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Does anybody know a good book on writing novels that covers complex storyweaving, multiplots, or parallel plotting?

Does anybody know a good book on writing novels that covers complex storyweaving, multiplots, or parallel plotting? I have a large collection of how-to-write manuals for screen and novel writing. ...
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Sections a few paragraphs long without headings

Context I'm looking through the English translations of Truppenführung [1], an old German field manual from the 1930s. An old translation done by the US military is freely available on the internet in ...
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Design vs Emergence

In certain works of writing, we see, when having analyzed the structure of its content, a well-crafted design, often with repetition of elements, at times with variation of the order of subelements, ...
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Content Patterns

In a small book I read on rhetoric, the author instructs readers to learn rhetorical forms, which seem in my understanding patterns of content. One example of such a pattern, which is given in the ...
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A Question on 'Topical Progression': How to Address Internal Inconsistencies in the Framework

(This question has been moved from English Language Stack Exchange on account of relevancy.) In my mission to improve my writing, I have come across a concept called 'topical progression' (discussed ...
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How to efficiently mislead readers and catch them by surprise

I am working on a murder mystery and want to mislead my readers and create a false sense of security for them as to who the murderer is, but I have absolutely no idea how to start.
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How to show time lapse between two chapters?

I have a ten year time lapse between an event in my first chapter and the second chapter. The first chapter has an event that takes place during the protagonist's teenage years that lays the ...
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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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Getting started writing non-fiction

My cousin is an inspirational little girl whose overcoming physical handicaps to help others. She was just featured on NBC Nightly News a couple of weeks ago. It just occurred to me that a book about ...
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Difficulty describing a complex image in a single sentence

I am having difficulty explaining that the sun evaporated the fog that had brushed up against the blooming hills. When I add "with spectacular wildflower blooms", it sounds as if the sun ...
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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 can I tell if tension is a problem while writing?

I’ve recently started plotting out the first of many stories I have kicking around in my brain that I’d like to publish. It’s a fairly short one, and I have written stories before, but I’ve never ...
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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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Flash-forward as Prologue and then Flashbacks too complicated?

Chronologically, the story begins with the protagonist as a child and description of her world, which is important to the plot. Since I thought "girl abandoned by parents meets a man who explains how ...
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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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What's the format of a P.E.E.E.R. paragraph?

I know most of the parts of a P.E.E.E.R. paragraph, but I'm not sure what one of the Es are, and I'm not sure how they fit together. P is for Point, one E is for Evidence, another is for Explain. An ...
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How should I begin writing a story for a comic strip? [closed]

I would like to draw a comic strip, but I need a story. I would prefer a realistic one (historic or not). I was wondering if you have any advice for how to approach the writing of a story for comic ...
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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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What are good ways to improve as a writer other than writing courses?

As a novice writer to improve my writing I have taken one online course. I want to ask, what are good ways to improve as a writer other than writing courses?
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Using P.S. in a formal email

I had a quick question in regards to using P.S. I just finished writing up a formal follow-up email for an interview. I touched over a lot of information and brought up some new topics. Anyway, I ...
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How exactly are you supposed to write a paragraph that contains a consistent theme throughout?

I have noticed as a writer that one of my greatest weaknesses is writing paragraphs. I never really learned exactly how a paragraph is supposed to support one single theme. For instance, this is a ...
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How do I stop using 'the' to start sentences so much?

Something that always bothers me in my writing is how often I start sentences with the word "the". A terrible nonsensical example: The dog ran through the rain-swept streets, chasing a ball he ...
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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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How to make a time-constrained story not feel like a laundry list of events?

I am writing a comic, which upon first glance is a survival story about what a forgotten astronaut does to stay alive upon an inhospitable planet. Its first book spans from cycle 0 to cycle 614 with ...
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What do you call semantic text features?

The problem I've been trying to find a complete list of text features. Things like words, paragraphs, headings, links, bold, italics, lists, tables, quotes, captions, images, indexes, glossaries, ...
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Breaking up long paragraphs with multiple aspects

In scholarly writing, I'm often confronted with having produced a very long paragraph that has the structure with: a single topic sentence, then an internal list of sibling supporting points, with ...
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What is the name for a narrative structure where the story starts with an exposition or summary before recounting the plot in more detail?

I can't find the name for this online and I am an engineer, so don't socialise with people that would know. Consider the Aeneid, which begins: Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate, And ...
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Writing multiple main characters, who end up being the same person at the end. Need advice

So what started as an attempt to write a memoir, I found myself struggling to commit to just one underlying theme. I also found writing about myself in different time periods, it felt as though I was ...
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Having multiple epilogues

According to Wikipedia, An epilogue is the final chapter at the end of a story that often serves to reveal the fates of the characters. Some epilogues may feature scenes only tangentially related to ...
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Forming Conceptual Chiasms Without First Creating an Outline

There are books that contain conceptual chiasms, which are easily seen when the books are outlined. Is outlining before writing the only way to produce these structures, or can you produce them by ...
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How do I balance action and life?

When writing stories, I tend to get really caught up in the small interactions and lives of my characters. I explore their state of mind, their relationships, their habits. However, because of this; a ...
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Can I combine a character's talking and thoughts in contiguous lines of dialogue?

‘This is harder than I thought.’ Dakota mused, then said; “Shane is smart as a whip,” while watching Melody's face for her reaction. “I’m surprised he let me do this.”
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Why do most online articles get to their point only after 2 or more paragraphs?

Many articles you read online start with random quotes and abstract thoughts or philosophy, not on the actual subject, but on things related to the subject, including a lot of personal opinions. For ...
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What determines the value or worthiness of an autobiography?

To make an otherwise long winded story short, I have an uncommon tale of survivorship. Context: From child runaway, to kidnapping victim, to an escape ten years, ten months, and 23 days later. For the ...
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Looking for the name of a certain way of structuring a story

I’m looking for the name of a certain way of structuring a story. It often takes the form of “prologue – story – epilogue” where the prologue is a conversation which sets up the story and sometimes ...
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Structure for computer science research paper

I'm writing my first undergraduate research paper for computer science and I think my lack of experience is starting to get on my supervisor's nerves. I've written a program that collects video ...
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What M.I.C.E quotient type does equipping a character begin?

In James Bond films or heist stories, there might be a sequence where the character will get gadgets or equipment. Using the M.I.C.E quotient as a framework, I noticed that receiving the equipment and ...
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What lies between a Part and a Chapter?

This is for fiction literature. I've got this story where the original chapters became so huge that I had to split them into 5 chapters each. But each original chapter is relatively distinct and ...
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How to write a character losing time

Stuff happens -blackout- More stuff happens This is both how the character is supposed to experience time, and how it's written so far. But it has a number of problems. The biggest ones are: It looks ...
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Which sentence is correct? How is variety created in these sections (of a song)? or How is variety created between these sections (of a song)?

When describing the variety or contrast evident in a song we can compare the song sections. Variety adds interest to the song. We ask how is one section different to the next?
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Why does all scene writing advice insist on the scene lead having a clear goal when this is often not practiced in bestsellers?

I've been reading a lot of books on scene writing. One thing in common--found in every single book--is that the main character in the scene should have a goal. That goal should be made obvious as ...
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Is there a word for when a text is between chapters that enriches the story but is not part of the previous or following chapter?

Is there a word for when a text is between chapters that enriches the story but are not part of the previous or following chapter? I'm writing fiction and wanted to have in-universe news articles from ...
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Doubt in screenplay definitions

Can someone tell me the difference between scene, plot, story, and structure ?
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Writing better result sections in scientific articles, non-native English writer

I'm currently doing my master thesis in Ecology and now writing my result section. I'm a non-native English writer and I would like to ask for some help structuring my sentences and how to become a ...
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What is good introductory book to learn scientific academic writing and publishing process?

I would like some help to find a good reference or textbook that covers the following points regarding scientific academic writing : What are the types of different publications and explaining their ...
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Scene & Sequel in exposition or world building

I have been trying to practice the scene and sequel structure, including the use of MRUs and I find it alternately natural and frustrating. I understand that the goal of this structure is to keep the ...
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What are some examples of an inciting incident that would force a character to go on a quest or adventure?

I've noticed that my novel is missing a really strong inciting incident and I can't think of anything strong enough to suffice. The only inciting incidents I'm familiar with seeing in nearly every ...
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Parts, books, volumes, etc

Is there any standard (or at least common) hierarchical arrangement for major divisions of a fiction book? For instance, I occasionally see some large novels divided into "parts", and sometimes I see ...
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Can a visual novel with branching plotlines be translated into one single book?

For the uninitiated; Visual Novels (abbreviated as VN) are in layman terms a type of game with it's story presented in plain-text accompanied with illustrations of characters and environments, music, ...
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What do I need to keep in mind when writing a "pilot" episode for a series?

I've been working on a series. However, the series is very long and incomplete, so it's difficult to get feedback on it from others. So I’ve been considering writing a “pilot” episode. A short story ...

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