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How long should each paragraph be in fiction writing?
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There are many different thoughts on this. If you are writing a novel, then you can do basically whatever you want (and I'll get to that later), but if it's an academic paper, you should be more rigid ...

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How to clearly distinguish the settings of different scenes from each other, and make them "feel" different?
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To make scenes feel different, you have to use a different set of descriptive words. For a diner, it could feel cozy and quiet, and the first thing they might notice is how warm and comfortable the ...

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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?
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This is a great question! I can relate because I am also a young author (I'm not gonna say my exact age but I'm younger than eighteen). My advice to you is to not listen to what other people say, ...

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Why do people plan novels?
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One thing you need to know is that you don't have to plan. Plenty of people can get a piece of writing done if they don't plan or if they have a plan in their head so they don't want to write it down. ...

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Am I starting my story too late in its timeline?
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This is a really good question! Many stories have gone through phases where they start at different times or need to be reworked. Something that might work for you is writing everything before the ...

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Using non-say dialogue tags
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There are plenty of options out there. Here are just a few-- Action Like you showed above, you can do things such as: '"Whatever. It is what it is." He shrugged, obviously not believing what ...

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How long can a Children's Novel be?
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Children's books can be a bit longer than that as long as they don't get too adult. Harry Potter started out for children and became young adults, but before it made the jump from "children" ...

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Is it bad practice to use "ahem" in dialogue?
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It honestly depends on the writing style. Does the character clear their throat a lot? If so, I'd suggest writing out, "ahem." If not, I would go with, "[character] cleared their throat....

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Writing a good flashback
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Like @Ceramicmrn0b says, you have to make the flashback obvious. it should be in a different paragraph for starters, maybe even after a page break. If you want to go all-in, you could possibly do a ...

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Ways to write a person crying without using words like "sniff", "boohoo" etc
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The thing you need to get across to your audience is emotion. I can tell that is what you want to convey, but you're trying to do that with dialog rather than other forms of text. Instead of using ...

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What is the Difference Between yWriter5 and Scrivener?
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If you are looking for another writing software, Zoho Writer is a great option. It can hold a lot of words without getting too glitchy, and it's completely free! You can see word count, spelling/...

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How to write a character that doesn’t talk much?
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If he's a POV character (which I'm suspecting he is since you said he's the male lead) you can get away with it by having him narrate or think throughout the book. THis can work with 1st or 3rd person,...

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Why do all of my lyrics have 3/4 feeling
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You shouldn't force your music/lyrics to come out one way or another or else they will have a "forced" feeling about them. You are perfectly free to create your own kind of music, in 3/4 or ...

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Main Character Death
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This could end very well or not, depending on how you write this. The way you leave the reader satisfied is simply how your write. I know that you want more structural and helpful advice, but that's ...

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Can there be too many obstacles in a character’s path?
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It's all in how you write the story. I'm going to be honest with you because I think you can take it, so here it goes. Your story has a lot of potential to be really interesting, especially if you ...

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How to plan your writing throughout the book?
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You don't always have to plan before writing something. When I started my novel, all I wrote was a basic outline and I had about three characters envisioned, but when I got to writing, things started ...

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Can I use abbreviations in a manuscript?
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In a manuscript, you generally don't want to use common abbreviations (i.e. 'w/' for with, 'add.' for additional, etc.) but it is okay to use abbreviations such as 'St.' for street. The main thing to ...

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Should a writer be a good reader?
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YES. At least, in the sense that the writer should try to read as much as possible. If you want to become a better writer (why else would you be here?) then you have to study the craft. As long as you ...

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Should I practice writing novels before starting the novel I want to write, or plan to do a lot of editting?
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I would definitely start to write your Hail Mary. As long as you are prepared to go through multiple stages of editing and re-writing, which you probably will have to do if you want you're novel to ...

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Should beta-readers have genre experience?
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Readers with genre experience are better because they know the genre tropes and how a book in the specific genre naturally flows. With that in mind, if you are planning on publishing, I recommend ...

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