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Question: I've been wondering for a while--with a fantasy in which there's a different world from ours, would it be better to have common or odd names?
Question: I'm creating a story that revolves around the political relations of two fictional countries. In the story, a powerful figure (the antagonist)
Question: Is it okay to have three characters be impact characters to each other? I've chosen my main character, as in, the character that'll be making
Question: In a story I am currently reading, the author uses real world company names rather than fake ones, and when using humor, sarcasm or other plot
Question: Who's story goes first in a multi-narrative story that involves a false protagonist who dies before Protagonists A & B are introduced and none
Question: If I am being a narrator for 1 character, would I make a new paragraph if I have another character talk? Or not? Answer: If you are writing
Hi. I have planned the first act of my fantasy book thoroughly enough, and just finished wrapping up the first chapter, which focuses on one of my three
Hello, I really enjoyed from your website. I write my story and I'm in the fourth chapter. And friends tell me they do not feel they know enough my characters.
Question: I have 2 Questions. It is said that most agents don't accept collection of short stories or collection of novellas from debut authors because
Question: I've been told I'm head-hopping in my contemporary romance manuscript. How do you convey different characters' thoughts, feelings, or reactions
Hi! I'm John (big fan of your page!), and I have a question that has been haunting me for a while and will not let me begin ANY book I try to write.
Question: Hello again it's me Antoinette and I changed my story a little bit. I have a question to ask, is it okay if your character doesn't know the main
Question: I am trying to work on a novel, perhaps a series, about a human who becomes a vampire to fulfill a prophecy. The main theme I am searching for
Question: I've been writing ever since I was 6 years old but the only people who have ever read it are my mom and dad. Now I'm 17 years old and I just
Question: I have a plot in mind put it is very difficult to develop it. I don't know what to do. I have the idea but how to write about events and things
Question: I'd like to apologize in advance for the lengthy paragraph, sorry. The story I'm writing uses the perspective of multiple characters, alongside
Question: I'm writing a novel and it's based on people and things that have actually happened to me but I don't want people to know its real and I want
Question: How do you fill in time between significant events? I have seen in this website that you should not use fillers to fill in time but without them
Hello, I'm writing a novel about a woman's life. I was wondering how to title my chapters. Example: Chapter 1 Birth to Age 5 or Chapter
Hello, I'm writing a novelization of a stage play, a comedy. There are very lengthy passages of dialog between only two characters, some are about three
Question: The story is all about two lovers who met in a particular restaurant somewhere in New York. She wasn't able to pay her bill because she noticed
Hello, sir. I was wondering which you prefer and would be more likely to use: Hurry up, Jane. The bank closes at 3:00 p.m, Frank said. No, it doesn't.
Question: I've read on this site that for every main character that you write in the point of view of needs to have his or her own story arc. They each
Question: Is it ok for characters to use real brand name items? I've been given conflicting answers for this question. For instance, I read somewhere that
Question: So I'm having trouble with conflicts. I want my story to be about a girl who is a princess but doesn't know it. Later on in the story she, herself
Question: How do put a cliffhanger in my story and still end my book with resolution? Answer: Create a plot in the first book with a story goal that is
Question: Great website! I hope you can help me. I'm in the process of writing the chapters to my novel. But I would like to have a chapter dedicated to
Hello, I am of course writing a novel and I am having some problems with characters thought. What if there are two characters in the scene having thoughts?
Question: My story is fairly simple, Sun and Moon Guardians (which are the souls of the Sun and Moon) are on Earth because the Darkness the Sun had 'fought
Question: I'm writing a book where the main character is an Antagonist; the bad guy, and it's from HIS point of view. In the very end, however, he realizes
Hi, I am writing a young adult story where they go to a fighting school (a made up school) and I would like to know if putting it in a real country or
Hey Glen me again. I'm struggling with the dialogue of one of my characters in a story. Most of the characters, and the setting, are English and thus
Question: After months of creating my elements for my novel in Dramatica I'm finally up to creating scenes. I've read countless materials from a variety
Hey, Thank you for this site. It's amazing. I created several characters, some of which are archetypal: mad-genius, flighty philosopher and so on. Is
Question: I love good villains, but I usually don't love them because of what they stand for. I like them because of what they look like, because of how
Question: My novel is told from 7 POV characters. Each POV story is like a short novel (Novella). I say this because each POV has its own beginning, Middle
Question: In fiction novels, does it usually seem strange to switch from first to third person, chapters by chapters, if the change is clear? How about
Question: Now, I'm very young for making novels (Not going to say exactly) but I would like to know exactly how to create my own fantasy. You see, I'm
Question: What are some things that are cliché in the adult world (i.e. things typical of adults that teens wouldn't know) that a YA writer could draw
Question: My novel revolves around one first person POV protagonist, and has 5 major secondary characters, 3 friends of the protagonist, one love interest,
Hello, I've been hearing that a writer shouldn't mention or quote a lyric of a song, due to the copyrights, but if a writer wants to mention the name of
Hello! my name is... let that go as anonymous. I have a plot, for my story, but I have one problem- the plot is always there in a book or the other.
Dear how to write a book people, Thank you for making such an informative and useful website. I apologize if I am writing into the wrong category but
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Hey, so the story I'm writing works best if I feature narration in the past and present tense. I.e the (first person) narrator talks about what he is
Question: I converted my novel from 1st person to 3rd. It's confusing to me and I feel I lost some momentum. A Dr. (3rd person past tense) is asking
Hello, Glen! Your advice and posts are very helpful and informative - so thank you! I’ve completed my outline, and I’ve written the first two chapters
Question: So I have this story where the culture, mythology, and some races are based on Ancient Greek mythology, and culture, have some magic and lots
Question: I was wondering if I need permission to write about the WAC training camp in Daytona Beach in a book I'm working on. You see,I'm writing a fiction
Question: Is it better to tell the EXACT height and weight or should I just state roughly? Answer: I think it depends on your narrator. If you are writing
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