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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

When using the name of a famous character, you want to consider two things. 1-Will people accuse you of stealing it? Pride and Prejudice is from 1813, so copyright is no problem, but the book is ...
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Is it ok to name a character after one in a well-known book?

"Pride and Prejudice" was published in 1813 and is in public domain now. You are free to use any names from it. Another question is if you really want to create this name allusion for the ...
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How would i go about censoring adult language in my book for school?

A long accepted practice is to make up words that are fairly obviously the real curse words, but aren't. On the TV Series Battlestar Galactica (long before you were born), they needed the rough and ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

The same way you make any other character interesting and likable. Flesh him out and make him feel like a real person. Understand his motivations and goals, and let the reader inside his head (...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

Stories borrow heavily from morality roles; we have a hero that is acting pretty selflessly, and a villain that is acting pretty selfishly. In Die Hard, Bruce Willis could at any time walk away, but ...
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Would it be too presumptuous of any established author to write a novel in the hope that it be made into a film?

It would depend on track record. I believe Michael Crichton had sold the film rights to Jurassic Park before the novel was published. He agreed a deal with Spielberg while the novel was still being ...
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How would you introduce a new story arc in the middle of another arc?

If you're trying to suddenly end an arc and start another, the best way to do it is most likely this. The Protagonists Are Out of Time. The Gauntlet's Been Thrown. Last Arc Was a Side Quest. There's ...
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How would i go about censoring adult language in my book for school?

Keep in mind that you don't have to have your character curse in order to be bossy and arrogant. You can have that character be insulting without necessarily curse. Another method I have seen in ...
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Is this an exchange for novelists, poets, lyricists, and writers of all kinds?

Yes, this is for all types of writing. But there are restrictions on questions. We don't do reviews or critiques of writing, for example, this is not the place to earn points for good writing. This is ...
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How do I avoid using "the" in a story?

Think of it this way: the word 'the' is a rudimentary word of the English language. Like it or not, you kind of have to use it sometimes. There are several words that the eye can just glance over ...
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How to make a serious character interesting or likeable?

Give them a character arc, development, impact of plot and depth. Characters are often likeable if handled correctly. Since your mc is a paladin with a serious nature, explain why they are serious; ...
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Would it be too presumptuous of any established author to write a novel in the hope that it be made into a film?

A good example I remember is the follow up to "The Silence of the Lambs" (made into a film with Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster) "Hannibal" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Would it be too presumptuous of any established author to write a novel in the hope that it be made into a film?

It is not that it's presumptuous, it's that it's unwise. Perhaps your idea is cinematic. Perhaps it's not. But if you have your eye on making it cinematic, you will not have all your attention on ...
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Would it be too presumptuous of any established author to write a novel in the hope that it be made into a film?

No, it is not presumptuous. A movie differs from the novel in that the movie must be primarily visual. A novel is guiding the audience's imagination, And novels depend much more heavily on exposition, ...
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Do you have to hire an editor to see if your novel is appropriate for an age group?

I would personally not get an editor to say what age range your book is for. For one, editors will probably not do anything for free. For another thing, it's fairly easy to tell. Think of your book as ...
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