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Appearance vs reality

Question: ...Also my novel has begun to shape up with some heavy appearance vs reality themes where I thought it was going down the loss, redemption and

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third person present tense

Question: ...certain chapters in my novel, the flashbacks are written in present tense (I know I know ) and my question is when writing a sentence in the

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dialogue tags

Question: How do I make my dialogue tags less repetitive? For example, if I were to express the same emotion throughout many scenes and run out of dialogue

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How do I fit an antagonist's backstory into my novel?

Question: I have an antagonist that my protagonist doesn't meet until a few chapters in. He has his own backstory, that I feel is important to tell, but

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overall structure of the book

Question: I am writing a story involving a character that is loosely based upon me but will have certain different actions and I am trying to relate the

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I can't connect with my protagonist

Hello, I've got a great story and plot and I know the type of protagonist I need to write about but I'm struggling to build that deep emotional connect

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Children's or ???

Question: Does it fall into the children's category when it is a book they will gift to Mom when done? Answer: A children's book is one that is written

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Parallel plots, different times

Question: I am writing a book with two main characters. The novel starts in 2016 with an introduction of both characters (A&B), together, one space, one

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What genre is my book?

Question: It's set in Ancient Rome and has historical elements, though it doesn't really mention anything of importance that would classify it as historical

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Pacing

Question: I seem to have a really hard time pacing my stories because none of my scenes and chapters in between major plot points feels natural. Is there

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Fantasy

Question: I'm trying to write a book like Game of Thrones, but don't want to copy it, any advice? Answer: Yes. Don't copy it. Okay, let me be a little

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Mystery Romance

Hello, I'm writing a novel in which the protagonist starts to become suspicious of her mother's involvement in a hospital scandal that has to do with

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Mystery Deja vu

Dear Glen, Once again, Thank You for your novel planning book. I'm writing my ninth novel with its help, the fifth in mystery. While writing my mystery

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How do I Rewrite my Novel?

Hello! I finished writing my manuscript one year ago. Since then, I have made almost no progress with rewriting it. I don't know how to begin, or where

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Using an actual place in a novel but making it less accurate

Question: Is there a disclaimer when using an actual place in a novel, yet wanting it to fit into your story, so taking some poetic license.? Also,

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Subtle action

Question: How do I take a subtle (and kinda quirky) super power and write in a way that keeps the tension and the book flowing? My characters in the book

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Need help on how to start this story

Question: I am currently trying to write a short story for my english class. I know I want to write the plot around 3 murders during mardi gras. The story

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Reasons to write

Question Are there like wrong reasons to write? I love making up stories. I live with characters every day, I daydream all the scenes and emotions. Which

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Plot planning when you are a pantser

Hi! I would like to know how do I plan the whole book when I don't know what is going to happen. I know the theme, I know what is happening now, but

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Stories with no clear end goals.

Question: My story is set in a world where magic exists and is formally taught at schools. Everyone has mana in them. The story revolves around a commoner

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Tragi-Comedy 8-Point Plot Outline

Hi there, I've gone through the 8-point plot outline for my story, which I've decided is a sort of comi-tragedy(the main character achieves the story

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Multiple POV

Question: I have a series planned in my head and am planning the story from 3 characters' POV. The problem is I don't want to switch back and forth every

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Utopias

Question: How do I NOT write a Utopian world? I feel like everything I write is a Utopian, and those aren't any good. Help? Answer: I have to guess a

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Purpose In Flashbacks

Question: First of all, I'd like to say I'm happy to see you still doing this. I used to ask questions 2-3 yrs ago before losing interest in writing. I've

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first chapter

Hi, My name is Shenidene and I'm writing a book well I'm starting a chapter of a book I call snow falling it's a romance/ crime/investigation and well

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Exclamation points , and methods to convey emotion in the character's voice

Hello, My question is about conveying to the reader a character's changing emotions through his or her voice in a literal sense. How it raises or lowers

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Plot twists

Question: I'm writing a novel in which the protagonist, little by little, uncovers clues about her mothers involvement in an incident at a hospital. The

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restrictions freedoms or my ignorance?

Hi Glen, While working on stories using Dramatica here is what I understood. MC is living his throughline with his own share of concerns issues etc, independent

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Writing a entire book about a corporation.

Hello, I want to write a book about the history of youtube that will cover good parts of it and bad. Would I be able to do so or would I run into legal

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Agent

Question: I've decided to self-publish, Is it still a good idea to have a literary agent? Answer: The job of a literary agent is to find a publisher for

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Fictitious Setting

Question: Thanks for your Novel Planning Book and all the other information made available on your site. I've been writing my fourth Mystery series novel

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types of vehicles

How can I use a real vehicle in my plot without asking for permission or do I need to ask first? My main character will pick up her dream vehicle from

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Witches

Question: Any advice or tips on how to write about a world where witches exist? Answer: I assume you mean witches with actual magic powers, not just Wiccans

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Character motive

Question: I am currently writing a story from a murderer's point of view, although I’m struggling to think of a proper motive. I want to make sure the

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research

Question: I'm writing a novel that's Historical Fiction. I'm incorporating 2 of my characters into a disaster that happened in 1940. I'm also including

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Best tense to use for horror (slasher) novel?

Question: I am an aspiring author and I'm planning to write a horror novel in the style of a slasher (think: Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc). I'm planning

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Genre confusion

Question: Hi - I'm writing a story with four main characters, who each live in the same apartment over a thirty year period. I guess it's a coming of age/realisation

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Plot problems

Question: Hello there, I'm 17 years old, and this is my first try to write a story. This is what I've written 'till now, Is it a weak plot? Is the protagonist

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best seller plots

Question: How can I come up with a really new and good concept for a very high concept plot that will become a best seller. I need a way to be creative

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POV and Tense

Question: I'm trying to write a story about an adventure that happens to four people. One person is basically the protagonist, and I've been writing them

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Use of characters in an autobiography

I intend to write my autobiography. I am 79 years old and had an inspiring life. I was asked by many friends and acquaintances to write the story of my

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Internal conflict without external conflict

I have developed characters, their personalities, motivations, flaws, wants, needs - I know exactly what their internal conflict should be. The problem

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Which is worse?

Question: Which is the better plot decision: To have a character achieve their goal knowing full well that it will kill them and then having the character

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Writing diversity as a white author

Hi! I'm writing a story that focuses on a mother and her three daughters as the main characters. I've always seen these characters as Caucasian mostly

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Character names

Question: I used a name of a character in my book, that happens to be one of my main characters. I searched on the web and found that someone used the

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child narrator in adult book?

Hi Glen, I would kindly like to ask you if it is possible to have a child narrator and main character in adult fiction? I don't want it to become a children’s

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Writing Courses in the New Year

If you live in the Kingston, Ontario area, you may be interested in one of the creative writing courses being offered by St. Lawrence College in the New Year which I have been asked to teach. In 2019, the college is experimenting with a new lineup of shorter, more affordable courses on a variety of subjects, so you can pick and choose.

The link above will take you to the full catalog.

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Goals

Hi, Is it possible for the main character to have a small goal in the beginning of the book but to shelf that goal until the resolution, for a goal that

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World is changing

Question: I have a novel in which the world is changing in inexplicable ways and the protagonist goal is to protect his family and friends from the dangers

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