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Q&A Describing the taste of food

I’m asking about this not because I have a tendency to do so myself, but rather because I find it unusually aggravating when I come across it in other people’s works. I’m wondering if this sort of ...

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

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Q&A How much uncertainity will the 'general (Non-YA) fantasy reader' tolerate?

In my current project my goal is to go for the following narrative style within scenes: Show only what the POV-Char can see, hear,... sense. Show their emotional reaction (through body-feelings, ...

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

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Q&A Is it possible to narrate a novel in a faux-historical style without alienating the reader?

One thing that often annoys me in historical fiction or fantasy books is the dissonance between the writing style and the events and historical period described in the book. The writing is usually ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by PoorYorick‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call a narrator who is not unreliable, but is naive?

While an unreliable narrator is someone who is deceiving the reader (or possibly himself), there are plenty of stories where the narrator is truthfully relaying what happened, but does not fully un...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Graham Powell‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Switching perspectives for a single chapter in a first person POV novel, to do or not to do?

Allow me to explain what prompted the question before you immediately say that it's not okay and it would confuse the readers. The protagonist of the novel - also the narrator - has the ability to...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by RE Lavender‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to help reader visualize the environment in a story?

In a story where there is only one character doesn't talk to anyone don't know where he is and is narrating his story

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by gurvinder372‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How To Write An Unreliable Narrator?

So in my latest works I've decided to make my narrator, whom is my main character as well, pretty unreliable. How do I get this across to readers? I read a few short stories online that were pretty...

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

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Q&A Switching from past to present tense to increase narrative speed?

In German, traditionally narrative texts are written in the past tense. When the pace of the action picks up, the narrator can increase immediacy and urgency by switching into the present tense. I...

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

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Q&A Can a third-person narrator ask questions instead of the characters?

In novels, when the PoV follows a particular character, is pretty common that we get to hear his/her thoughts. Sometimes, those thoughts take the form of questions that the character ask himself: ...

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

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Q&A Everyone is beautiful

I've noticed a quirk with the narrator voice of one of the two novels I'm working on. This narrator only describes the beautiful aspects of every character's features. You might think the women are...

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

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Q&A Alternatives to second-person POV narration in RPG settings

I am someone with no formal writing background, who has come to love writing for the fantasy adventure role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons (fifth edition) during my free time. I am currently ru...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  edited 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should the narrator use pseudonyms in writing?

I have characters who have to use false names. Should the narrator use their real name or false name? For example, if person A was being called Adam when their real name was Archie, person B would ...

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

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Q&A Naming things the POV character doesn't know

My middle-grade novel is third person with one primary and one secondary viewpoint character. Sometimes the narrator hovers a bit more, sometimes the narrator is more in the character's head. The...

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

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Q&A What should the omniscient narrator call a character?

Let there be a character. Let the character's name be, for example, Alexander. Now, Alexander's parents call him 'Sasha'. His friends call him 'Xander'. His girlfriend calls him 'Alex'. In formal ...

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

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Q&A Distinguishing between unreliable frame narrator and narrator of framed story

I'm writing a work which is bookended by a frame story with an unreliable narrator. How do I prevent confusion for the reader when the frame narrator interjects? In the framed story, the character...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Mark Gordon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could I have some characters reveal more internal monologue than others?

For context, I am writing a graphic novel. I always used to imagine I would have some characters (mainly protagonists) reveal their internal monologue while others (mainly the antagonists) don't. T...

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

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Q&A Should I change from past to present tense to state a fact that continues into the present and is unyielding?

Within narration in past tense, should a statement of a universally true fact be in past tense or in present tense? For example, in the short text: It was late afternoon in Zubrin. The air was ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by billy p‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to call a main character who changes names?

I'd like to write a story, in the third-person perspective, centering on a character who changes her name several times in the course of the story. She uses her birth name for the first couple of ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cerise St Hilaire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can there be written narratives (not movies or films, but books) without any narrator?

Would it be possible? It strikes me as impossible but I am still curious to know what you think.

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

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Q&A Is it acceptable to use words like "heaven" and "god" when the narrator is agnostic?

The main character, and the person whose viewpoint the story is told from, is a scientist and subscribes to agnosticism. And there are sentences in my story like: "Trees stretched into the sk...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the advantages and disadvantages to leaving the narrator unnamed?

As I begin to write a narrative (I haven't decided yet how long it should be), and as I develop the plot, I was wondering whether or not I should give the narrator a name. It was one of those rando...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Conor O'Brien‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the MC in first person singular always all knowing?

While writing a first-person singular novel, is the MC all-knowing? How do we handle plots which do not include the MC, like something happening with others but not including MC? Will it be taken a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it bad style if the personal first person narrator of a story dies during said story?

Right now I'm writing a novel in which I use the changing perspectives of two main characters with limited information each to slowly unveil the whole plot to the reader. Both use the past tense a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by DLCom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A 1st person addressing a narrator

I'm writing a story in first person, but with a third person narrator for the secondary character. I was wondering if there were any books or stories to research how the first person character coul...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Jack Woods‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In one book can one narrator be in present and the other in past?

I'm currently planning a book series that is told from the first person perspective of 5 different characters. I have a different voice for all of the characters, but I think that 2 of the characte...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Shel77‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should a narrator ever describe things based on a character's view instead of facts?

There is something I find myself doing often while writing, and I don't even know what to call it, but I would like to know if its good practice. It happens when I'm writing from a third-person per...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Reinstate Monica NOW‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do we properly manage the state of transition between unknown and known?

I often have a passage that sounds like this. I don't know why, but I always found these passages a bit odd sounding. A stranger was lying, face into the sands, belly down, on the beach all a...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can my characters interact with my narrator? (and vice versa)

I know that this idea is not totally 'revolutionary' as this type of narration has been used in Breakfast of champions, for example. But, Unlike Vonnegut, I want the 'Narrator talks to the characte...

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

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Q&A Effectively conveying an unreliable narrator

I have been working on a post-apocalyptic novel for about a year. My female narrator/protagonist, named Eris, was isolated for almost all of her life until meeting a rogue group of survivors and h...

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

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Q&A How to describe a horse from the POV of someone who has never seen one? [closed]

In my story, my narrator has only recently met other humans and the biggest creature she has ever interacted with are dogs. In the survivors' camp, she encounters their horses and is pretty freaked...

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

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Q&A What is the difference between limited third-person narrative and free indirect discourse?

Free indirect discourse is a writing technique that makes the writing display the character's thoughts whilst still remaining in third-person narrative, with 'he' or 'she' as pronouns. As an exampl...

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

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Q&A In first person narrative, is it acceptable to end rhetorical questions with a period?

In first person narrative, would it be acceptable to use a period in place of a question mark when the narrator is asking a rhetorical question? example: My car broke down again. Why does this alw...

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

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Q&A How do readers/writers alike feel about too much narration in a story?

My question is pretty much summed up in the title. My story includes a lot of narration. Narrating events, narrating character's thoughts. There are several intervals in each chapter where the char...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by B.fox‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using the Voice wisely

Of course, there aren't any rules in writing. But when something is used in exaggeration (or even Isn't used at all!) without prudence, it can ruins everything. A voice is like a guide to see the ...

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

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Q&A What is Third Person Dramatic?

Often told as "Third Person Objective" or "Third Person Camera" it is some kind of mixture between cinema and writing. (Crazy stuff, I know.) What is this Third Person Dramatic? What are his pr...

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

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Q&A Giving the narrator a personality that doesn't gets tiring

Proposition: Stories are information packets aimed to "entertain" people, and just like every other form of communication, they have: A basic and lasting knowledge for interpreting the informatio...

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

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Q&A Point of view, narrative voice, and when to name a character in narration

Let's say you have a scene with Maria, written in third person from Maria's point of view. Then you have a scene with Akash, written in third person from Akash's point of view - and suppose they do...

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

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Q&A How does the narrator address a character who has changed her name, but only some people call her this new name?

I know this is similar to How to Handle a Character When She Is Lying About Her Name but the situation is slightly different in where my problem lies. I have a character who is introduced as Tabat...

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

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Q&A How to stage a scene conflict that is not about the scene's narrator?

I'm working on a novel that is told from a single narrator in third person. A number of subplots detail the stories of secondary characters. My problem: From their point of view, I could easily w...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Filip‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Interwoven story arcs (for video) - guidelines so viewers will not get lost?

I am trying to create a documentary about the history of a sports team, and have identified some compelling story arcs. However, as we know in reality, stories do not begin and end one at a time: ...

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

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Q&A What is the technique of displaying stream of thought in third person?

I've noticed that authors often show the main character's though process in third person using the prose itself, almost as if the character were the one narrating. Made-up-on-the-spot example: ...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Raiden Worley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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