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How to make a story not just constant action?

In The Bestseller Code, Matthew Jockers and Jodie Archer identify the elements of bestselling fiction through computational text analysis. Among other results, their research shows that bestsellers ...
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How to make a story not just constant action?

Stories where things just happen get very tedious very fast. Sometimes a great voice or imaginative element can defer that tediousness for a while. Stories where things happen for a reason are more ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

I'm not going to give you feedback on your story. The believability of a story depends on: the subjective reality of the readers genre conventions internal consitency The more a story conforms to ...
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How to make a story not just constant action?

Character Growth Over the course of the story your character grows and changes. The character in the last scene should be noticeably different than the character in the first scene. The grizzled ...
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How to make a story not just constant action?

How do I write it so that the MC isn’t just facing conflict after conflict, but make it not seem like filler. Simple, put other types of story drivers into the event structure. Discovery. Emotion. ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

The believability of a story doesn't depend on the believability of its premise. The reader is always willing to suspend their disbelief for the premise. Doesn't matter how outlandish and unrealistic ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

The credibility of a story depends for the most part on its consistency. In other words, even the wildest and weirdest elements of your story can be believable if they belong to the world you have ...
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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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How do I relate crying to SOMETHING else that could instantly be understood as crying/tears?

There's nothing wrong with writing "crying" every time. This is your journal, not an essay or a novel. But there are plenty of other words, like sobbing, howling, sniffling, weeping, and so ...
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Are there any quirks of French dialogue that may make it obvious that someone is lying, but only to a native French speaker?

Psychological research shows that, on average, people cannot tell if other people are lying. They spot lies insignificantly better (60% correctly identified lies) than if they were guessing (50%). ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

Get several opinions Your family member may just have - as you say - a reflexively sceptical reaction about a gay protagonist. He might feel uncomfortable with the concept of a gay main character and ...
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How should I begin writing a story for a comic strip?

I'd say the first advice is - have a story to tell. A story that you believe the audience should hear, that you personally want to make sure they don't miss. Without a story that needs told, any ...
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Writing a short story set in a real museum - how much can I include?

I'm not a lawyer and won't try to give you legal advice. But from a moral standpoint, here are a few things to consider: In fiction, you can let anything happen at well-known public places like the ...
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