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Length of story

Question: Even though I've told my story the way I intended in a little over 41,100 words, would it be more advantageous to add more to lengthen the manuscript?

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Love interest and internal conflict

Question: The main characters of my novel have feelings for each other and I know that I want internal conflict to play a big role, but is a love interest

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Literary Fiction on Contemplation as the Goal

Question: I suppose the genre will most likely be a Literary Fiction since the focus is on philosophical questions. Can you suggest some works/books where

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Character Traits

Question: Can you recommend to me an unusual as well as unexpected combination of personality traits? I am trying to find a personally trait that does

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Where do I go from here?

Question: So I have almost finished my novel. I have 81,000 words divided into 23 chapters. I have no idea where to go. I have never written a book

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hyphen use

Hello there. First of all, this website has helped me so thank you. I want to know if kid me needs a hyphen or not. I do not plan to use it as in kidding

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Using Real World vs. Fictional Company Names and Product References in Your Story

Hi Glenn! Got married a year back and had a name change, but still follow you, and really want to thank you for this wonderful and NECESSARY, relevant

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Find my Antagonist

Hi! First I would like to thank you for this brilliant website. It is really a great help! I'm having some trouble finding my Antagonist and I’m hoping

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Point of View Questions

Hello! In my current novel, I switch back and forth between the POV of my main character and her love interest. At the moment, I have the main character

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Two-Person Narration

Hi, I wanted to know what are the pros and cons of writing a book with two narrators? Answer: The downside is that, whenever you introduce additional

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Revenge/ Superhero story

Question: My main character wants to get revenge on a certain individual, who has reached the apex of his arc and essentially taken control of every opposition

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Question: Can I write about a company and my experiences since I retired been with the company 21 years? Answer: I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal

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"Filler" Chapters and current length.

Hi Glen, I'm currently writing a high fantasy book and I'm on the third chapter. So far, with a prologue and chapters 1 and 2 completed, I have about

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Creating a strong reason(s) for antagonist to against protagonist

Question: I am writing a thriller that features a 17-year-old girl that fights against a witch that wants to destroy her. Can you please give me some

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Odd or common name?

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?

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Concerning Plot and Characters

Question: I'm creating a story that revolves around the political relations of two fictional countries. In the story, a powerful figure (the antagonist)

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Can multiple characters be impact characters to each other?

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

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Using References to Real World Companies and Other Author's Published Works In Your Story

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

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Which Order to Introduce Multiple Protagonists

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

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Would I make a new paragraph?

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

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Interlude Between Act 1 and 2. Should I do this?

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

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know the characters

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.

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How does someone connect their short strories/novellas

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

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Multiple Points of View

Question: I've been told I'm head-hopping in my contemporary romance manuscript. How do you convey different characters' thoughts, feelings, or reactions

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Writing about topics I don't know too well...

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.

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Story goal

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

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stuck on conflict in my story

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

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Low self esteem

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

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How to develop my ideas

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

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Switching Perpsectives

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

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How to make characters less like people you know

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

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Filler Chapters

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

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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

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Long dialog segments

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

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what are the external and internal goals of the heroine and hero of my romantic novel

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

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Dialogue Tag Preferences

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.

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Three Main Characters. Do I need three Gandalfs/Dumbledores/Obi-Wans?

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

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Brand names and other copyright concerns

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

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Devopling conflict

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

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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

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Antagonist and Contagonist..Do they have to be in every chapter?

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

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What to do for when a character thinks?

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?

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Character Development

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

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Antagonist as main Character

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

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Setting of the story

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

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Transliterating Accents (If that's the right word)

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

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Dramatica "this scene represents" and creating scenes..but what about Sequels

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

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archetypal characters

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

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How do I avoid a cliché goal for my antagonist?

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

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