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Do writers write philosophical essays?

I don't think philosophy and fiction are really opposites. The difference is that in fiction, you don't describe the philosophy, you show its consequences. For example, if your philosophy includes ...
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What do I do when I know the general summary of how a scene goes but I cannot figure out precisely what the character say?

Wait for Inspiration... ...but in the meanwhile, if you've been working on this project for a decade, you really need to do the slogging through to get the story written. I would place holders (a bit ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

Fiction writers (like me) portray a problem and a resolution (good or bad), usually for a main character (MC). In the process, we strive to create emotions in the reader ABOUT that character; so the ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

I am going to start by disagreeing with @Amadeus. The first job of a writer is not to entertain. At least, not necessarily. I don't think anyone reads All Quiet on the Western Front, or The Old Man ...
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Integrating complex philosophical concepts into a story

Here are the standard ways, from most to least direct: 1) Characters explicitly explain the philosophy. This can come across as preachy and forced. People tend to respond to it better if the ...
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How to create a surreal/fantasy - feeling in a real world?

The term you are looking for is magical realism. This is when supernatural elements (magic, djinns, wishes, fae, dragons, elves, talking gargoyles, people with wings, meddling gods, spells, demons, ...
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What do I do when I know the general summary of how a scene goes but I cannot figure out precisely what the character say?

Forget the old dialog You don't state explicitly if having forgotten the old dialog trips you up or not, but in case it does, you should accept that you've forgotten that dialog. But even more, I've ...
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David Foster Wallace's technique in "Consider the Lobster"

Bait-and-Switch It's a fairly common tactic to initially appeal to people in a manner they find non-threatening, only to gradually introduce an uncomfortable or controversial take on something. ...
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If the narrator of the story is a pet, can I still add some philosophical stuff into its narration?

Provided you believe your narrator can philosophize, the reader will accept it. Many stories are told about animals and not all of them are light and suitable for children. You have an opportunity ...
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My views on the central theme of my book have changed - how do I bring in that nuance?

So maybe there's hope that you can still be redeemed! :-) I'd say that if you can write a story that fairly presents multiple points of view on a controversial issue, like religion or politics, you'...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

My answer basically agrees with @Amadeus, but I want to emphasize the relation between fiction, nonfiction, and philosophy. Nonfiction (science) writing is the farthest from fiction (obviously). ...
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How to make philosophical ideas more relatable?

You've just done it. Maybe we're not all fighting for immortality, but your character in the last paragraph is facing death and failure. Everyone can relate to that, and I'd read that story. You'd ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

And maybe nothing is farther from fiction than philosophy, which thinks that is saying something about the world, which is trying to enlighten the world instead of mainting the mistery where fiction ...
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What exactly makes a story interesting? (philosophical)

What makes us as humans interested in reading about the suffering of the characters in the story? In fiction, they don't expect that suffering to last, at least not for the main characters or heroes ...
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How do I write a philosophical essay strewing and stiching facts about universe?

The art of composition is indeed an art. For lack of anything better, I'd recommend sticking to a pre-cast script, for instance: present the short summary as you stated in the OP, e.g. universe big, ...
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How to identify your own so-called "darlings"?

When I write a "darling", it is the best line I can write. It fits my mood and my purpose. It pushes the lyric forward. It is deeply personal. There are some methods I use to address the ...
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David Foster Wallace's technique in "Consider the Lobster"

Broadly, it is satire. Emily Calandrelli did a TEDxTalk called Space Exploration is the Worst, which appears to mock NASA funding, climate change, poor countries without internet, and dumb animals ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

My question is: is there are any hope I will be able to write fiction? Or am I just lying myself with delusions? It would be hard, I think, for anyone to answer the question for you personally. But ...
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My views on the central theme of my book have changed - how do I bring in that nuance?

I’m struggling with what I’m fundamentally trying to say regarding religion This is unsurprising. Religion is not just one thing and its impact on society and individuals is not easily wrapped up in ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

Being able to write both fiction and philosophy is relatively easy compared to being able to write them both well. Critical thinking is a necessary feedback mechanism in improving your own writing. ...
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Can anyone become a good writer?

Nature Or Nurture? (Maybe Both) Of course it is always difficult to separate nature from nurture (was an artist born that way or did the events of her life transform her into the artist she now is). ...
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If the narrator of the story is a pet, can I still add some philosophical stuff into its narration?

Having an animal philosophize is not a problem. What you do need to be mindful is not the how but the why. It can't be your two cents—it must be your character's. Why is your character thinking such ...
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What exactly makes a story interesting? (philosophical)

Question: What makes a story interesting? Answer: Here are the things I find make stories interesting. Relationships. Think less about plot and more about how the parts (edit: the way the characters)...
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How to identify your own so-called "darlings"?

I define a Darling as something that you love and are eager to have in the text, but it doesn't work. It could be a line, a character, a scene, an event, or pretty much anything. Even a conlang word ...
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Can anyone become a good writer?

It depends on what your intent is when you write. People write for pleasure, for money, for fame, for influence, for immortality, and etc. Many of the best writers - the ones whose names you ...
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How to express Nihilism without explicitly stating it?

These two ideas - nihilism and existentialism - seem somewhat at odds with each other, at least from what I've about them philosophically (little). Nihilism (I assume you want to express existential ...
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How to create a surreal/fantasy - feeling in a real world?

Oh my! This is one of the coolest things I think you can do in writing! How can we make our stories set in the real world be like a fantasy? Paranormal event method Well, when it comes down to it, ...
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Integrating complex philosophical concepts into a story

So from my understanding, you need to demonstrate that to the character who is reflecting this affirmation, they accept both the pains and pleasures of life because both experiences are equally ...
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Integrating complex philosophical concepts into a story

If your pov character is not a philospher, you can bring him to a moment of realization, where the causality of all things and the interconnectedness of all creation is briefly perceived; then rip ...
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