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If you are using actual fluorescent lights and nuclear energy and so forth, or fluorescent lights which have been slightly improved or altered by magic but are essentially the same technology, this is generally called urban fantasy. While "urban" means "city," in this context it means fantasy or magical elements in modern society. The setting can be a city, ...


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Pick travel scenes and locales that advance the plot. For instance, I'm writing a screenplay that features a South American cruise. I skimp on scenes in the glitzy places like Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile. On the other hand, I have major scenes in out of the way places like Puerto Madryn, Argentina (one character ...


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Here's an example of how this can be handled: The journey took three, long, weary days, and when they finally reached the city, the sun was about to disappear below the horizon. Hoping they were in time, they hurried through the wide streets and narrow alleys, until they reached a large building. A sign, hanging on the wall, read: THE BARLEY ...


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You might try Critique Circle, which is a free online critiquing community. (I haven't used it, but others here have.) If you have enough rep, you could ask in our Chat Room, the Overlook Hotel. There are a number of members here who are freelance editors who might be able to work with you.


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Your first mistake is identifying protagonist with a good guy. Both your protagonist and your antagonist should have good and bad traits. The thing you need to keep in mind is that your audience needs to be able to identify with your protagonist. If he is going to do bad things he needs to do them for a good reason. Likewise if he is going to do very bad ...


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IMHO, if your protagonist uses evil methods to save the world from the evil villain, and becomes popularly known as a great hero, evil things can result from that. Thus you should: 1) add a postcript telling that the hero's example has made every member of every side in every later conflict feel justified in using even the most evil methods to defeat their ...


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No, I think it's a very good plot. One of Newton's laws is that "every action causes an equal and opposite reaction." One reason evil is evil because it threatens to make the rest of us evil. In happy ending stories, the good guys stay good, and manage to defeat the evil. But that is only one of four possible outcomes. Perhaps the second most likely ...


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This is not bad writing, but gives you more insight on said character. It depends on the plot of the story and how you manage to pull it off. It can either be a good twist in the story or people just say "oh wow so original". Several movies (2 as of now) in this year have played on this topic, namely Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War. ...


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I find that when the protagonist shows a darker side it only allows you to create a more in-depth profile of said character. It allows the reader to have an inside look at what really goes on behind the mask of the character you have created, and gives the story a 'real life' feeling, and not something you have fabricated. It is a commonly used 'plot twist' ...


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Wikipedia is also a decent source of information about names (though I'm not sure about the English version). It often gives the etymology and the names of famous people who have (or had) the name. It also says if the name is shared, with different meaning, by other cultures, which can be useful to prevent cultural misunderstandings about where the character ...


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Indian culture is very complex. The names and characteristics of Indian royalty varies from state to state. To create a royal name you will need to answer several questions. What is the period your character is set in? This is important because names have evolved over the years. TL;DR. I will restrict my name choices to a particular part of North India. ...



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