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How can I write about historical realities that readers mistakenly believe are unrealistic?
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Using real words from a foreign culture feels like 'Calling a rabbit a "smeerp"'
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How to write a story without conflict, like "My Neighbour Totoro"?
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Sometimes a banana is just a banana
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How to manage getting depressed by what my main character goes through?
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Writing diversity
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To what extent should we fear giving offense?
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Help! My Character is too much for her story!
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A torrent of foreign terms
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How to describe skin colour, if "white" is not the point of reference?
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Dead children in pre-modern setting
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Every character has a name - does this lead to too many named characters?
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Is head-hopping always bad?
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How to research sex for writing?
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What pronoun should a hermaphrodite species use?
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Brands to use, brands not to use
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First quarter friends
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Helping my beta readers help me
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Pretty flowers with clunky Latin names
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Writing about real people - not giving offence
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Referencing modern pop culture in science fiction
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The problem of the throwaway boyfriend
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How can I indicate that a particular relationship between two male characters is purely brotherly (Philia) rather than romantic (Eros)?
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Facial expressions as part of dialogue - getting rid of a verbal tic
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Sci-fi change: Too much or Not enough
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Author changing name
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Mortal danger in mid-grade literature
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Using profanity
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Little disjointed scenes
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Is my story too similar to an existing published work?