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I don't believe character names in themselves can be copyrighted nor would it be frowned upon to take a name from another story. Since you didn't specify if the characters are defined by similar characteristics, physical features, or similar events as the characters from the show it's hard to speak if you should change the characters or not. If these ...


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A good writer does not have to be a good reader, but they often go hand in hand. There are some rare cases. There are those great genius writers who did not do well in school, like Scott Fitzgerald. He did so poorly in school and was not a great writer in the beginning, but was an amazing storyteller. I definitely think writing well is hard without proper ...


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Reading or listening to a written story told to you is the only way to witness examples of how to tell a story with just words. It's how you learn to craft pictures of the mind in the heads of your readers. Compare these three: The streetlight flickering, unsteady shadows, a single man waiting. Bob stood at the corner of mainstreat and first avenue. It ...


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Out of the two, I think vocabulary is easier to tackle. I used Vocabulary.com to actively learn new words and their meaning. Although, the site itself is good. I would recommend to either write down the words and their short meaning in a notebook or an excel table. The words you write should either be the words you found useful, or words that you might have ...


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There's a difference between a good reader and a vociferous one, so I'll assume your question isn't a duplicate of this one, about whether a novelist has to read many novels. But they are connected. My answer to that question highlighted the value to novelists of reading non-fiction discussions of writing that condense well-worn insights; if nothing else, ...


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A writer can always be a good reader. A writer feels, thinks & displays content on the paper. A writer always has direct connection with paper & pen. A a writer has habit of reading & writing his mistakes of reading can be quantitatively less and of course that totally depends on the person who are interacting with and what kind of a writer a ...


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It's the same as being a great listener and a good speaker. FOr sure do both!!!


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I think beginning to write is a great way to inspire reading. Reading is a process that can differ depending on the cause. If I feel inspired to write an essay on an unfamiliar topic, then I will likely dive right in and write a few lines before acknowledging my naivete. Eventually, my excitement will decay into the shame of having written garbage, but I ...


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Storytelling is a skill Storytelling is not only a skill, it's a multi-faceted skill, a whole family of skills. To describe a scene, to set a mood, to foreshadow things to come later on, to develop interesting and engaging characters, to draw the readers in and get them emotionally committed, to plot within scenes and across scenes in an order and manner ...


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Ask yourself, what is a successful or even great novel? To begin with, you as the writer have no input on the judgement of your work. That judgement lies entirely with your readers. When you write a novel (or any other creative work), you engage in a conversation between you as the writer and the readers of your work. That necessitates that there is common ...


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How you add more depth to various issues related to violence that adds a level of depth in the protagonist's characterization depends first on re-phrasing passages like that. "How you add more depth to… what adds a level of depth" is through clarification or simplification, not any special technique. If your story is bland in some sections and ...


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I’m a Korean person and I think I might be able to help answer the second question, regarding the name of the love interest. One thing that really stands out to me is that Koreans tend to have a somewhat negative feeling towards the Japanese, ever since the Japanese took over our country for a bit. We also are pretty bitter about the fact that they are ...


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Welcome to WSE, @{Ishan2077} ! I will provide the intuition you must use for this purpose. In my opinion, there is no such way to accomplish things in novel-writing. But by noting your requirements (from your inspiration or sales-pitch), you can close in. The whole point is to narrow down the choices through intelligent analysis. Each novel, or any literary ...


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This may sound odd but don't put yourself in a character's shoes. Put the character in uncomfortable shoes. What I mean is this: People are more different than you can imagine. I developed a neurological problem that gave me a taste of what it was like to be someone else. To filter out different things from the world; to form beliefs differently; to ...


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This is a big question, so I'm not even going to attempt to give a complete answer. Let me just mention a couple of points that I really notice when an author does NOT do right. One: In real life, people often have complex motivations. When making an important decision, a person will routinely have several reasons for deciding the way they do. I sometimes ...


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We write best the things we love best. People are the real world model for characters, so if you want to write better characters, pay more attention to people. Try to see them as they really are, not just your image of them, or their demographic categories, or your judgements about them. If you can love someone because of their flaws, not just in spite of ...


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I'm not Korean; I'm a white minority culture inside wider white society in North America. This makes me conscious of cultural differences and sensitivity about these differences. Not that I can speak with regards to the Korean language or religion at all. However, in my culture we speak a different language and have a different religion, both of which draw ...


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I propose a two-pronged approach. The first prong is research. To understand what makes your characters tick, research what violence does to real-life people. You haven't specified what sort of violence you write about, but let's take domestic abuse as an example. You could read scientific literature on the subject, talk to survivors (if they're willing), or ...


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The '!' or '?' are the sentence-terminating characters that are replacing the fullstop '.' so you do the same spacing for all three, i.e. none. Assuming you're writing in English that is, the usage is different in different languages (French for example has a space before '!' and '?').


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You should never leave a space between the end of a sentence and punctuation marks that is what all grammar references say.


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