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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How can a poor communicator protagonist (but great story teller author) tell a fine narrative in first person POV? [duplicate]

I am deciding between First Person and Third Person (and inclined towards First Person) One of the limitations of the protagonist is that he is a poor communicator and this impacts his relationships. ...
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Being a non-native English writer how can i improve my English Writing style? [duplicate]

I'm an Indian and trying to write a novel based on 2 sisters. My problem is that i don't feel very comfortable with my english sometimes. How can i improve my english? And sometimes i use the same ...
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Use of Building names in Fiction [duplicate]

I know that using branded companies names is a no no if shown in a negative light, but what is the "legal" Stance on Buildings that get damaged/blown up/fist fight etc..? as they are owned by a ...
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How to travel in a government restricted setting? [closed]

So my fantasy story starts out with two characters travelling by foot through endless woods. They can't take the roads because of an oppressive like government, but the woods are apparently safe. But ...
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Story-Telling on the Internet [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Internet communities where I can read/rate/review short fiction, and post my own? I am a user of Cowbird already, and I love it, but I want to branch out, and go to other ...
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How can I find good venues for publishing my work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where to publish poems I used to write poems and stories. They were published in local newspapers many times, but I did not get any benefit besides this limited publication. ...
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Is this allowed to use the name of Templar and other Order like Teutonic, Santiago, Hospitaler, etc as my fiction story?

I'm new here, but I really want to make a question about using real name order like Templar, Teutonic, Santiago, etc in my fiction but not as an Order, but a name for a Cult. To make my question ...
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Writing for a broad spectrum of readers. How do you engage the elite whilst appealing to the base?

I've always struggled with this. I like to write at the top of my knowledge without leaving those not having the benefit my experience behind. It may sound arrogant but if I write for the lowest ...
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How to help reader visualize the environment in a story?

In a story where there is only one character doesn't talk to anyone don't know where he is and is narrating his story
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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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Getting past a dead end

I've been working on a screenplay for a while now. But I seem to have reached quite the dead end. My question is, what do you guys do, to get past a sticking point. Especially when you don't want to ...
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How do I write religious conflict?

In this book I'm making, there is a religious conflict that happens. Here's the base of my plot so far: Adrian lives in the dragon tribe Sa'fwan. Foreigners came to his land, coming across his tribe ...
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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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I have a name, and no plot [closed]

So I made a name for a character and his name is quite fancy so I have no idea what I should do with him. I named him, ready? Sir Nathaniel Charles III. Without asking for specific suggestions on "...
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Continuing a short story [closed]

I got an assignment from my teacher that tells me to continue a story that he started. The limit is 1 page. The scenario is that Rose (the main character) is looking for a missing painting, inside ...
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How can I get inspired to write a story, without any experience beforehand?

I have tried to write a couple of stories, but all of them sounded like a two-year-old wrote them (no offence to two-year-olds). My grammar and spelling are pretty good, but the big problem is that ...
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Exaggeration vs believability in humor writing

Exaggeration is a device in humor. On the other hand, you need to care about believably in writing, especially in fiction writing. For example, I'm writing a story where the main character goes to ...
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How to improve the ending of this short story (final scene + flashback)

This is sort of the continuation of this previous question. The full text is here (just in case). Sophia grabbed her bag, and headed towards an entrance in the corner of the room. She walked in, ...
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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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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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Superpower recommendations [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel where antagonists have ability to steal skills/abilities from any creature (actually it's more like replacing own skills with others). I need ideas what skills they might ...
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how much pages do i have for a paperback book [duplicate]

I'm making a book and I already wrote 54,099 and 278,889 characters how much pages do I have for a paper back or hard back book
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How can I make my writing more interesting?

For some reason my writing is really boring. I think its because I write in the character's point of view and I suck at that. How can I fix this?
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Hypothetical interview with Jesus Christ. Has to be deep? [closed]

I'm thinking on writing a short story of a non-religious person asking questions to an alternate version of Jesus. Do His answers must be of a deep meaning or could I just write anything as his word (...
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Writing, my first attempt [closed]

I would like to undertake a project and write a novel, but I'm not sure how should I start. I have the idea, I just don't know the best way to write it down. Should I just open "Word" and write what'...
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Using TV or Movie Actors in a Fiction or Non Fiction Novel

I intend to use the Marlboro Man, Marshal Dillon, Humphrey Bogart, and Johnny Carson's names in a story about the popularity of smoking in the 60s. Will I run into legal problems?
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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 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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Using elemental control to aid in daily life? [closed]

My sister is writing a book which incorporates elemental "magic" or control. Each person can use one of the four elements. We want to ensure that elemental control in everyday life seems natural and ...
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I'm writing a book called Wilders [closed]

I am trying to find a name for a creature in my book. it is a shape-shifter, but usually takes the form of a giant badger. it is a bloodthirsty monster, and destroys everything in it's path. Any ideas?...
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How to Win Short-Fiction Writing Competitions [closed]

I've written many stories and have received some good feedback but have never tried to compete with others. I've been thinking recently that it would be nice to enter a piece of my flash-fiction in ...
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Help creating a name for a series [closed]

I am writing a series and need help creating a name for them. An example of what I am looking for would be something like Cassandra Claire's Mortal Instruments or Christopher Paolini's Inheritance ...
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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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How can I avoid repetition of “I”, while keeping present tense in first person? [duplicate]

I'm writing a first-person fantasy novel. I can't exactly figure out how to avoid the repetition of "I" when explaining the actions of the character. Any way I have ever seen makes the story seem like ...
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Need help with the logistics of faking a character's death [closed]

Okay. I'm writing a fantasy novel about bad faeries (very simplified summary.) Protagonist is a 24yo who lives with her mother. Her father was murdered a few months before start of book - so she ...
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How to describe a characters clothing? [closed]

Yeah, So I was bored and decided to write some action Naughty adult fanfic type story today. And then as I started to write I was faced with this issue. How the legit **** am I suppose to describe my ...
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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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How to create conflict in micro fiction which force reader to interact

Are there some specific rule of thumb or heuristic to consider while writing a micro fiction or a 500 word post on some social media to create conflict or anything which force reader to interact or ...
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Where should world history be placed? [closed]

Background: I have a fictional world in my head. I currently have a sketchbook where I jot down notes, sketch out maps, important people and places: all the usual things I do. The raw information ...
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Need help cleaning up a sentence [closed]

I'm having trouble with a particular sentence in my book. I had originally written: Monica’s group of friends was a diverse mixture of race, gender, and background. Having once been described as ...
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Should I be myself and write what I really want even though it isn't getting much traction? [closed]

Or should I dumb down my writing and pander to what I think most people like to read? (Note: This isn't necessarily about me. It's a general question for many writers facing such a dilemma.) NB: I ...
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How to resolve a conflict between a girl that left you vs. a girl who abandoned you? [closed]

Ok, so in an upcoming project of mine, I have an MC in a romance with two women. The first girl left him for no apparent reason, and another one told him she was visiting family, and never really came ...
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How does war work? [closed]

I am currently writing a story about an interstellar war. Here is the general idea: this war is taking place in Jupiter, the largest planet and one of the main areas of conflict everyone in this ...
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Is my writing original if it is a hybrid of Tolkien and Rowling? [duplicate]

I am planning to write a fantasy book which incorporates the styles of LotR and Harry Potter. The setting is a Middle Earth-like world. The main character attends a magical school. There is a ...
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How would mushroom call mycellium home? [closed]

I'm wondering for some time.. How would mushrooms fruiting body call it own mycelium? Imagine you're that fruiting body and after releasing your spores you are about to die.
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How would you personify fear? [closed]

I need to represent fear in a human form...I am looking for ideas:)
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Using Documentary For Inspiration [closed]

I am using a documentary as inspiration for a fiction story I am writing. Some elements of fiction are stated Here and Here, although there's all kinds of stuff like archetypes etc.. Some of the ...
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What would be the best way to make a vampire story with a bit of romance without it being crappy? [closed]

So I'm trying to write a story about a vampire couple who are on a quest, to become human again, it is set in a medieval style era. It is somewhat of a romance but I don't want it to be too cliche or ...
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Is “How to” killing creative writing? [closed]

There is nothing particularity creative about following a set of instructions on how to write a novel. It is perhaps even less 'creative' to base styles and conventions on work of writers and the ...
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Re-write needed [closed]

Joshua heard himself say, “I’m heading over to Jason’s.” He felt his footsteps leading towards the door. Joshua opened and shut the door in a daze, not knowing where his steps would lead him.