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Q&A How to organize ideas to start writing a novel?

Beginner here. So, I have tons of ideas for a novel, and in fact I want to write one (even a series), but I'm struggling a lot in actually starting writing the story. I have ideas for characters an...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KLTKGK‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by arpitsinha‭

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Q&A Do readers primarily identify with or judge heroes in a novel?

In this article about different categories of heroes, Matt Bird states that sensitive and unlucky heroes are hard to write because audiences have a hard time caring about them. He says: "Americans...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by icanfathom‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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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 Is the first page of a novel really that important?

I am reading in a few blogs like this that the first page of the novel is really important if it has to get published. Is this true? Can a good story not compensate for an ordinary first page. I h...

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

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Q&A How do I introduce dark themes?

My story involves a superhuman organization that aims to overthrow the main government, through any means necessary. This involves murder and some rather gruesome deaths. Additionally, there might ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Detail vs. filler

How can I minimise the "filler" text that I end up writing when fleshing out a scene with detail? An appropriate level of detail seems to me to be a fundamental requirement for good prose. Whateve...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by sesquipedalias‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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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 Is it cliché to have two best friends fall in love?

I am writing a detective novel and wanted to include two best friends who are working together. Eventually they fall in love but one of my readers said it's too boring and cliché. Is that true? S...

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

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Q&A Bad to start story with VR/non-real scene?

I'm coming up with an outline for a cyberpunk story. I want to establish (at some point) that the main character has marksmanship proficiency by starting my cyberpunk story with a VR sequence, in w...

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

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Q&A How do we distinguish someone talking to another person via telepathy rather than via vocal means?

In my sci-fi novel, some people have the ability to talk via telepathy so how do we distinguish telepathy from other types of communication? I would like to do it, because it's not the same, and I ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by repomonster‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Symbolism of 18 Journeyers

In my story, 12 year old Ruth has visions from another place and time which lead her to gather a group of kids for a quest. She is told there will be 18 kids, but she can only find 17 with the spe...

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

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Q&A Is it bad to suddenly introduce another element to your fantasy world a good ways into the story?

I'm writing a novel with many POVs, and this is a very flexible story. It started out with a few POVs who had one plot, and now there is a lot more, having been integrated in between those previous...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel fantasy pacing
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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 How to keep romance out of my novel?

(Kem uses they/them pronouns.) I'm outlining a story about a witch named Kem who has to protect the world from evil. Kem befriends demons and other witches, but I don't want them to find a crush ...

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

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Q&A A question about Past Participle vs Simple Past in a novel

The novel is in past tense and the character is recounting things that happened before the novel began. Should I be using the past participle? Everything I read says that using the word "had" is a ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by rb304288‭  ·  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 Am I Breaking Too Many Rules?

I've finally committed to writing my first novel. I've been listening to things like Writing Excuses which encourages first time writers to finish their works, but I'm definitely writing an old dar...

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

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Q&A How many rewrites should a writer expect for a novel?

"By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Goo...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Richard Stanzak‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel editing
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Q&A Writing a novel, can I do [this or that]?

I want to write a novel about [something or other] and now I wonder if it is possible to do [this or that].

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

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Q&A Can I switch from past tense to present tense in an epilogue?

I have written my entire novel thus far in past tense. However, I feel like my final chapter/epilogue would work better in present tense. I want to give the reader the sense that everything s/he ha...

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

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Q&A Starting In The Middle And Flashing Back

Specifically, I want to know about whether or not it's okay to start at a point that gives a little bit away. In my story, the main character gets captured and that's the point I want to start at a...

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

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Q&A How Can I Reliably Find Well Written Novels?

Let me open by saying that I wasn't entirely sure how to ask this question and stay on topic. This is my best attempt. I do believe this question will help other writers. As an author, I want to ...

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

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Q&A How can I Switch Protagonists Between Books?

Disclaimer: I am not intending on doing this. It is just a question I thought was fascinating and might be useful to other writers. Here's the scenario. You're writing a series of novels. After t...

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

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Q&A A written action scene, interrupted?

My comic novel has a scene in which the hero is battling a monster. And at a moment of tension, where he's losing badly, there's a scene break in which the narrator goes into a brief digression. Af...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shawn V. Wilson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question novel technique scene
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Q&A How to Introduce Something Potentially Laughable?

Here's the set up. You're reading a traditional fantasy. Something is attacking the land of the elves. At long last the invaders are discovered, and they are... intelligent rabbits. My idea isn't...

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

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Q&A Readability for narrative type with respect to time

I am planning a series of fantasy novels which will be told in linear time with relatively small time jumps. One novel in the collection, however must span several generations while keeping the sa...

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

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Q&A How much outlining is needed?

I am working on a series of novels and it didn't take long into writing the first one that I realized the need to do some more outlining. My question is how complete does my outline need to be bef...

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

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Q&A How do I kill a protagonist in a first person point of view?

I'm writing a novel in which the story is told from a first person pov. I don't want it to be predictable so I feel that if I kill the protagonist it will give it a sense of difference since they u...

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

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Q&A Can You Mix Readers of Fantasy and Sci-Fi?

In his book How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Card mentions the differences between fantasy and sci-fi readers, and even says that an author should stick to only one genre, as t...

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

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Q&A Advice on portraying my protagonist's anger without making her insufferable

Background Info: My main character starts out the story with kind of a sad back story, it's not in a tragic way, just the normal kind of misfortune; losing family members, having to drop out of col...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Maya P.‭  ·  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 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 How do I write from a non-person point of view?

I am writing a novel with an ensemble cast. Each chapter is told from a different person's point of view. Some of the chapters are about a non-sentient machine that communicates with the human char...

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

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Q&A Should I write something I don't care about first?

When I was 14, I had an idea for a novel but never wrote anything. I'm now 24 and just finished participating in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org) where I wrote a 25k word "long outline"...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by sirdank‭  ·  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 Should I completely eliminate passive voice

I have read that a lot of passive voice deadens the story to 2 dimensional even if you are just trying to show something that takes time when you use the passive voice. I quite often use passive v...

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

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Q&A Should I turn my enormous novel into a series?

I am currently writing a novel and am 25,000 words into it, but only about 10% of the way in total. My intention was to write a single novel, but as I write, it has clearly evolved into what I can...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by M.Y. David‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format?

I am writing my first novel and this the very first confusion I would like to clarify. As I am not a native English speaker, I find it very hard to understand the punctuation scheme in direct speec...

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

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Q&A Plot idea to make the murderer (involuntarily) reveal himself [closed]

I'm in need of an idea to advance my fictional crime plot where the protagonists of a larger (~30) group realize that the murderer (of a single murder) must be one of them, someone hiding in the gr...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by István Zachar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A A question about dialogue and paragraphs?

First question I've asked on here so hopefully it isn't a silly one. I am a little confused about a certain paragraph/dialogue convention I am using in something I am writing. Occasionally I have ...

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

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Q&A On offering feedback to stories/novels/poetry

Very often, I happen to have to offer my feedback on friends' short stories or novels or poetry. However, I find it very difficult to give a throughout feedback on this kind of writing which is not...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  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 How to come up with the setting for the fiction novel?

I have this problem - I generally dislike fantasy worlds and science fiction set up in space or different planets. So I don't want to write about such things. I always loved more grounded stories a...

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

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Q&A Is it okay to end a novel with a cliffhanger?

First thing you should know: I'm writing the first book in a trilogy and I'm at that beautiful moment where I'm ending it. I know exactly how I want to end it BUT there's one problem. I've been rea...

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

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Q&A What are the pros and cons of starting a novel with internal dialogue?

I'm thinking about starting a novel by having the first sentence be internal dialogue. What are the potential problems this could raise? What are the benefits? By internal dialogue I mean somethi...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user8335‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I get my romance through a two-year breakup?

My story calls for the main characters to break up for at least two years, before getting back together. (In this particular case, the breakup is for ethical reasons - the relationship began when t...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Domina‭  ·  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 Should I edit the first draft until I'm totally satisfied or should I leave that to the third draft?

After having waited for three months for the first draft of my novel to "cool off," I've finally decided to work on the second one. But now I'm presented with who options: 1) edit the this first d...

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

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Q&A Antagonist motivation help [closed]

My (A)ntagonist (or antagonizing force) in my novel causes a nuclear disaster in a remote nuclear facility. I've decided on certain circumstantial plot points, such as the post-disaster coping of t...

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

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Q&A Does my poem convey the character of the (fictional) author well? [closed]

The core character in my current work-in-progress is an immortal goddess (of the minor kind), who goes increasingly desperate. In her desperation she's about to do something quite terrible, and the...

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

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