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How to Write Like a Little Kid

Character first They are still a character, and more importantly a protagonist who will compare directly in the same work to 2 other (adult) protagonists. They will each need to hold their own in the ...
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How to Write Like a Little Kid

I have a few ideas, gleaned from writing exercises that imposed this: Starting with, avoid misspellings and anything that would be cutsey-wotsey when it comes to dialogue and narrative voice. In ...
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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 reveal the character identity from a first person point of view?

Have the character talk to themselves "Oh, what have you gotten yourself into John", I asked myself. I'd worked in marketing for years, but had no clue how to spin this. The blood would ...
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Writing detail from an animal's perspective

You can use comparison. If your character comes across other individuals of its own kind, opposite sex, youngster, elderly, different size, different colours/markings, then by comparing them to ...
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Writing detail from an animal's perspective

I'm not sure there's an easy answer; this is a problem in a lot of first-person narratives even with people. Here are a couple of suggestions: The protagonist/narrator/main character listens to ...
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How would something be written in 3rd person omniscient as opposed to 3rd person limited?

Third Person Omniscient (3PO) and Third Person Limited (3PL). I always write in 3PL; I follow one POV character, the narrator knows and can describe their every thought, feeling, and senses. That is ...
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How do I reveal the character identity from a first person point of view?

Just have the POV character be introduced to a new person by a mutual acquaintance, they have a short exchange ("what do you do?" kind of stuff), then fairly quickly, the POV serial killer ...
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How to write a protagonist in 1st POV, who is talkative?

You can make this very interesting, if it fits your writing style Traditionally, 1st POV characters tend to think a lot, but speak little. If your character is talkative, you can make her Thinking Out ...
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How to Write Like a Little Kid

If you want to write like a little kid, spent a great deal of time talking to little kids. That's all there is to it. Sorry to point this out and in terms of Writing, the Question as Posted amounts to ...
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How do I switch between my POV and a character's POV midway a story?

Keep Your Readers Inside Your Story A very important rule to keep in mind: You don't want to pull you reader out of your story. Your readers being pulled out of your story will be a jarring ...
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What is this POV called, where most of the story is third person, but the narrator uses their own opinion in first person?

No, it doesn't have a name. An author is free to select any POV and tense in the novel, changing it from scene to scene or chapter to chapter. It is very common to shift the POV character and change ...
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Does third person deep POV inside an epistolary novel detract from the suspense?

Does third person deep POV inside an epistolary novel detract from the suspense? No. But, I don't think that is what you are really asking about. I am guessing you are looking at some of your ideas ...
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Does third person deep POV inside an epistolary novel detract from the suspense?

There is no rule that says you can't mix first person and other types of POVs. The only thing that might cause problems for you is if you have several first persons' POVs, but even that can be ...
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How to write a protagonist in 1st POV, who is talkative?

Example 1: On September 29th, at 7:38 AM, I was struck by a blue SUV while crossing the street. The SUV had slid on the newly-fallen snow and failed to stop. I died 2 1/2 minutes later, 23 minutes ...
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How to Write Like a Little Kid

A good place to start is to find some writing samples. If she’s supposed to be ahead of her grade level, these can be a year or two older.
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How do I reveal the character identity from a first person point of view?

In a First Person narration, the character is the narrator, and hence can say anything they want to say, directly to the audience. In fact, everything is addressed to the audience. Although, the &...
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How would something be written in 3rd person omniscient as opposed to 3rd person limited?

Third person omniscient is a totally valid perspective, it’s just out of style at the moment. There is nothing intrinsically wrong about using a narrator that has the viewpoint of the author! Charles ...
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Writing detail from an animal's perspective

Your protagonist is a dog, a sentient one. Or at least that's what your readers will think. That was feedback I got from one person on the first chapter of my own writing, depressingly enough, to ...
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Writing detail from an animal's perspective

I've considered leaving the description out and leaving hints throughout the story (example: the creature frequently mentions using its claws, showing the reader it has some kind of claws) and leaving ...
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Is it problematic to transition from "I" to "we" when describing actions that took place as part of a team?

From my experience in writing grants and proposals in academia, use we. Pros: "We" is a superset of "I"; it implies that your work benefit from team-work, exchange of opinions ...
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What to avoid when writing distant and inconsequential POVs?

Have you considered splitting this off into a separate story? It could perhaps be written as a short story, or perhaps another novel. In my opinion, that would be the best option if there is minimal ...
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What to avoid when writing distant and inconsequential POVs?

I don't understand why this guy is in the story, if he does not affect the plot. The reader will be disappointed in following Fred if there is no payoff at the end that finally connects Fred to the ...
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Can I have three main characters, each with their own love interest, in the same book?

If you're writing in first person ensemble, and it sounds like you might be, then not only does it work to have each of your three main characters have their own love interest it makes the story ...
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Can point of view style change between chapters?

You have done nothing wrong to continue backing yourself into the corner. Actually, you have been very bold so far by being yourself. Whatever voice articulates your vibe when executed well would have ...
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Can point of view style change between chapters?

There are no rules. Writing is all about you and what works for your story. You can decide whatever you want as long as it works for your story, and as long as it won't confuse the readers. It sounds ...
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Can point of view style change between chapters?

There is no rule that all parts of a novel must be from the same PoV, or in the same style. I have read and enjoyed novels that switch between first-person and third-person omniscient, or between ...
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Do I need an overall narrator for a collection of 1st person linked stories which may be a novel. If so, who would the narrator be?

Short answer: No. In general, there are plenty of novels that deal with separate issues even, that don't have a singular protagonist. The one book that comes to mind is "Your House is on Fire, ...
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