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How to progress a fantasy novel that is also slice of life?

I am currently writing a novel where I mix the genre fantasy, sci-fi, and slice of life. My plan is to make the main character to save the sci-fi city using fantasy. And beyond that, I also use slice ...
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How can I slow down my story without drama?

Been reading through my stories, and I've noticed that there's a lot of shooty-shooty-bang-bang where people fight each other, but not a whole lot of drama which I feel like I probably should add so ...
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How do I tastefully handle a female-to-male transforming character?

My character is a girl who is later revealed in my story to be under a curse that allows her to transform into an older man. She is sharing a body with a powerful male spirit who can take control and ...
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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 having major anxiety before writing a huge battle a thing?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series and I am at the halfway point in my first book. I am so excited and absolutely terrified to write at the same time. Is that a regular thing? The scene I am ...
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Writing a Thesis paper

What to do if you feel stuck while writing? Feels like you cant write a single fresh line. I don't know much words and also I have grammatically issue as well. Now that I am writing my discussion ...
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Is it bad to overuse the words 'that' and 'which', and how can you avoid doing so?

Currently, I am working on a paper. While writing, I noticed a problem. I used the word 'that' 78 times and 'which' 68 times in 32 pages. Will using these words so frequently affect the quality of my ...
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Is an audience really required to develop writing?

I like writing, particularly on topics of realism and general self-help. Some of my posts are opinion-based, and some are emotive pieces. My attempt at sharing my work in Quora and Medium has failed ...
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How to balance an eloquent character/narrator with the need for readers to understand the story

I'm writing a short story told in first person by a character who, an avid book lover, is much more likely to grow her vocabulary by way of ancient books than by talking to other people. Because of ...
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How many MCs should you have in your story?

I’m wondering how many main characters should be in a first person POV series. My idea of a good MC cast is this: First Person Narrator. Narrator’s love interest. Narrator’s best friend. Narrator’s ...
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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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How should I go about introducing character as a long forgotten friend?

I am having the main protagonist find their imaginary friend that they had previously forgotten. How would I make some flashbacks without making the plot too confusing or having it sound choppy and ...
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Can I use two different types of Punctuation at the end of the same sentence?

I've finally started writing my romance novel. There's a scene in the novel where the girl (Luna) is sneaking in from her boyfriend's house. Her dad, however, was waiting for her. The scene goes ...
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What kind of writing would be considered offensive?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. In my series, the main character has two different eye colors and looks down on herself because she thinks she is ugly. If people who also have two ...
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Is it appropriate for one to use already existing content?

Will it be considered copyright infringement if one would use already existing content, for example, a song? Can you be sued for copyright infringement if you use this, even if you give the original ...
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Is there publishing for people under 18? [duplicate]

I am under the age of 18 can I publish a book? I have had the rough draft read through many times by professionals, they said I should get it published, however I'm not sure if any companies will be ...
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What pronoun to use for a sentient, self aware AI?

I have a sentient AI in a story. He sentience aspect is mostly an unexpected result and some characters in the story do not believe it. When they refer to the AI, should they use the "it" ...
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How do I make an action scene based on a musical choreography work in a novel?

I'd like to make one of the action scenes in my planned novel to involve a choreography to a medley of various real world songs, similar to the Ocean's Twelve Laser Dance scene(video below), obviously ...
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How do characters push the ones they love away in a believable manner over the course of a novel?

(not sure if this question belongs here, let me know if there's a better stack exchange category for it and I will happily take it down) I'm currently working on a story that involves a main character ...
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A typical American food a grandma could cook that would spoil if left outside the fridge over night [closed]

This is oddly specific and I'm not sure this is the right place for it but I'm writing something set in a contemporary American setting and I need a typical American food a grandma could cook for a ...
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Should I capitalise a lower-case last name at the start of a sentence?

I have a fairly quick question. I am wondering if I should capitalize a last name when it comes at the start of a sentence if it starts with a lower-case letter. Example: In my essay, I am citing ...
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I got a message from an Author Liaison representative. Can someone please give me advice on what to do? [duplicate]

I have received the message below on Wattpad and I think it's a scam. I am not that good at writing and I doubt that anyone would come to me out of all people. Can someone please help me I don't know ...
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How to Structure a single-perspective Novel into Chapters?

Now my case is not novel-wide; I have to do this in one part of the novel, but I extended the question to a more generalised one, so that anybody else with the same question will find it useful just ...
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How do I explain the action of two characters that fell on top of each other after an action? [closed]

This question is pissing me off. I'm writing a Supernatural fanfic, and my two characters are Demon Hunters. They're in a cemetery hunting down a Chevil Guavin (Which is a murder-maniac horse), and ...
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Introduction Techinques

What types of methods can be used in writing a scientific research paper introduction? I have read articles on a particular topic (COVID-19), and they are peer-reviewed scientific journals. My ...
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How can a “hero” with blue and orange morality be made relatable?

Nyarlathotep, the Black Pharaoh, seeks to enter the realm of Earth to rule over mankind. Unfortunately, he is prevented from doing so by a barrier that blocks eldritch deities from crossing over. To ...
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Is it acceptable to put the period after the quotation mark?

As a programmer, it always bothered me when the period was inside the quotation marks, like so: His nickname was "Quincy." I'd much prefer to do it this way: His nickname was "Quincy&...
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Do publishers and editors require a certain font for the manuscript?

I was about to print my manuscript when a sudden thought occurred to me, do publishers require a certain font? I didn’t want to print out 50,000 words only to discover it was useless, that costs a lot ...
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How would you come up with a great antagonist?

So I’m writing another series. No surprise there, at least not if you know me. I wrote my first series on an idea, and let it reveal itself to me as I wrote. That was a good a method for the specific ...
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What if you want to write two separate books at once?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series, and while browsing writing prompts and trying to better my writing yesterday, I got an idea for another, totally different series. I am in love with the ...
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How to punctuate long, never-ending dialogue sentences?

I need some basic grammar guidelines to follow regarding how to punctuate dialogues where people go on forever, like in the example below: Now I've edited the whole series all five books which means ...
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Why is writing so hard? Are there any self-help books for scientific writing? [closed]

Not to make this a post complaining about my inability to write, but I'd like to understand the universal challenges people face when writing and overcome some of these common challenges. Maybe ...
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How to punctuate repeated thoughts/words when transcribing dialogues?

I'm transcribing a webinar for work and I need to get the punctuations right for this. How do I punctuate dialogue when the speaker repeats words in a row whilst wondering out loud? For example, in ...
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Can you be too detailed in fantasy writing?

I am wondering if there is such a thing as “too detailed” in writing. If yes, then I want to know if I am doing it. I will insert a descriptive paragraph from my own writing below. Its scaly head was ...
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How can I read 700 pages in a day?

It's been two months and I haven't completed one book, and this OP has read 700 pages in one day. So how can I increase my reading habits? Compared to this person, I did nothing but just wasted 2 ...
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Am I bringing my character back to life too much?

This story is about a person in a sort of technologically advanced secret government organization that is basically SCP. The organization is very advanced and, in most cases, can revive dead people. I ...
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Would a second publisher ever want a book that didn't do well with the first publisher?

I have a nonfiction book out which isn't selling well at all. :( And yet, it's gotten rave reviews from every industry professional who's read it. I'm looking ahead to when it's discontinued and the ...
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Writing: Balancing Barbarism And Magic

I'm having some issues with balancing the world in my story. My story is centered around a magical world where the people are brutal. There is political corruption, arguments over the use of magic (...
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Is it okay to kill a main character?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. I started this book with a light bulb idea late one night while reading Peter Pan. I didn’t know anything about writing, but I ADORE reading, so I pulled ...
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What makes a book young adult

I am a young author writing my first series . I’m not writing my books simply because I want to or that I am frustrated with other books, but those are some reasons. The book I am writing is pure ...
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Indirect reference following brackets in scientific literature

I've got a bracketed reference in a scientific manuscript I'm writing, that immediately follows bracketed text like so: ...rather than visiting flowers that were in ‘same scent’ group (same scent and ...
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What to do when you hit writers block

I’ve recently been writing my book when I got stuck. I think it’s safe to say that this has happened to everyone. This has happened a few times in the certain book I am writing, and I’ve noticed it is ...
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What exactly is a beta reader list?

Beta readers. I am asking this question for others benefit, because I feel it is an important part of writing. Everyone in their writing career at some point has heard the term, beta readers. But what ...
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Character development. Do I need major events for changes or can it be more gradual

I have this main character who is very academically gifted but has a bunch of problems. For example he is: Anti-social, paranoid, ignorant of the people around him, very violent, short tempered, and ...
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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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Can I publish a book set in the Harry Potter universe?

I know similar questions have been asked. But also, consider that I want to publish a book in countries other than the US or UK.
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How to start an argument between characters

My problem here is that I have two main characters, who, in the future, will end up dating. I’m trying to create friction between them at the beginning of my series so that they gradually fall in love....
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What are the steps to get an imprint for my book.I am self publishing my poetry book in India [closed]

I am self publishing my book but I don't know how to get an imprint.
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Name of the poem or poet? [migrated]

I remember from my childhood a English poem about a joker with disorganized attire. He has worn a cooking pan as hat, (probably) socks as gloves and he's travelling in a train and leaves his station ...
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How do I write from a girl's POV?

Ok, I know this question might seem a little bit weird. But I really need to know. How do I write from a girl's POV? I'm a 13 year old boy and I'm trying to become an author. I'm currently working on ...

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