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I would suggest a different approach than the other answers. If you are completely new to writing, just write. Think about other areas of learning. If you just had your first physics class, the next step won't be building a car. The first thing will probably be something like a battery, two wires, and a lightbulb. Writing is the same. Like anything it ...


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It is called an epigraph or motto.


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I would suspect that you may be having a specific problem with storytelling (which is not quite the same thing as writing.) I myself do a lot of worldbuilding for fictional purposes, and your description: "I will spend large amounts of planning the geography so small pockets of interesting species can live secluded, how the trade between countries work, ...


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LotR does in fact have such a book (I believe it is the Silmarillion). However, that book could only be published because the Hobbit/LotR books came first. In short, there would be no interest in it without LotR in the first place. This is why an encyclopedia or history book of a fictional land will not work on its own. It may get published, but the interest ...


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I think you might be happy in game development or some other industry where different artists focus on different aspects of the whole. If I where you I would try to search for something like "worldbuilding jobs" and whatever other search phrase you can come up with. Here is a blog that covers game writing: http://blog.ubi.com/tag/the-write-stuff/ There is ...


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I agree with what: Actual writing and making your own mistakes is essential when attempting to become a novelist. However, if you are interested in textbooks: Here's the first textbooks I've read when I was about 15 years old. Frey's "How to write a damn good novel" ... and part 2 of the same Frey's Introduction to the concept of the Hero's Journey ...


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If you have to ask then its probably not okay. It rarely happens in movies because there are better ways to handle it. (The obvious exception would be time-travel movies, like Back to the Future, where scene reprises from different POVs are used to expand the plot.) Pretty much any sequel movie these days is written so that it appears to a newcomer to be a ...


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For advice on the more creative aspect of writing, see Tommy's answer. As for how to start from a structural standpoint: The plot diagram of most stories is well defined, and a version of it can be viewed here: Plot Diagram. As you can see, it begins with the Exposition. During the exposition, three things are introduced: Setting, Characters, and ...


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My best suggestion would be to rough the world building as you write your story, this way the world can form around your story and not the story around the world. This of course is not how reality would have it, in reality all of our stories adapt around the world as lifes struggles form our civilizations. I am not saying to preclude changes to the story to ...


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I like what's list of ingredients. I would add two more to consider: Struggle. What keeps the character from achieving the goal? This might be antagonist or some other obstacle. What must the character do to achieve the goal? Stakes. If the character fails, so what? What are the consequences to the character, the community, the world? The key to a blurb ...


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There are lots of great fictional encyclopedias and fictional history books and if you want to write one you should! I remember lots of great books that I read as a kid that had but a whisp of narrative and instead mostly consisted of a fantastically realized world. One of my favorites was "Need A House? Call Ms. Mouse!". Illustrated books would probably ...



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