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Quite simply, it is impossible to kill off the protagonist before the end of the story. Killing off your main character is absolutely possible, but the protagonist you can not. The story is ultimately the protagonists struggle. If you kill him at the beginning then the book is flashbacks, you still killed him at the end of the Story. Your only telling the ...


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In so doing your narrator is suddenly thrust into a more personal relationship with the character, akin to the character with whom he is speaking. That is not necessarily bad, but it shifts your narrator from a purely third person observer to something like a participant in the story. So just make sure that is what you intend. Also calling some ...


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In my opinion it's jarring when the narrator uses different names for the same character. It has to be done for a reason. Possible reasons why you'd want to do it: If a particular passage is meant to reflect the internal monologue of it's POV character, and that person strongly prefers the nickname (or strongly rejects) If a character has different ...


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First, lemme say i like Henry Taylor's answer. Hmm. Obviously, you're going to attribute more-sophisticated words to more-sophisticated people. It's not too difficult to tell when someone drops an "SAT word" on you. Your ear's a good judge. Try occasionally running a choice word of dialogue through a Synonym list. Then it's just a matter of consistently ...


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This is an interesting and thought provoking question: "How do I write as an 18 year-old, non-native speaker would write?" And assume I am not one. I found this site looking for tips on my iphone and I am not in a habit of writing on internet threads to people I've never met, so I apologize in advance for etiquette faux-pas. 2 words: computational ...


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This doesn't answer your question, but: I have given up on trying to make my characters sound different because: I cannot write it. I dislike reading it. This is literature and can damn well employ literary language. All viewpoints in The Song of Ice and Fire sound the same. They can sound the same in my writing, too. It is better to have a text that ...


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Boy does this sound familiar! I struggled for a year trying to coloquialize my YA characters. Every week, I would bring a new sample to my writing group. It became a standing joke, guess how old my POV characters is! The group's conscensus never got within a decade of my targetted age. Then I received the suggestion which I will share with you now... ...



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