Jules
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Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
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One possible solution would be to structure the narrative in such a way that the reader might come to believe it is a (rather long and drawn out) suicide note, explaining your character's reasons for ...

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Is Having Two Titles Bad Style?
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One reason for this style is that, to an event greater extent than today, a lot of novels of this period were studies about a particular character -- modern books have a tendency, at least in most ...

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Rewriting an existing story (fable) to fit it within my fantasy universe
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The first thing I'd ask myself if writing this is whether the reader would find the story interesting. In order for the note to work, it seems to me you'd have to have told them the story before your ...

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Is there a story structure for a non-traditional hero (an extreme introvert)?
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There's a story structure for almost all characters: A character has a problem They learn about the problem and decide that solving it will benefit them in some way They attempt to solve it. They ...

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Where to go to get my story critiqued?
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There are many major Internet forums that have critique groups. I've used several of them -- starting with Orson Scott Card's hatrack.com, continuing at Forward Motion and Absolute Write. I've had ...

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Alternatives better to the binary "0b..." format?
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Traditional mathematical notation would be to use a subscript suffix containing the base of the number in decimal, e.g.: The value 101111012 is equivalent to BD16. This may or may not be ...

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Writing compelling dialogue
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Go and read the first chapter of The Business by Iain Banks. It's almost entirely dialogue - no tags, almost no actions other than the dialogue itself. Yet it's clear, easy to understand, and ...

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"unique-looking" vs "look unique"
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The difference between the two is primarily a matter of emphasis. The final word of a sentence or phrase tends to stay in the reader's memory for longer, so gives a little more weight. In this case, ...

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What should I do if I can't properly formulate the personality of one of my characters in my novel?
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When I have trouble finding a character's voice or personality, I tend to go through a process of interviewing characters ... literally. I write a scene where they come in and discuss who they are, ...

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Is it considered trademark infringement to use the name of a real business in a novel?
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Answering the question you asked literally: "No". Copyright doesn't apply to names, either of people or companies, so it isn't copyright infringement. Trademarks apply, but generally trademarks can ...

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How can I make sure a major twist is not disappointing?
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I'm not going to answer the question you've asked but instead address an implicit assumption in your question that you may have assessed incorrectly. You state that because you have two separate ...

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How do I find mistakes in grammar and style in my own writings?
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One trick that works for me is to read the pages in reverse order. This stops the text from flowing, and disrupts your tendency to read what you thought you wrote rather than what you actually wrote. ...

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How can I learn to write thrillers?
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Learning to write any genre of fiction is mostly the same set of skills - character exposition, scene setting, pacing, and so on. Start with the general and then move on to the specifics would be my ...

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Avoiding spectacle creep
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Make the stakes more personal for your protagonist(s). The stakes can be smaller than those involved the previous episodes without feeling anticlimactic if your characters would feel their loss more ...

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equation referencing in parentheses
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Another approach is to use commas to set off the back reference rather than parenthesis: "This is a fact related to an equation you passed many pages ago, Eq. (6)."

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