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What are some techniques for deciding which of two or more plot directions to go with?

I have always wanted to write a book but have never actually taken the time to do so. There are many things that hold me back but one of them is that I often come up with story lines in my mind. As I ...
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How to think of a plot in 5 minutes

I have an English high school exam in five days in which I will be given 2-3 prompts e.g. A story which includes the sentence, "I could not not believe when my neighbour walked right past me" or a ...
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Scenes with different languages spoken after translation

So... imagine you have a story in your native language written down, with protagonists that speak this language and no problem at all, except a bunch of scenes where your protagonist meets someone who ...
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How Can You Find A Writing Buddy?

I have noticed I work best in collaboration with another. I am extremely prolific and have a lot of time for writing. So how do you find that reliable, positive person who is deeply involved in ...
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Can a first person protagonist be the writer's alter ego?

Is it acceptable practice to write a fiction novel set in an imaginary universe in first person plus have the main character be an alter ego of yourself? (The main character has my voice, essentially.)...
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How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...
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How to create suspense in a very short story?

I wrote a short story (900-1000 words) about a character presenting some election process and at the end, we learn that The problem that I have is that the suspense in that story lasts about as ...
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How To Market A Series Of Books [closed]

Recently, I have been browsing writing jobs in several renowned freelancer sites, and I often come upon cheap propositions for ghost-writing a series of books ...well if you like working for peanuts. ...
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Do you believe a role play can be published?

Do you think a role play can be good for publishing after some editing from the partners? Role Playing is my beloved hobby, but I am not sure what it takes to present it as decent literature.
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How to Self-Publish a Picture Book with No Gutter?

I've self-published a few things with print-on-demand services (notably Lulu). Now, my partner has written and illustrated a children's picture book, and she's run into a notable stumbling block: each ...
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Borrowing or stealing phrases

Many times I come across phrases or single sentences (never longer) on the internet in the form of YouTube comments and the like which resonant with me. Often I am inspired to use these in my writing. ...
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New CreateSpace books appearing on Amazon from book resellers?

Here's the general question: How does a book published via CreateSpace end up being sold blindingly fast by other booksellers? I edited two self-help books, one targeted to small businesses and the ...
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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?

I have a story where I adhere strongly to plausible physics for space combat (some behind-the-scenes development for the story: How to Conduct Plausible Space Combat Intercepts and Tactical Options ...
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Adding links as foot notes

In my thesis, I have added some links as footnotes. I have seen it in some published papers also. But my supervisor tells me to not to add footnotes to them, but add citations. The links I have added ...
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How does one cite an interview conducted in sign language (ASL) using MLA format?

One of my students is conducting a research project on how being deaf affects one's likelihood of getting a job. Her parents are both deaf, and she is fluent in ASL. She wants to interview other ...
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Is using MBTI and the Jungian functions to create a character a good idea?

Whether I am watching, reading, writing or telling a story, I always pay attention to internal coherence in the characters' behaviour (and of course I am not the only one). By writing and reading, ...
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Should a main character be like the reader, or better than him?

As I was reading different stories, I came to wonder about what is better for the reader to identify with the character. Indeed, it is often unclear whether the MC (main character) is like the reader ...
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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?

Can I use '14, '15, '16, etc., instead of the full four digits?
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Is there a standart way of describe a process [closed]

I would like to describe a process such as production of fruit juice. When I started my sentence which explains a process and then what the best way to explain its purpose is in terms of verb and ...
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How can I find Indian names that will be accessible to my readers?

My novel is set in India, and I'm having trouble finding good but pronounceable Indian names. Many characters are royal, so I'm looking for rich, respectful names that mean important things. How can ...
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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, World You want to start focusing on one of them. Which do you think is the ...
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Making a big deal out of revealing a character's name

Does there always have to be a big, showy production about the revelation of a character's name? I was thinking that I'd just slide the name in quietly, in an off-hand manner. Probably the reader ...
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Is it okay to have a character who doesn't actually have a name?

The character in my book doesn't have a name. I mean, he probably does, but its not used by any other character in the book, including the character himself. He has a generic name, kind of like the ...
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74 views

Notes first or just start writing?

Is it better to start writing without making notes or do I have a few notes set up and then start writing? Or the other way, where I simultaneously write the novel AND the notes?
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How to describe deep loss?

So, recently one of my characters lost someone very dear to her. Some background: The character has a controlling, cold family that doesn't care about her. This one person is a friend, a guide, and a ...
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Thoughts on Writing Self- Help Books & Workbooks [duplicate]

First off i'm asking this question not as an advertisement nor i am asking anyone's opinion on this matter i am just asking an experienced review of my question. The thing is that recently I've ...
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Can trademarked or copyrighted characters be referenced to in an app description on one of the app stores?

We're submitting and app to the app store and polishing up the app description. If you used something like "This is the James Bond of email services" would that be a copyright or trademark ...
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Bachelor thesis indentation

Are there any rules for proper indentation in thesis? I am physicist so my thesis includes number of images and equations. Now I think you should not indent first paragraph after: Title of ...
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Language of screenplay

You could say I'm at the beginning of my screenplay-writing career. I haven't submitted any scripts to producers or competitions yet. But it's due to some confusion I have. I write screenplays for ...
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Why does the villain always win right before the hero defeats him?

One common setup for a story goes like this: We have the heroes on one side We have the villains on the other side The bad guy has an evil plot that will cause some undesirable result The heroes ...
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Is there any limit on how long a story can progress without the reader knowing the name of the character introduced so far?

So far, I've written about 10,000 words or so and have yet to name the character. I've talked about the character a lot. But no name yet. He's the ONLY character so far. I'm pretty sure that I don't ...
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How Can You Prolong an Emotional Reaction in the Reader?

I always feel that a book or movie has achieved something great when I have an emotional reaction to it. For a very brief moment, the protagonist's pain, drive, happiness, or shock becomes my own. For ...
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For a single author writing short stories in LaTeX, is it worthwhile to switch to a “real” version control system from Dropbox?

I'm currently using Dropbox to sync and backup my stories (which are generally in LaTeX). However, I've read that it's probably a better idea to switch to a "real" version control system, especially ...
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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 ...
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How to create an “otherworldy” feel in a fantasy novel?

I am currently writing a high fantasy novel. Writing this novel, which is set in a different world, I am having some trouble giving the Tolkien feel of a multi-cultured world. I have tried to use, by ...
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How to write montages in prose? (fantasy novel)

cue Team America song Okay, now that you know I like to have fun with my writing... I'd like to write a montage in prose fiction. It would be a sort of a wizard training sequence, or something to ...
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Character interviews - how to handle characters that age noticeably within a single novel

Many writers employ an interviewing technique in order to give characters depth and realism within a plot. This makes sense to me and is a solid practice for creating deep, meaningful characters that ...
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Name for introductory section about the author

What is an appropriate title for an introductory section where I introduce myself, the author? I'm writing a series of short educational web books for learning to do web development, and I want to ...
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How can a writer efficiently manage many text snippets?

I have a large amount (a couple thousand) of rather small text files with short notes or stories. I use them to generate ideas on topics I'm writing about. My problem is that these are just text files ...
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YA novel with old protagonist?

Edit: There have been a few very good answers and comments. The feedback I've got so far has made me question whether I'm even going into the right direction with my story. I felt like the themes and ...
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How to refer to myself in a research paper?

Okay so I have collected personal spending data of myself and significant other over a period of 6 months. I'm quite happy with the data and would like to present it and write it up as a research ...
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Is it a bad idea to have three protagonists?

I'm writing a story that involves three main characters. They appear in linear form, each one's story leading to the other. So for example character A's story finishes leading to B's story which ...
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What is the “acid test” for a nonfiction anthology?

I'm asking this on Writers because I'm doing a short presentation on "What is an anthology," and I'm not sure how to answer the question "Why is X an anthology and Y is not?" Merriam Webster defines "...
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108 views

when to ask for feedback of novel?

At what stage in writing do you ask for feedback on your new story? After writing a plot outline? After the first draft? After the second draft? After you polish it for the public? What kind of ...
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Writing and sharing Microfiction

So I've always enjoyed writing but never had the stamina to write a short story, let alone a novel. Mostly what I write these days is Micro-fiction (all short pieces of a couple hundred words, I've ...
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How to write believable “Man vs self” plots

Context introduction In my story the protagonist is both curious and fearful. He wants to know what is in a forest but is too afraid to go inside. He is also distracted by his basic needs for food and ...
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Is it a good idea to make the protagonist pull themselves together

Is it a good idea, to make the protagonist pull themselves together at a point in a work of fiction. I've been writing a novel, and for practically the entire first half the main protagonist has been ...
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Describing protagonist's experience from using magic [closed]

I am writing a fanfic where the protagonist is a skeleton living on Earth. He possesses a magic skill which revolves around moving objects. Of course, there are limits. He cannot move things as heavy ...
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A question of tenses

I'm writing a novella. A lot of it is told from the protagonist's point of view when he is telling someone about the events of the last three years. I'm struggling with tenses. I have written the ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as “a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image”?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. ...

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