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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Is my book to similar to Harry Potter? [closed]

My protagonist is called Ryan Konrale. Ryan has parents and five siblings, among which his oldest and favourite sister died when Ryan was 5. There is a magic school in the Netherlands, which is ...
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Should I merge my series into a single volume?

I have written the initial drafts for the first two novels in my series. Originally, I split the story into two parts because the entire manuscript was 150,000 words. Two 75,000-word novels sounds ...
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seeking advice - screenwriter looking to write novel

All. I'm looking for some advice. I'm interested in writing a young adult mystery novel, but I don't believe I'm a good writer in the traditional sense. My background is in screenwriting, so my ...
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How to write the same event with a different POV?

I am aiming to change POV in the middle of my book, based on my previous question and I have yet to decide where to start the second POV. The first POV and the second meet during one event - a ...
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I'm writing a book [closed]

I recently quit my job and now I'm bored at home with nothing to do. So, I decided to write a book. There is an phone app I can upload it on... I want the main character to be a woman in her 20s. ...
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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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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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Stuck : how do i continue . Once characters has exchanged numbers [closed]

This is my first novel..i am stuck at two characters who already have a liking for each other and have exchanged numbers. I have all the conversations they have, how they open up telling each other ...
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Is it alright for a English YA novel to have anime illustration?

In the beginning, I want write and self publish (or traditionally publish if possible) a original English light novel (OELN). But The more write and the more I study on how to be a professional writer ...
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How do I Build Stories Around Characters?

I have a lot of characters I’ve spent time creating and developing, but I cannot, for the life of me, develop an overarching plot. Anyone got any techniques or tips on this? I know the question is ...
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What Does A Person Mean That My Novel Reads Like A Screenplay?

I have recently heard from some literary agents that my book, my opening chapters, reads like a screenplay. Now, this is a minority view. Most agents just think my opening chapters are beautifully ...
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How is Novel different from Novella, other than Word Count

How is a Novel different from Novella, other than word count? Is Novel supposed to provide description of background, i.e. background noises, color of the sky, etc before showing character dialogue. ...
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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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Can I reference a Lego Millennium Falcon in my book?

I read the post about referencing real and fictional characters but would like to know what you think about this. I am writing a book where the character is looking back at his childhood toys and I ...
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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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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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Does it makes sense that my main character is not going to solve the plot's main objective?

First of all, sorry, english is not my mother tongue My novel runs on a sci-fi universe and my main character (MC) has been infected by a virus that infects others that breathes the same air. ...
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Vignette-esque story structure?

I'm writing a novel which essentially has the main character go from place to place and retrieve a single object from each person they encounter. My problem is that while I can think of possible ...
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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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Do I Need To Show My Character's Meeting in my Novel? [closed]

This is more of an opinion or preference question but I was wondering, is it better to show the main characters of my novel first meeting and becoming friends or is it perfectly fine to start off when ...
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How can you insert more emotions in scenes?

I have a scene where my character has to feel scared, sad and alone. I'm good at describing her surrounding but describing feeling are a bit harder for me. I also have scene where she has to be ...
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How do you make a realistic character?

Ok, so I feel like my character is too perfect. I try to make her have flaws but it's not working so well. I reread my story so far and I found that most of them are all kinda typical and the same as ...
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Does including a lot of tropes in a single idea pay off well?

The other day, I was working on a Supernatural Fiction genre and I was stuck in a dilemma. I had two choices, whether I could focus on one trope, that is, just the vampires and their conspiracies or I ...
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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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Does self-publishing one's eBook online hurt a writer's chances of later selling the same book to a traditional publisher?

Prior to asking this question, I have found and read similar questions posted by other people and I have come away each time deeply dissatisfied and frustrated by the responses given. Here’s an ...
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where can I find a place in UAE to publish my story? [closed]

im writing a story but I need help in finding a place to publish it.
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Does Dean Wesley Smith's recommended method of writing into the dark, editing and sending actually produce quality writing that editors accept?

To elaborate, this is a quote from a question regarding this that I have found: "(Dean Wesley Smith) basically advises writers to just fly by the seat of their pants (without even having the ...
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Wrtting Sci/Fi Novel with some Sumerian influences, how to bridge a lengthy time gap in my storyline?

I'm writting a novel (in Spanish, I'm from Chile) based on Sumerian culture separated in two periods (Present & Future). Present: archaeologists find some new sumerian stone tablets that hide ...
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How to develop my reluctant character?

I am writing a novel which is about a naive, good-for-nothing boy who is also suffering from low self-esteem. One day, due to some events, he gets some special powers and is unwillingly forced into a ...
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Is a novel based on the facts of a person's written journal considered plagiarism?

According to Plagiarism.org, copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not is considered plagiarism. Now let's say that ...
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How to perfectly use time to write edit and rewrite a complete novel from scratch before the due date?

There is a novel-writing contest, from a native publishing house in my country. I would love to participate. Submissions are due in four month's time. I have an outline of my story. Can anyone help ...
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Sign language in books

If you have a character who is mute and uses sign language, how would you write what they’re saying? I don’t know if it’s literary appropriate to use quotes or narrate. Example. Jon looked at the ...
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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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Are there any sites where authors can offer up their novel manuscripts for sale to other authors (who may want to buy ghostwritten work)?

Sometimes it is much easier for a writer to simply sell his/her completed novel to another author who is willing to buy ghostwritten novels. It usually has to do with preferring not to have to do ...
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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 Cult. To make my question become ...
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Is it cliché to have two best friends fall in love?

I am writing a detective novel and wanted to include two best friends who are working together. Eventually they fall in love but one of my readers said it's too boring and cliché. Is that true? ...
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Examples of dialog beats and bookism

I was wondering if there is a list of ideas on how to add beats to dialog. For example: "Listen to me!", John said excitedly. "We can sell all these coins now and get rich today." He got closer ...
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Can a normal person investigate a murder? [closed]

I am writing a book a about a normal girl investigating her friend's murder. I wanted to ask if it's possible that a normal person who is not a detective could actually solve a murder?
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Writing a novel that is set (semi-)inside an established universe

How free are we to write a story that is set inside another universe, that doesn’t necessarily mention anyone or anything specifically about said universe? For example, let’s say that I want to write ...
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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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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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Bad to start story with VR/non-real scene?

I'm coming up with an outline for a cyberpunk story. I want to establish (at some point) that the main character has marksmanship proficiency by starting my cyberpunk story with a VR sequence, in ...
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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 do I introduce dark themes?

My story involves a superhuman organization that aims to overthrow the main government, through any means necessary. This involves murder and some rather gruesome deaths. Additionally, there might be ...
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Detail vs. filler

How can I minimise the "filler" text that I end up writing when fleshing out a scene with detail? An appropriate level of detail seems to me to be a fundamental requirement for good prose. Whatever I ...
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As a discovery writer, how do I complete an unfinished novel (which has highly diverged from the original plot ) after a time-gap?

I am a reader more than a writer, and fantasy is my favorite genre. I used to write short stories and poems. Some of them are published in magazines and get good reviews. In 2018 January, I read the ...
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how to tell if a book will be a bestseller? [closed]

I wrote a novel and it is Science fiction based novel. Almost every close friend of mine read the novel and none of them gave a negative response. What are the possibilities that I need to assume, ...
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Getting an editor after the second draft

Losely related with my latest question: Should one invest in a professional editor before querying? I've finished - not without sweat - my second draft. While I'm satisfied with the overall result, I ...
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Is it alright to add scenes that don’t move the plot forwards much but develop relationships/character?

For example, let’s say the main plot is that the characters are on a quest to go find something. Can an author spend three scenes in a row detailing what happens on their journey there, even if the ...
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Do I really need a platform to sell my novel?

Every piece of writer's advice I see will include something about "building a following" online, so that a publisher will be more likely to pick you up. The problem is, I don't have any idea how to do ...

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