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How can I tell if tension is a problem while writing?

In a linguistic text analysis of over 500 New York Times bestselling contemporary novels and close to 5000 non-bestsellers, Matthew Jockers and Jodie Archer (2016) identified the following seven plot ...
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How to find a short story idea?

Everything can be the first idea for a story: the old laundry hall I see when I look out the window the young woman on her mobile phone that I pass on the street and who seems to talk about ...
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How do you know if your story is too complicated or just complicated enough?

Different readers like different things. What feels too complicated for one reader is intriguing for another. To evaluate your own book, there's two things you can do: Be aware of what you write (...
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How do you know if your story is too complicated or just complicated enough?

Unfortunately there is no measure of complexity, so there isn't really anyway anyone can answer your literal question. But I found that many of my stories were too complex. I realized this when I ...
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How do you know if your story is too complicated or just complicated enough?

Short answer: It depends. Long answer: Complexity can be tied in to several factors in a story. Word count is one I like to use. Most books fall within a certain range of word count. The average novel ...
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How to make an interesting story about a cat?

To write a story, you need an interesting idea. "A story about a cat" is not an interesting idea. Here is a boring story about a cat: There once was a cat. It slept most of the day. When it ...
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Changing viewpoint styles in a short story collection?

Changing the viewpoint between short stories in a collection, both style and POV, is fine. It would be expected that a set of short stories wouldn't all be told by the same character. As long as the ...
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Am I legally allowed to expand someone else's short story into a novel?

You should consult a lawyer. Generally, you cannot expand a short story into a novel. You are infinging on the author's copyright if you do so. If, on the other hand, your own work is "...
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What is the proper formatting of type and quote marks when the main character talks aloud to himself, to someone else, or has internal dialogue?

The proper way is actually the one that you left out: Inner monologue should not use either quotes or italics. "Two scones for Mr. and Mrs. Jones," repeated lady Alice, "and two for my ...
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Does a story necessarily need a theme?

While I suppose you could find a theme in any story, I've read many "slice of life" stories where I struggle to find a theme. I've found that if a story doesn't have a meaningful and ...
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Writing a short story with a secret code

There are many ways I've found you can imbed a pattern into a story where the ending, or important pieces of information to figure out the ending, can be revealed to those able to find the pattern and ...
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