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Survey: What do you want in an Online Writing Course?

Fellow Writers: Please take a few minutes to let me know your thoughts about what sort of online writing courses we should offer in the future.

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Online Creative Writing Courses

Take online creative writing courses from high profile professional and famous writers in a variety of genres.

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Novel Writing Advice, Self-Publishing Advice, Publishing novels as a teenager

Hi! Thanks for reading! Here are my questions! 1. How do I choose a title for my novels / books? 2. How do I check my grammar if I self-publish my novels?

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Write a Horror Story: 6 Dark Secrets

Dark secrets you must unearth to effectively write a horror story.

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How to Write a Thriller

How to write a thriller story.

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Novel Factory Writing Software

A review of the Novel Factory novel writing software.

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How do I make plot device companion character feel alive?

Question: okay ... so ... I am changing the plot of my novel to integrate a new plot. As a part of this, I'm realizing that I need a sort of friend/companion

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Is there such a thing as a delusional character arc?

Question: I am writing a fantasy novel. Strangely I am having great success with all my characters EXCEPT my protagonist. In attempt to focus in on and

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Romance Plots

Romance plots you can adapt in your own writing

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How to Write a Romance

Planning to write a romance novel? Here's how...

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How to reveal powers that the main character knows they have?

Question: My character has superpowers, and she was in a group of heroes so they know, but nobody else knows. How do I reveal these powers to the new group

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Proofreading Your Stories

Proofreading your fiction stories and novels.

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Wordiness (Pt.2 of Line Editing for Fiction Writers)

Fix wordiness while line editing your stories.

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Line Editing for Fiction Writers

Line editing is the second phase of self-editing for fiction writers.

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Revising Your Fiction

Revising your fiction writing before you attempt publication

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Substantive Self-Editing

Substantive Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

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Preparing to Revise a Story

Steps to take before you revise a story.

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Writing a fictional account of an actual event

I have just completed a novel that begins (several chapters) with one of the most famous UFO sightings. The incident took place in 1950 and the two real

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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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