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It's said (by James Scott Bell in his "Revision and Self Editing for Publication") that Isaac Asimov had several typewriters in his office with different projects at different stages and he would start working on one project, and when he got stuck, he would move on to another project (and let his unconscious deal with the problems in the first ...


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To be honest, it depends on your writing style. First I want to put out there, definitely don't scrap the idea, if you like it, keep it, no matter what. Now back to really answering the question. Ok, so anyways, you offered four things you could do in your question. 1. Stop writing your current book to switch to the other one. 2. Write them both at the same ...


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If the POV does not know it, you would want to keep it untranslated. But if the POV does know it, you should translate it. This would give an audience experience roughly like the character herself, based on her understanding of what is being said. That is, unless what is being said is vital to the plot, for example "Bob Thlaka Kar" if important, ...


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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 ideas; but to get a clear picture of what they have accomplished and what you can do better. Make sure that all these feel authentic and add more immersion to ...


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What Happens When You Assume? A breakup/emotional betrayal scene is a common story element, and can be handled in a variety of ways. I don't like the stock good/bad elements, so I always feel it needs to be nuanced so your characters are more than cartoons. This means the betrayer should feel justified in his actions, and the betrayed should have seen it ...


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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling inspired authors all over the world to write magical academies. It fine for you to write to the theme but beware that other writers may have taken this idea into several hundreds of hits. Make your own magical education and split factions unique. Divergent is similar to the faction yet it was based on science, dystopian, and ...


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