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Edmund Frost
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70 votes
8 answers
10k views

How to avoid turning dialogue into Q&A session?

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62 votes
12 answers
19k views

What's the least distracting method to inform editors I'm a woman?

57 votes
10 answers
15k views

Traits of Bad Writers - Analysing Popular Authors

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12 answers
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How do I recover my confidence after a harsh writing group?

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34 votes
13 answers
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How can you write when you're upset?

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20 answers
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How can I handle a powerful mentor character without killing them off?

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26 votes
11 answers
3k views

Tips for expanding my vocabulary?

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23 votes
8 answers
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What can I do with a part that I feel is necessary to a story but it's an absolute drudgery?

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22 votes
6 answers
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What books should have a sequel?

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22 votes
3 answers
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How do you make a character quintessential, but not cliched or cartoony?

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22 votes
6 answers
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How advisable is it to end a love story on a downer?

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22 votes
8 answers
5k views

How to get readers to care about a dead character?

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21 votes
7 answers
6k views

Stories with multiple possible interpretations: do you plan for it?

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20 votes
12 answers
6k views

How do I become a better writer when I hate reading?

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19 votes
11 answers
5k views

Do readers not like a book if it's too dark and the characters almost never win?

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7 answers
29k views

Characters with no names

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4 answers
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Would it be a copyright violation if I made a character’s full name refer to a song?

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11 answers
5k views

How do you write about the human condition when you don't understand humanity?

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17 votes
6 answers
2k views

How can I make a story bigger?

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16 votes
17 answers
2k views

What should step one in writing a novel be?

15 votes
4 answers
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Does this scene fail the Bechdel test?

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15 votes
1 answer
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What does Character development actually mean?

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7 answers
3k views

How to invest readers in a story that (initially) has no clear direction?

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14 votes
5 answers
2k views

My views on the central theme of my book have changed - how do I bring in that nuance?

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13 votes
7 answers
4k views

How to write a convincing character with a opinion that differs from the author's?

13 votes
3 answers
6k views

I gave my characters names that are exactly like another book. Is it a problem?

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12 votes
7 answers
3k views

Magic is the twist

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12 votes
5 answers
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Should you "Show, Don't Tell" when your character is recounting events?

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12 votes
7 answers
3k views

Can ‘Stupid’ Characters Make Plot Narratives Memorable?

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11 votes
5 answers
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Characterisation: What lines can an antihero cross while retaining reader sympathy?

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