Jack Lynch
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Can the main conflict be the inner conflict?
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It's totally okay, and makes for a nice vehicle of the theme (the plot itself is the deepest, subtlest and thus most effective means of making argument, as opposed to say the dialogue/opinions of your ...

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Using real a car logo or gun in crime fiction - can I be sued for it?
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In this case I'm pretty sure you should have no problem thanks to what's called "Artistic License". Basically, as an author of fiction, you are entitled to fictionalize elements of the real world in ...

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What are some cues and clues on 3rd person POV shift?
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Explaining the thoughts of a character other than the protagonist Depicting events from which the protagonist is absent Depicting the protagonist in non-conscious states (e.g., sleeping, dead) ...

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Is it okay to publish a book at a young age?
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If the novel is good enough to get published, it won't matter how old you are. You'll just be that much cooler. I've been trying to get published since 12, like you—well actually 11—and I'm 17 now, ...

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Writing from a hive mind POV
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Also check out And Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris. It's second-person, and it works. Where you seek an effective hive-mind, Ferris sought an effective Office — the collective murmurings of ...

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Does this writing create emotion in the reader?
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Don't overreach. Phrases such as "I did. Not. Move." come off as a bit much, a bit dramatic. And I agree w/ the top answer, it does get a bit didactic towards the end. Illustrate inner conflict with ...

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Is it OK to add description just because a chapter has none?
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It's a balance. When I read the first version, it just barely verges on being "too sensational", but it works. The second version offers an improvement of sorts, but phrases like "That's right" which ...

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How can I get my romance through a two-year breakup?
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They could each join the same social group, on accident (one character is already a member; the other then joins, not knowing). This would force them into proximity, which would generate conflict and ...

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Very long sentences: personal style or just bad writing?
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not at all a problem. At least w/in the contxt of these examples. Just make sure your story has a variety of paces and rhythms (one metric of which is sentence length) so you don't get boring.

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When the second person *view* is not an uninvited guest?
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Junot Diaz's "The Cheater's Guide to Love" is a nice short-story and a brilliant contemporary example of the second person's use in fiction. Second-person is obviously not implicating the reader ...

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Developing your writer's voice
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your voice is to some extent a composite of the voices you read. Read lots of different authors of all different heritages, occupations, styles, and subjects. It's like eating a variety of healthy ...

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How can I stress a certain word in a medium that doesn't allow for font embellishments?
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If I want to emphasize, I cap the first letter of the emphasizes word. Italics seem a bit cheesy to me. For example: You ate the Red biscuit?! You Ate the red biscuit?! You ...

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Writers block: Lost momentum, can't write even a sentence
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READ. Read read read. I've been in your situation before, and reading helped. But make sure it's someone good: someone who gets you "pumped" to write. Might I recommend David Foster Wallace? Other ...

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Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
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Absolutely. Example: Gregory Rabassa, an English-speaking U.S. citizen, grew up to translate many prominent Latin American works into English. Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most prominent Spanish-...

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