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John Smithers
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The "Rules" of Writing

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Choosing character names is a constant difficulty

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When should modifiers be avoided?

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How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?

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Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.

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Is it true that men (in general) can't write female first-person?

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How to overcome the fact that I can't write?

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How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?

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Is it frustrating not to know the narrator's gender?

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How do you determine if a plot device is too coincidental?

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Frailties, mistakes, and imperfections

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How do I write a synopsis?

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How does the 10,000 hour rule apply to writing?

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So I finished my novel. Now what do I do?

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What to do if I can't meet my chapter word count?

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Copyright - Can I go to any other publisher?

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Should I edit the first draft until I'm totally satisfied or should I leave that to the third draft?

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Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?

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Is the idea of single-sourced documentation dead?

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How do I find an agent?

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Using a world created by someone else for your own fiction

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Should I research what my protagonist’s job would involve, or just create it all from my imagination?

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How to develop a story for a novel?

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How do I decide if writing expository scenes that won't be in my finished novel is useful, or procrastination?

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How do I balance reading time with writing time?

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How to juggle work and NaNoWriMo?

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How do I keep the plot interesting in a humorous book?

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What is a discovery writer?

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Source ideas for monsters in a fantasy novel?

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When should I avoid the passive voice? When might I use it?

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