Questions tagged [novel]

Novels are long-form prose fiction, typically over 40,000 words. Questions that use this tag can relate to writing, editing, publishing, formatting or technique as applied specifically to novels. If the question applies to more than just novels, it should probably use the Fiction tag instead.

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What resources can I use to be 100% assured that my story is not too similar/plagarising already existing works?

I've been worrying about this for quite a long time. So, for the past year or so, I've been working hard on a story I'm very passionate about. My biggest concern of them all is copyright issues. I'm ...
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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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Similar plot and similar character names-too similar?

I'm asking this question on the behalf of my friend. So, recently, my friend's story seemed remarkably similar to a published story(FYI, my friend's story is still in the drafting stage, I'm just ...
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Writing a Sci-Fi novel [duplicate]

I’m trying to write a Sci-Fi novel in one year and I’m wondering how many words I should write per week. I’m shooting for a total of ~90,000 words by the end of the year. In terms of when I can write ...
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Disclaimer on true events

I am writing a book based on true events and characters. The issue I am having is with regards to conversations that some people may or may not have. I was thinking that a disclaimer something like a ...
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Same plot but different story, is it plagiarizing?

I'm writing a novel and is planning to publish it but then, I found out that someone else has already written a novel similar to mine. Both of our novel has similar plot but different story and ...
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Questions in third person narration

I'm writing in the past tense, and in third person. Is it appropriate to include questions, like this? A spell to conceal her would be helpful. If there was such a spell, of course. She turned back. ...
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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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What's a high-tech way to open a door? [closed]

This is probably one of the most strange questions I've ever asked. But what is a high-tech way to open a door? I'm at a part in my novel where one of the MCs who we'll call A, are breaking a ...
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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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Character with two names

I have a character with two names. Well not two distinct names, but rather two forms of the same name. My story is set in the later Roman Empire, but the characters are Romanized easterners living on ...
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Would it be wiser to debut with your side-project with a smaller publisher, over your main-project with a big publisher?

I've been seeing comments on the tightening window/acceptance for debut authors with planned-series since December 2019, especially now with the economy contracting even more due to Covid19 for the ...
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How can I write this scene? [closed]

Entering the park, a slight breeze rustles the leaves making them fall to the ground one by one. It was a small park with a jungly gym, a couple of tables and a few benches for people to sit in every ...
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How to “inform” the reader of changes in narrator?

Writing low-quality novels on my spare time is my hobby and I'm currently "working" on one where the story about a country with an ongoing civil war. I'd like to alternate between different ...
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Exploring one's sexual orientation. The process of it

I generally write about LGBTQ characters who have already out and proud. Now I'm planning on writing a character that just found out that she's lesbian. At the start of the story she finds out but ...
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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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What to avoid when writing a big reveal? [duplicate]

So im writing an enemies to lovers book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by new years. Slowly they fall in love ...
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How to reveal a secret romantic relationship?

So I'm writing an "enemies to lovers" book. My two many characters have hated each other for 7 years, they make a dare to see who can hook up with the most people by New Years. Slowly they ...
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How to correctly show a translation of a foreign word?

My current project requires a lot of translation work, where the main character is slowly piecing together a language. I'm assuming that the best way to show the foreign language is with italics. What ...
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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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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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Developing Voice for a Third Person Narrator and Multiple Characters

I'm currently working on what I hope to be a near final draft of my first ever novel. Something I've struggled with through this writing process is developing a voice for my narrator as well as my ...
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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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Switching Between First and Third Person

So I've started writing a book. It's set in present time, but is going to be interwoven with flashbacks to a few years ago to explain how the character(s) got to this scenario in present time. I was ...
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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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How do you 'keep writing whatever happens'?

I've heard the same thing from almost every writer whenever I ask a question or read an answer, and that thing is : "Just keep writing. It doesn't matter what it will be, because you can edit it ...
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How to progress a fantasy novel that is also slice of life?

I am currently writing a novel where I mix the genre fantasy, sci-fi, and slice of life. My plan is to make the main character to save the sci-fi city using fantasy. And beyond that, I also use slice ...
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How do I tastefully handle a female-to-male transforming character?

My character is a girl who is later revealed in my story to be under a curse that allows her to transform into an older man. She is sharing a body with a powerful male spirit who can take control and ...
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Is it poor technique to use a different characters POV for only a short scene in a novel length piece of work?

Basically what I'm wondering here is if it's distracting or poor technique to switch the view point character to one of the bad guys just for a few pages or a very short scene in a novel. I'm working ...
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Can I use two different types of Punctuation at the end of the same sentence?

I've finally started writing my romance novel. There's a scene in the novel where the girl (Luna) is sneaking in from her boyfriend's house. Her dad, however, was waiting for her. The scene goes ...
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Is it okay to use “It was all just a virtual world / dream” for a plot twist?

I am currently writing a novel where I use "It was all just a dream" (IWAJAD) plot twist, just because the main character needs it to change his personality and train his power to save the ...
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Replacing a historical figure with a fictional one

In a fiction novel with a strong historical foundation, can you replace a public figure with a fictional one? For instance, replacing the mayor of a city during a specific time period with a ...
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Using real names in fiction

I'm thinking of writing a fiction novel. The plot I've outlined so far centers largely around one possible path the future of our world could take over the next several decades. In doing so, the story ...
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I found a story I wrote as a little kid. Should I finish it?

There was this story I was writing, when I was a little kid, that I found. I called it "Rage." I liked the story, and also liked a lot of the plot points. I want to continue it. However, ...
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When writing and formatting a novel, what are the rules for scene breaks? Is it okay to use both asterisks and double spaces?

I have found information on this topic of scene breaks available on the internet to be quite conflicting and I've frustrated myself into a lot of confusion. Some authors use only double spaces to ...
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Why do people plan novels?

For me, planning takes all the fun out of it - by the time I've planned my novel, I'm bored with it and don't want to write anymore. I'd rather just sit down with a character and write what they do, ...
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Should foreign personal titles be capitalized in English text?

Should foreign language personal titles be capitalized in English fiction text? E.g. "How are you, Señor Rojas?" Do we follow English language rules for capitalization? In Spanish it would ...
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Is my novel Fantasy or Sci-Fi?

I have a Wattpad account and I've been entering contests... I've been using the fantasy genre to describe my novel, but I just saw descriptions of fantasy and sci-fi and now I'm wondering if my novel ...
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How do I know if I've introduced too many characters too quickly? [duplicate]

In my book, I start out by introducing the main character, her uncle, and her mother in one scene. The next scene involves her grandparents, and the next is about five more characters after that. The ...
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Should I rigorously follow 15 beat structure for writing my novels?

I am a novice writer with one novella published on Amazon. Recently I undertook a MOCC on Udemy called Write a Bestselling Novel in 15 Steps. Then I also googled and researched the the 15 step ...
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How to write a character with an accent

One of my characters is Russian and speaks English as a second language. I know that people with Russian accents tend to leave out words like “the” and “a” because they don’t exist in Russian. My ...
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How do you write a story with someone else overseas?

My friend and I have wanted to write a story together for a while now. But she lives in a different country, so we are just confused on how we can do this over calls. Because I know that we can't call ...
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Two of my characters have the same names as two characters in a comic book/show. Should I change one of them?

So I'm currently starting to write this idea that I've had in my head for a long time and a couple of months ago, I realised that my main female characters have the same names as the main female ...
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How to improve writing style and vocabulary?

I'm working on my first book. I'm not that great in English and sometimes while writing, I feel that I'm not able to give my 100% in dialogues and overall writing style, overall( like adding more ...
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Should a writer be a good reader?

Someone who wants to be a writer, has a good idea in his/her brain but is not much of a reader. Can that person be a good writer given that he/she has read a few novels but wants to write a great ...
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How can I write complex and believable characters?

How do I write characters that are more grounded, complex and believable so that readers can resonate with them and makes my novel more compelling? How should I elaborate their dialogues and actions ...
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Korean sensitivity reading for a modern fantasy world

I've been working on a YA/adult contemporary fantasy novel for a while and I had some questions about sensitivity reading. The world featured in the novel is entirely new but it's inspired by ours. ...
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How to add various social themes in the story?

I'm working on my first novel, which revolves around revenge and violent cycles of human nature for more than 1.5 years. While working on some sections of the book, I feel like how do I add more depth ...
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Correctly ending a sentence with “?” or “!” spacing? [closed]

Specifically, should there be a space after a sentence last letter or directly after the written last letter ? I personally prefer a space (to me, the text is clearer to read) but perhaps (...

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