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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

When the main character is physically invulnerable, then that gives you an opportunity to highlight their emotional vulnerability. Address how his newfound superpowers affect his relationships with ...
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Is there a method to determining how many books long your series needs to be?

I would first point out that beginning writers with no commercial success will approximately never sell a multi-book series. The rule for a multiple-book story is relatively simple: The first book ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

Unable to be killed is not the same thing as unable to be defeated. Being captured, wrapped in chains, sealed in a box filled with concrete and dropped in the ocean may not kill the protagonist, but ...
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How to make a fiction more visualizable by readers?

In my opinion, aspiring writers often make one typical mistake: they attempt to describe everything they visualize in their minds in such painstaking detail that they can be guaranteed that their ...
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When is it too late to introduce major characters?

Have you ever watched Avatar: The Last Airbender? Toph, one of the cornerstone characters of the franchise, does not get introduced until Book Two Episode Six. She didn't exist for the whole first ...
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When is it too late to introduce major characters?

A trilogy is basically a three act story, and the first book is basically the first act. So no; the middle of the first act is not too late. I have written a story in which a major character is ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

Over the years I've noticed that, in media with nigh-invulnerable protagonists, battles tend to follow a basic formula: A villain shows up somewhere and starts causing mayhem A weaker (but still ...
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What to avoid when writing distant and inconsequential POVs?

Emotional Connection: My normal advice for someone with a minor character POV would be to not create too much emotional connection to the character, since they are usually there just to fill in a ...
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How do I know if my plotline is boring?

One common element that keeps a reader reading is the feeling that the stakes are rising and tension is building. There are other elements that could keep readers from putting your novel away, but the ...
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When is it too late to introduce major characters?

There is really no firm way to answer this without knowing what format you are writing. Generally, a character enters the plot when the plot requires them. Genre fiction will normally at least ...
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How do I know if my plotline is boring?

Alpha readers. The other answers address some ways this particular plot could be made more or less interesting. As far as the question of "how do I know how interesting my story is to other ...
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How "resolved" do things need to be at the end of the first book of a trilogy?

End on a status quo. I suggest your book should end on a status quo (land the plane). Do not begin a new conflict that will go unresolved. A logical place to 'land the plane' is to end with the ...
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Would a real location for a book be more intriguing than a fictional setting?

A fictional setting is fine, many of the stories I write have entirely fictional settings. Even a fictional town in the real world, in a real State or Country or whatever, is fine. And the movies and ...
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What is an inciting incident?

First of all, what is your writing problem? We are a writing community, not a literature scholarship community. If you want to theorize, https://literature.stackexchange.com might be a better fit. ...
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How do I give characters logical reasons to be with each other?

In order for characters to cooperate, they need some motivation. That motivation can be an intrinsic one. For example a common goal they want to achieve or a common enemy they want to defeat. It can ...
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How can I further develop this warrior fantasy story of mine?

I think your story is one dimensional; you have your hero, he's great, has many wives, kills bad guys, ... and that's it. In writing it is called a "Mary Sue" story; a fantasy fulfillment of ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

An invulnerable character who can't be killed is not necessarily an invincible character who always wins. Suppose there was a character with the invulnerability of Superman but no other powers, no ...
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How to make a story entertaining with an almost invincible character?

There are plenty of good alternatives out for the life of death theme. Here are a few of those alternatives: Use the weaker characters The main character will not be the only character in the book. ...
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Introducing suspense devices when protagonist is nearly omnipotent

Two examples are Superman and James Bond and they handle suspense differently in some ways and similar in others. Since both characters are iconic, they both are going to win so there is no suspense ...
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Least confusing way to structure 2 plot lines merging when one starts several years before the other

I think that the rule of thumb with writing holds true here, and it can be an annoying one - try something and see what sticks. You might try outlining scene by scene. I can see the difficulty however,...
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Novels with big time jump

I'd say, don't cheat. I consider 10-12 pages of exposition to be a cheat. The maxim "Show, don't tell" comes to mind. It originates in stage plays, the idea is quite literal there: Don't ...
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How do I know if my plotline is boring?

Un-controversial hot-take: The narrative effect of telling a story in an interesting way will make the story more interesting. Reasons to tell this particular story out of order: The whole story ...
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Can revealing the series finale to open the series be effective?

The reason the Deadpool opening "works" is because it is NOT the first movie. We are already familiar with the Universe, and Deadpool himself, and are not that surprised he can do this. Heck,...
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What ways can be used to make a story secretly horror

I'll suggest a frame challenge to this question. Many questions here are something like: "How do I fool my readers…" My opinion: this is not a good way to approach a story, or readers. Did ...
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Handling extremely long narratives

Here's some general advice: Be aware of Spectacle Creep. Don't just up the stakes with every new plot point. A great piece of advice from this other question is to make sure the stakes are raised ...
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I’m feeling overwhelmed about writing a novel, can anyone help?

I see several separate questions, I think, so I’ll give several separate ideas/suggestions/answers: Age: don’t let your age dissuade you. Starting early, is actually a big advantage! Writing is an ...
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How to slow down plot in slowburn romance?

Subplots. Subplots, an excellent way to slow a story's main plot down, but also give your readers a sense of progress. Does your main character have a job? Have something happen at the job, or ...
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Are there any theories as to what makes a story's premise good or compelling?

A strong premise is not a concrete thing. It's subjective. People that like sci-fi can read a premise that makes them very interested in knowing more about the story while the same premise would bore ...
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What is the difference between a horror and genre shift horror?

I think a lot of this labeling is rather fluid; there is no central committee giving a final answer. It is kind of like the color spectrum; going from infrared to ultraviolet — exactly where does red ...
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