who isn't fluent in the language?

So I'm writing a story during the course of which my main, first-person-POV character learns another language, one used heavily in her surrounding. This generally works, but I regularly get stuck on ...
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Love triangle issues

I will start by saying this isn’t a romance, but has your classic love triangle within the plot The problem is, within my writing, I got in too deep with my first two characters love story, and now ...
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Would you advise against having a fictional continent as the setting for a Science Fiction story?

Let me elaborate. In things such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings (so, high fantasy), fictional continents are quite often the setting. I don't recall ever seeing this in Science Fiction. My ...
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How do I find an expert to help with theological science fiction writing?

I am in the process of writing a theological science fiction novel. My interest in this genre is motivated by reading Dune by Frank Herbert and The Divine Invasion by Phillip K. Dick, in addition to ...
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How to make my roleplay responses more lengthy/detailed?

How can I make my roleplay responses more lengthy and detailed? For the recent months I've been roleplaying with several friends. our replies are normally two or three sentences. While I've shown ...
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Is this the correct way to use quotes and commas when there are two quotes within one quote?

“He said, ‘spend a week more on the west wall and do your job diligently,’ and that at the end of the week, 'he would see,'” Yarpres said. I did research https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/...
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What do you do when you think of two different scenarios that can happen in a certain scene in your story and you don't know which one to choose?

So, this happens to me all the time, and usually, when it does I get mentally frustrated and give up the story for a couple of days. This happens to me quite a lot, so I thought it was high time I did ...
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Is the punctuation of my dialogue in this novel section correct? [closed]

I am just starting out my novel, if I can get this quotation punctuation correctly it'll massively help me throughout the book, I need your help! “In six months time Vledos Manis will be leaving ...
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How to write a female character that is not just a genderflipped male character?

Recently I submitted a comic book story to a publisher, and they criticized that the main character is basically just a shonen protagonist (for example, Son Goku from Dragon Ball, Ash from Pokemon, ...
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Character name change

In my story I am writing in third person, my character is kidnaped and finds out his real name towards the end. Do I start referring to him with his real name or the name I used previously?
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How do you deal with burnout? How do you break through writer's block?

I've been working on a book for about four years now. Every time I reach the middle, I get stuck and I go back and edit and rewrite everything. I've probably rewritten the whole thing at least seven ...
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How can I steer myself away from using pronouns too often as I write in 3rd person?

I noticed that I use "she", "he", and "they"- and a lot of sentences also begin with the aforementioned pronouns. How can I steer away from doing this so often as I write in 3rd person fiction? HERE ...
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Writing an abusive scene [closed]

My character is getting physically abused by her father . I tried writing fight scenes and violent scenes before but they always seemed .. very weird . Can you give me some advice on writing an scenes ...
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I need my character to be honest [closed]

What I am writing is a love story. The problem is: I am trying to make my female character tell the truth to her love interest--the truth about herself. What’s stopping her from telling him is that ...
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Getting stuck on imagining what should be happening in the moment

I frequently experience a specific type of writer's block and am looking for strategies to work around it. I lean toward discovery writing but with some need to understand my story in advance, enough ...
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How do I balance immature levity and flaws and character growth?

I am working on a series where one of the intended primary draws is character drama and growth. I have an ensemble cast of five characters who more or less share the role of main character equally, ...
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How to deal with fan's wants/criticism with a series?

This is particularly aimed at those who have written/published a series. So, a lot of my ideas involve serious commitment over several short volumes, To make one ultimate story. However, while much of ...
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I have two story ideas and I want to know if they're similar enough to other books/movies to be copyright infringing [closed]

Is a story about the Hindu gods being real inherently copyright infringing on the Percy Jackson series? Is a story about a plague causing the apocalypse, then a street gang trying to restore order and ...
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If my story is about fandom around 1920, how necessary is slang to convey the feel of fan conversation?

My idea for a novel about baseball is simple. This story is about being a baseball fan around 1920. In the name of conveying the way my great grandfather would have seen a baseball game, to what ...
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Can the first book in a series have a sad ending? (The antagonist wins)

I have an idea for a series, but I want the protagonist to die at the end of the first book, and make it seem like all hope is lost, and then in the second book others (one of his other relatives) ...
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How to write about a character adversely different to you

So, I am very naturally a nice person. I respect everyone unless they have well and truly wronged me. I go out of my way to help those who need it. Stuff like that. I am naturally a helpful and nice ...
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How a character displays disdain for someone [closed]

I am struggling trying to get one of my characters to display disdain for someone. I've tried him "snorting", "twisting his lips", "rolling his eyes" but it isn't coming across well. Can anyone give ...
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What word would people with outdated technology make up for a plane? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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Writing Someone Drunk

So I want to write a scene from a teenage girl in 1st-person present tense. She's drunk. I've never been drunk before, so I can't tap into personal experience to make this relatable and/or realistic. ...
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Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction?

Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction? Hi everyone I write crime fiction set in my home town, and in my latest novel, a kidnapped woman is left alone in a disused ...
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First-Person Instability

Hello fellow writing nerds. I have a series idea that I am toying with that has one character that ultimately goes insane (this downward spiral is brought upon her largely because of events, once ...
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Adding related “documents” to a story

I’m writing a fiction novel set in the future where a dictator creates an act that sets the laws and punishments of the land. Part of that act, a title of it, is a dress code. I’m interjecting ...
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Limited 3rd Person: How to reveal character's black skin?

I have a scene that I'm working on. The character in the scene is an actor who's black wearing a black face. At the end of the scene I have him wiping the makeup and resolving not to wear it again. ...
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I can't get out of the research phase out of fear of missing out

One of the aspects I love about fiction writing is doing research. When I settle on an idea, I tend to go look for similar historical themes, stories that I can weave into my novel. I get excited ...
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Thinking About Fantasy Names

One of my favorite parts of writing is naming my people/places/systems. I look up synonyms of common words and add prefixes, or base things off of Latin roots, or just pull some cool letter ...
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How can I successfully change main character half-way through the story?

I write short stories in Chinese, and give a new page to my teacher to correct every few days. This is the story I'm thinking of writing: We have a male main character. His wife is devoted to him, ...
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Should fairies be capitalized? [closed]

I am not sure if the word fairies should be capitalized. I have not tried anything, I'm just confused and want this to be correct.
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Listing of a Foundation by name in a ficitious novel

We are interested in naming a Foundation by name in a fictious novel. The novel does not state any official positions the Foundation has taken with regard to parapsychological work. However, we ...
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Why is sarcasm so hard to write?

I'm prompted to ask this question because I was troubled by some answers to questions about punctuation in rhetorical questions. The solution also calls into question the notion that 'said' is the ...
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Questions with flat tone in dialogue

I'm sure we have all heard people say questions without putting the tone inflection on the end. I am writing a novel and I have a piece of dialogue where a character says: “Why are you here.” ...
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Is it acceptable to render poems embedded in prose in two columns?

I am working on a book is going through the typesetting stage for self-publishing. In order to keep page count down, is it acceptable to typeset poetry with about a dozen of stanzas in more than one ...
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What is the requirements for a book be considered a 'Dystopian'?

I have been trying for a long time to figure out if my story is just considered Dystopian or Fiction. It has things that are not in real life situations but it is also relating to an imagined society ...
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Searching for an author with unpublished fantasy writing for my mobile game [closed]

I would be extremely grateful for any advice on how to search for or reach an agreement with an author. I'm a solo indie game developer, unreleased. My game is a fantasy random gacha hero collector. ...
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Is the analysis tool, “I Write Like” just for fun or is it legit?

I was curious because I submitted a few chapters and it analyzed my writing, and came back with I write like Anne Rice. I'm wondering if this is just a "for fun" analysis or if has some truth to it.
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Fictional daughter of an historical figure

A secondary character in my historical fiction novel is a Russian concert pianist who married into a 19th century noble family. For various reasons I would very much like to make her the daughter of ...

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