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How much detail is too much?

I've read a few amateur stories online and sometimes the author will include so much detail that the reader gets a little bored or distracted and forgets what the actual...

Asked on 12/31/2021 by M. McGarry

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Can you omit words from a sentence and correctly cite that text?

In a source, I have the sentence:Trafficking in children from Togo, Nigeria, Mali, to Cote d’Ivoire’s plantation and domestic servants in Gabon, and of women from Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, and...

Asked on 12/17/2021 by casualhuman

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Can a novel chapter have a suspenseful flashforward opening?

Like in the TV serials, can we have the opening section of the novel relate the ending or some part in between of the chapter (as a flashforward) to add...

Asked on 12/15/2021

4 answer

How can I write complex and believable characters?

How do I write characters that are more grounded, complex and believable so that readers can resonate with them and makes my novel more compelling? How should I elaborate their...

Asked on 12/12/2021

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How to write a socially awkward, anxious character without them ending up like Bella Swan?

I'm trying to write a character who is shy and awkward and has anxiety so she would stutter or have social blunders etc. but I'm trying to figure out if...

Asked on 12/10/2021

3 answer

What are some examples of the "simple but vivid" description that Chekhov talks about in the quote below?

(The quote below is from one of Chekhov's letters to other Russian writer, Maxim Gorky.)Your nature descriptions are artistic; you are a true landscapepainter. But your frequent personifications (anthropomorphism),...

Asked on 12/04/2021

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How exactly does a book go from typewritten pages into an actual mass-produced unit ready for the consumer, and do authors have any control?

I want to be clear that I'm asking about this both for the present time, where nearly everyone does everything digitally, and for "back in the day", such as the...

Asked on 11/17/2021 by Amori L.

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Korean sensitivity reading for a modern fantasy world

I've been working on a YA/adult contemporary fantasy novel for a while and I had some questions about sensitivity reading. The world featured in the novel is entirely new but...

Asked on 11/16/2021 by desperate_student

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World Building vs Story Writing

Note, this might be off-topic and belong on World Building SE? I have always been far more interested in building the world my stories take place in than the stories...

Asked on 11/08/2021 by Towell

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How do you get feedback when sharing your ideas makes you not want to write?

I have a problem in that if I ever tell people about my story ideas, I lose motivation and eventually stop working on them. If I do not tell them...

Asked on 11/06/2021

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