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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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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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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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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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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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The Midpoint

Question: I’m currently writing a dramatic romance. Does the event that marks the midpoint have to happen to the main character herself? Can the event

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Diverse Characters

Question: There is an eighteen-year-old boy who lives with his abusive mother. But he has his best friend of seven years who is Asian and his mentor and

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Hello, I've been writing short stories and exerts for a while now but I keep noticing the same problems in my work. I have an almost over active imagination

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Prologue Or No Prologue

Hi, I have just started to write a fantasy novel, but I am in a bit of a jam. I have a rough outline of the novel, as well as the events that occur within

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What character trait cliches should I avoid? And what kind of problem solving styles are there?

Question: Hi! I'm planning a story for NaNoWriMo, and I'm currently working on the character arcs for my protagonist and influence character. To make

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Is the slow process of falling in love enough of a plot?

Question Hello! I’m writing a book about a rape victim and her budding relationship with her neighbor. They had a really rough first impression with him

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Is My Novel Overly-Complex?

Question: I am writing a fantasy story based around war. I'm a fan of the Red Blood series, Harry Potter, and anything concerning dragons. While planning

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Is this concept interesting / cliche and how do I start it?

Question: I've been a fan of novels and shows similar to Game of Thrones, Red Queen, and Throne of Glass. I've also enjoyed writing short stories in the

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Becoming more confident

Hi, I'm a little 15 year old and I love writing. I usually write stand-up poetry and I am also good enough at delivering them. But whenever I read other

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How to write seasons like "Breaking bad" or "Desperate Housewives", or a soap?

Question: Can you help me define the story goal, the impact characters and other things, for a soap story like Breaking Bad? When Rhona loses her husband

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Skipping time

Question: I am writing about a immortal character who lives around 500 years and keeps journals of his life how far can I skip in time through out his

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How to use a confession in a mystery

Question: Can you use the confession of a thief, for example, as a way to answer some questions that the reader might have? Answer: Confessions, like

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NA/YA Genre Rules

Question: I have a hard time understanding the rules of NA and YA genres. For example, I’m writing a fantasy novel with the characters in their 20s, let’s

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Fantasy with no supernatural elements?

Hi! I‘ve been using your site since quite some time now but even with all the great information (thank you so much for this!) I’m still not sure what genre

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Character Revealing

Question: Does the Resolution have to be that the detective finds the killer? Or can the reader find out who the killer is by the 4th driver so that the

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Murder Mysteries

Question: Does the main character(s) in a murder mystery, more specifically the narrator, need to be a detective? Can it be someone who is in a completely

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HOW to start a book

Question: I have this genius idea to write a book about the topic that, in the book, breaks our country and starts the 2nd Civil War: LGBTQ+ Rights. I

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How to Write a Book Now Gets a New Look

After a decade, the site was looking a little old fashioned. So I've been working on a giving it a fresher look.

What do you think?

Fall Writing Course

Glen will be teaching a Creative Writing course Tuesday evenings this fall at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario. Something to consider if you live in the area.

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Creating a chronological order?

Question So I'm currently in the planning stage of writing my story. I have many components as its base of a bucket list (and so each wish is a different

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Outstanding Opportunity for Aspiring Authors

Jerry Jenkins, author of 21 New York Times bestsellers is taking a limited number of students in his online writing course, Your Novel Blueprint. The comprehensive program can take you from the idea stage to a finished manuscript in a matter of months. Free introductory workshop on July 23!

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Margaret Atwood's Creative Writing Course

Margaret Atwood is one of the most influential literary voices of our generation. Now you can learn her methods in her first-ever online class. Let the author of "The Handmaid’s Tale" show you how to craft compelling stories—from historical to speculative fiction—that remain timeless and relevant. Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters.

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How to Find a Publisher

How to find a publisher in five essential steps

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