profane tmesis
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How to stick to your vision when you’re highly suggestible?
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I'm fond of the following quote from Neil Gaiman: Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think ...

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I can't get out of the research phase out of fear of missing out
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Do your research, but only after the first draft The first draft is usually written to be butchered anyway. A big problem in writing is being too precious with your first draft, and not changing ...

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How Should I Write my Character Discovering Superpowers?
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For something that's been done so often, it's usually interesting to try to deconstruct it; to look for the aspects that are unrealistic and done to death, and find a more realistic and grounded ...

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How do you make a realistic character?
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Use research and reference Visual artists now that the best shortcut to making a drawing more realistic is to use research and reference. Here is an example (from Scott McCloud's Making Comics) of ...

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How to make distinguishing characters who have almost the exact same traits?
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Character difference is relative. Two spies are almost certainly more like one another than a spy and a nun, but that doesn't mean you can't write a book about two spies. They entered the service for ...

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Citing sources "Adversity introduces a man to himself"
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If there's no source for the quote, it's very likely misattributed. A lot of quotes get falsely attributed to Einstein, probably to give them a little more weight. Proper citation means that you don't ...

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How can you insert more emotions in scenes?
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Hemmingway has some solid advice (tip 5). Don't describe the emotion, describe the thing that caused the emotion. Imagine a young couple, expecting their first child, and suffering a miscarriage. It'...

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Horror story in a hospital: how to unsettle the reader?
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I expect that a large part of the problem is that you are trying to make cleanliness seem unsettling. This is difficult because it's usually the unclean that unsettles us. It would be easy to make the ...

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How to effectively narrate losing an arm by 3 arrows?
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Here are some options for how to structure this and for where to put the focus: Chronological Narrate the process as it happens. The important thing to remember is that while the loss of the arm is a ...

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Avoiding the "as you know" trope in exposition
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If you have the luxury, I would say the best advice is to take your time with it, and find a way to get drama out of it. Here's the best example I can think of, the miniseries Oppenheimer, which is an ...

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Evil plans - how do you come up with interesting ones?
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One approach is to build the plan from the character. An interesting character has interesting desires, which lead to interesting plans. Some examples. Lucifer (Paradise Lost) Better to reign in ...

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How can I successfully change main character half-way through the story?
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It's not usually the protagonist, but there are many stories where our preconceptions about a character are challenged. It's more common that somebody turns out to be the bad guy instead of the good ...

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How to arrange scattered ideas in a coherent manner to write an essay?
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Strunk and White advise: Make the paragraph the unit of composition. Break all your disparate ideas up into notions that can be described in a single paragraph. Some of these will follow each other ...

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How to describe a character waking up in an alternate world?
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It's hackneyed advice, but show, don't tell. We are very good at inferring each other's emotions, so if your characters behave naturally, the reader will know what's going on. As an exercise, try ...

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Is it a bad idea to write two screenplays at once?
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How many projects you should work on in parallel is a very personal choice. It mostly depends on your habits. The benefit of more projects is that you can work on one project when you get stuck with ...

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How to state multiple instances of evidence?
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Some options: Expand Each of these "instances of evidence" is a little story. Take your time with each of them. Make each of them into a paragraph, or even multiple paragraphs. This can get tedious ...

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Is it possible to combine clichés/tropes to make it not a cliché?
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Short answer: yes. If something feels clichéd, and you don't like that, one way to freshen it up is to throw another trope or cliché into the mix. You can think of this as an exercise in lateral ...

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When and how to reveal the details of a protagonist's traumatic backstory
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It's probably helpful to look at two extremes. 1) Give everything away up front. Tell the story chronologically. This makes it a classic origin story: tragedy makes the (anti)-hero. Goes to get ...

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Which language to choose: my native language or English?
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Do both Some of the most beautiful prose was written the authors' second languages (Nabokov, Kerouac, Beckett). Writing in different languages gives gives you access to new vocabulary, new phrases, ...

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Can you go against the Reader-Response?
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Take solace in the fact that most people will not read your story. If you manage to reach 10% of people, that would be a phenomenal success. For the other 90%, the reader response will be boredom and ...

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What is the publishing service for both blog and book
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Since you are writing technical material (including code), you may have some experience with programming and related technologies. If so, I recommend Github pages. Benefits: It's free. There are ...

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How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
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While there is something to be said for cutting the travel if it doesn't add to the plot, instant travel makes the world feel small. If you want to paint a large world, you need to pay the price for ...

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