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Plot typically refers to the events and their ordering in a work of narrative fiction. Use this tag for questions regarding plotting, outlining, and narrative arcs. Be aware that questions asking users to come up with plot details for you are off-topic.

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Tropes to prove a character loyalty and make them in a position to become a leader

I have a problem bridging two parts of the book. I need to make a character some kind of hero that has admiration of the country. In my story, the character is a "wizard". Wizards are meant ...
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Would it count as a story if nothing bad happens to the character anywhere in the story?

Most stories follow this simple rule: Hardship occurs to main character and main character attempts to get through hardship. Character either gets through hardship or other hardship happens and plot ...
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Am I allowed to write a continuation of a book series/story I like? (Ex. Harry potter, Amulet, Wishtree etc.)

So I am a writer and I personally like to take ideas from other stories and make them my own. Of course I won't copy something obvious like "Once upon a time there was a boy name Parker Peter who ...
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What's the difference between short stories and novels with plot?

I am asking this question as someone who has read many short stories and novels, so in theory, I should know the difference between the two. However, I have found it difficult to write short stories/...
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How to plot a memoir?

I have a fair amount of material (incidents, characters, places) that would perhaps amount to a memoir or Bildungsroman. But readers, including myself, seem most attracted to narratives with a plot. ...
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How do you find an ending to a partially finished plan for a novel?

My planning process is beginning to take a little more form now and I have a good amount of ideas, characters and wotnot to begin writing (knowing me I won't and I'll procrastinate but I digress). The ...
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I need help writing a murder scene in first person [closed]

So the chapter starts like this: I continued to sip my coffee as he choked on his own blood. It was bitter - both the coffee and the look permanently etched onto his face. I want to write a seamless ...
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How should I introduce a crush on a friend?

I am writing a fanfic about these two childhood friends, but I don't know how to really introduce their crushes. Character A has a huge crush on Character B, which is the only reason why Character A ...
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How should I choose what happens to my protagonist?

The main plot of my story is that a girl named Arabella signs up for a dance competition and practices for weeks. Fearing that the other dancers are too good, she invites them over to a practice ...
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Showing the readers what the villains are doing in 3rd person

I am currently writing a YA detective mystery. It involves a group of detectives who work to keep their city safe, but there is an organization that has infiltrated every level of the government. They ...
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How do romantic relationships in books work?

Now, I'm not asking this as in a "I'm new to writing and I want a tutorial" but more in a "I'm aromantic, have never had any crushes, and I have little to no knowledge on how romance ...
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Can I write a character that does not technically exist? They are an alter identity(?) of another character

I’m currently planning my characters, and wanted to grab some opinions. I’m planning to have three main-ish characters, where the third character is more of an alternate identity of the second ...
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What is the difference between the points in a three-act structure

I've recently come across the three-act structure, and it seems pretty helpful. My only confusion is that a few of the points in each act look fairly similar. Here is the version of the three-act ...
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How and when do you reveal information about your character?

Similar to my previous question 'How/when do you reveal a big secret to the reader,' I'm looking more specifically at the first few chapters and when to reveal anything, not just big secrets. For ...
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How do I include a woman on her period in a Fantasy novel?

One thing I want to see more of in Fantasy exploration books is mentioning the necessity for 'emptying ones bowles' and women on their period - human reproductive systems will generally not change ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

John Truby, in Anatomy of Story, says you shouldn't write a story that doesn't have an exciting premise. But what makes a premise good, bad, boring, compelling, or exciting? This is what Truby says ...
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How to Structure a Series of Books? Can the Hero's Journey be Used?

I'm working on a franchise universe that will form the base for a wide range of interconnected stories told via different media. I plan to loosely base each separate storyline on the concept of the ...
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How/when do you reveal a big secret to the reader using first person or third person viewpoint?

How and more importantly when do you reveal a major secret about the character? My character is a mythical species, highly valuable for both intel and magical properties, however she is humanoid and ...
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How to make a story not just constant action?

How do I write it so that the MC isn’t just facing conflict after conflict, but make it not seem like filler. I get that there needs to be SOMETHING going on, but at the same time they can’t just be ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

This post is part advice and part discussion. How do you determine if a story's premise is believable? Is the believability of a story's premise more of a demographic thing? Do people determine how ...
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How do I fit the scene ideas to the plot?

I have lots of very cool and developed scene ideas, but when I think about them, they seem to be seperate from the plot. It's like instead of the protagonist sailing on a boat down a river, they're ...
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How do I turn my Imagined-Daydream-Fantasy-Book into an Actual Book

Problem I love writing and I love reading. I also love coming up with all sorts of books/films in my head so that if I'm bored in real life, I can just dive into my imaginary book/films to entertain ...
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How do you create an emotional attachment to a character who never appears?

Main Question My protagonist, Dannie, was taken from her home for 7 years. The story starts when she escapes and follows her journey home. Dannie discusses her home with her traveling companion, and ...
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Writing a short story set in a real museum - how much can I include?

I have written a short story set in a museum in Ireland. It is a private museum that contains various displays and sculptures. I am happy with the story and would like to submit it to a few journals/...
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How do I make a situation that looks like a planet will be destroyed, but without actually destroying it? [closed]

Here are some details for context: There are two civilisations, A and B. B is significantly smaller, around a few hundred people. B is visiting A's home world via a magic item that can teleport a ...
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Using the stages of grief to fall in love

I would love to utilize the stages of grief in a way to show the progression of a character's resistance to fall in love. I have some ideas for each. What are some other ideas? I have a vigilante ...
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How do you know if your story is too complicated or just complicated enough?

I've been working on my current story for almost a year. It's a great story but at times it seems really complicated. How complicated is too complicated in a story?
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Can you get poisoned too by kissing a poisoned person/having sex with them?

The MC (a dragon in human form) gets poisoned by drinking poisoned tea. Then hours later the MC kisses a human, who also gives him a blowjob and doesn't spit it out. Can that other person get poisoned ...
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When should I use the setting to express the motif, and when should I use characters, plot events to do it?

I'm currently still at the early stage of writing, and I may be facing too much freedom than what is helpful. One of the results of that is: I'm very uncertain of when should I use the story setting ...
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How to include multiple rare events in a story without it feeling contrived?

I'm working on a detailed plot outline for a fantasy story that revolves around three main characters, Liana, Celia, and Ander. Here's a brief overview: Celia suffers from a condition called "...
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Is it morally right to base a novel on a tragic historical event?

I'm writing a historical fiction based on a historical tragedy where many people died. It's a very specific setting and situation, but I'm not using the names of any of the real people involved in the ...
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How to slow down plot in slowburn romance?

My current work in progress is a slow burn romance between two characters who do not believe in love in their own way. MC simply does not believe in it due to bad experiences being proven, and LI (...
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I’m feeling overwhelmed about writing a novel, can anyone help?

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve finally gained enough courage to attempt to write a small novel, 100-150 pages. I’m 13, which I’ve learned is a small problem. I hate to say it, but I’m just ...
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How to add the “thriller” in a supernatural thriller?

I’ve had this idea for awhile now and would love to start planning and writing it but I don’t know how to make it a supernatural thriller. I know how to write the supernatural part. Basically, the ...
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What stories include a story within the story that is brought to life, creating the main source of conflict? For example: Jumanji [closed]

I'm outlining a new story idea and curious if there are other premises like it out there. I know there are, but am looking for more examples to make sure what I'm trying to do has not been done before....
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What examples are there of a major character being written out *without* dying?

Mainly talking about stories that span multiple instalments, like TV shows with multiple seasons or a novel series with multiple books. In my experience, when a main character exits a series ...
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How can I make my book longer without it feeling like padding, while also not significantly changing the plot?

I'm writing the first draft of my first book. Lately, I have been working hard on it and reached about the 40k mark. At this point, I believe the main character arcs and main story events are done, ...
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What do I do when I have a novel already in the planning stage and get a new plot idea?

I have been planning a murder mystery novel for a couple months and just need to get a few more specific details planned and then I’m ready to write. But I was laying in bed one night just scrolling ...
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When writing a trilogy, should you plan the entire series before starting the first book draft?

My book plan is to cover at least 2 possibly 3 books. I've skeletoned out the first book into a very brief plot. Should I do the same for book 2 and 3 before developing the plot of book 1 or should I ...
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How do you write a succesful character development without changing your character?

In dystopias, you can't avoid the fact that your protagonist is going to be changed from their experience. Not only this, but it's important for them to change for good character development to happen....
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How to fill Major Gaps in a Plot

As stated in previous questions, I am still in the Skeleton Stage of planning. I have a fairly developed first few chapter as well as a few key scenes much further along in the book (not that I'm ...
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What is the difference between the 5-Act structure and the 6-Act structure of storytelling?

There is a YouTube channel called 6-Act Structure, which I will be citing as a reference, run by an Marshall Dotson who wrote The Story Structure Secret: Actions and Goals. The author argues in favor ...
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How do you turn a protagonist's desire to get revenge on an antagonist without killing the antagonist into a quantifiable and tangible goal?

I'm writing a story inspired by the 2010 South Korean movie called I Saw the Devil. The movie is about a secret service agent called Kim Soo-Hyun who enacts his revenge on a serial killer called Jang ...
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Top Tips on a Good First Chapter

I'm struggling with my first chapter (fc). I have a plan but it doesn't contain any action, something that I know from experience should be in the fc to capture the reader's excitement. I was going ...
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How can I make a good prologue that fits with the story?

I'm new to this website, so I'm sorry for anything I accidentally do wrong, or if my question is hard to understand. I just started writing my story and used certain structures to keep each event in ...
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What are examples of overused tropes in dystopian fiction?

I'm writing a Dystopian Novel and am in the initial plot-planning stage. I'm trying to ensure that I avoid the major tropes and have researched examples of this, however the examples I have found were ...
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How can I make my character motivations drive the story forward and not the other way around?

I'm having trouble writing my first real novel. The first three chapters in my story are dedicated to set up, introducing the main characters, and providing character motivations. However, I have ...
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Writing a particular plot in my story

In my story, a group of courageous teenagers named Maverick, Kristy, Stuart, Alice, and Gaurav find themselves engaged in an intense battle against formidable extraterrestrial foes. These teenagers ...
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Is the “my parent died in a car accident” backstory overused?

I’m currently working on a book in which the main character’s parents died in a somewhat ghastly car accident. I haven’t decided yet if my MC was a part of the accident, which would make the death of ...
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No one left to write for [closed]

What to do if there are no more people left on Earth to write for? Let's take an extreme case to illustrate this point. Say, there's a small evil group of people who lobotomized everyone's brains on ...
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