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How do romantic relationships in books work?

Basically this questions comes down to: I want to write about something with which I have no personal experience, but I want to make it realistic. How do I do so? And the answer is always the same: ...
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How should I introduce a crush on a friend?

You leave out the relevant information. It is completely irrelevant what is revealed. The question is: Is the story about X or is X one of the central goals, motivations, fears etc. of the ...
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How do you find an ending to a partially finished plan for a novel?

Some thoughts: 1 Plot dynamic Linguists have identified a number of common shapes for the progression of plot dynamic. I have presented the shapes, as well as the sources, in another answer. This is ...
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I need help writing a murder scene in first person

You say, "I don’t know what to add next." I assume you have outlined your novel or at least the present scene and that you know what happens next. If not, step back and develop the plot in ...
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How should I choose what happens to my protagonist?

We cannot tell you how your story should continue, but you can consider: What do you want the narrative arc for your protagonist to be? What development do you want her to undergo? What do you want ...
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Can I write a character that does not technically exist? They are an alter identity(?) of another character

Not to ruin your story, but Fight Club is almost exactly that story. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt seem like different characters, but in the end, it is revealed they are the same person, and that ...
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What is the difference between the points in a three-act structure

Q: What is the difference between 'rising action' and 'mid-point'? Think of action as complications; additional problems to deal with. The story begins with the "Normal World", the hero is ...
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What is the difference between the points in a three-act structure

The three-act structure as you have found it seems to refer to Syd Field's ideas as he has expounded them in his bestselling 1979 screenwriting guide Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. If ...
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