Deau X. Machinus
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What to avoid when foreshadowing a death?
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You don't make him mention death eg "someday, you'll be the death of me..." Eg Star Wars You don't make him show pictures of home to his buddies. This is a DEAD giveaway (excuse my pun), especially ...

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How to create suspense in a very short story?
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I've heard that suspense isn't about WHAT will happen, but about WHEN it will happen. When will the bomb under the table go off, when will the rival candidate's rigging of the polls be found out? If ...

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Describing a large scale battle in a science fiction/fantasy novel
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I agree with Lauren Ipsum, byt read from a variety of authors, not just one. In addition, read The Art of war. I know I just gave you more homework, but if you know what each side's strategies are, ...

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Should I write out numbers or use the actual numbers (ordinals)?
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I took a class with Ellen Meister, who said that it doesn't really matter until your book becomes published, that the publishers will decide how to write the numbers according to their rules.

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Introducing the hero first?
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Do what you believe is right, but do it for a reason. If going against your critiquers' advice fulfills some essential aspect of your story or creates some effect you want, go ahead. However, if you ...

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Use double or triple minus hyphen (-) to stand in for em dash?
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Use a double. Before I went to writing camp, I never even knew of the different types of dashes. But when I was there, I learned to use a double dash for em dashes. Congrats on knowing this type of ...

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What to avoid when writing a villain?
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I once heard to make him emphathizable, even if it is just once. A human who can hurt others is scarier than some super-powered god. Make your audience hate to love him and love to hate him. Also ...

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Tips for Coming Up with a Good Portmanteau (Name Smush)
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I have no experience but here's what I came up with: 1: make it flow. In your examples above, Brangelina and Snowmageddon both flow much better than BeyonZ. Make it catchy. Snowmageddon is very ...

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Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
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Fanfic can help you learn writing skills if you treat it as a professional project. If you strive to make it the best it can be, then you will have learned something while doing it. Good luck!

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How linear should I be in writing my story?
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I've never heard of Ulysses. I'd suggest you write everything down, even if it contradicts itself. Then you work on fixing it when you edit. Whatever you do, DO NOT BECOME PARALYZED IN A BOG OF ...

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How to avoid slipping into fault-finding when reading?
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I experience this all the time, though I don't see it as a bad thing. I embrace it as an opportunity to learn more. If I want to experience someting without analyzing it, I try listening to it on ...

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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?
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I know in Jurassic Park by Michael Creighton, he described code in a way that emphasized what it DID instead of getting into the intricacies of it. He'd be like "Bob sent a command to locate the virus-...

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How to describe people from the 'eyes' of a blind person?
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Maybe you don't describe the characters physically: you describe their personalities based upon their unique energies. The reader will most likely form a mental picture of the character-- whether they'...

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Inciting incident in Fantasy
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I don't think it's necessarily what's common. It's more about what you want to do. As long as your bridging conflicts are engaging and your characters are given goals and pre-arcs, and are ...

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How can a screenplay writer learn to write a novel?
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I'd force myself to spend 20 or so minutes on only describing one scene or only going through a single character's internal monologue. Stop yourself from going ahead and only work on describing/...

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OCD Writing Techniques
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Listen to music. I suggest Two Steps From Hell or Thomas Bergerson. Both of them write inspirational music pieces that will let your mind be transported somewhere else other than scrutinizing your ...

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Is it fine to write something that has no relation to my local life or language or culture?
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Sure, go ahead. However, you might want to think about adding some Indian cultures into the mix, just to make it interesting. But then again, this is your book, and of course you can write it ...

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If I use a real location for the setting of my book - Do I have to use existing schools or can I make them up?
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It's your book, but I'd suggest using real places for the majority. What if one of your readers were from that city, and become annoyed at inaccuracies? However, you can still get away with making ...

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Ways to make a character snap?
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There's a thing called Stockholm syndrome, where one gains sympathy towards his/her captives. Perhaps it is something in his/her backstory, or maybe he/she has been kept in captivity for so long. ...

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Is it a bad idea to have three protagonists?
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You can do whatever you want in your novel. I am writing a book with 4 protagonists, which goes against the rules as well. But if you have enough skill, you can do it. Look at Orson Scott Card's ...

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How do you write a good product description?
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Your description will need to tell what the product is, and describe it in the best possible light. Use vivid prose to accentuate the positive, and never mention the negative. You are seeking to ...

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How to make travel stories interesting?
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You can use internal monologue in between the action beats. Show reaction beats: "I did this. He flinched. Then he did that".

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Structure for a summary of a thesis/research paper
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Putting section-titles will help give your summary structure so you can focus on summarizing different aspects in different subjects. Just remember that a summary is supposed to be short and very ...

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How should I format a point-of-view character's thoughts?
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You don't necessarily need the italics if it's first-person inner-monologue. This is basically where the character thinks. If you want to show that the character actually thought something in a ...

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Editing fiction and proofreading
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I think it's supposed to be "theirs" instead. Spellcheck doesn't always work right, but sometimes it does. Try a grammar book if you're still confused, consult a grammar book.

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Where do you do your writing?
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Not really. I just write in my room or in my office. I'm pretty productive wherever I write. I've heard that changing the location where you write can change the way you write, but I haven't tried ...

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Need guidance on my writing method
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Well, I just spill my heart and soul and guts onto the page, and then arrange it all into a good book afterwards. I am doing this with the first book I've ever written, and although it takes a couple ...

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A good idea but I do not know how to develop it
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I'd write it all out. Then edit to death. Sure, it's inefficient, and sure, you might have to spend a few extra years on it. But at least you've gotten it out. And maybe outline. Outlining helps ...

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How realistic should dialogue and character voices be?
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Now, you don't have to listen to any of these rules. As long as your dialogue isn't overly convoluted, like "ba'aout tiym' dn'tch'y'a th'n'k?" You should be fine. Good luck!

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Writing a character that has many names
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I really like that you have him be referred to by different names. It adds nuance to his character. Now, I did something like this in one of my books. There was a character whose full name was ...

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