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Story Structure: "The Lesser Evil"

Structuring the short story, using "The Lesser Evil" from The Witcher series as an example.

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What genre would my story be?

Question My story is about a teenage girl who keeps having flashbacks to when she was in an abusive, cultish relationship with a mysterious man she calls

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Name of a Real Hotel

Hello, I am writing my first novel the first part of which takes place in a real hotel in downtown LA. The main character has a job and office space

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Ending your plot lines in tandem or apart?

Question: I have two plot lines. I know which one is major and which one is secondary. Currently they both end more or less in tandem at the end of the

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character development

Question: How do I know when my character has been fully developed? How will I know when to stop adding detail before they become a mess of a character?

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Shallow plot

Question: My plot seems very shallow. It’s about a thirteen year old artist who gets sent away to an island for the summer by her parents. The reason is

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I have no idea how to develop this further

hello everyone, I am writing a novel. The protagonist is Vigdis (the whole story is set in viking Norway) and she essentially flees with her secret lover,

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First chapters

Hi, I'm trying to write a story of an alternate universe of a world revolved around nature (Four regions known as the Springlands, Summerlands, Autumnlands,

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Having Multiple characters.

Question: I am writing a Sci-fi story with a military group injected with a specific serum that gives them certain abilities in fighting aliens. I have

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Story Structure

Question: I want to write a novel about the experiences of four friends living in the 1950s. Can I write a few chapters at the beginning that show their

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Too much happining in each chapter

Question: OK, so I have been writing for a while and I realized that each chapter does the same thing at the end and it took me a while to realize what

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Dialogue spacing separate from text

Question: Does each bit of dialogue stand separately from any descriptive narrative text that would follow it? Answer: Well, dialogue is generally separated

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Question: I am writing a story from the viewpoints of three different characters, there are going to be a lot of names throughout the story and I'm unsure

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Is my plot enough?

Question: I'm writing a young adult novel about a boy who comes to Italy to study art for the summer and starts falling in love with the son of the host

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Writing help/feedback

Question: I decided to start writing short stories to improve my writing before getting back to my book and I think they are turning out really good. I

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Psychological horror

Hi I need to write a paper on psychological horror and need a clear definition. Do you have one, and from where to you have it? Sure, I can find one on

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Pacing a storyline

Question:What are some good strategies for pacing a storyline that covers 2 years? Answer: Not the easiest question to answer, but here are some thoughts...

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Two plotlines that don't have much to do together

Question: I plan to write a pretty long sci-fi fiction story. I spent a lot of years writing but (mostly rewriting) this story, wrote about 400 pages

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My plot is real life

Question: Can I write my story, all true, sadly horrifying, and in continuance, from the perspective of me telling a true story about someone. I would

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Help on detail

Question: Hi, i am writing my book and I really think that the plot was generating way too fast. In about a few pages A character died but I am starting

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Is citing necessary in a short work of fiction?

Question: I am writing a very short story that is a work of fiction (Sci-Fi genre). In it I reference...scientific information, such as the discovery

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Question: There are many important characters in my novel. That's why I use a third-person omniscient perspective. When I write a book, the events come

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First Person POV

Question: If I am writing in the first person,is the following acceptable dialogue? What are you thinking about George? I'm just thinking how lovely

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Ist person phone-call format

Question: Like Marrisa from Ohio, I also have a question about phone-call format. My story is also first person narration. Not all phone calls are one

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Plot and Filler

Question: I'm writing a fantasy novel, and I feel like every chapter is boom, plot development or boom, here's a new important character and I want to

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When Mystery author becomes popular

Dear Glen, Thanks for your novel planning book. I have written five romance books and a series of five mystery books. My first mystery is published in

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What genre would this be?

Question: I wrote something but I don't know how to classify it. It's about someone who goes on telling their partner the story of their life and career,

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Synopsis of nonlinear narrative

Question: How to write the synopsis of nonlinear narrative? I also have two protoganists (in love with each other but has different story goal). To whom

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Question: I'm writing a historical fiction story set in the 1800s based on real historical events. As the second draft currently stands, the protagonist

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Story goal

Question: In my story a character is given an antique mirror from her father. On the night of her birthday when she is asleep, she hears a voice telling

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Writing two POV in one chapter

Question: How can I change the third person POV to the first person POV? to let the readers feel the scene? in one chapter? Answer: The short answer

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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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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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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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