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Q&A How can I shorten a piece of writing without losing its original essence?

I need to know how to make my writing more brief without maring its original meaning and message. I have been struggling with that for a while, and still cannot do that. It simply seems to me that ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stacy‭  ·  last activity 18d ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A The problem with beginning

I don't mean "sitting down to write", I mean the literal beginning. The story itself starts with my protagonist running. I need to get him to run, then I'll have the rest of it sorted. But won't st...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Irysik‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Does a point of view need to be introduced when or right after the character is introduced?

In the novel I'm trying to write, I probably will have to introduce a second point of view because my initial main protagonist will be mostly unable to act after some point. Now I'm considering to ...

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

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Q&A What are good ways to improve as a writer other than writing courses?

As a novice writer to improve my writing I have taken one online course. I want to ask, what are good ways to improve as a writer other than writing courses?

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

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Q&A Books in a trilogy are significantly different lengths. What to do?

I’ve managed to write a fantasy book, Lord of the Rings-style. That is, a single story that would almost certainly be published as three separate books with multiple branching plotlines. Or at le...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Galendo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A Non-sense question about plot structures

Suppose then you have an story in your mind. Then, to write down this finite series of events, you have to translate your imagination into the paper. This process isn't trivial, of course and plot ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by M.N.Raia‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Why does the second act 'reaction' and then 'action' need to be drawn out?

I subscribe to the school of writers who like to (and often must), outline their stories before writing them. For a long time however, I did not use the 3-act structure. My mentality on that has no...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A Is there something "wrong" with my writing? How do I improve it? [closed]

So I usually use stackexchange as a last resort, but I'm completely stumped. If this question is inappropriate here, I will gladly delete it. None of my teachers say that anything is wrong with my...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Carlos Cienfuegos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will it push away a reader if I start my book with the frame story?

So, I'm writing a novel where MC believes he is influenced in some way by an entity he calls Common Sense. He suspects (yet that is weaker than belief) that he is Common Sense's hand in this world,...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by rus9384‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Doubt about the difference between a "Beat" and a "Event"

My main source of research about storytelling/screenwriting/how-to-write-a-book manual is [1]. But, the definition of "beat" given by [1] maybe can causing me some confusion. In [1] we have a def...

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

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Q&A Where do I write 'The End'?

Background Woohoo! I literally just finished right now my masterpiece trilogy that I have worked on for what seems like, ages... I'm a bit vexed as to where I should write 'the end'. The epilogu...

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

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Q&A Question regarding narration and 1st - 3rd person swaps

I'm currently in the process of writing my first novel, and I'm a little unsure about one of the main features of my writing process. To summarise quickly, what i intend to do is have a short sec...

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

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Q&A How does the 3 act structure fit in a Non Linear story?

I see that the 3 Act structure can be applied over almost any story, from Hamlet to Mulholland Drive, from The Matrix to Rocky. Story structures like 3 Acts, or 4-5 Acts, always feature a Character...

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

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Q&A Classical Style vs. Modern Innovation

For some time now, the matter of classical versus modern writing has weighed heavily in the discussion of my mind-congress. Here is my thought: given the sheer reverence that is given to classical ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by th0nk-‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I make the final realisation less depressing?

Most stories carry some element of realisation. Whether that realisation is the best sort of fireball for defeating the Dark Overlord, or how I can lessen my pride to make my marriage work, the cha...

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

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Q&A Is it bad storytelling to have things happen by complete chance?

Background I recently noticed in my latest masterpiece novel there is quite a lot of things happening by chance. For example: The main character just happens to pass by an old, frail warrior w...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I handle a backstory big enough to be a story of its own?

I have an idea I'm working on, where there's a huge backstory that I'm not sure how to deal with. In my particular case, the backstory and main story are these: The backstory begins as stereotypi...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Kyle Li‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A long backstory right at the beginning

Just as I heard from various sources, a plot has to start with what the reader will find through most of it. And that's what I did, the first scene shown is the main event that triggers the story. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Yuuza‭  ·  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 Turning normal phrases into gerund phrases: What's the effect in the reader?

For example, what's the difference between: She closed her eyes and thought about her life. He was so confident and handsome women circled him like vultures. And this: Closing her ey...

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

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Q&A In multiple narratives, does time have to be in sync?

This goes for any amount of narratives, dual, triple, quadruple, whatever. I'm writing a story with three points of views going on simultaneously right now, about at the same time. However, is it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Events happening in two places in one short story? [closed]

Events happening in two places in one short story? Is this ethical to happen in one short story (craftwise) or is it unprofessional to break the linear flow? Eg: A wakes up thinks, wait get dress...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user21564‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Text structure in a fictional diary

I began writing a novel. It's something I'm preparing for a long time and I now have enough material. Given the fact that I will concentrate on my main character's poitnt of view, and that I want t...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Koblenz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much can a reader remember?

I've been writing some fantasy. Now, inevitably because its a big piece of fantasy, its all very involved with the world, culture, story and general bits. Personally, I'm really enjoying writing it...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where should I place a comma in this sentence? [closed]

"Hatha yoga is also a great form to use because it combines both spiritual and physical attributes which could help beginners find out what they like the most." I'm having a hard time trying to di...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user18854‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need to make use of paragraphs when writing a novel and if so, how?

This might be a stupid question but I am trying to write a small novel, and my structure just doesn't seem right. The text just flows continuously until the end of the chapter (with dialog being ty...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Osiris93‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sentence openings variations to avoid repeating determiners and pronounces

I have a question regarding sentence openings in English language. When I write most of my sentences start with determiners and pronouns (personal and posessive). This gets repetative quickly. F...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by user18993‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sequels and avoiding sequelitis

Many of you have probably read a sequel to a book and have found it to be worse than the original book. I am writing a sequel and would like to know if there is any way to avoid this "sequelitis"....

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Deau X. Machinus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to work on a new software feature that affects different topics

We're working on a software manual with several chapters and topics and, so far, these are mostly self-contained. This means we have a dedicated chapter for "connectivity" and do not mention connec...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Fragmented sentence

I have a book I am writing, and every time I go into a grammar fixing program, I get a lot of "Fragmented Sentences." Can some one explain to me how to fix these with out losing any part of the sen...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Tearya‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should "plot" or storyline be the main determinant of what goes into a story?

In writing a screenplay, I created a bunch of scenes, with about twice as much material in total as I needed. So the job was to cut things down to size. In so doing, I found that a number of scene...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Tom Au‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Long or short form? [closed]

Sometimes, when I write my stories, I may include a very long sentence but it can be desrcibe eith a short sentence. i.e: What I write: " When I went into the room of darkness, the light that surr...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Simon-Nail-It‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Defining a Prologue

I came across prologues of several novels, and I noticed that they all were different from each other. Some had a short excerpt picked somewhere from the novel, a few included some private notes fr...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Saharsh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiding information

I have often noticed this in many books and movies (mostly mysteries) that information is kept hidden from the reader. Like the character goes to some place and returns but what happens in between ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Yashbhatt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Normal structure for Dialogue paragraphs

Now I'm not sure whether this is something that's an accepted teaching with regards to structuring paragraphs, or just something that is commonly used... I'm talking about paragraphs that are stru...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dan Hanly‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A On the role of "accidents" in "realistic" stories

Accidents are a part of our real life. It is possible to see an old friend accidentally. It is possible to find a fallen comet accidentally. It is possible to kill someone by an accident, etc. Many...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to list concepts and tie them in together?

The green pieces of paper folded up in your pocket, the balance in your checking account, your mortgage, and that time you paid for dinner with your friend and she said that the next time is on ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Shamoon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to put counter-examples within a 5-paragraph essay?

I am tutoring some students in the very basics of writing a 5-paragraph essay to present an argument, in preparation for more advanced academic writing. I am instructing them to include: An intr...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Village‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Placing similes at the beginning and at the end of a sentence

Would the following sentences have different effects on the reader? He washed his hands thoroughly, like a surgeon after an operation. Like a surgeon after an operation, he washed his hand...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it strange if a novel starts the first chapter without one of main characters?

I'm writing a novel with the following structure (I'm not very sure what's the technical term): Chapter One (based on the POV of Character C): C sees B for the first time Chapter Two (base...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tell or retell basic character and setting information in a series?

I am writing a short children's novel and I want to expand this into a series made of several short novels. I intend to write the whole series at once so that the internal universe is consistent an...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Village‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to write from the middle?

My biggest problem as a writer is that I always get inspired and then start writing from the middle, in particular scenes or moments which I think will be crucial. Climaxes. These scenes turn out...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Alexander Nikolas Gruber‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?

I'm looking for good software for overseeing and rearranging the structure of a book. I have used Scrivener before, but found its exporting functionality frustrating and the software itself somewha...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Very long sentences: personal style or just bad writing?

I'm writing a story targeted towards children in which the protagonist is a young girl. I find that in writing her dialog and the narrative, I'm producing a lot of very long sentences, to the point...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by brianmearns‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I reconcile the exposition of the three act scheme vs. starting out with a bang?

I am a few thousand words into my newest draft and starting to question if I picked the right beginning. As usual, when I get back into the habit of writing regularly, I have also gotten back into ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by StrixVaria‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the following piece of text comprehensible and written in good style?

I am a PhD candidate and I am having difficulty in communicating effectively in writing. Specifically, this post is a piece of text submitted for critique and, in addition, explains what I am tryin...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by mfrank.23‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tools for exploring and analysing document structure?

I'm currently writing a thesis. Just the introduction is 25 pages/8000 words. The whole document will probably be 70 pages or so. With a document this large, and on such a complex topic, it can be ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by naught101‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should cliffhangers be used in every chapter?

This is not a great question but I use a lot of cliffhangers. And I have a habit of making cliffhangers in the end of every chapter that I write just to hook the reader. The question is, is it a g...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Amin Mohamed Ajani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A My first act is lengthy. And I cannot shorten it. Any Suggestions?

After the great amount of encouragement that you all gave me here, you'd be happy to know that I finally started writing my novel and I'm writing whenever I get time. Special thanks goes to Lauren ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Amin Mohamed Ajani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a 'tutorial format' acceptable for personal notes? [closed]

I am a software developer, as I get older, I find myself with the issue of not having as much time to learn as I once did. My learning schedule has gone from 'whenever I have time' to 2 hours or so...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by deanvmc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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