DoubleD
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Would readers feel cheated if the villain is successful in convincing the protagonist to change sides?
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A Number of Choices Villain is Not Truly Evil In spite of our initial impression, the villain is either: doing something good, completely misunderstood, or falsely portrayed to the protagonist. ...

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How do you assess the value of an individual scene?
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The chess scene does not directly advance the plot, but it does expose character. C3PO is shown to be rather cowardly and avoidant of conflict. Han is both acting manipulatively and defusing a ...

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I am overplotting my story - how can I figure out what is necessary and cut out what isn't?
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The other answers have indicated a need to prune, which is likely the best approach. That doesn't mean your characters are dead. Look at it from a different perspective. Now you can promote those ...

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How to make side-characters look competent next to the chosen one?
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You have several options. Bob isn't a competent swordsman. If so, as you noted, there is little reason for anyone to care about Dave in particular. So Dave can do his famous swordplay, and Bob can ...

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Should I research what my protagonist’s job would involve, or just create it all from my imagination?
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John Smithers touched on something that I believe is really important. The idea behind "write what you know" is that you should understand the subject matter well enough that you won't smack a reader ...

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Are there any restrictions about the use of non-copyrighted characters or plots?
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Your distribution to beta readers and others could support a copyright claim if they are willing to sign statements indicating they are familiar with your work prior to this self-publishing. You ...

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Editors: Edit on first read, or read and edit on second round?
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I will pile onto the "both methods will work" bandwagon, with a qualification. Your first impressions are important enough that they should be preserved if possible, even if any concerns are ...

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How to best pace information reveals to the reader
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In this case, I believe your fundamental problem is too much dead time. Readers expect to have either story progress, engaging literary flourishes, or both at any given point in time. (By flourishes, ...

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What to call a main character who changes names?
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It depends on the story. There are several approaches, as you noted, but the best one will depend on your narrator and the character. You should probably work with early readers, who can tell you ...

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The stages of writing - what are they?
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Personally, I start with nothing more than an interesting character and an overarching story concept. Those are the only two things I have in mind when I sit down to write. I seem to have three main ...

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Is it acceptable to use words like "heaven" and "god" when the narrator is agnostic?
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Yes. I'm an atheist, and I still say "thank god" and "god damn it" on occasion. It's your job to make the language feel like an authentic part of that character. As long as you can do that, it's ...

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Uh oh - My book stinks. Now what?
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Your first option only seems unlikely because you haven't given yourself enough time to grow as a person and improve as a writer. Wait until you can describe in detail everything that stinks about it....

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Writing a novel which has the same structure and a particular theme in each chapter
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There is nothing wrong with choosing such a structure. By the end of the second or third chapter, the reader may appreciate the regularity. There will be some challenges. I assume the changes which ...

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How to describe skin colour, if "white" is not the point of reference?
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Learn your shades and synonyms. There are many brownish colors that correspond roughly to skin tones, including caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Ideally, you would choose a word that is commonplace ...

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Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
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The readers will accept what you prepare them for. If you choose to go with the vigilante/anti-hero option, show them as passionate (for either good or bad reasons) or committed to their beliefs. ...

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