Chelsea
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How can I write a panicked scene without it feeling like it was written in haste?
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Panic and dire situations do not necessarily make time seem to flow faster. People frequently talk about adrenaline making time seem to slow down, and it's not a bad idea to let your writing reflect ...

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Help! I have no 'cheese-meter'!
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For someone who doesn't understand cheese, the easiest gauge is probably to ask yourself the following: "Why is this happening?" If you can answer this question from every angle (logic, science, ...

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How do you write a character that HATES being born into a well-off family?
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Sometimes it's a lot more low-key. Your main character may just not like how it makes them an outsider. Going skiing with your family is fun, you have a good time, and then you come back to school ...

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How to Explain the Pronunciation of a Conlang Within the Text of the Novel
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If you're stuck with characters that all know how to spell/speak the language, this could be done when words are being transcribed. For example, if Gahinohi is a name, he could be making reservations ...

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How to write a character with a bipolar personality?
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My older sister is a bipolar adult - around 35 years old. She's aware of it, she's been medicated for it, and frankly, I think she manages it very well 99% of the time. While it's true that she has ...

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How to maintain sentence variety when writing a self description?
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The problem with repeated "I am... " sentences isn't that you're not varying your sentence structure, it's that you're not communicating the underlying meaning with your reader. Consider the standard ...

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How many errors per page volume is typically "okay" in a book?
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The most important thing about "acceptability" of errors is that they don't disrupt the reader. That means that some errors weigh heavier than others, even if you have the same number of typos. ...

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Describing symbols and glyphs succinctly and accurately
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Let's consider a symbol we're all relatively familiar with: the Ampersand (&). How would you go about explaining this "glyph" to a child or someone who had never used it before? ...

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Is it better to avoid names with a difficult pronunciation in Middle Grade fiction?
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While I generally agree with "don't worry if the reader can pronounce a word or not", I'd like to point out that having a letter that's not available on the "standard" keyboard makes a bigger ...

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What are the difficulties in "translating" an anime story into novel?
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I don't have enough reputation to comment, but in response to the conversation with CHEESE, I would suggest reading/watching the beginning of Bakuman. It involves a young mangaka and a writer who ...

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