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143 votes

How do I know if a concept is sexist or not?

102 votes

How can I write about historical realities that readers mistakenly believe are unrealistic?

66 votes

"All of a sudden..." ?

48 votes

I have 97 pages in my book draft. Is it too late to swap to third person from first?

46 votes

Why are writers so hung up on "show versus tell"?

45 votes

Plot twist where the antagonist wins

35 votes
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Editors: Edit on first read, or read and edit on second round?

34 votes

How to perpetuate the plot-driving riddle without frustrating the reader?

31 votes
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I'm afraid of quashing the hopes of a new writer

28 votes

Is it acceptable to use words like "heaven" and "god" when the narrator is agnostic?

27 votes
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I'm afraid that my setups will be overlooked

27 votes
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Signs of Bad Character Development

27 votes
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Is it OK to refer to some characters by first name and to others by last name?

27 votes
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Is it typical to add variation to the words used for a character's name to keep it spicy?

26 votes

My cool character is doing nothing for the plot. How do I deal with him?

26 votes
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How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?

26 votes

An LGBT main character, but the book isn't about LGBT issues

25 votes

Writing a novel, can I do [this or that]?

24 votes
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How to write a homosexual character, whose homosexuality isn't the point of the story?

23 votes
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What breaks suspension of disbelief?

22 votes
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Why is there such strong objection to the use of said-bookisms?

21 votes
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Should my readers be able to identify with the bad guy?

20 votes

How to describe the point-of-view character without using mirrors

19 votes
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?

18 votes
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How do you develop a strong female character?

18 votes

How to avoid turning dialogue into Q&A session?

18 votes
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How important are good looking people in a novel/story?

18 votes
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How do I draw attention to a girl's chest without making it overly lewd?

17 votes

How can someone become a beta reader?

17 votes
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What to do if I end up confused by my own plot because of 'trying to be original' or 'trying to make the story more deep'?

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