Ralph Crown
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Should I be concerned with my fiction writing containing accidental prophecies of real world events?
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I wrote a story in which an aircraft disappears over the South China Sea. A few months later, an aircraft disappeared over the South China Sea. You might have heard about it. My point is, fiction and ...

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Could I be overdoing it on my first story?
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Anything you do is good practice. Character development, plotting, world building, all those are important if you feel the need to flesh out a world before you start writing. Some like to start with ...

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There's an actor with my lead character's name - how big a problem is this going to be?
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One way to handle it is with a lampshade. "Froc Baegar? Like the actor? Meh, you don't look like him." "Yeah, I get that a lot." You can't copyright a name. If your character happens to have the same ...

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Story content and audience
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There is no substitute for practice. Start working on something that inspires you. If you change your mind, you can always switch to something else, but you'll have the benefit of some experience.

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How to make a character's personality trully distinguishable/memorable?
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Short Answer: subvert a stereotype. Long Answer Let's start with what makes a character forgettable. In the most basic sense, a character is a puppet, an entity that does whatever you want. If the ...

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Is there a method to estimating the length of a work before writing it?
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If you want to sell your work, you'll have to learn to budget your words, as well as the self-discipline it takes to stick to your budget. Here's an example. Your publisher wants a novel of 80,000 ...

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Author-recommendation for styles similar to Lovecraft?
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Some of HPL's influences are Robert W. Chambers, Arthur Machen, and Lord Dunsany. That should get you started.

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What are the acts of a story?
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It seems complicated, but it isn't. Even the word act is misleading, because you can have a one-act play, with an entire drama taking place in that one act. That's an artificial structure. A true ...

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I have lots of ideas to write, what should I do? And what writing groups online that can keep me motivated?
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Take a deep breath and repeat after me. It is okay to put something in the trunk and forget about it. Some ideas are better off in storage. I started a book, but it was based on an existing franchise....

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Is it eccentric to address the reader in non-fiction writing?
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You have to ask two questions before you start to write: who is the audience, and what effect do you want to produce in them? In nonfiction, your audience wants to learn something, so the goal is to ...

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How could a paragon character be an antagonist?
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Real people aren't lists of attributes on a piece of paper. They experience life, they learn lessons, they lose things they value, and they change as a result. My suggestion is to put Al through a ...

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Is writing in fragments bad practice?
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In earlier times, I wrote that way. I had an idea, I fleshed out that idea, and I wrote a scene around it. Then I got another idea. Guess what happened to the first idea.... There's nothing wrong ...

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