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are you trying to reveal the character with dementia as like a twist at the end, or do you want it to be in the beginning? Broken mirrors can have multiple meanings, so make sure to be direct, like including the words lost, forgetting, etc.


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Setting protagonist on the path to adventure is a very, very common theme in fiction. Unless the protagonist is already in a middle of an adventure, some force must send them there. Disaster. Some kind of tragedy strikes hero's home and there is no choice but leaving it (ex. "Star Wars" ("A New Hope")) Impending disaster. There is no ...


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Kindle KDP says the following about ISBN numbers: This free ISBN can only be used on KDP for distribution to Amazon and its distributors. It cannot be used with another publisher or self-publishing service. Therefore, I assume they can decide how and where you sell it. Whereas when having your own ISBN, you could sell it in multiple places.


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If you want to learn how to do something, learn from those who know how to do it well, and practice doing it well. This used to be called "copywriting", and it's a good way to really internalize the language you're trying to express. https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/want-to-become-a-better-writer-copy-the-work-of-others/ Mine the vast ...


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Honestly, it isn't that much. There is only a single "she". I can see the repetitive "her"; but this isn't a big issue for my taste, at least not in this extract. However, you could try this: Clitter, clatter. The heavy metal case carrying her belongings rolled over the small divides in the polished white floor, sliding sideways with ...


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I have read somewhere, "There are no writers, but only re-writers." While mapping one's thoughts in writing, or pre-writing, one doesn't need to be perfect in spelling, grammar, etc. Yes, while reviewing it, if one can refine it in terms of grammar, spelling, punctuation etc., without taking someone's help, it will be great. At the same time, ...


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Partial answer about punctuation. The most "natural" way to improve would be to read a lot of books that interest you (as in, books that definitely went through editing) until you get intuitive understanding of the most commonly used punctuation points. This really is a long process though, and if you want to learn faster you need to combine it ...


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I missed the color and expressivity (I don't think that's a word, but OK) in Chekov's phrase "The sun set." Having absorbed it, I will offer "The sun rose," as an equally simple but vivid phrase. In fact, I would argue that "The sun rose," is both a simpler and more vivid phrase than "The sun set." "The sun rose,&...


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Don't feel bad. Few people, if any, are perfect writers. As an editor, I'd rather fix spelling and grammar and other technical aspects of writing for someone who can tell a story well than struggle with a poor storyteller who is technically a good writer. For example, I'm a competent writer with a good handle on PUGS (punctuation, usage, grammar, and ...


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Possibly, but not without resistance. Anytime something is successful, both the publisher and the audience will demand more of the same. Your best bet is to do some genre-blending in a way that brings something old and something new at the same time. For instance, if your first book is romantic-drama, your second could be action-drama. People will stick with ...


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Yes, it's possible. While changing genres during a story can leave the audience feeling betrayed - they expected one thing but got something else entirely - but changing genres between stories gives you a chance to let your audience know in advance, through (depending on the medium) trailers, interviews, the front cover, etc. This will lessen the shock, and ...


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Well, The sun shone, the grass grew, the waves crashed. It's odd advice from Chekov. The following are from Chekov's short story "The Witch": And the wind staggered like a drunkard. The snowdrifts were covered with a thin coating of ice; tears quivered on them and on the trees; I supposed he might be saying there's good and bad anthropomorphism.


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Good grammar was created to help us communicate our ideas accurately and effectively. In general, using good grammar will improve your writing. In general, though, the perfect grammar community is just another religion designed to create a club from which they can exclude others to make themselves feel included. (Other such clubs are etiquette, Ivy League ...


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Suspense is created through anticipation of events outside of characters' control. Suspense is most common in horror/thriller genres, but generally, suspense can be positive or comedic and be suitable in any kind of plot. The higher characters' stakes are for the event, the bigger is the suspense. However, the reader must be "invested" in ...


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You have to realize that we do many types of writing for a book, and only some of those are meant for the reader. What you're doing right now is called worldbuilding. It's a very important part of your process, but it's only the first step. Once you completely understand all your characters, settings and plot, choose a point-of-view character, and go back ...


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I don't think you should feel ashamed of using Grammarly to correct mistakes. You should, however, take it with a grain of salt. Not because it makes a lot of mistakes, but because you wish to learn correct spelling, punctuation and grammar it suggests. So, instead of blindly clicking on the red line try to fix the mistakes on your own before going for its ...


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The purpose of writing is not for you to be perfect, it is for your prose to be (close to) perfect. No writer ever spits out perfect prose on the first go. It just isn't possible. That is why the writing gods created the act of revising to move the imperfect closer to perfect. Grammarly is a useful tool in this process. So are dictionaries. So are beta ...


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The closest thing I can think of to what you're describing is writing prompts. They're short (maybe 40-50 words) and provide the seed of an idea, essentially just a premise that a writer can take as a starting point to create a story from. For examples of what I mean (and potentially even a place to post your own) there's a SubReddit here


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Avoid Accidental Alliteration. So what if it is not accidental? What if every constant starts with an F in a phrase? Feeling frustratingly frosty after failed fornication. (five Fs) Frustrated after failed fornication. (rule of three) Maximum puppy. Now the reader definitely notices it. Does it stand up to scrutiny? And does it stand out? If you use a lot ...


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The only "gridlock" is caused by hesitation; pausing to ask, instead of writing. If you have a story you believe deserves to be told, tell it. If you must, ask yourself whether the story is better told badly, or not at all? Of course, when you want to write about the things you want to write about, that's what you should do. If you believe this is ...


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When I started writing, I used to have these thoughts too. All my characters sound the bloody same. (Every time, I see the word 'Bloody', I am reminded of Ronald Weasley) First of all, it may not be the case. As the writer creating the story, you already know how it will map out and probably that's why everything seems to be in monotone. If your characters ...


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I've definitely seen it done and enjoyed those books. Done right, it's not confusing but you need to separate by chapters and label by name. If people aren't paying attention, they may not realize who is the subject of the chapter until a little while in but that's something you can't help.


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This is an awesome question and there are a lot of great ways to do this! Here are a few tips I've received from fellow authors that I really like. Consider their occupation, upbringing and background A computer scientist will speak differently, and make different references and cultural allusions, than an archaeologist or a biologist. Your grizzled ...


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There are plenty of cases of authors rewriting stories. Arthur C. Clarke co-wrote the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his short story "The Sentinel". Piers Anthony wrote a novelization of Total Recall, which was based on Phillip K. Dick's story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". Isaac Asimov turned his ...


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