Andrey
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Should a narrator ever describe things based on a character's view instead of facts?
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This depends on the narration. If you have a third person omniscient narrator then they usually would describe things in a fair and even way. Most modern writing though does not use an omniscient ...

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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?
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I am going to agree with Surtsey here. I do not think single word titles are the prevalent. I still think I can answer the question of what are the benefits of using a single word title. I am also ...

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Static Scenes that still Move the Story Forward
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Most men's hearts are brave in the moment in the firefight. It's the minutes and hours waiting,that's when fear creeps in. This is the great thing about static scenes. This is where the characters ...

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Is it a bad idea to have a character that has an "imaginary friend"?
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In a magical setting you can never prove that an evil spirit is not real. Even if you have a "voice of absolute truth" character state that he is not, the audience is most likely not going to believe ...

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Writing a Super Intelligent AI
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You can't write something that actually speaks more intelligent than you, but you have two advantages. The first is you can take an hour to come up with each line, while the AI belts them off one by ...

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How to make side-characters look competent next to the chosen one?
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Let Dave save Bob's life. Bob is strong against super evil but he is just a guy. He lacks Dave;s experience, and inner strength. He also is not as strong at solving mundane problems. Have human ...

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Is it offensive for a mixed raced American of no Japanese descent to use a Japanese pseudonym, merely just because they like it?
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There was a story a while back on the internet. Some little girl had a Japanese themed sleepover. Everyone wore kimonos and other things like that. The internet went all crazy. People called it ...

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How to avoid or mitigate heavy science lingo and "technobabble" in a science fiction story?
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Technobabble is in the eye of the POV character. TV shows have a limitation. They mostly can convey what happens by showing it happen. Sometimes they can convey stuff by having characters talk about ...

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How do I respectfully write black characters in a 1930s Arizona setting?
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To start I will say I find it creditably difficult to write any character that is not my race, gender, age, or religious belief. Any negative trait that the character possess always feels like me ...

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Tech-limited metaphors?
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I think it is extremely important to keep all content of the book including the narrator not have any anachronism. This is unless it's meant for specific effect like comedy, time travel,or some sort ...

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Is it annoying if you write a character getting in trouble often, even if it's not their fault?
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A narrative work creates promises and then fulfills them. If the promises are not fulfilled this tends to frustrate the reader. One of the major promises is forward motion in a work. This is let's ...

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How to make "Joffrey like" characters for a "kick that son of a bitch " moment
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The trick is to never humanise the character, and this may be done a little differently than expected. THe trick is to never let the reader get to close to them. As human beings we have a huge amount ...

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Pitfalls to avoid when using the "GM technique" for fantasy writing
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If you look anywhere people will tell you there is no worse writing than people writing about their DnD campaign. I think those people are wrong. I often in media watch things and go "I think this ...

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Can the first book in a series have a sad ending? (The antagonist wins)
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Game of Thrones did exactly that, so it can't be that bad right? There is a lot of risk you are putting on your work with this approach. Pretty much you are putting all your eggs in the basket of ...

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How to write strategy and schemes beyond my real-life capabilities?
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Your main advantage as a writer is that you KNOW what is going to happen. Dumb example first to make a point I have an IQ of 100. I am writing someone who has IQ of 1000. He says "I am so smart I can ...

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How can I write humor as character trait?
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The question is are you writing a point of view character? If it's point of view then you have to be funny. It's the same way as you would struggle to write a millinery tactician POV character 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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You need to know your audience. Some people love hard sci-fi. These people would love nothing more than pages of extrapolations of modern physics to explain the phenomenon in your books. This is ...

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How to best pace information reveals to the reader
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I think your problem is just an artifact of the beta process. Beta readers don't trust the author. They are reading something knowing that it has not gone through the editorial process, so they often ...

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How do I format dialogue for an AI chatbot in a screenplay?
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The biggest limitation of most modern chatbots is only replying to the last message stated. They can give great responses, that seem funny or clever, but only to the last sentence said. So when you ...

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I want to write a magical story about witches and wizards but not make it like harry potter
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If you steal from one person it's plagiarism, if you steal from 5 it's research. This question keeps coming up on forums, and it's almost always about HP. There is something about HP that seems to ...

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I'm having a bit of trouble fleshing out a character
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Whenever I have this kind of problem, I always sit down and try to tell myself this character's story. Pretend like you are now going to write a book, but it's going to be about them and not your MC, ...

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Is there a crowd-sourced site for reviews and critique?
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I would recommend Scribophile Scibophile is a writing critique site based around earning points and then spending them to have others review your work. While there is a paid option to the site, this ...

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First quarter friends
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I think you have a great opportunity here. At the end of the day writing is about themes and genres. Does this loosing friends fit in with the story you are trying to tell? Do you want people to ...

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Is this easter egg too obvious?
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I am not going to answer the question that you asked. "Too obvious" is off topic. Instead I am going to answer hopefully the real question, "should I do it?" I think your readers will fall into 1 of ...

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How does one go about describing someone doing Naruto like hand symbols?
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I am going to expand on a part of Galastel's answer. Robert Jordan managed to abstract a whole fighting style by stamina stances and moves words. He would write something like "He shifted from ...

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How to describe a character with changing features?
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I think you should give him a small win too show off his best. Maybe the detective is too depressed to do well at solving crimes, but he can still manage something small day to day. Let him solve who ...

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Are illogical comparisons permitted?
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Metaphors are two directional. We often talk about how the writing describes the object, let's say clouds in your case. But there is another direction, metaphors describe the writing itself. They ...

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I am trying to write a Shakespearean-style play, but my “ideas” are always something I remember from Hamlet?
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When you steal from one book, it's plagiarism. When yous steal from 10 it's research. I feel like your problem is that your information base is not wide enough. If want to do something Shakespearean, ...

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How do I describe something vividly without being purple?
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Let me try to answer what is "fan fiction feel" I think the biggest fan fiction feel is telling instead of showing. There are other great answers on this topic on the site, so I won't go into too ...

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When is using a simile better than giving a literal description?
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Descriptions in writing are two way streets. They describe the describer just as much as the subject. In first person, or third person limited descriptions always describe the point of view ...

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