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28 votes
20 answers
7k views

How can I handle a powerful mentor character without killing them off?

20 votes
13 answers
4k views

How do I provide exposition on a magic system when no character has an objective or complete understanding of it?

18 votes
11 answers
5k views

How do you write about the human condition when you don't understand humanity?

15 votes
6 answers
3k views

How do I balance immature levity and flaws and character growth?

13 votes
5 answers
3k views

How to stick to your vision when you’re highly suggestible?

11 votes
5 answers
5k views

How do you prevent a character from being a creator's pet?

11 votes
8 answers
2k views

How do I handle an unequal romantic pairing in a world with superpowers?

10 votes
8 answers
2k views

Is italicizing parts of dialogue for emphasis ever appropriate?

10 votes
7 answers
3k views

How can I diversify the personalities of supernatural predators?

9 votes
6 answers
3k views

How to avoid overdoing deconstructive tendencies in writing?

8 votes
7 answers
1k views

What do I do when I know the general summary of how a scene goes but I cannot figure out precisely what the character say?

8 votes
4 answers
604 views

How do you get feedback when sharing your ideas makes you not want to write?

5 votes
5 answers
497 views

How do I write less like a screenplay?

5 votes
3 answers
509 views

How do you show an introverted, socially awkward character is kind?

5 votes
5 answers
435 views

How do I make a headstrong female character likable and not annoying?

5 votes
2 answers
539 views

How do you convey that two characters have a crush on each other?

4 votes
6 answers
358 views

How do I make a timid, introverted protagonist sympathetic and likable?

4 votes
2 answers
123 views

When is it better to use a generic term rather than a specific title when referring to fantasy elements in worldbuilding?

3 votes
4 answers
169 views

How do you make superpowers interesting in a written medium?

3 votes
1 answer
267 views

How do I write a "suboptimal" fight scene?

3 votes
4 answers
169 views

How to deal with fears of author mortality when writing?

3 votes
3 answers
156 views

How do I manage audience expectations for a paranormal romance story?

3 votes
5 answers
847 views

How do I show that my character is intelligent?

2 votes
1 answer
117 views

How do you introduce a new character in later entries of a series?

2 votes
3 answers
168 views

How do you write character development in later entries of a series after relationships become established?

2 votes
2 answers
90 views

How to revise or edit an extremely long story?

2 votes
1 answer
202 views

How do you avoid "rushing to the good stuff" with poor pacing as an inexperienced writer?

2 votes
1 answer
68 views

What is the most appropriate way to cite a tweet or social media post?

2 votes
4 answers
207 views

How do you write a character that falls into a character archetype without falling into cliches?

2 votes
2 answers
127 views

How do I show a character is involved in Internet subculture without making them seem dated?