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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

I'm not sure about the general case, but in your specific case, it's worth noting that thievery is a pretty dangerous profession in its own right: There's obviously the threat of being caught by law ...
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Can a visual novel with branching plotlines be translated into one single book?

It is definitely possible to create books where people can make choices and take different story routes. They're called Gamebooks, and had their heyday in the 80's and 90's. They are also known as &...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

I think you’ve answered your own question: “she wants to go to give her family name a better reputation.” This could be her parents’ motivation as well. Going on a quest could be a once-in-a-lifetime ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

"What would be a reason why her parents would allow her to go on this long, dangerous journey, with some random person they just met?" They believe they raised her well, and they trust her ...
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Are there situations where it makes sense to tell a character's plan even if it's going to fail?

The problem with telling the plan if it succeeds as planned is that it's redundant. Consider how seldom a story, however many points of view it has, has two characters describe the same scene. ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

What do young women who want to run away with young men, against their parents wishes, usually do? They ease the bedroom window open late one night after the house has become quiet, and climb down ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

The most obvious answer is that your protagonist lied to their parents. Either by omission or outright fabrication, the truth has been misrepresented. This is instantly understandable to anyone who ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

It's just as dangerous not to go She is in serious trouble with a local mob boss or powerful gangster, perhaps having stolen something she shouldn't. The parents allow her to go on the quest because ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

Perhaps on a recent heist some locals spotted her and law enforcement are rounding up people fitting her description for identification, so her parents decide it's probably for the best she goes and ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

The biggest issue is maintaining the permanence of death. Audiences are smart. They've seen the same tropes a hundred billion times, so if you tell them their favorite character is dead, they won't ...
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Story Progression

Like any story, you skip the boring parts (where nothing is really changing) and describe the scenes when something happens. If their marriage is arranged, both accept that, and eventually marry, you ...
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Can a visual novel with branching plotlines be translated into one single book?

Your character has Fourth-Wall-breaking powers A great in-universe explanation for alternate routes would be that the character has reality-bending powers. They might even be aware they are a ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

I think you have to set things up in a way that in hindsight (with the reader knowing what everything means) it could have been known/suspected the MC would survive/come back from the death. And that ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

It's one thing for it to be a shock, it's another for it to be a deus ex machina. There has to be enough foreshadowing for the reader to be able to see it wasn't just something you, the writer, ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

Good parents wouldn't allow an underage child to go on a dangerous quest. Of course if her parents have raised her in a family of the trade of thieving, they would not be good parents from the ...
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Are there situations where it makes sense to tell a character's plan even if it's going to fail?

+1 to Mary. I'd say the only time it makes sense to tell the character's plan in advance when it is going to work is if the plan seems outlandish and doomed to failure. So the reader thinks they are ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

Rather than trying to ignore the potential "cheapening" of the first death (Character A) lampshade (TV Tropes warning!) it - you can have the other characters initially sceptical of finality ...
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I want to write a scenario where the main culprit is controlling someone to commit crimes

In fiction you get 1 for free In the podcast How Weird is too Weird the writers at Writing Excuses say that you get one 'buy': "you get to ask the audience to believe 1 big thing and everything ...
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When should you rewrite your beatsheet when making changes here and there?

Yes, you should rewrite the beatsheet. It is a way of planning the story, but for reference you should keep it current with the story. The beats do matter, and your 12 beats or 40 beats or whatever ...
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How do I find the right audience for my book?

Genre and Tone are probably the most important thing to consider in terms of determining your audience. You need consistency. You see, I'm worried when you say the audience for your book changes from ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

...I want the main character to die right around the middle of the book, only to resurface later with unexpected powers that apparently kept her alive... This might be one of those plot points that ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

She Ignores their Disapproval I question the premise that this is a family of thieves who deeply abide by cultural norms. Robbing people is generally not approved of in any culture. So the answer is: ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

"cultural training" In "The Lies of Locke Lamora", the thieving youths are sent to train at various priesthoods, noble's houses, guilds, etc so they learn as much as possible about ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

A similar real life question would be: What would be a reason why parents would allow their teens to go on this long, dangerous training and potential war with some military recruiter they just met? ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

The parents don't know the true nature of the quest. They are unaware of the details of the quest that would be morally/culturally objectionable to them. It's framed in a different way. It's some kind ...
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What do I need to keep in mind when writing a "pilot" episode for a series?

A pilot is made first-and-foremost to get the viewer invested, right? So: Introduce the main cast, or at least the characters that the viewer will follow the most in the story. Jump right into the ...
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What is the minimum requirement for a song to be considered a story?

Essentially, a story tells how somebody solved some problem. Your song expresses a desire, but does not present a problem. No problem, no resolution.
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How to deal with a rape scene: what can/should you do?

This question is years old, and by putting my 2 cents in, I might indirectly activate the neurons of folks browsing and finding it at the surface again. But to the accusations posted by some fellow ...
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