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Hello. I'm writing a love triangle story. There's this boy who finds himself caught in between two very different special women. One is his best friend,
Question: I am currently working on a novel & 2 of the characters in my story have outfits which revolve around a theme; one has pie themed outfits (e.g.
Question: What is the difference between having multiple plots vs just a single plot? I have to decide whether Bridge to Terabithia has multiple or single
Question: I've begun plotting my story, intending to write it in the first person. However, today I was reading a book, Write Good or Die, in which one
Question: I have written the book.. and an illustrator is doing the graphics. She is also helping do some of the formatting... what percentage would be
The Write Life has just published their list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers for 2017 and I'm happy to announce that How to Write a Book Now has made the cut. We're no. 17 to be exact, just above Inky Girl (a great site for picture book writers and illustrators), not that the list is in order of ranking. I'm glad to be listed among so many sites I've admired over the years.
Question: So, here is the description of the short story I want to write about: Two dirt-poor art students (Main character and her friend a.k.a love interest)
Question: A friend of mine read the first few chapters of my novel and helped me pinpoint a major problem: my introverted main character is becoming lost
I'm writing a novel that mostly falls within the chick lit category (however, it's probably not typical one plotwise but it is more about the witty, humorous
Hello, I love reading stories and all types of novels I would to write my own story for others to read as well since I find it fun also I would to write
Hi, I'm not actually stuck, but I don't want my whole book to be stupid dark and somber and I don't know where to stop the character's melancholic reflections.
Hello, firstly, I just have to say thank you very much for creating this website. It has helped me so much in my writing development and has also helped
Question: I came up with an idea for a story/novel. The entire book is about a 17-year-old boy who was locked in a prison by his mother when he was 6 but
Hi Glen! Thank you for your priceless posts and advice. My novel begins with a prologue that occurs in the protagonist's past, from her first-person
Question: I do not really understand the religion part of worldbuilding. How do I incorporate religion into my races? Like, does religion only include
Hi! So glad I found your website. This might be the perfect place to turn to now and in the future. I am writing a trilogy in the Dramatica software and
Question: Do I leave my family names out knowing they hate me. afraid they will try to sue. plus who can be a ghost writer? Answer: Writing a book about
Hello there, I'm Danny and I'm working on a novel at the moment that is a historical fiction set in ancient Greece aimed at teenagers. I am
Question: I have thought of a story which my protagonist goes on a journey to find his long-lost brother and reunite the family. His cousin comes along
Question: I am writing a story that is sort of magical realism/scifi. I had an idea of incorporating homeless cats into the plot based on a children's
Question: My question is basically that when writing certain addresses, should real house numbers be taken or we should fabricate entirely different numbers
Question: I have difficulties with showing. I just pile more and more on until my writing becomes bulky. I watched as the rain came down in endless sheets
Question: I want to write a novel but I want to write it about my own experiences as if it were a biography. I am afraid people will not be interested
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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