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Problems about making a story suspenseful

I've been writing my first story for almost one year, and I am facing problems in working on suspense and that's why I'm slowing on it..I just present ideas, kind of explicitly and I don't know how to ...
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A BibTeX for Reference-Style Links in Markdown?

Both Daring Fireball https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#link and Markdown Guide https://www.markdownguide.org/basic-syntax/#formatting-links suggest that in Markdown writing, ...
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What is the problem with starting a sentence with “and”?

Few months ago, in my school, someone checked my writing, and said, “I’m not a big fan of starting a sentence with ‘and’,” and I don’t see a problem with it. Can anyone answer why some people dislike ...
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Two of my characters have the same names as two characters in a comic book/show. Should I change one of them?

So I'm currently starting to write this idea that I've had in my head for a long time and a couple of months ago, I realised that my main female characters have the same names as the main female ...
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Can one of my POV characters have the last name Thibodaux and get published?

I live in Louisiana, and names with french origins are very common here. So we all know how they're pronounced. I'm worried that a publisher will want me to change the name as it may not be so obvious ...
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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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Is it possible to publish a fanfiction on DARK (Netflix TV series)? [duplicate]

I am a 24 years old Indian. I've been writing a fanfiction on DARK. The very famous Netflix TV series. I took main leads from the series and the basic theme of time travel and multiple universe. Later ...
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How to improve writing style and vocabulary?

I'm working on my first book. I'm not that great in English and sometimes while writing, I feel that I'm not able to give my 100% in dialogues and overall writing style, overall( like adding more ...
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Lots of ideas, but don't want to tell stories

I sometimes have ideas for what I think might be compelling stories - most would fall in the category of fantasy/science fiction; however, I realise that I have no real interest in telling stories. I ...
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Translate or keep terms with diverse meanings?

I struggle with a passage in a text that I gave in three translations. In one, the original word is kept, but as it's ancient Greek and I don't speak Greek I had to look it up. In the other two ...
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Should a writer be a good reader?

Someone who wants to be a writer, has a good idea in his/her brain but is not much of a reader. Can that person be a good writer given that he/she has read a few novels but wants to write a great ...
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Introducing secondary characters

The dilemma I find myself in is introducing secondary characters. Say, this character - a family relative - only exists fleetingly in my story. The first time I introduce the character, I mention it's ...
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How does war work? [closed]

I am currently writing a story about an interstellar war. Here is the general idea: this war is taking place in Jupiter, the largest planet and one of the main areas of conflict everyone in this ...
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Cons of Extensive Detailing [duplicate]

Every time I start a story, I create the scene in my mind. I'm pretty sure others would be able to write it in 2000 words. However, once I start writing, I detail every scene way too much and the end ...
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Mixing up mythology [closed]

So I am writing a book in which I want to include gods from different mythologies, like Erebus from greek and Heka from egyptian mythology. but I don't know how I should approach it. Can I like ...
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Can you omit words from a sentence and correctly cite that text?

In a source, I have the sentence: Trafficking in children from Togo, Nigeria, Mali, to Cote d’Ivoire’s plantation and domestic servants in Gabon, and of women from Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, and Sierra ...
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Can a novel chapter have a suspenseful flashforward opening?

Like in the TV serials, can we have the opening section of the novel relate the ending or some part in between of the chapter (as a flashforward) to add suspense and keep the reader guessing as to how ...
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How can I write complex and believable characters?

How do I write characters that are more grounded, complex and believable so that readers can resonate with them and makes my novel more compelling? How should I elaborate their dialogues and actions ...
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How to write a socially awkward, anxious character without them ending up like Bella Swan?

I'm trying to write a character who is shy and awkward and has anxiety so she would stutter or have social blunders etc. but I'm trying to figure out if the way I write her will end up making her like ...
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What are some examples of the “simple but vivid” description that Chekhov talks about in the quote below?

(The quote below is from one of Chekhov's letters to other Russian writer, Maxim Gorky.) Your nature descriptions are artistic; you are a true landscape painter. But your frequent personifications (...
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Multiple names and titles in a single sentence? [migrated]

This study includes interviews from notable professionals such as 3 time Emmy award winner John Smith, Northern State University Professor of Quantum Mechanics Dr. Jane Cook, Founder and CEO of Planet ...
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Differentiate the compound words [migrated]

In accounting, we use compound words like "electricity expense", "utility expense", "salary expense", etc. These all belong to one category of operating expenses. I also ...
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How exactly does a book go from typewritten pages into an actual mass-produced unit ready for the consumer, and do authors have any control?

I want to be clear that I'm asking about this both for the present time, where nearly everyone does everything digitally, and for "back in the day", such as the 1970s or 1950s or 1920s or ...
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Korean sensitivity reading for a modern fantasy world

I've been working on a YA/adult contemporary fantasy novel for a while and I had some questions about sensitivity reading. The world featured in the novel is entirely new but it's inspired by ours. ...
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Can I have a non-living thing with its own perspective?

We typically have third person or first person narratives in literature. I have a requirement - to unveil the suspense, I want a non-living thing to share its perspective in the final chapter. Is this ...
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Is it permissible to have a non-linear narrative in a three act structure?

Would I be breaking any rules, literary conventions or be doing something that is wrong or redundant as a narrative technique?
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How to create unique dialogue for characters? [duplicate]

So, one of my problems is that I have trouble giving my characters unique voices. They usually all sound the same. I may say that they have a certain dialect or accent, but it doesn't come through in ...
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How to add various social themes in the story?

I'm working on my first novel, which revolves around revenge and violent cycles of human nature for more than 1.5 years. While working on some sections of the book, I feel like how do I add more depth ...
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United States Military Should the word “military” be capitalized here? [migrated]

I have an editor who is going back and forth about whether or not the word military is capitalized when used as "United States Military". Thanks for your help.
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How to properly include credits for the author, location, date and time?

I'm working on an amateur article about various topics and want to include my name (as the author), location of where I'm currently writing the article, and the current date and time. I've seen many ...
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Name of the argument for defending in-fiction atrocities based on historical accuracy?

I remember reading up about an argument, but I can't recall or find what it was called. It basically boiled down to this - because in either our real history or the history of a given fictional world ...
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Chapters in my thriller before the main threat comes in

I'm writing a thriller about some people that have their whole world change around them. I won't bog this question down with lengthy specifics though. The world my characters inhabit isn't exactly ...
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Traditional publishing with already copyrigthed content

If I establish worldbuilding elements on a blog or service like World Anvil, will I still be able to use those elements in book and get traditionaly published? Technically I should have full rights to ...
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When writing a piece that will be published in multiple languages, are there any concessions a writer should make in tone, word choice, or style?

The piece in question aims to be accessible, informal, and conversational. A bit of slang strikes the right tone to my American ear. Will it come off alright to other English speakers? Will ...
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What is this writing style called, and why was it invented?

I'm re-reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" in Swedish, a pocket printed in 1971. Although I believe that the original English book uses "quotes", this version is instead rewritten ...
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Which English letters are not present in their own spelling? [migrated]

When I spell the letter B I can write "be". In its own spelling the letter B is present, right there. What letters are not present in their own spelling?
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Building a Fictional World upon a Real Setting [closed]

To save time with world building an focus on the tale, is it justified to borrow heavily from a real world setting and take enough liberties to allow creative freedom? Can this be done without ...
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How do you refer to someone in a formal essay?

I'm writing a formal essay on a book. The book is about a real person, but they are referred to by their first name throughout the entire book. When writing the essay, do I stay consistent with the ...
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Is there a way I can print a book only for myself?

As selfish as this sounds, I’m really interested in having my own book printed physically for myself. I don’t intend to sell it or distribute it, and I’m primarily interested in having my book that I’...
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What kind of plot structure or format does “South Pacific” follow?

In the movie, "South Pacific," the (probable) protagonist is one Lt. Joseph Cable. His problem is that he gets killed before the end. About 10%-15% into the movie, we meet two other ...
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When does a partially random event go from reasonably possible to contrived “deus ex machina”?

There will always be some amount of luck, some amount of chance and randomness in any story. This is how it is in real life as well, and although stories are not a representation of reality, they do ...
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How often should multiple POV be used?

I'm starting on my second novel, and my two main characters take two paths that give necessary information for the story. I want to begin a chapter using the male's POV, but his POV is unnecessary for ...
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My protagonist being needed for my story is a life changing event, does that mean the event needs to be in my story?

My protagonist is a first-generation native on a colony world. The general culture of the colony makes it clear that everyone must contribute to the colony in a meaningful way. But instead of ...
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How should I write an autobiography if some elements are illegal? [closed]

Lets say that I wanted to write an autobiography but some elements of my life (particularly relevant to certain choice) are illegal and I could still be prosecuted for them if my involvement became ...
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Correctly ending a sentence with “?” or “!” spacing? [closed]

Specifically, should there be a space after a sentence last letter or directly after the written last letter ? I personally prefer a space (to me, the text is clearer to read) but perhaps (...
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Not wanting to “spoil” a story due to lack of skill

I have a story that is dear to me and that I would very much want to write about. However, I don't have lots of experience in writing so I'm afraid if I do try to write it, it won't be as good "...
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Can I query a book in two countries simultaneously?

Can I send a query to agents in non-English speaking country and translated version to agents in English country at the same time? I assume I have to inform them about this upfront. How it will affect ...
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Alternatives for the over use of her and she in action scenes [duplicate]

I am really struggling to try and cut out repetitive use of the word 'her' and 'she' in action scenes while still trying to keep them short and sharp. I have read other posts here discussing this ...
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May I copy some paragraphs of other writers as examples? [duplicate]

I’m a Spain-based writing tutor and I’m currently working on a writing guide. I’d like to quote well known writers as examples, which means include some paragraphs of such authors. Is there any ...
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Semicolon Usage [duplicate]

Would a semicolon be used in the following instance? Looking for alternatives to using 'as I did this' or 'while I did that' lines. I should probably just be using a comma, but please let me know ...

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