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A letter is from the future so we are talking about science fiction. It makes us think about science, but letter is for current time and also readers are of the current time. So whatever will happen to language in 2050, whether new slangs introduce, new acronyms, new phrases or even total English has been changed the main thing which you need to remember is ...


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You need a motivation, insanity is not a motivation. What you are proposing will break the suspension of disbelief. Does the character think it is funny? Do they have a grudge and just want to passively aggressively satisfy it? Are they in love and trying to tease her to get her attention or make her engage with them? What motivation does the MC have for ...


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It would help if you could explain why his backstory is unrealistic. Suspension of disbelief is defined by the work, not a rule external to a work. Consider the exchange from Dogma where Rufus (an angle who in life, actually knew Jesus Christ really well and still hangs with his bro) reveals that Jesus had brothers and sisters: Bethany: Jesus didn't ...


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It's generally fine for minor characters to be shallow, especially if their impact on a scene is minimal, and putting more effort into your main characters than your side characters is perfectly normal. However, when you say: Really I just need him to get in the way of my protagonist in minor situations. ...that's a bit more worrying. If you don't have ...


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If you are trying to minimize the number of words, it will help a lot if you stick to the old rule, Show, don't tell — Wikipedia (a good rule to follow even if you aren't trying to save words). Telling the reader about something requires words. But showing can be incorporated into the plot. For instance: As the hover-car approached the massive Ministry ...


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Narrow down. 2000 words is a tight constraint indeed. While you can show something in that limit, you can't show everything that you mentioned in your question. Sci-fiction is famous for having a lot of short stories authors (I think of Asimov, of course, but I'd suggest to take a look at Ted Chiang's "Stories of your life" too). Even then, 2000 words ...


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Evernote I personally have 2 (free) accounts on Evernote, that share almost all notes, meaning I can use them on all my devices. There are online and downloaded versions of the notes application for all devices to my knowledge, and you can create notes or "notebooks" (notebooks contain multiple notes) for things such as "characters", "world", "plot points", ...


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I would say there's a couple reasons to create a world. "Wonder" as a point of interest As you mentioned, the genre is one reason. Something that appeals to readers of Sci-fi and Fantasy is being introduced to something new that inspires awe. (Think space stations the size of the moon or secret societies of wizards) The writing podcast Writing Excuses ...


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