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Q&A How much detail is too much?

I've read a few amateur stories online and sometimes the author will include so much detail that the reader gets a little bored or distracted and forgets what the actual story is talking about. How...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by M. McGarry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What information about a fictional world is unnecessary?

I was able to gain some insight already thanks to How much detail is too much?, but I still need a more precise answer, because my details aren't bound to a particular scene. I was searching for s...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by E.Milla‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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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 to convey the anatomy of a humanoid race?

I am writing a extra-terrestrial high fantasy novel. The story is completely set in an alien world. No visits from Earth and no visits to Earth. My characters are humanoids, who look like elves...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DPT‭

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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 3y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A How to realistically describe pain?

So, I was doing a writing excersie, I came up with, to help me with sentence structuring and developing my style. One thing, I ran into, however, was that I couldn't describe pain very well. Th...

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

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Q&A Should you write character description points in bulk or spread them out?

I've heard a lot of people saying they skip descriptions if they are written as one bulk list, but others say it's important that we let the reader know what the character looks like and include al...

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

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Q&A Do we simplify descriptions when they sound weird?

The woman said as she pulled a small coin out of a small wallet ... The woman said as she pulled a small coin out of a small box she opened/used earlier. I am wondering if "opened" or "use...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by woxim‭  ·  reopened 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A How do we end a description properly?

Sometimes, I have trouble coming up with a way to end a description properly, especially one that's at the very end of a chapter. What are some of the things you can do, especially when the descrip...

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

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Q&A How do we follow up a description within a descriptive text with another description?

How do we follow up a description within a descriptive text with another description? Let's say you mention A and B in the first sentence, and then follow up with a long description of B, how do yo...

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

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Q&A How do you show, through your narration, a hard and uncaring world?

As I've already mentioned, I'm working on a sci-fi novel. One of the main feelings that I wanted to represent when I started is the sense of a vast, empty, artificial world, mostly cold and uncar...

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

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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 4y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  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 Creating character imagery without describing their physical looks

This is more for my own curiosity than anything else but I was wondering if when reading about a character with no specified gender and no description of their looks, does the choice of words used ...

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

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Q&A Screenplay vs Novel [closed]

Now I know, that this question could be tagged too broad or opinion based, and that it might even be closed down. But I have been struggling over this for quite some time now and I want to get an a...

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

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Q&A Writing differently when following different character POVs - mainly age difference. (3rd Person)

I'm writing a sci-fi novel with more than one main character. Since I'm not an experienced writer, I still struggle with some basic "rules" within writing that may or may not exist. This issue ...

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

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Q&A How can I describe technology while avoiding problems with scaling?

Worldbuilding chat has pointed me to this stack because it's less about defining the technology and more about how to express these definitions in a relatable and realistic way. A pretty frequen...

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

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Q&A How to show a brief hesitation around a word

When we speak, there are often small pauses between syntactic units such as sentences. In writing, these pauses are signified by punctuation: I can come if you want. (without pause) I can ...

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

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Q&A Ways of describing new characters?

What are some good ways to describe the looks of a new character presented in a story? I generally mention eye and hair color, physical build and maybe if they have facial hair or not. But to me it...

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

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Q&A How to refer to clothes without modern words ? (e.g: t-shirt)

This is a constant struggling point of mine. Most of my settings take place in fictional worlds often inspired by various parts of human history. For instance, one of my stories is located in an A...

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

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Q&A How do you use showing in animal fantasy?

When I read showing in stories with people, they describe facial expressions for showing (among other things). What can a writer use in an animal fantasy? I'm sure it depends on the animal, but a...

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

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Q&A Do you capitalize the names of governments in a story?

I know that names of countries, states, cities, and counties are always capitalized, but what about governments and organizations? In my novella there are basically 2 sections of space, and each ha...

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

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Q&A How to describe a diverse set of characters without falling into purple prose or exoticism?

In my setting, a city was founded by people from all over the world, and developed in almost complete isolation (long version here). The story in itself starts several generations after the foundat...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Babika Babaka‭  ·  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 Describing the differences between languages

To help create descriptive differences in the way my characters talk I am looking for a list of how each language sounds. For example the German language has lots of clusters of consonants, and co...

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

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Q&A How do I avoid tradeoffs with showing vs. telling? [closed]

I learned early on (as most writers have) "show, don't tell," which I agree with for the most part. However, I've found many situations in writing when I'd start to write a statement in tell, catch...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by i41‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Help describing dogs' physical appearance and movement

I'm writing a story about a group of dogs, mongrels mostly. I would like help finding the correct vocabulary to describe their physical appearance. Remember that, been mongrels, I can't say simply ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Nisanio‭  ·  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 When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?

Some examples: Half-crouching, I went over to the railing and pointed my flashlight down (to the ground). It was approximately a two-storey fall. Not incredibly high, but high enough to kil...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the following analogy of natural selection effective and clear?

I'm writing a scene where one of the characters is explaining the process of natural selection: “Think of it as a beach full of crab holes of various shapes and sizes, and with little pebbles...

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

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Q&A Best blind sequence? [closed]

I'm trying to write a story in which the sun has essentially gone out and visibility is constantly limited, and sometimes completely gone. Being a very visual person, I'm finding it hard to describ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by A Blue Shoe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined

I'm writing a short film that has the vast majority scenes set in a pub, with the main male character about to approach a woman, and he imagines/projects some of the possibilities of this - it goes...

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

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Q&A What does "OFF" mean in a script?

Could anybody, please, enlighten me as to what "off" means in the following excerpts taken from the script for the TV show "Breaking Bad"? (I've also come across the same use of "off" in other scri...

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

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Q&A How to introduce a world that's alien to the reader

I'm writing sort of a space-opera and I was wondering what would the best way to explain everything about the world to my readers. The story is kind of a political intrigue, and it would be very ea...

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

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Q&A Whether to describe personality of a character or let the readers deduce it based on the actions

I am facing this situation where description of the personality of a character is quite important. Is it good to describe the personality traits or shall I let the readers deduce it based on the ac...

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

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Q&A Script Writing as it pertains to TV and Radio lines

If a Radio or TV needs to be audible. How is that written in a Script? Is it written like the characters, or is written in the description in parentheses?

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user6796‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the differences between a script and a screenplay?

There is usually a lot of confusion when it comes to these two terms. Some sources say that there is no (practical) difference between the two while other sources talk of various kinds of differenc...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Pravesh Parekh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Good idea to describe the heist place before the heist begins?

I'm working on a heist scene where five thieves are supposed to enter a corporate building and steal a few documents. It's supposed to be a major scene so it won't be short. I need the readers to v...

7 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Amin Mohamed Ajani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does the following piece have too much dry narration (mundane tasks, moving about)?

Tsuki woke up to the morning sun that entered through the window. She yawned and sat on the side of the bed, rubbing her eyes. The clock on the wall said half past ten. She brushed her teeth...

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

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Q&A Some doubts on the use of Italicized words

Okay here's the thing. After a tough verbal fight with my friend, I concluded that I will post this question here and get some concrete answers. According to what I feel, italicized words are use...

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

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Q&A Is the opening of this story intriguing, "dark" and smooth? [closed]

Disclaimer: I'm not an Native English Speaker. This is my fifth attempt of writing a short story (the previous ones are set in the same "universe" as this one). I would like to know if the reade...

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

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Q&A Confusing writing in order to show how character is falling asleep - is it OK?

Generally, writing something confusing is not good. On the other hand, a writer should show rather than tell. (Generally.) What I'm trying to do is imitate the way one's thoughts get all muddled ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Yehuda Shapira‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I make description more natural to me?

Description is a weakness in my fiction. My understanding is that the first priority in fiction is to tell the story. Setting does this by providing props and indicating character mindsets, either ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Sheelawolf‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to create space

Recently, a few snippets of my fiction have received critiques along the lines of 'Does not give a sense of space'. Or 'needs more description, sights and sounds'. I think where I am going wrong ...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by M.A‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Improving Ad Script

I am looking for some advice on how to improve a short script that I have for an advertisement/introduction video. I have been revising this for two months now. I have below two different version...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Flipper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this description of my small productivity application clear enough?

I wrote a small productivity application, Tomate. Since I'm not a native English speaker, I'm afraid the description of the project may not be clear enough for potential users. Can you help me impr...

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

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Q&A Critique of short essay [closed]

Basically I need some critics regarding the following points: Does this description essay archive its goal (a creepy story with a 'sappy' ending)? How is the 'rhythm' of the story (is there some...

1 answer  ·  posted 12y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can my paragraph use better adjectives and descriptions?

I feel my punctuation is all over the place, and the adjectives are not as charming as I think they are. If anyone has watched the beginning of the first Lord of the Rings, where the hobbit is lyin...

1 answer  ·  posted 12y ago by Snowman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A First conversation scenes I've written (looking for errors, conventions, and improvements according to writing standards)

I would like to know if I'm doing something wrong (according to writing standards) in the following conversation and how to improve it to help readability, quality and feeling (making it more inter...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to find some good examples of combat or action scenes?

I always learn a lot about about writing by reading other works and following their examples. Right now I'm very bad at writing action scenes; the best I can do is write around them, describing the...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by tankadillo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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