Tasch
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Verbless, list-like sentence
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This doesn't answer your grammar question, but - it's super common for people to say things that aren't grammatically correct. Nobody analyzes it. If it's casual dialogue, this is certainly true. As ...

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Wizardry before Harry Potter
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There are plenty of bits and pieces of knowledge around concerning witches and wizards. If you are concerned about doing something similar to Harry Potter, maybe use other known aspects that aren't ...

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Multiple First Person Narrators: how should I differentiate?
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I've had the same question but I'm dealing with 6 main characters. I agree with what others have said - about certain characters taking note of different aspects of life, and different outlooks, and ...

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Questions with flat tone in dialogue
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I've encountered the same issue myself while writing and here's how I've tried to deal with it (options): 1. Quickly establish the mood beforehand: Kyra's tone was flat. "God, why are you here?" 2. ...

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What is the best possible way to improve one's vocabulary?
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If you ever find yourself looking up a word (for definition, or synonyms, whatever the reason) just read all the synonyms. I've found that when I actually click on the arrow provided when you look up ...

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Is it a good idea to improve my writing skills by "fixing" what others wrote?
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Personally I'd say that exposing yourself to other material (like you're saying you're doing) is always good because you learn new things from it which you can incorporate into your own work. Reading ...

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Is it OK for a first person narrator to directly state the other character's emotions?
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If the POV character knows the other character really well then they may be so connected that they can basically read each others' minds. You could probably have the POV character directly state their ...

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Is it possible to combine clichés/tropes to make it not a cliché?
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Also, reading a lot of material can stimulate creativity and show tropes being used in new ways. Tropes can be impossible to avoid, in my experience, but reading different kinds of stories can throw ...

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How can you insert more emotions in scenes?
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If you are willing to be mean to yourself, maybe listen to sad songs, or read sad things, or tap into past memories of when you felt sad/heartbroken yourself (this applies to any emotion). Remember ...

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How can we distinguish good metaphors from bad ones?
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"Good" and "Bad" are subjective terms. It depends on who your audience is. Maybe compare things that are common and that everyone understands, so the chance of confusion is lowered. But as xax ...

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How do you make a realistic character?
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I've heard that a good character has strengths and weaknesses, motivation, and backstory. If you flush out a backstory, you will have given your character experiences that shape who they are. How ...

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Where to take names for characters?
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If you want readers to have an easter egg to find, pick your names based on the meanings. You can find meanings that fit their personalities, or that are ironic, weird, etc. Also, it's a good idea to ...

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Horror story in a hospital: how to unsettle the reader?
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Just be ruthless with your adjectives. Look for ones that make you cringe (not in the Gen-Z type of cringe, but the actual cringe; wince, recoil, ect.). Describe things in detail and use metaphors. ...

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Help! Character naming similarity
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Add an E on the end or something so it's almost "Stark" but a bit different - "Starke". This is me thinking of Clarke Griffin from the 100. You might come off a bit pretentious with adding that E but ...

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Thinking as a character
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I've heard that you need to discover your character's strengths and weaknesses, motivations, and their backstory. Get to know your characters and what makes them special. Good characters should have ...

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How exactly can a writer write a horror story without making it so scary to the point where it's actually hard to read or watch?
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Depending on where your line is for "too far", different types of horror could be played with. Like maybe you write something that psychologically scary (a mind-screw) and you avoid the gory physical ...

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How would I write a squeal?
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Excitement could be "WHOOOO" or "HELL YEAH/F___ YEAH (you get the picture - cuss words)" or "YES!" I'll admit that "SQEEEEE" made me laugh a little bit. When people are excited, they shout a ...

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