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How to exclude swearing from my thriller novel?

Seems like you are the ideal consultant for this! How do you deal with emotional intensity without swearing? Just do the same for your characters. People do not have to curse, they can sob, scream, ...
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How can I make a character memorable and not stereotypical?

Realism A character becomes non-sterotypical if you describe the person in realistic detail. A drinking addiction is a sterotype. But what made the person begin drinking; what ongoing difficulties the ...
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How do I avoid repeating a sequence of events that occurs multiple times?

You misunderstand "Show, Don't Tell." This advice began in writing stage plays, but it applies equally well in writing fiction. The example was, do not have somebody tell the audience that ...
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How to exclude swearing from my thriller novel?

First, using swear words is a characteristic of that person. You can well write a novel, even a psychological thriller, about a person who doesn't commonly swear. Not everyone does, and those people ...
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How can I make a character memorable and not stereotypical?

A stereotypical character has no surprises; just about everything they do and say is consistent with their "type". This is fine for characters that appear in one scene as supporting ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

A strong premise is not a concrete thing. It's subjective. People that like sci-fi can read a premise that makes them very interested in knowing more about the story while the same premise would bore ...
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How do I avoid repeating a sequence of events that occurs multiple times?

Remember your point of view Repeating these actions is not something that John would think about as much as you have depicted here. Indeed, even if you put in all the detail for the reader, it's wise ...
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How do I avoid repeating a sequence of events that occurs multiple times?

Isn't "show don't tell" an advice that is mostly for movies as that is THE feature of this medium? Like as much as I like the opening sequence of Star Wars with the text crawl, if it would ...
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How and when do you reveal information about your character?

I think your usage of the word reveal is not fitting for what you ask about and may be at least in part a cause for your confusion. When there is a secret or mystery that the reader wonders about (...
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Difficulty describing a complex image in a single sentence

Try describing an evolving scene, a process that took place. By late morning, the warming temperatures evaporated the fog blanketing the hills, revealing a rolling green carpet bursting with ...
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Difficulty describing a complex image in a single sentence

The problem seems to me that you are trying to express one mental image or idea with one single sentence. This leads you to try and create a sentence into which too much information has been ...
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In my polytheistic world, how should I prevent people fighting over which god to worship?

Historically, polytheistic cultures didn’t fight over which gods to worship. The Romans and Greeks didn’t war over choices of household gods. A common element of polytheistic beliefs was the ...
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How should I choose what happens to my protagonist?

We cannot tell you how your story should continue, but you can consider: What do you want the narrative arc for your protagonist to be? What development do you want her to undergo? What do you want ...
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Is it possible to write short stories without any humor, comedy, or jokes?

1 I wouldn't attempt to write something that I cannot relate to. You very likely won't be able to write it well. It is better to write about what you know. 2 I am surprised that you ask whether short ...
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I want to describe a young man sitting astride on a chair, leaning his forearms on the top of the back

The exact wording that fits will depend on the context of the scene. Do we know already of the character's habit to sit on chairs this way? Does the word choice match the style in which the story is ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

Before we can answer what makes a good premise, we need to understand what a premise is. What is a premise? The premise describes, briefly, the state of affairs before the inciting incident (the ...
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Does a story necessarily need a theme?

While I suppose you could find a theme in any story, I've read many "slice of life" stories where I struggle to find a theme. I've found that if a story doesn't have a meaningful and ...
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