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Q&A For starting a blog, is a niche blog or general/misc content better?

I am thinking of starting a blog and wondering how I should approach it. Is it better to have a niche blog or is general/miscellaneous content fine?

4 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by yashikaissrani‭  ·  last activity 11d ago by Strider‭

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Q&A How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?

I've not done collaborative writing before, but I've read several works, and sometimes the text strikes me as having a split personality: some parts were clearly written by one author, while others...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Craig Sefton‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Getting details of a past century right

I have been gathering ideas for a novel. The basic idea is in place; the story combines two different eras but the same place. How do I get the little details about the place, the people, their lif...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Kuchiki Byakuya‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Where's the balance between realism and story? [closed]

Mark mentioned in his answer that plotholes aren't usually the end of the world, and that I shouldn't sacrifice too much of the story and the characters for the sake of logic. But there's a breaki...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What are the different types of characters in a fictional story?

I want to be able to correctly categorise and identify different characters in a story, predominantly fiction. I have read a lot about different types of characters--flat, round, static, dynamic, p...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by N.Houghton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Planning story using layers, compartmentalization, and time

Plot, environment, characters, each one is a layer in a story. Each layer is also a compartment for further layers that are internally affected by external changes in their own, unique way, and eac...

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

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Q&A Is writing three drafts really necessary?

So I understand the first draft which is basically writing whatever comes to mind but I don't understand why we have to rewrite it three times. Can someone please explain to me? What exactly do we ...

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

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Q&A How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

I have an idea for the beginning of a story. I have the setting, the protagonist, and the events that set the story in motion, including the inciting incident and the first plot point. I have, in s...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  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 Is it possible for an aggressive character to become sensitive?

So I'm writing a story, a fanfiction to be specific, and a main character is an aggressive, emotionless, constantly angry man, who swears a lot and doesn't care much about anything. I want him to d...

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

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Q&A Where in the writing process do you work in subtext?

In the BBC Sherlock fandom there are many lively discussions about how a lot of the story takes place in subtext: Person C is a "mirror" for Protagonist A, water symbolizes emotions, drinking tea m...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it good to repeat the same form of event?

Background So, long ago in my writing I wrote a chapter where a book housing a specific missing chapter was found in a treasury. As you can tell, it's super ultra convenient to just have it in the...

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

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Q&A What is useful about writing software?

Okay, so every 5 minutes I see a question uploaded to this site about writing software. What is writing software? Why don't you just plan on paper? I find it much easier to write out all of my mudd...

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

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Q&A Hang on - where's the main conflict?

I've recently been struggling with a very strange problem in my writing: I can't find the main conflict in my novels. This has inspired quite a bit of thought and reflection on exactly what a main ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I organize my writing process?

Let's say there are elements of good writing such as: Characters, Conflict, Dialogue, Ideas, Mood, Plot, Scene, Style and World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is th...

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

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Q&A Need guidance on my writing method

I have decided to take up writing as a hobby. First because I have so many ideas and like creating things. Second, because I enjoy it so far and thirdly, I like the idea that if my writing is any g...

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

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Q&A Scene order: is this order of scenes confusing?

Okay so say is my story scene order is in this order in the book. Future scene (insight) --&gt; past scene (flashback) --&gt; present day. What do you think? Will this order be confusing for my r...

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

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Q&A How to Develop a Theme Before Writing a Novel

I've given some thought to this, and I decided that I want to either make or find a theme to my fantasy novel before I really get into it (as I have started a couple pages already). I did some rese...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Keychain1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to decide whether a story is worth writing?

Sometimes I have inspiration for a story. In random pieces of spare time I daydream more and more details until I am satisfied with the concept and then I don't take it any farther. In my head, the...

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

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Q&A At what point disappointment and frustration within the story makes the reader abandon it?

Does Game of Thrones get any unpleasant when a whole bunch of characters die every season, for example? Leaving hooking elements aside, at what point does exploration of uncomfortable aspects fro...

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

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Q&A Non-human protagonist - Good, bad, or up to the writing?

In a novel I plan on writing soon, the main protagonist (and indeed nearly everyone else in the story as well) is an elf. Humans are present, but they are far in the mountains, living in disorganiz...

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

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Q&A How to write when thinking in multiple languages?

When writing, scenes come to my mind in different languages mixed together. For example in a single scene a description will be in French, some dialogues in English, with a few words of Spanish and...

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

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Q&A How/When to include twists when developing plot.

Disclaimer: This is a new question, not an extension of my other questions concerning twists. When I develop fiction, I start with a premise and a theme. I have a general idea of where I'm headed...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?

I have read Harry Potter and am a big fan of J.K. Rowling's writing and I had always had this urge to blog and to write. So, I started a blog - 2200 Common Era. I've the basic idea of writing a s...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Amit Joki‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?

When I sit down and put words on paper or type into my computer, that aspect of creating a text (like a novel or software manual) is called "writing": I store the content of my text in letters. Bu...

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

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Q&A How detailed should I be when writing a character bio?

Basically, I have about 7 or 8 characters (excluding the antagonist) who each have important roles in the story. My problem is that my characters tend to develop themselves, so to speak. I have no ...

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

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Q&A Visual methods of plot development?

My 9 to 5 job is in an office, which has made me very adept at using flow charts and graphs to plan out my projects. Are there any writing methods which employ charts, graphs, or other visual med...

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

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Q&A How specific should I be when outlining the plot?

One problem I often run into when trying to make a general outline of the plot for a story is how specific I am in the descriptions of events. Generally, this happens when I have written a portion ...

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

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Q&A How can one plan elaborate crimes for fiction without getting into trouble?

The crime of conspiracy is a limitation on free speech in the united states. Merely talking about, in fine detail, a crime can get one charged with conspiracy. It is slightly more complicated than...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by CQM‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Deciding the setting: real or invented?

I'm preparing some material because I have the intention of writing a book. I'd do this in every type of work, but considering that I'm writing Crime Fiction, this is even more important. I've dec...

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

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Q&A How can I develop my ideas?

A problem I run into frequently is that I am struck by an idea, more accurately termed "a premise," for a story, but then I can't decide what to do with it. I think of a million ways to present th...

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

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Q&A How to plan dialog and keep it on track?

When I'm writing a plotline, it often works out that I know two characters will be meeting each other in a particular scene, and that they will converse. And I oftentimes know the central idea of w...

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

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Q&A Am I too prepared to do NaNoWriMo?

I've been wanting to do NaNoWriMo for years and finally decided that this year will be the one. But I already have extensive notes and a plot outline, and I'm concerned that this might actually tri...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Travis Christian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?

I finished the 1st draft of my book, and have put it in the freezer(as I asked about in this question). I was planning to start work on a sequel of the book in the meantime. But I was told by some...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Shantnu Tiwari‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?

I'm very appreciative of NaNoWriMo's "your first step is writing a crappy first draft" credo, and I like the motivation that NaNoWriMo encourages. I'm precisely at the point where what I feel I nee...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Standback‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it a good idea to write a summary of a plot before writing the full version?

Sometimes when I write a plot I get confused about the motivations of the characters and how events connect as I change elements. Is it a good idea to write a summary first in order to organise th...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When to publish satire of current events?

I'm writing a satirical novella of sorts, based on the current American political climate. I'm exploring themes of race, political polarity, and youth. I do want to finish and possibly publish th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Fleshing out the character motivation from the plot

I decided to give a try to the snowflake method. The idea is that you gradually expand the story from a blurb into a full draft. This question stems from the character-characterization step, but it...

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

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Q&A Why write a book when there's a movie in my head?

Around a decade ago, I had a dream. An actual middle of the night dream. An entire movie played in my head, all I had to do was write it down. I did a fair bit of research on the topic then I sp...

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

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Q&A How can I defeat a 'force of nature villain' without killing him? [closed]

In my story, I have found myself in somewhat of a pickle: Although the hero is more than powerful enough to defeat a villain (which is your typical 'Dark Lord’) I don't think my protagonist is read...

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

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Q&A Can I adapt writing in a RPG forum to writing in a book?

To explain how the RPG forum works: Somebody proposes a Story setting in which the world, rules, possibilities, and so on are described. Then the interested players gather and create their charact...

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

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Q&A What software/techniques do people use to gather ideas?

I'm planning to create a game. It won't be the first game I've created (or even released), but it will be my first game with any story to speak of. I'm still very much in the planning phase of the...

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

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Q&A Slow buildup vs sudden introduction

Let's say you're writing super hero fiction. The hero of your story is struggling against the villain, but suddenly awakens a power that allows him to best the bad guy! Problem: you're unsure of h...

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

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Q&A Steps for writing a coherent letter ("Brief") in german? [closed]

Writing a coherent letter takes a lot of practice. What steps could one use in writing to form a coherent letter in german?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Hussien Chahin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Stories with multiple possible interpretations: do you plan for it?

There are many stories out there that are open-ended, up for different interpretations. Many theories spawn around such stories, most of which sound possible/plausible, but are nevertheless only th...

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

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Q&A How to create a plot given theme and settings?

I often find myself coming up with seemingly compelling premises and world settings, but unable to come up with equally compelling character or plot. For example, I am currently thinking about a ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user289661‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best practice for academic writing: write and cite or write first?

I'm an undergraduate student of psychology. My teachers assign writing assignments from time to time, and usually require some minimum of cited sources in APA format (as expected). When I start wr...

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

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Q&A Knowing when to use pictures over words

When writing about food, be it a cookbook or a food blog, as long as the media supports it, the use of pictures is going to make a difference in the quality of the work. So when I am writing about ...

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

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Q&A What are the meta considerations when writing a play?

What are the considerations one has to take into account when writing a play, that are imposed by the format of a play, a.k.a by the fact that it is played on stage? For example, in Shakespeare's ...

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

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Q&A Translating worldbuilding into an interesting opening

I've once heard there are 2 types of writers, and I am definitively an architect. I can write down a few hundred pages of worldbuilding and characters, but I scrap most of my stories after the firs...

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

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