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What questions do you ask yourself to get inspiration?

R L Stine suggests asking 'What if ...?' You have to fill in the dots. What if cars could fly? What if I could see when people are going to die? What if I could read people's text messages without ...
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Lack of Creativity with Language

It can be very difficult for some writers to inject a little 'creativity' into their writing. I think what you're looking for is 'imagery'. We don't always need to say exactly what something is - we ...
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What questions do you ask yourself to get inspiration?

One thing I find helpful for my own writing is to watch bad movies, read bad books, or look at bad characters in genres I want to write in and think to myself, "If I were to remake this, what ...
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How to find a short story idea?

Everything can be the first idea for a story: the old laundry hall I see when I look out the window the young woman on her mobile phone that I pass on the street and who seems to talk about ...
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How to come up with scene ideas?

This is the same challenge I am currently trying to work through, and this is what I've worked out so far. To minimize frustration and screaming at yourself how inept you are, work from low resolution ...
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How to come up with scene ideas?

Here's a cool exercise for you to try: When you finish your day, right before bed, take a pencil and a notebook (or your phone or computer if that's easier) and outline your day. You don't need to ...
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What questions do you ask yourself to get inspiration?

Look for stories that touch you emotionally in some way. A newspaper can be a good source. Or everyday life. Whenever I come across something that touches me, I take some notes and try to figure out ...
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How to write a non-clichéd funeral scene/chapter?

Here are a few possibilities: Something unexpected happens during the funeral. Add some drama that could hint at deeper drama. For example, a fight breaks out between the two relatives, someone ...
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How to write a non-clichéd funeral scene/chapter?

First thing is first, is that Funerals are cultural and a lot of the "cliché" is based on a generic culture. For example, in European based cultures, the the traditional colors of mourning ...
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How to write a non-clichéd funeral scene/chapter?

A funeral is largely ritual. That is to say, it is formalized cliché. This is pretty much true in every culture, the only difference being the specifics of the ritual. If you step too far away from ...
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How to write a non-clichéd funeral scene/chapter?

I'm at a loss how to answer such a question when I don't know your story. At a risk of giving you banal basics, a few simple pointers... Keep the characters in character. They don't suddenly lose all ...
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What questions do you ask yourself to get inspiration?

You say you need to know what questions to ask. I write in different phases. The first is the idea-capture phase. This one is tricky because I'm not at all sure it can be forced. Either you have an ...
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How to write an open-ended script for voice-acting an animated series

On TVtropes, look up "Groucho Does Something Funny". The trope is for a script writing technique where the writers would write a note in the script for an actor who they know can do better ...
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How can I know if my character name is already taken? If it is, can I use the same name?

Names cannot be copyrighted, but they can be trademarked. You could have a character named Clark Kent in your story. That wouldn't be a problem. The more your Clark resembles Superman's alter-ego the ...
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How can I know if my character name is already taken? If it is, can I use the same name?

This is an interesting case because your Mega Man (who debuted in 1981-2) pre-dates Capcom's Mega Man (who debuted in 1987). IANAL, but I think that as long as you can prove that in court if necessary,...
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How do you write about someone carrying someone who broke their leg?

As someone who had first aid training, do not move the guy unless his safety is in imminent risk. You want to have the broken limb move as little as possible. In your scenario. you're supporting a ...
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How to come up with scene ideas?

Figuring out what scenes to have in the story depends mostly on two things: Knowing what you want to say Knowing how to say it Creativity is of course also important, but there needs to be a mix of ...
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How do I create interesting races, creatures, and monsters based off of Italian folklore?

For creating variety of creatures, races etc., you need to do extensive research based on the region, time zone among other factors. You can take a look at what other authors have done; not to steal ...
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Should I write a book with third person perspective or first person perspective?

Love story, especially when written from the first person narrator can highlight the emotions and inner workings of a character. But if you stick to the first person narrator, you might be confined to ...
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