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How can I write about historical realities that readers mistakenly believe are unrealistic?
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It might depend on the genre and style you are writing in, but from your description it seems you are mostly interested in more realistic historical fiction. If that's the case, there is nothing wrong ...

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How to introduce alien flora/fauna without turning the fiction into a biology book?
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The Watson might help you in this case. It is a character archetype which allows the writer to describe things which otherwise would be obvious to the main characters. For example, if you want to ...

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Is Wikipedia Trustworthy?
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It heavily depends on the topic. If it's about mathematics, computer science, physics, then Wikipedia is very trustworthy. If it's an article about politics, ideology, history, or any topic large ...

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The role of inexplicable events in hard science fiction
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Inexplicable and unresolved events can be greatly used in hard science fiction in order to show the approaches how people attempt to study them. A truly hard sci-fi might not even provide the ...

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How do I provide exposition on a magic system when no character has an objective or complete understanding of it?
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Introduce it gradually There are many steps in how much detail the specifics of the magic system is known to the characters. You can do the same with the audience. A big infodump right at the ...

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How to build suspense or so to establish and justify xenophobia of characters in the eyes of the reader?
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A phobia means unreasonable, illogical, and excessive fear. It might have gotten diluted in recent years due to politics, where it is often used against opponents who have the slightest dislike ...

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When does use of offensive language in a book go from a character trait or to convey emotion to bad use of English skills
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I've often seen the following strategy used to great effect: if the cursing is relatively mild, it is directly written in the dialog of the character. On occasions it is very harsh, its effects on ...

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