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Questions tagged [story]

This tag should be used for questions about the story in fictional writing.

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How to avoid repeating myself while writing in the third person [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story in third person and I'm not that confident if I'm doing it right. I noticed I'm using the word "he" so often (the character's guy by the way) and I'm afraid that I'm "...
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Repetition of information in my multi-path / multi-play-through game - how to deal with it?

I'm working on a story-heavy game with lots of different paths the player can choose from. Many times, players might also have to replay parts of the game in certain ways to see the true ending. As a ...
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Are there narrative structures other than Kishōtenketsu and the three act structure and its derivatives?

Derivatives of the three act structure include the Hero's journey, Dan Harmon's story circle, and the five act structure.
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What, exactly, is a character study?

Critics and writers use the term "character study" a lot, usually to describe works that are especially 'literary' such as The Remains of the Day. Despite its usage, it appears that no one really has ...
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What are various sites to publish erotica?

Where could I look, or what could I search for, in order to find sites that allow user based publishing of erotic stories online? The only site I currently know of is literotica.com. I am not trying ...
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Anticlimactic ending as a surprise after climax?

Note: my story is for a video game, but that should hopefully be irrelevant to the question itself. Our heroes spent a long time fighting their way to the evil demon king. The hopes of all the people ...
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Is it true that “Any story can be great in the hands of the right storyteller”?

Presumably, like all trite sayings, it's a bit of an exaggeration since a story has to be at least interesting. (I mean, it would take amazing talent to write simply about someone sleeping and make it ...
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Static Scenes that still Move the Story Forward

I've just read a tutorial about scenic techniques in novel-writing that recommends that a story should have a rhythm of static scenes and dramatic scenes. Here's an excerpt: Dramatic scenes are ...
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Is there a format to write a good treasure hunt story?

I'm writing a story for an Indian movie that revolves around a bunch of estranged siblings, who come to live in their father's abandoned house a year after his death. They do so because they receive ...
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On copyright infringement and plagiarism

So, I'm writing a novella about this guy named Peter, who is an actor living in LA. In the fall, he comes back to his hometown, a small town in New Jersey, after a gap of three years. He has a large ...
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Creative Non-Fiction - Writing without Plot, Story, Characters or Ending

I've just started reading Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and it strikes me, when reading about his obsession with Arsenal that I too have an obsession - with words. I would like to write a creative non-...
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Can I use the name of an already-existent band for my fictional one?

I made up a fictional band for a story and called it Enceladus, only to discover that there is already a real band with the same name (not a very well-known band). Could I still use the name without ...
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Plot development

Have great openings with (I humbly feel) unusual and unique situations. But after the first few pages to support the beginning, bam...no plot! It stalls and don’t know where to go with it. I’ve ...
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Plotting a Compelling Story [closed]

How should I approach plotting a compelling story, i.e. one aimed at changing the way people think and behave (rather than just being "art for art's sake")? I want to write a novel or collection of ...
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When does something become “torture porn”?

I've heard this term thrown around sometimes in a derisive way (obviously), and usually not just to refer to Saw movies. I don't remember who it was, but I remember someone saying how the movie "Logan"...
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How much can I trust my players to remember previous states of the story and not get confused?

In my game, the player may run into deadends in the story, which causes the game to end prematurely. This can range from the player simply getting killed, another important character in the story ...
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Any software for video game non-linear story design?

Is there any software for making non-linear story or dialogues? I tried MS Word/Google Docs but that's not good for dialogues. In one complicated dialogue I wrote in Google Drawings, it looks like ...
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Dead parents: something to avoid?

A lot of people die in my story, some of them are parents. One of the main characters for example lost his father (and one brother) in a car crash when he was young, which he was a part of. He became ...
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Can I make a character make a philosophic observation or say their opinion, even if it's unnecessary for the plot/story?

I have a character in my story who has the habit of making philosophic observations about life and the functioning of things, or his opinion/vision about something. Although most of his observations ...
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How unadvisable is it to flip the protagonist into a villain?

Essentially, I have a protagonist who I set up as a 'main' good guy in one of my series. However, in my final series, I intend to make him turn to the dark side and oppose my other protagonists (from ...
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Stories with multiple possible interpretations: do you plan for it?

There are many stories out there that are open-ended, up for different interpretations. Many theories spawn around such stories, most of which sound possible/plausible, but are nevertheless only ...
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Character, plot, and setting conflicts

I'm working through the Sanderson youtube classes on writing fantasy and he discusses the idea that conflict can arise between any two (or three) of the three legs of a story - plot, character, ...
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Prepare for more after the “ending”?

In my story, there's this big bad, who needs to be destroyed. That is the main goal for about the last third of the videogame. So the group of heroes manages to destroy him! ... but I don't want to ...
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Is it okay to publish a fan-fiction book from a TV series?

I'm 13 years old and I'm writing a story called 'Destiny'. This book is a fanfiction of the TV-Show "Merlin" (the TV series 2008) and I've added a character into it. There currently is no book of ...
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Can I keep my characters in my book or should I just give up with them?

My OCs (Original Characters) were stolen by an older person. She may or may not have copyrighted them. A few years ago I was like 13 and I posted some characters I made up and I really love them. One ...
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How can a main character learn about a secret event that will take place?

I am writing a story for a comic book and at this point I am stuck. I want my protagonist to learn that a delivery of a key item by the bad guys will occur, I already thought about the possibility of ...
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Points to keep in mind while writing a romantic novel

So I'm currently working on a story that kinda is a romantic novel. But I need some starters, like what exactly to keep in mind while writing a romantic novel? (From the reader's point of view) the ...
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Can I name a male character Artemis?

So I'm writing a story and there is a character that is a male that I want to name Artemis. The reason, simply put, is that he has a sister with a name I really like that is TECHNICALLY a boy's name (...
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How to slow down the pace of the story?

How do I slow down the pace of my story? And please refrain from answering with "add more descriptions," because I'm already aware of that technique :). I'd like to see if there are even more ways to ...
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Using fake swear words without them seeming out of place to the reader

This is not a question about slang, but about swearing and word creation. I have a character who uses swear words, and this is part of his voice. I do not use real swear words. I want the sense of ...
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Struggling to portray a character's multitude of internal experiences

For one of my main characters, I use internal thinking/processing/&intuition to run counterpoint and deepen our understanding of his motivations. This approach manifests in the story in three ways:...
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How to write a character that knows a lot about explosives?

I'm writing a story where the main character makes and detonates bombs. The character could be considered a terrorist. I want to portray the character as an expert, but I don't know a way to more ...
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Where is a good place to locate / source good script & story writers?

I am working for a company that wishes to source writers for their current production of an upcoming funny cartoon series called Firsty. The directors are currently looking for writers & stories ...
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Would it be appropriate to end a side story as soon as a character is killed off?

I am currently writing a war story written from different perspectives on both sides of the conflict. Every primary character of the story has their own side story with a family, life, etc., yet they ...
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How can I have a war with no “good” or “evil” side?

I'm conceptualising a story involving two heroes who go on an epic journey and return bitter rivals etc. etc. and form their own forces in a sort of civil war. My issue is that I want them to both be ...
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What is the term for a show or movie that has no actual story? [closed]

When i see so many generic trash shows like "The Mist" i cant help to wonder, what is the story exactly? Why do they show so much unnecessary info, like history and stories from minor characters that ...
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Point of view question

In the story I am trying to write, I have a question about character point of view. I'm writing in what I believe is omniscient style, and I've read that changing POV within the same paragraph is not ...
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How to writer longer stories for a SciFi novel?

I'm writing science fiction short stories and intend to later expand and stitch them together into a science fiction novel. My problem is that (e.g.) the scenery is left / the destination point is ...
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How to write a character that isn't who they claim?

I am currently writing a character that isn't who they claim to be. This character's true identity and affiliation will become known in the ending chapters. This character can be closely associated ...
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How does one write a misanthropic character likeable?

Let's say the character has over the years grown to dislike humans because he had many negative experiences with them, and is disappointed in humanity itself. How does one write such a character ...
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Serious real life problems in a fantasy?

I have a fantasy story I'm writing and several other fantasy ideas, which treats (in-depth or almost) some serious real life problems, such as diseases (mental or corporal), mental health degradation (...
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Is there a way to improve my grammar without so much cost? [closed]

I'm definitely poor at English and I always have grammatical errors. After posting a question about what apps can I use to start writing my stories, I searched in this site if how can I improve my ...
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Too much death in character backstories? Even in a horror game?

The backstory of my five main characters involves a lot of death... The protagonist, who has two adopted daughters and raises them alone, lost both his parents and doesn't even remember them (part of ...
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Should I use the terms “people” “person” “man” and “woman” in fantasy setting?

So I'm writing a story and the setting is that there are two worlds: the world of humans and the world of (insert species name here). Now I'm wondering if it's okay to use the terms/words "people," "...
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What is an appropriate forum for asking off-topic, story-based questions?

I'm looking for a good website/blog/forum for posting questions that are technically off-topic for this website. I am looking for something that would allow me to post about story-based things, such ...
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How to use pun in this story [closed]

I wrote: A funny thing happened to me recently, which I would like to share with you. First, let me say the private English school I'm studying at is called SPEAK UP. A couple of days ago, ...
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How and where to publish my first poem / story? [duplicate]

I have written poems and short stories and want to publish somewhere. but I am not aware about how to publish it so that it can reach to max people. Please suggest a way to do so. thanks.!
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How to extrapolate a spectacular crime from a daily one

I'm reading daily crime from newspapers, just to have an idea to write a detective story. But the crime I read aren't helpful to create a plot. I mean, they are really boring and all the same. I don't ...
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How do I avoid making all my characters speak like me?

I'm writing a story and it is really hard to avoid putting my own speech patterns into my stories. Especially for the mean and dark types. My character is a deceiving, mischievous leader. He plays ...
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How to finish a story?

I do realize that this is a very generic question, and I apologize if it doesn't meet the requirements of this forum. I have plenty ideas for stories and I come up with new ones all the time, which ...