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Is head-hopping always bad?

If you are going to submit to any tyranny, make it tyranny to the story and make it what the story means. Readers are not confused by head-hopping if it's clear whose head you hopped including the ...
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Writing Montage in Novels

Do a time skip to a later point in time where a summary of the events that happened during the skipped period come up naturally. You can do that in form of an internal monologue where a character ...
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Writing Montage in Novels

I approach it as if it were a film montage, literally. My protagonist is a firefighter who just got divorced and is reorganizing his life and getting ready for a legal battle over the child custody, ...
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Why use the "It Was All Just a Dream" Trope?

One way in which "it was all just a dream" is often used effectively is as an inversion to the normal "character is in peril, then wakes up and is relieved to find that it was all a ...
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Tips on writing a character with bipolar disorder

Firstly, why not research on a way the reader will relate with the character despite the disorder. Though I believe as a reader that stories work best when it spuns around a person and relationships ...
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Is it necessary to describe a character's physical appearance in a novel

Not describing any of the characters at all is going to hinder a non-trivial proportion of readers' sense of immersion. Not necessarily critically - but given the (relatively) low effort needed to ...
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Is it necessary to describe a character's physical appearance in a novel

In my experience, most characters come with some description, and most readers want some description. The best descriptions are those that make each word pull double duty. A basic description, like: ...
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Is it necessary to describe a character's physical appearance in a novel

No. It is not necessary. If you feel no need to do so, your reader will probably not feel the need to hear. They'll just make a picture in their head, and it really doesn't matter what colour your ...
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Characterization: is there any guidance for writing "the romantic interest"?

Of course "tall, dark and handsome" is not a requirement in the least! I got a reader's feedback that read "these two are such a beautiful couple"... to a pair of orcish soldiers ...
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