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answered Have a story that has no character development at all, in anyway
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comment Have a story that has no character development at all, in anyway
Related, nearly a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2920/…
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comment Capitalization with compound nouns starting with a number
Are you using title case or sentence case?
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comment Can a sentence start with verb?
This really belongs on English, not here.
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revised How to research and discover topic popularity and trends to determine topic selection for article writing?
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reviewed No Action Needed When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Asking for exam results
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comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
@BroSlow Because literary tastes change. What was popular and interesting 200 years ago may or may not be "what sells" today. Standards and reader expectations are different. The book may still be great, but if the author tried to publish it today, it would never get out of the slush pile. @ what is just giving context: 200 years ago you had more room for meandering sub-plots because that's how most books were written; today they are not.
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reviewed No Action Needed Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
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reviewed Reviewed Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
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reviewed Close Why is distributing an audiobook so much more complicated than POD or eBooks?
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revised Do I correctly utilize my naming adjective concept in this book?
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comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
Or as a collection of related short stories published or posted independently of the book.
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
And how would you know if an atheist can write successfully about Christians or not? How would you know the religion or lack thereof of any particular author if it's not advertised? You don't have to follow a belief to write about it successfully. And the reverse isn't true either, as you post: Nathaniel Hawthorne was a Christian, and wrote about Christians in his stories who are horrible people who should never be emulated.
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
Writers do not have to make their characters relatable, or inspiring, or "living lives the audience would want." They do have to be interesting. I found Eragon to be extremely badly written and boring; I couldn't get more than a quarter of the way through. "Special bond with the dragon" or not, likable or not, I wasn't interested in the guy, so I stopped reading.
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
By the way, "Christianity" and "Christianism" aren't the same thing. "Christianity" is the general umbrella term for the religion which worships Christ, regardless of flexibility or orthodoxy; "Christianism" is the fanatic evangelist fundamentalist version which wants to dictate that everyone else should live under their strict and particular interpretation of their religion, enforced by civil law and jail time.
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revised Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
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comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
Bridge to Terabithia still has the power to rip my guts out even as an adult. What a great book. That and Charlotte's Web are excellent examples.
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revised Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
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