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Q&A Compelling story with the world as a villain

My main character is up against the world, or, rather, the world and reality are up against her. A good story is in some ways defined by its villain. 1984 personifies its villain by adding a repr...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Calypso Writes‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Dealing with Audience's expectations

Over the years I gained small audience and I love them. My last work quite disappoint them in regard of one character and I feel bad about it. I felt like character's struggle she went through woul...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Liquid‭

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Q&A Writing "light hearted" lead characters

For some reason, when I find myself writing a male protagonist, I seem to default to the brooding, gritty kind of man that could easily find his place into a noir novel. Those characters are often ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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Q&A In a young adult, what would cause development of a high sense of duty?

This is a question related to my previous question about child's morality, but different criteria are applied. Criteria and Question: My desired kid would be born commoner but from merchant class, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by gymbrall‭

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Q&A Could a 13-year-old have morality to disagree with their family's unethical business practices, while those are the norm in their society?

I am very bad at writing children characters in my stories, I always make them either too "dumb" or too developed. Currently I am in need of believable child +- 13, boy or girl. Requirements: My de...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Rapid change in character

A story I am currently working on contains a scene where a figure with a certain character quite unexpectedly has a change of heart, and I am having difficulty finding a way of smoothing the transi...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Lost my ‘magic’ concerning characters

I love creating characters, and for me it’s been the joy of writing for however long I’ve been doing it. I have maybe three or four unfinished projects which house characters whom I love, and they’...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Introducing evil characters before the evil deeds take place

Is it possible to introduce evil characters (be identified as evil) before the action (the crimes committed by the characters) takes place?

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yukang Jiang‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A Is it alright to add scenes that don’t move the plot forwards much but develop relationships/character?

For example, let’s say the main plot is that the characters are on a quest to go find something. Can an author spend three scenes in a row detailing what happens on their journey there, even if the...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user40771‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A Doubt about a particular point of view on how to do character creation

Of course developing a character is quite an intimate process. But still, like a story, you can in fact have some tools that give you some sort of axiomatic path on "how-to". There is a TV writer ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by M.N.Raia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A Alternatives to develop relationships without dialogue

I have to come up with an idea (this is an assignment) for a story between 1 or 2 characters without dialogue and with a length of 90 seconds, so I know it's totally possible, however, when it come...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Santi Tinjacá Rivera‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Can I conceal an antihero's insanity - and should I?

I have an idea for an anti-heroic sci-fi character whose character arc runs from spoilt rich girl, to a refugee in the rubble of human civilisation after an alien invasion, to crewmember and then c...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Character and world building in less than 2000 words

Is it possible to build a new character and/or world in a science fiction under a tight word limit? What aspects should be covered and what avoided? Also are there some similar previous examples to...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Abdul Rehman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How to make a villain fall in love?

How do you show the softer side of a rough person without loosing the gruffness? I have a character that was the antagonist in one story and will be the protagonist in another where he will fall i...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by poeticvampire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How do I write a generic romantic relationship between a male anti-hero and a female antagonist?

My anti-hero is good character; my female antagonist is the threat. How can I express a romantic relationship between them if I write a short novel? I am a new writer with almost no experience. I h...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Seraph Myrmidon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A A.I character that talks using pre-scripted messages. How do i make it seem more relatable?

I have some character stuff im trying to figure out for an AI antagonist. In a game development project that I am part of, there is an artificial intelligence that speaks to the player character t...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Fennecai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A Resolving moral conflict

Conflict is one of the most important things in driving a story. I’ve been working on my particular story for a while now, and I finally seem to have worked out a good plot, and by that, I mean the...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A How many character flaws can the main character overcome?

My main character is realistically flawed with a few good points. I'm very satisfied with where she is at. As I begin to connect the internal and external conflicts however, it seems that there is ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MXMLLN‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How can I write an annoying character without annoying the reader?

My story has a group of five refugees traveling across the kingdom. One of them is preachy and pretty much useless (unused to physical labor, trying to convert the heathens in the group). She's dri...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Including disabled characters without "inspiration porn"

We all have seen the headlines: "Touching Moment Where Autistic Boy is Asked to Prom", "Watch This Child With Downs Win Her Heat During a Swim Competition", etc., that are touching at first glance,...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to answer questions about my characters?

I'm reading KM Weiland's Creating Character Arcs. In it, she lists: Questions to Ask About the Thing the Character Wants and the Thing the Character Needs How is the Lie holding your ch...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by iamtowrite‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to keep a dark protagonist who wants to keep his humanity dark?

My MC is in a dark line of work. He is an assassin. He is also someone with lines he does not cross. He has been duped or coerced to do things he would not, but still holds to some standards. I wa...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rasdashan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Adding depth to two-dimensional heroes from myths

For the recent writing exercise I wanted to tackle Beowulf's character. In the original saga, the hero Beowulf comes to the aid of king Hrothgar to defeat two monsters. Then, after a period of 50 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by _X_‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could the cast of my book be more unique?

Edit: After reading the question I've asked again and the answers I've gotten, I feel I should say that the descriptions of the characters here are definitely the bare basic. There is a full word d...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Elil Flame‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should fiction mention song names and iPods?

In my novel, the protagonist is depressed. In the story which is in my mind... The autumn leaves were falling as I was sitting alone and Gary Jules' "Mad World" was ringing in my iPod. The s...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Pitfalls of morally grey protagonists?

We're all familiar with stories about good and evil, where characters are unambiguous. The benefit of this sort of a story is that we can enjoy the conclusion of the good struggle, without being t...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by inappropriateCode‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it bad to project myself into my story?

After reading that a Mary-Sue often is a projection of the author, I realized most of my stories are. Is it a bad thing? My MC aren't Mary-sues (at least I hope so), they're the opposite of perf...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Teleporting Goat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is no religion a bad thing?

(I believe I've asked about a half dozen questions pertaining to this post-apocalyptic novel, including my "is this story too diverse" question. This sort of pertains to that.) Last night, I thou...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where is the line between a tough love character and a pure asshole?

So, I have a character who was going to just be an unlikable character at the start of the novel, but now I want to make her more caring towards certain people, like the innocent character. Thing i...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Kale Slade‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When can I kill my character? [closed]

When is it acceptable to kill a character? (and if possible, when is it most appropriate?) BTW, I'm not talking just about a protagonist; I'm talking about any of my characters, whether they're MC...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Adi219‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does this scene fail the Bechdel test?

My novel has approximately a dozen women in it, but they don’t tend to talk to each other. Most of them are separated geographically or philosophically and sitting down for a chat does not seem som...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Rasdashan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How soon is too soon for a redemption arc?

My character, Day, is the son of a dictator and the director of state-sanctioned and sponsored torture of mutated humans, one of whom is my MC. He killed his own sister to prove to his father that...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Third wheel character

I have three characters, who are supposed to be good friends. Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, if you wish. Instead, I have two characters who share a strong Frodo-Sam relationship, and the third guy, w...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write a chaotic neutral protagonist and prevent my readers from thinking they are evil?

I've come across a problem with one of the main characters in my book. The "heroine" of my story starts out as an apathetic self-absorbed hacker, who seeks adrenaline thrills to find meaning in her...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Joe-You-Know‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Avoiding the "not like other girls" trope?

The "not like other girls" trope is pretty common in young adult fiction, arguably misogynistic, and usually applied to a female protagonist or love interest. Attempts to make a female character s...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of character should I write about first in a potential series of books?

I have a world in which many characters live in. At first, I thought they all could be part of one novel (kind of like Sherwood Anderson's book Winesburg, Ohio or the movie Short Cuts (1993) by Ro...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Carlo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hate to love, love to hate

I was reviewing my first draft and realized: I need a better antagonist. I have a flat, unspecified, weak organization with a stereotypically evil guy who are absolutely easy to defeat. I need an...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by FoxElemental‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make the villain relatable/human without making the hero seem like a monster for killing him?

I have a story I'm writing which has a villain that, in order to make him more human/developed, I gave him a relatable, tragic and/or disturbing life story, gave him plenty of reasons to be who he ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Characters that take on a life of their own

There are definite advantages to writing comprehensive character maps, but one downside that I've found is that when a character is fully fleshed out, she/he tries to take on a life of her/his own ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by robertcday‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a character with a hidden Power too strong?

this is my first time here. At the moment I'm writing on a little Novel and now I am at the point: My character has a hidden power ( in a World where everyone has a Unique Power, he has two). No...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Pawana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the acts of a story?

I'm interested in the elements of how a good story is compiled. When in high school, I was exposed to Shakespeare plays where the stories were divided into different acts. While I was reading thr...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When do I successfully kill off an important secondary main character... in a series of five books?

TL;DR: How much time and development is necessary for a character I intend to kill off and replace with a second character so that both feel important to the narrative? I've looked over this a bit...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LORI‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are different levels of character development required for primary as opposed to secondary characters?

Primary characters would normally include the protagonist, antagonist, and maybe one or two "fellow travelers" of these. Secondary characters would consist of non-trivial characters that are not pr...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much of a character's past/background should I let on?

I've been starting something really interesting lately, which is writing each of my main character's back story before writing the main book (If anyone is having the dreaded block or is looking for...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by J. Roberts‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What I kind of project can I do for a writer's group to show that I have mastered character development?

I have begun writing a story about two city-states in the year 2307 in an arms race to create a time machine. The protagonist must regain the confidence of his old "sim stealing" gang whom he sold...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user9885‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write a manipulative protagonist that the audience can connect with

I've created a manipulative sort of protagonist, one who enjoys mind games, blackmail, systematically destroying people who've wronged her, that sort of thing. I personally find her very interesti...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by NoFicByHalves‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Self inserts that have influence from your life

I saw this question being asked and it lead me to wonder something.... It seems that self inserting your.... person is not considered good practice or should be kept to a minimal. So my question p...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by ggiaquin16‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get the "back again" part after horrible experience?

Ok, so I have a character, Jack, and I don't know how to get him on the "back again" path. You know, when you move past what happened? Get happier? My character has suffered a series of traumatic...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by AmazingMc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an easy way to create a detailed character profile for a short story?

What is an easy way to create a detailed character profile for a short story? I'm new to this Stack Exchange, and need help creating an organized character profile, with the information I have on m...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Alfred King‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the basic elements of a crime investigation story?

I've been delving a lot into the the crime investigation genre, and at first I thought "Simple, just start of with Who, What, Where, When, Why and How and you've got yourself a story!" but I quickl...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Kenan Rhoton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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