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How to overcome the fact that I can't write long stories?

To overcome the problem, you might try writing slice-of-life. This is because it doesn't have to have a well-defined structure (such as a beginning, ending, climax, plot, etc.) The structure often has ...
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Which name do I use after my character learns his real name, given that I'm writing in third person?

It's likely that your narration follows the point of view of your protagonist, like a ghost sitting in their head and watching everything through their senses. In this style of narration, the general ...
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Which name do I use after my character learns his real name, given that I'm writing in third person?

You can do both. Depending on who is referring to him in the narrative, they may use one, either, or both names. My given name is not Ash, but most people who meet me these days know me as Ash, you ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

Movies and tv shows often mix more or less real places with more or less imaginary places. For example, in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) there are errors in the geography of Washington, DC. ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

On the contrary, you can change real-life geography in order to set your drama in real town. You can invent streets, and addresses, and housing neighborhoods or subdivisions. Say your fictional family ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

Actually you can change real world geography and movies do it all the time. Many movies and TV shows film in the small towns around me. They do a handful of scenes in front of one building, then ...
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Creating a fictional town - working around real-world limitations for TV show script?

If I understand correctly, your story is set (and filmed) in the real world, but not in a specific location. That is, it takes place in a New England town, but not in, say, Plymouth, New Hampshire, ...
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Show-don't-tell and limited 3rd person perspective

There are some great answers here, so I'll simply add something I recently wrote another example of show don't tell. As she passed the crops and skirted the long fence toward the junction in the dirt ...
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As a British writer writing a story set in America, should I write the narration in British or American English?

If your readers are American, use American spellings.
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Show-don't-tell and limited 3rd person perspective

Show Don't Tell comes originally from the writing of live theater plays. The idea there is, as much as possible, do not have a character or narrator TELL the audience something you can SHOW the ...
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Show-don't-tell and limited 3rd person perspective

If you want to show that your character wakes up the next morning instead of telling it you can show how he experiences it, e.g.: His mom held the ringing phone out to him, urging him to take it, but ...
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Self-contained fictional narrative consisting of only about 150 words, and without conflict between the characters

In your story, one character is jealous of the other. Jealousy is an internal conflict: Someone wants something they don't have. Because of his jealousy, the character makes a disparaging remark, ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

Your goal for the first chapter of your book is not to give your readers information. The goal is to give them investment Dorothy Jones Heydt once described the "eight deadly words" that ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

NOTHING works for an Info-Dump Info dumps just don't work, because good scenes need conflict, tension, and character decisions, and an info dump precludes those entirely. Fantastic Opportunity Even if ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

Look at other books in your genre written for your target audience. How do they do this? What you write sounds like a YA adventure story. The most popular YA bestsellers today slowly reveal the ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

Absolutely, positively NOT. This will get you rejected by agents before they finish the first three pages. Sorry to be harsh, but I'm trying to help you sell something, and this is a deal killer. I ...
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Do thoughts work as an info-dump?

It could work. It really depends on what kind of character your MC is. Is he the kind of person who will be thinking about this? Is he more devil-may-care or more intellectual? Try not to overwhelm ...
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