Mazura
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How to creep the reader out with what seems like a normal person?
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With a repetitive bit of narrative, verbatim. Every time someone interacts with the eldritch they: His eyes wandering, he shuffled his feet and cleared his throat before he responded (to the ...

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Convincing argument about something I don't agree with
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He's honestly naïve and brainwashed into thinking cruelty is salvation. You're still putting your own words in his mouth. He was brainwashed into believing cruelty population control was the only ...

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In fiction, what is meant by phrases such as "his eyes flashed anger for a moment"?
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I narrowed my eyes at someone once, and only once. It was an unconscious reaction, but I was fully aware of doing it. It was quite a strange experience and I left feeling embarrassed knowing that I am ...

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Will including maps at the end of my novel keep readers engaged?
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Mary Stewart's Arthurian legend quintet would be decidedly less engaging without its maps on the inside front and back covers. It shows Hadrian's Wall, which Merlin eventually rebuilds. The ...

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Is it time to start closing up my novel?
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the feeling that something is inevitably missing Is exactly where a second act should end. I had a major climax recently which ended with the death of a character very close to my MC, killed by ...

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How can I portray body horror and still be sensitive to people with disabilities?
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Prince Randian, as seen in Freaks, lights a cigarette with a match using only his mouth. If you cut my arms and legs off, it'd be quite some time before I was able to do that. I'm not disabled and I ...

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How do I balance immature levity and flaws and character growth?
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I can't tell you how to write but I can condense this entire question: Why was Tasslehoff Burrfoot the (second) most enjoyable character to read about in the entire Dragonlance series? Tas, like all ...

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The art of clickbait captions
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Use a definite article (like the word this) prior to a hypernym (like the word thing), where using a more precise sub-ordinate noun (referent) would betray all necessary information to decide if you ...

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How to explain the main plot with science based concepts, without the non-sci-fi fans getting bored?
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If this were book (your "plot", the solution to the Fermi Paradox, would actually be the reveal). Cut enough fat so that it fits on the inside of the book cover. If you don't want to bore me with ...

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How do you write a Stack Exchange answer?
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How do you write a Stack Exchange answer? I answer your title. Because my goal is to teach you how to fish. Once you know how to answer SE questions well enough, you'll never have to ask another one. ...

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