Surtsey
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How can I get 2 characters to bond while standing alternate watches?
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I think the key here is in the method of communication. Whilst face-to-face, using the verbal communication, the male character appears curt and uncommunicative. But on reading his logs she finds pure ...

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Want to publish unpublished work found in an auction storage unit
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You cannot publish the work without permission. It was copyrighted the moment it was written. The fact that you 'purchased' the manuscript is no defence. By that token I could 'publish' all the books ...

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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?
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I've no idea how experienced you are or what your writing ideology is. I can tell my method and my view of my own work. Rather than read books on how other people do things - I simply wrote. The idea ...

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Does self-publishing one's eBook online hurt a writer's chances of later selling the same book to a traditional publisher?
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In a nutshell, yes, self-publishing does all but eliminate the chance of the same work being traditionally published. If the book was self-published and it didn't sell, why would a publisher want it? ...

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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?
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I think your assertion is incorrect. My collection of movies surpasses 400. More titles begin with the word 'the' than are a single world in their entirety. Single word titles promote the noun (part ...

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I feel like my book is too small and I’m kind of just throwing all my ideas out too quick. Does this mean filler might be necessary?
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Without reading a sample I can only guess as to why your novel is so short. Unfortunately the majority of popular advice for WRITING applies to ESSAYS, SHORT STORIES, AND NON-FICTION. It is generally ...

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What's the effect of placing "of course" at the beginning or at the end of the sentence?
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The effect playing 'of course' at the beginning or end of a sentence is often dependent on the previous and subsequent sentences. At the end of a sentence 'of course' affirms a positive statement. "...

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How do I write romance if I've never been in love?
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You ask an interesting question. However, you should consider the validity of the premise. Apply the same logic to other scenarios. How can I write a fight scene if I've never had a fight? How can a ...

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How do you contact Hollywood directors?
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The practical answer is via six degrees of separation. The film industry is well served by a wealth of established script and story writers. Short of stalking or kidnapping, there's virtually no way ...

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Questions with flat tone in dialogue
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For me the answer is no. You're asking a question mark to perform a task for which it was not designed. The context of the dialogue should provide the inflection. Levininja sighed. "Why are you here?...

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Why would my "Hero" start his Quest to save the world?
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The basics of 'intelligent' story: there is no difference between Heroes and Villains - both believe their mission is true and just. Unsuspecting heroes are born of necessity. Let's put this into ...

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When writing a 1000 word short story...?
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Although it is unclear from your question I'm going to assume you've surpassed 1000 words and are looking to reduce your word count. Unlike other forms of writing, they key good fiction writing is '...

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How do I differentiate between the "voices" of my characters in a multi-character POV?
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Answering another question I got into a back and forth with regard to 'write what you know' vs 'research'. This is an area where 'write what you know' certainly wins out. The limit and breadth of your ...

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What genre would a fictional eyewitness account of a real historical event fall under?
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It's Historical Fiction. Off the top of my head . . . it keeps company with Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, Murder in the First, The Other Boleyn Girl, and a host of others. I must give a shout out to "...

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Is it possible to work with characters that you dislike?
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I don't write fantasy so I don't know how relevant my answer will be. I think the genre is a law unto itself because the writer is unable to rely on social norms. I don't have any feelings towards my ...

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Are authors who self publish respected in the writing world?
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The short answer is no, authors who self-publish are not respected in the writing world. However, the very wording of your question reveals part of the reason why not. Your question asks about ...

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Changing POV style mid-story
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It's not particularly difficult. Tense is a tool feared by too many aspiring writers. What you appear to be asking can be seen in Forrest Gump (film). I am sitting on a bench waiting for a bus (...

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Which should come first, building my story or building my world?
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I go against the grain to the extent that I've been banned on more than one occasion. Regardless, the age-old argument is "plot vs character" . . . world building is, and has never been, a real issue. ...

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When writing a novel where do you start?
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I've been told I'm the local contrarian - a badge I shall wear with honour! There is no writing process. There is only 'your' writing process, and only 'you' can discover what that is. I do not ...

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Redeeming a Good Character Who Does a Bad Thing
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I'm surprised at this question. At some point 'redemption' is a feature of the majority of novels in existence. The general format for romance novels is (1) Boy gets girl (2) Boy loses girl (3) Boy ...

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When is it "not okay" to say a spoiler in writing?
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You may write your story any way you wish. I'm surprised by so many who have read stories who do not apply that information and experience to their writing. Stories do not have to be written in a ...

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What is considered "childish" in fictional writing?
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One possibility not yet explored is subject matter and genre. Outside of the bubble, the majority of the public consider the fantasy to be 'childish'. LOTR and Harry Potter are essentially teen-...

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Should I add more detail to my story, or just leave it vague and add it all in later?
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It's a very strange question. You're effectively asking if the coffee needs more sugar before anybody has tasted it. And even if we had tasted said coffee we all take varying amounts of sugar. ...

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Laughing in 1st person narratives
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Perhaps you are approaching story-telling from a narrow, direct approach. The third-person account of events already tells the reader Charlie is always laughing. It may not be necessary to repeat that ...

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Finding the right insults
4 votes

You seem to be going about this in a writer-centric fashion - which is probably not the best way forward. The majority of characterisation is achieved through language and behaviour. "What kind of ...

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Dangers of being sympathetic to the killer
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It depends on what you are trying to achieve. The popular, traditional structure of novels is becoming tired in a more informed world. It is not until recently that villains have enjoyed a ...

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Is a specific physical description of characters required, or l can the details be left to the reader?
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I certainly agree with Mark. Not much to add. But always remember POV. Who's telling the story? Without a doubt Emma Richards was the most beautiful girl in the world. A valid opinion if your ...

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How to stop projecting yourself into your writing?
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The simple answer is that it is impossible to avoid inserting aspects of your life into a story without having a lobotomy. And in the spirit of 'write what you know'. . . it's not like its a bad thing....

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How to write a scene from multiple peoples perspectives?
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Writing (exposition) is subjective. There is no correct way to achieve your effect. I have used multiple perspectives several times. Effectively you are playing with time so you will require one or ...

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Not enough real world experience to write convincing situations?
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Because I think you're possibly on the wrong track, I'll weigh in four or five areas for you to think about. (1) Writing your experiences isn't fiction. It may be good practice for writing in general,...

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