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Is it a bad habit to reveal most of the information still at the beginning of the story?

This is a habit I have with my stories, and I think it's a bad practice. The story I'm writing isn't of the suspense genre, it's a mix of fantasy and realistic fiction, but a bit of "I wonder what/who/...
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Would it be wise to make the turning point of a story coincidental?

I've written a fictional story and the way my characters are coming together and forming a bond seems way too coincidental to me. A lady lives on the first floor while her tenant, a guy, lives on ...
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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 is a good ratio of description/action to talking?

Background I probably am wording this badly and that's why when I searched the site I didn't get an answer. So I was wondering, because the recent totally epic chapter of my masterpiece novel ...
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Is there a template for how to write a movie summarization?

Is there an official or de facto standard for how to write a movie summarization for an encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper or other kind of media? For instance, are there widespread templates, ...
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Is it needed to add breaks in a depressive story?

I'm writing a somewhat depressive story that has no comic reliefs and no happy scenes/moments (except the ending and one or two in the beginning). The only scenes that aren't sad or negative are the ...
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Is it bad to divert from the topic in a paragraph and continue in the next?

Here's an example from my own writing (this is a first draft so there might be errors): Turn for Kazuo's eyeballs. I take them to the table, but I don't eat them immediately. I look at them ...
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Is it bad storytelling to have things happen by complete chance?

Background I recently noticed in my latest masterpiece novel there is quite a lot of things happening by chance. For example: The main character just happens to pass by an old, frail warrior who ...
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A long backstory right at the beginning

Just as I heard from various sources, a plot has to start with what the reader will find through most of it. And that's what I did, the first scene shown is the main event that triggers the story. ...
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Should i have four points of view for my novel?

I have four friends who all have roles to play in my novel. Person A is why things start to happen to the whole group. Person B has protected person A his whole life but A never knew. Person C betrays ...
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What are the steps/plot-points of the Sequel Story?

There are many ways to do a sequel, though for this question I'm only interested in one... The Post Hero's Journey/Apotheosis-Story. Lacking a proper name for this narrative frame work "PHJ" is what ...
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What format/platform/structure is good for writing for a video game?

I know this may not be the best place to ask this, since it's for a game, but the game is very story driven, so I thought it would be reasonable to ask this on the writers stack exchange. The story ...
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How do I handle a backstory big enough to be a story of its own?

I have an idea I'm working on, where there's a huge backstory that I'm not sure how to deal with. In my particular case, the backstory and main story are these: The backstory begins as stereotypical ...
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How many subjects in the same story is “too many”? And is it too bad?

The story I'm currently writing is a framed story where a recurring-depression-suffering writer that lost his wife [killed] in a war tells his life story in a symbolical fantasy world. Throughout the ...
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Style-less writing — Lack of real structure for blog article

I used to write a lot when I was younger, and I like to think that I was even decent at it. It's been years since I've tried to write anything other than code, though. I'm quite out of practice, and ...
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How can I write well-structured ideas without overusing connectors such as “moreover” and “in addition to”

When I write, I find some obstacles in forming well-structured ideas and my writing does not sound natural because of overusing connectors. How can I overcome this issue?
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How to get the “back again” part after horrible experience?

Ok, so I have a character, Jack, and I don't know how to get him on the "back again" path. You know, when you move past what happened? Get happier? My character has suffered a series of traumatic, ...
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Turning normal phrases into gerund phrases: What's the effect in the reader?

For example, what's the difference between: She closed her eyes and thought about her life. He was so confident and handsome women circled him like vultures. And this: Closing her eyes, ...
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How to write a short, and persuasive headline? [closed]

I have the following sentence that I am thinking of using as headline ` Shop online. Locally. ` However, I am not sure if this headline connects well with it sub-headline. Pick up the goods ...
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using double negatives and sentence structure

This is an extract from a book I am currently reading, the author escapes me at this minute, but i will update. OFTEN IN ACTUAL LIFE, and not infrequently in the myths and the popular tales, we ...
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In multiple narratives, does time have to be in sync?

This goes for any amount of narratives, dual, triple, quadruple, whatever. I'm writing a story with three points of views going on simultaneously right now, about at the same time. However, is it ...
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How can I prevent the ends of my chapters from feeling forced?

Background I've found that at the end of a lot of my chapters, the endings feel quite forced and abrupt. This is because I don't know where to go, I've done what I need to do. For example: Excerpt ...
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Chapters - Writing Order

I, like most writers, have a number of ideas about my current work in progress. I know how some chapters in the story will play out almost precisely (the ending / final chapter, for example) and how ...
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Section of a book that explains things

I am writing a fantasy novel and there are many elements that will need explaining, such as precious items, cities, creatures, and certain terms. A glossary won't suffice and I'm stuck as to what ...
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Which makes better sense? [closed]

Is it correct to say: Sign Up to our Newsletter Or Sign Up for our Newsletter Thanks!
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Translating from mind to paper

I've had a story developing inside my head for years (literally about 5 or 6 years now) but every time I try to put that story onto paper it never turns out how I wanted it. It feels like this is my ...
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Why are news articles in the US structured so non-linearly?

Even after almost two years of daily consumption of US print (well, online) news, in particular, the NY Times, I still cannot get my head around the structure of their articles. I'll elaborate an ...
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Events happening in two places in one short story? [closed]

Events happening in two places in one short story? Is this ethical to happen in one short story (craftwise) or is it unprofessional to break the linear flow? Eg: A wakes up thinks, wait get dressed ...
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How much falling action can follow the climax?

I'm writing an action/adventure in the same genre as Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider. I've reached the climax, where the heroes have saved their friend from death at the last moment, and the cave/tomb is ...
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How do you get a character to tell a short story?

Writing noobie here. I'm at a point in my story where one of the characters recalls a memory from their past and talks about the impact it had on them. I've written what I want them to say but I can'...
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Antagonist that remains unknown

In genre fiction, the antagonist is usually either known throughout the book or revealed before the end, so that protagonist and antagonist can battle it out during climax. What I am wondering is, ...
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Text structure in a fictional diary

I began writing a novel. It's something I'm preparing for a long time and I now have enough material. Given the fact that I will concentrate on my main character's poitnt of view, and that I want to ...
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novel frustration [closed]

I need help. I have written 4 novels, 3 in kit form.I will try to be brief, but this is complicated. The stories are brilliant....and in current form unreadable.I am a conflicted writer hampered by ...
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How much can a reader remember?

I've been writing some fantasy. Now, inevitably because its a big piece of fantasy, its all very involved with the world, culture, story and general bits. Personally, I'm really enjoying writing it. ...
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Short Stories - Questions [duplicate]

How many Stories would be required for it to be considered as a Collection of Short Stories ideally? What would be the approximate Word Count for a Short Story?
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Suggestions for ways to say “I'll come back to this later …”

I'm looking for several suggestions for techniques to handle 2 similar cases ... While writing my current non-fiction book, there are a few times where a section ends with somewhat of a teaser of a ...
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Habitual use of -ing follows -ed — is this wrong?

I have recently noticed that I consistently follow an -ed clause with further action or elaboration using -ing. I feel like something is wrong here, even though it sounds and reads well enough to me. ...
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How to write dream sequences?

I'm trying to write a sequence where the main protagonist is taken in their dreams to an archangel. However, I kind of think it sounds a bit childish, as I'm unsure how to structure such a sequence. ...
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Structural templates in scholarly writing

I'm interested in the different ways that academic essays can be structured. Of course there is the 5-paragraph style learned by most Americans in secondary school: Introduction Argument 1 Argument ...
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How to structure the text when describing the steps of a procedure which has simultaneous processes?

I have to further explain my intent here. I'm writing down some procedures in operating manuals and servicing manuals. I mostly use numbered lists and sometimes just bulleted lists. Recently I started ...
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Why do most online articles get to point only after 2 or more paragraphs?

A lot of articles you read online would start by 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. ...
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Sentence openings variations to avoid repeating determiners and pronounces

I have a question regarding sentence openings in English language. When I write most of my sentences start with determiners and pronouns (personal and posessive). This gets repetative quickly. For ...
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Do I need to make use of paragraphs when writing a novel and if so, how?

This might be a stupid question but I am trying to write a small novel, and my structure just doesn't seem right. The text just flows continuously until the end of the chapter (with dialog being typed ...
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Where should I place a comma in this sentence? [closed]

"Hatha yoga is also a great form to use because it combines both spiritual and physical attributes which could help beginners find out what they like the most." I'm having a hard time trying to ...
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How to make a dumb decision as a character and still not let the reader to think same about him?

My character is a police detective. But not the best one. I'm trying to stay away from idealizations in this book. Characters will make normal, human, mistakes; they'll change their minds and be more ...
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Story Structure

I gained a lot of momentum from the answers to my first question. I've read a couple of writing books and read a lot of articles online. Although I'm still quite 'green', I have a much better idea ...
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Sequels and avoiding sequelitis

Many of you have probably read a sequel to a book and have found it to be worse than the original book. I am writing a sequel and would like to know if there is any way to avoid this "sequelitis". ...
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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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How to avoid the 'magic explanation' info dump in Fantasy novels

In the second book of his Inheritence Cycle, Christopher Paolini makes the grievous error of landing his main character in the middle of a serene woodland where he must sit and talk with an old elf ...
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Expressing mocking humor

This is my very first writing, so forgive me if i sound silly. I am trying to express a thought from my mind where a mocking humor about "the excessive education but no common sense in our society" ...