Kevin
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How important is writing for games?
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Excellent writing is one of the primary selling points of some games - but it is by no means necessary. It can even be counterproductive in some situations. There has been research into what aspects ...

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How do I know what I'm writing is interesting to the reader?
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The Room is about a man whose love life runs off the rails and ends in a brutal break-up. This is a topic that a lot of people are interested in. La La Land is about the same theme. Shrek seems like ...

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I feel like my stories are too short considering the amount of action described. How can I extend them?
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I think there are two pieces of advice I can give you that would both make your writing stronger and lead to longer stories. Both of them are pretty basic pieces of advice, but they don't mean you're ...

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How to write a chaotic neutral protagonist and prevent my readers from thinking they are evil?
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You need to figure out what your story's theme is. And then you need to take Joyce on a journey that forces her to make decisions about that theme. That will define whether she's good or evil within ...

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Is there a rule against chopped sentences?
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In fiction writing, grammar can be fast and loose. It's not as though there's a grading board that must rubber-stamp a book before it's allowed on shelves. More or less anything goes - as long as it's ...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Semicolon
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A semicolon is a complex beast: You don't use it when you want an idea to stand on its own. You use a full stop for that. You don't use it to tie two ideas closely together because if you did, you'd ...

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How to revise your "setting bible"
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One thing to keep in mind is that your setting bible is an internal document. Your players (or readers or viewers or audience) will never see it. As a result, the moment you spend a single second ...

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Should I use a series of shots for this scene?
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I would say it's best not to write this as a series of shots. The reason is because whether to break that up into multiple shots is a decision for the director and cameramen to make, not for you. ...

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What are the signs of accidental self insertion?
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There are three things that make a Mary Sue. You want to avoid all three of them: The character has a backstory that is desperately tragic, but doesn't encounter serious problems in the story. (This ...

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Anticlimactic ending as a surprise after climax?
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This can work. I'll even give a couple examples of boss fights that pull off this kind of pacing and feel very satisfying. But it's difficult to pull off, and there are a few things you have to get ...

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How can I answer high-school writing prompts without sounding weird and fake?
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Good writing isn't good because of the specific words or style used. Good writing is good because it communicates an idea clearly, in a well-organized structure, and with a style that is pleasant to ...

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Too soon for a plot twist?
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One option is to move the twist even earlier in your story! If you want to focus primarily on Hero 2, compress Hero 1's journey into just the prologue. Not necessarily literally the first chapter, but ...

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How do you create a huge array of characters?
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With that many characters, you're dealing with an ensemble cast. That means you're going to have to carefully structure your story so that each major protagonist is introduced to the story in a way ...

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Is genre ever relevant to the writing process?
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You seem to be looking at picking a genre as signing up to follow a very tight straight-jacket on your writing. I don't believe that's what genre is at all. Rather, genre is a very loose set of ...

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How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?
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Just to be clear - I'm not trying to change the amount of work, or the reduce time it takes, I'm merely asking for ways to avoid excessive editing (something I don't enjoy) by doing other things such ...

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"Real people don't make good fictional characters". Really true?
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There are two things that every fictional character needs to be likable: a clear motivation or goal and a distinct voice or personality that comes through their actions and dialogue. Real people are ...

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How to be mindful of the reader when handling disturbing/distressing subjects?
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Frequently, you make it as painful and explicit as possible. One of the most compelling ideas I've heard about art in general, including writing, is that each piece of work has a gesture, or ...

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What's the solution for "language being subjective" affecting readability? To write more concisely or what?
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Here are a few thoughts: Math is rigorous, so use math. The field of math has a very specific idea of what "rigorous" means. It's a technical term that describes a mathematical argument that ...

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How "subjective" is "good-readability"?
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Reading in-between the lines of your question, I'm guessing what you're looking for is how to objectively and concretely decide whether a piece of writing is Good or Bad, and how to measure the ...

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Question regarding SAT essay
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This website shows the rubric used to grade SAT tests. It does not discuss contractions anywhere. So I believe that as long as you use a style that fits the criteria described by the rubric, whether ...

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How to think of a good beginning?
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The other answers to this thread say not to sweat it and just write a beginning to get off the ground. I'm a heavy plotter myself, so I wouldn't be comfortable taking that advice. Instead, once I have ...

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How to describe an everyday routine?
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Honestly, you don't. Everything that happens in your story must move the plot forward to justify its inclusion. It should give your characters personality (and strongly so - everyone has a daily ...

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A.I character that talks using pre-scripted messages. How do i make it seem more relatable?
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A strong character has two elements: Its motivation, as revealed through its choices, and Its personality, as revealed through its dialogue and body language. So let's talk about how those apply to ...

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How to use the phrase 'by my undertanding' in a formal essay? Or it is formal already?
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In a formal essay, the implied context is that everything is "by your understanding." To write that explicitly is to be redundant. Simply state your assertions confidently and give your reader the ...

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Writing dialogue
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Instead of asking how much dialog should be in your story, I think you'll have more luck asking how to make your dialog more interesting. After all, there are some excellent stories out there that ...

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What else should I plan?
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Some advice I got when outlining my current project is that, in addition to outlining the plot and the characters, I can outline the plot hooks that tie each major section of the story together. This ...

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How long should each paragraph be in fiction writing?
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Paragraphs should be as long as they want to be. That sounds useless, but it is really the best answer to your question. The truth of the matter is, in prose writing, there are no hard and fast ...

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How do you write a good attention grabber for a style analysis essay?
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Keep in mind why your audience is reading your paper. An academic essay does not need an attention grabber. Instead, it needs a clear statement of your thesis and an overview of what your argument ...

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Breaking the Rules
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I wouldn't call style guides "the rules." In fact, as an independent fiction writer, you are not beholden to style guides at all. Don't let yourself feel trapped by them! A style guide ...

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Is it sometimes okay to info dump to enhance your story even if it's not necessary to the plot
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I wouldn't call a paragraph or two of giving basic information about the setting an infodump. I'd say that's just describing the setting! There's definitely a point where you're describing more about ...

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