Questions tagged [technique]

Common, repeatable methods of achieving particular storytelling effects or of avoiding narrative pitfalls.

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Is it possible to write a serious story without any humour?

I'm planning out and (will hopefully be writing) a trilogy takes that takes itself pretty seriously and very dark while having a distinct absence of comedy. The reason is behind this choice that I ...
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Are there techniques used to make symbolism harder to detect or interpret in a film?

Are there techniques used to make symbolism harder to detect or interpret in a film? Some people say that there's no right way to interpret a movie, so this is a moot point, but I am wondering if ...
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Character's point of view when using empathic powers

I am writing my first novel in the third person semi-omniscient. I am aware that I ought to still structure passages from a primary character’s point of view, as in, if two or more characters are ...
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Structure of argumentative writing essay?

When writing an argumentative essay what is a good way to structure my writing? What general rules should I follow when starting off an essay?
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How do I expand my chapter?

I'm writing a book and I was wondering how I could expand it? My chapters feel like they have 500 characters while 1 chapter should become 3000 - 5000 words. Is there a way to expand it? Note: I'm ...
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What Is the Best Approach to Making A Main Character That is Not “Special” Without Making it Feel Like A Pity Party?

Just some background: I'm writing a story centered around a boy who is not special. As in, there is nothing too defining about him physically. The thing is, he isn't in a realistic setting. He is ...
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Dreams as inspiration

I am not an author. Occasionally I have an idea for a story but I've never been inspired to invent and connect ideas to make a convincing tale. Recently; however, possibly because of some medication I ...
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How to add symbolic things “in the background” without giving them focus?

my primary interest is video game development and I picked up writing (short stories) as a secondary skill. Because making games is a visual art that encompasses a bit of painting, cinematography and ...
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Could Abridged-Series-Style Comedy Fit a Fantasy Series?

Minus the obvious tropes like 4th-wall-breaking, pop culture references, or lampooning the source material that wouldn’t be usable in a serious novel, would you still be able to take a fantasy novel ...
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MLA In-text citations for websites

I've done some research, but a lot of sources contradict each other. I was just wondering how to do embedded citations for MLA regarding websites. I wasn't too sure how to do them as the websites I ...
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If I can't smoothly fit something into my writing, can I use parenthesis instead?

Ok, so I'm writing a book set around 10 years in the future. Obviously, them being in the future, there are more high-tech gadgets that we don't have here. Normal things that they use in their every ...
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How to keep it clear which character is speaking in a long dialog?

I'm trying to write a long dialog with multiple exchanges between characters. How can I keep it clear which character is speaking without filling the story without repeating 'he said/she said'. ...
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Presenting a Character's Thoughts

Is this an acceptable introductory paragraph to a fictional character's memoir? I'm not sure if the first sentence should be in quotations or have its own line and be italicized.. How often do you get ...
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Where do the punctuation marks belong in this sentence?

I'm writing an essay and I need to know whether the following piece of writing is okay to use and where to put punctuation marks? Perhaps the ideal arrangement would be to spend part of the time in ...
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When to be literal and when to be metaphorical?

I tend to chide myself when I explain things very literally. However, I've noticed some excellent literature uses some very literal explanation of the scene and even the character's emotions while ...
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How to describe a setting but without making it too cliche?

There is this one author technique that I find a bit cliche, which is matching the mood to the setting. This means that for example, when one character is upset, the skies are grey to match the mood ...
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Giving journeys a sense of scale

Journeying is a central part of my novel. However, it gets really boring really quickly to describe them walking through the same landscape for a few weeks. I want to skip to the parts that are ...
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How to get across to the reader a character’s prophetic abilities

My protagonist is speaking to my interpretation of the three fates from Greek mythology. He doubts their abilities until one of them echoes his every word as, or an instant before, he utters them. How ...
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Is it okay to touch type with several different finger placements?

I typed using a QWERTY keyboard for years since my childhood, but I never learned how to type properly and I just type the way I type instead. I use all of my fingers (I had the feelings of that), but ...
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How do you 'keep writing whatever happens'?

I've heard the same thing from almost every writer whenever I ask a question or read an answer, and that thing is : "Just keep writing. It doesn't matter what it will be, because you can edit it ...
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Can the Hero's Journey be detrimental to the process of storywriting?

When it comes to common writing advice, the Hero's Journey and Show, don't Tell, are the most common ones. The second one is not only very wrong but also misleading. You can only tell, after all. ...
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Is it poor technique to use a different characters POV for only a short scene in a novel length piece of work?

Basically what I'm wondering here is if it's distracting or poor technique to switch the view point character to one of the bad guys just for a few pages or a very short scene in a novel. I'm working ...
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What are some tips to keep on track of your plot

I am a new writer writing a fantasy series, and earlier today I found myself thinking “Yay! I’m almost done with the main plot of my first book!” Then I realized I was nowhere near done with the ...
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How best to describe multiple alien species in a short amount of time?

I am in the beginning stages of writing what might be a space opera. The story starts in a society that consists of three planets that all fall under one governmental domain. The problem I'm running ...
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Explain the lack of commas in James Joyce's “The Dead” [closed]

I am closely reading/editing (for my own benefit) the text of Dubliners, the collection of short stories written by James Joyce. In some stories, such as The Dead, there are many instances of what you ...
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Writing for 2-3 different audiences at the same time - Approach?

For a non-fiction book ... Inside every chapter, I need to address 3 separate "audiences" (sort of)... and I am having trouble organizing this in a way that makes sense. Here's an example : ...
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What are some signs of a chosen one nebulous enough that they can be mistaken?

The setup: We have a fantasy world. A while back (like, 30-100 years; not really sure yet) a prophecy was given that basically outlined a chosen one. More specifically it outlines a reincarnate of a ...
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Is this couplet in iambic pentameter?

Is this couplet in iambic pentameter? Sir thou are in love, take Cupid's wings fly to acquire the source of that feeling.
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How do you format dialogue within a parargraph?

He made his way over to the crimson red telephone box that basked in the afternoon sunlight. Ted knew she was hiding in there. “You can come out now." He swung open the door, with a callous look ...
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How to construct the “inner layers” of a character: a doubt on construction of the psyche of fictional characters and bibliography suggestions

First of all, this is a question that was asked aiming good bibliography suggestions and tips. Secondly, my question could be cast into the famous interrogative sentence: "How can I construct ...
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How do you write a story with someone else overseas?

My friend and I have wanted to write a story together for a while now. But she lives in a different country, so we are just confused on how we can do this over calls. Because I know that we can't call ...
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“He laughed a laugh.” It seems correct to use a noun as a verb in the same sentence but should you? [closed]

I'm struggling with the title question in some of my current writing, so should you? Or is it just bad to repeat words? Other examples: "the remains remained", "she peeled the peel"...
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What's the difference between Deus Ex Machina and coincidence?

I've read 1, 2, 3 and of course, 4. Then I read 5 and 6 and even 7. I was blissfully ignorant about coincidence, DEM and plot-convenience; but now, I'm just confused about the difference. I feel ...
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How do I write less like a screenplay?

I've come to notice I have a very specific manner of writing. Specifically, I've noticed that while I'm writing a book, I tend to pace and set up things more like I'm writing a screenplay than a novel....
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Misspelling and punctuation how to improve?

Love telling/writing stories except I am the absolute worst at both spelling along with punctuation. Normally I care less about these things because I can still read them although many people get ...
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What to do with a story fragment?

What should I do when I write an idea, for example a fight scene, but then I find it difficult to write a solution or way to switch from that idea? Should I cancel the whole idea or what, knowing ...
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What is the literary term for a technique where expectation is built up by hinting at the future?

I've been reading a fantasy-novel series where the author cleverly seeds expectation in the reader. This works as a hook to continue reading. It's an audio-book, so I can't easily riffle through to ...
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Inhibitions when writing personal experiences

I write for myself and have no intention of publishing anything. However, I still become uncomfortable writing about events in my life because I think about how people who are involved or who know me ...
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Doubt on the trope “power trio”: what are their psychological basis?

I will gather some non-standard characters in this question. Suppose then the Powerpuff Girls, Team Sonic, Totally Spies, Kanker Sisters (Ed, Edd n Eddy), and so on.[1] Every time we can identify some ...
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Changing Genres in the Middle of a Story

Let's say the story was introduced as a romance, then somewhere in the middle it becomes a horror/thriller, would you immediately think it's bad? Would you feel like "This is not what I came here ...
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How do I write a “suboptimal” fight scene?

For my story I have been doing research on fighting in order to better write the fight scenes. However, once I got a better handle on how fighting in real life works I've noticed I've started nit-...
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How to introduce a previously hidden faction without creating plot holes?

I've been planing out a sequel series to my trilogy, which has a secret society called Nukui-Paub spearheaded by the sequel trilogy's primary antagonist Ma'dtuth, who draws inspiration from Vandal ...
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How to make a world building reveal relevant to the plot

I am writing a story that is based on mythology. I have my own characters which have their own voice. One of those characters, the wise old man archetype, has certain qualities and has a background ...
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How can I focus on writing one book?

I'm only 9 and I started writing a few books, but I didn't even finish them all. I don't know if I should keep writing different books, or focus on one. I sometimes find old books of mine that aren't ...
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How to write from the perspective of the future about the present?

My story mainly takes place in the present, however, it begins and ends about 20 years into the future. (The main character is reflecting on events in their youth.) Given that this is not science ...
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What are the grammatical and stylistic alternatives to avoid overusing pronouns?

Recently, I've developed a habit of writing he/she/him/her and overusing the character's name at the beginning of sentences. For example: Pandora ran through the snow, following the coughs to a small ...
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How to list main ideas in a conclusion chapter without being repetitive with the wording?

In the conclusions chapter of my book (technical, non fiction writing) I want to go over the main ideas I addressed throughout the entire book, as a reminder for the reader and really drive in some of ...
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I want to incorporate a Men's Rights message into my book, how do I it properly?

I want to add a message into my book about Men's Rights, but I don't want to do it in an obnoxious way. I want to add it in without it being told. I want to show, not tell. This one book I was reading,...
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Methodologies to organise writing/copy/editing tasks

This question is all about methodologies to handle the workload efficiently for a freelance who deals with copy/editing of documents/articles. In my branch (IT development) we have Agile Methodologies ...
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What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery? [closed]

What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery/Police Procedural, where the culprit/murderer doesn't get revealed until nearer the end of the book? My instinct keeps saying that the murderer ...

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