PoorYorick
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Is it true that good novels will automatically sell themselves on Amazon (and so on) and there is no need for one to waste time promoting?
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It is most likely anecdotal evidence. There are always breakout successes where this worked - people published their story somewhere and it got big. 50 Shades of Grey comes to mind, which came out of ...

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Protagonist constantly has to have long words explained to her. Will this get tedious?
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It sounds very gimmicky, to be honest. I think you should think of more different ways in which her lower education would show, and switch it up a bit. Etiquette comes to mind, not being able to read, ...

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Is it bad to describe a character long after their introduction?
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Yes, it is bad. Your description should come pretty early on. Consider the mental image readers have of a scene - in the moment that a character appears visibly, they will imagine the character in ...

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Is it okay to have a sequel start immediately after the end of the first book?
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What you are describing is a cliffhanger. It is an ending that is clearly not an ending. The name comes from the idea of an ending where the protagonist is hanging from a cliff, with no clear sign of ...

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How to write a nice frame challenge?
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Some general rules for frame challenges 1. Be nice. There's no point in being sarcastic, judgemental, or rude. This is also mentioned in the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct, so it should not even have ...

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How do you show, through your narration, a hard and uncaring world?
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This really depends on the type of world you have in mind. It isn't quite clear from your question whether you are talking about e.g. alien planets that are hostile to all life (toxic, radiated ...

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How to write a convincing religious myth?
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The easiest way to accomplish this is to imitate the style of real-word mythology. There are various different sources, which all have different styles and different symbolism. In the Western world, ...

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How to trick the reader into thinking they're following a redshirt instead of the protagonist?
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(Note: This answer is basically the opposite of Cyn's answer. I can see arguments for doing it either way; in the end you might have to play around a bit and see what works best for your story. Cyn's ...

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Stereotypical names
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I want to add that some "stereotypical" names are actually not as common as one would think. This is something that readers familiar with the country in question will notice, and is sometimes the main ...

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Using “sparkling” as a diminutive of “spark” in a poem
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Not only is there the adjective "sparkling" with which your neologism has to compete, as Chris Sunami put it, but the "-ling" ending is also used to call people/animals/creatures that have a certain ...

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Famous mistranslations - correct them?
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The mistake should be corrected if one thinks that it would improve the translation. It does not even have to be a mistake; the translator can do as he or she pleases, as long as they can offer a good ...

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How to know you are over-explaining and oversimplifying a subject?
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The example you give is not overexplained. I assume that shortly before this section you define deduction and induction, and now you are giving an example for it. This is fine. Especially when it ...

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How do I hide Chekhov's Gun?
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In your specific case, I don't think it is possible. Your case is not a case of Chekhov's gun, as Zeus mentioned. Your case is that you want to have a twist that surprises the reader, but you also ...

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How do I sound like Thanos when I write?
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It is not only what he says, but how he says it. And who he is as a character. Why do you like Thanos? Because he appeals to your fantasy of an alpha male, an ideal father figure: he is big and ...

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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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It will be offensive to some people, and it will be completely fine for others. From my understanding, Asian Americans tend to look down on this kind of stuff more than the ones living in Asia. In ...

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What points should a "Character Interview" method for character building hit?
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There is one thing that comes to mind - the "36 questions that will make you fall in love with someone". It's a slightly different premise, of course, but the point of these questions is to ...

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Is killing off one of my queer characters homophobic?
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Homophobia is a state of mind. Actions cannot be homophobic in and of themselves, the intent (or the unconcious bias) matters. Since you do not want to be homophobic, the only way for your writing to ...

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Showing friendship between people of different ranks - maintain formality, or drop it?
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I think both ways of doing it are valid, and your examples already show that this is the case. Both can be interesting. But you are asking about advantages/disadvantages. This is a much more ...

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How do we write a movie script with a view towards establishing all of the visual symbolisms and how they should be interpreted?
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I have never written a screenplay, so take this with a grain of salt. But from the few screenplays that I have read, I can tell that they often have quite a lot of detail. So if you want to have ...

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Is it a bad idea to have multiple bad endings and only one good ending?
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It's a bad design choice that is unfortunately prevalent in video games. Personally, I think that even the idea of a "canon" ending defeats the purpose of having a branching narrative at all. But to ...

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How to express sarcasm in non-dialogue text?
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Don't use quotation marks. They just look as if you don't know what word to use. It makes you (the author, not the narrator) look lost for words. That's not your intent. One option is to change the ...

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How to show two perspectives without solely relying on different POVs?
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This depends on how obvious you want to make it. I'm going to give two suggestions, of which the latter is by far my favorite, but is also less subtle. Option 1: Just describe what a speaker says in ...

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How do I avoid the "chosen hero" feeling?
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My advice: Look at real-world examples of historical heroes and how they got into that position. I think the answer about Frodo in LotR is excellent, but it basically tells you that the main ...

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What tense to use for events that are still happening?
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If this is a personal account of something that happened with people who still exist and still have the same roles in the company, it would actually be more natural to use present tense for the ...

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When translating slang heavy text is my slang translator a co-translator?
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Your assistant helped you in your research for the translation. But you did the translation. A translation requires an understanding of what is being said in language A, but the process itself is ...

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Sentence structure alternatives
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Having scoured the internet for a bit, I have found two style guides which I have not read myself, but which sound like they do at least part of what you are looking for. The first one is called The ...

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How to describe a fist bump explosion?
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It depends on the tone of your story. Is it humorous? A fist bump explosion is usually a dorky thing, so my first instinct is to describe it in a funny way. However, it also depends on the style of ...

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George Orwell 1984. What does this sentence actually mean.?
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It means that the punishment should be considered a part of the act itself. If you steal, you don't only steal, you also punish yourself by causing the Party to punish you. It's inseparable from one ...

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Can you give me some advice on this story?
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"Miss Rehana met beauty rivaling her own" implies that this is what she is thinking as she is entering the room, i.e. she thinks she is very beautiful, and that the room rivals her own ...

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Is using a different voice for protagonist's narration and dialogue ok?
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Generally speaking, this can work really well. It makes sense that the narration would be different from the way the character speaks. After all, the narration of a story has a different context: the ...

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