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Question: If I understand correctly, the guardian and contagonist help the protagonist achieve his goal and tempt him away from it respectively. But what
Hello First of all, thank you very much for all the useful information and help you’re providing, your website has already helped me a lot. My question
Question: I know its a crazy question but, I've got a summary for a storyline written already. Should I just create it now and add filler later, or add
Question: Taken directly from my journals detailing true misadventures involving drug-addicted prostitutes over a two year period, though therefore properly
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Hello, Glen, First of all, thank you for reading my question and providing your valuable suggestions. I wrote around fifty thousand words of my mystery
Question: This site is exactly what I needed to actually pull out those someday ideas off the shelf, but I can't seem to find anything on character betrayals.
Question: I am wanting to start my novel with the prologue time jumping following the main characters with their experience with the character who dies
Question: You mentioned that some scenes will be part of a chapter while other scenes will be a chapter itself. So i want to know what a chapter is. Is
Dear Glen, First and foremost, so many thanks for your tremendous work and enlightening advice about creative writing ! I have a terminology-(and perhaps
Question: Your Steps in Writing a Synopsis is very thorough and helpful. One question I have, however, is how or where to include discussion about a subplot
Question: I can't seem to come up with the main character throughline for my story that seems right. My story takes place in a world, filled with magic
Question: I am writing a love story told from four different perspectives. I have about three main events with several parts to each of them. However,
Hi! I was wondering how I could go about creating interesting relationships between a group of characters. I find that I struggle with giving everyone
Question: I am writing a love story about my healing from depression. The format is me writing letters to my counselor and what happens when I fall in
Question: I've decided to write a total of 64 scenes with 64,000 words. This is my benchmark, but I'm willing to let it grow larger or smaller as needed.
Dear Glen, You have helped me before and I hope you can help me again. I am one third through my second novel and feel completely stuck with no idea how
Question: I have big ambitions. I'm not yet done my first book, but I know for a fact it will be only the first of a trilogy, and that that trilogy will
Question: One of my characters is at the brink of death. As much as it pains me, and as hard as I tried to keep her alive, she doesn't have much longer.
Question: I wrote a chapter in which nothing particularly interesting happens. One of the characters (let's call her Anna) hasn't told the two main characters
Question: I'm currently writing a novel, I'm really proud of it. But, I truly feel as though the audience should see the point of view of not only the
Question: I want to write my memoir. Problem is, all of the articles and books I've read on memoir say that it should include lots of dialogue. Unfortunately,
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Question: So the main theme of my story is trust and distrust, tying in with the theme, my main character has trust issues. Specifically with men, even
Hello, My prologue isn't something very exciting, at least not in my opinion. It has all the necessary hooks to keep people reading, but I fear that,
Question: I have been told that my self-discovery travel romance novel has too many characters the first chapter. The protagonist is alone for the first
Hi, I'm starting a new book. I've planned out a lot about the main characters, and know the plot I have in mind in pretty good detail. However, I've recently
Hello, So, I'm writing a love story. Well, it's not really a love story since the woman he ends up with isn't introduced until towards the end. My character
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Questions: 1. I want to write a psychological thriller but I'm not sure how to start it or how to create my own, original idea without copying other psychological
Question: I have my story and know pretty much everything, I just feel like my villain is missing something. The villain has a connection to the other
The structure of "It's a Wonderful Life" using Dramatica terms.
Question: I WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL FOR WHICH I NEED TO KNOW IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO TALK ABOUT REAL PUBLIC PLACES AND TO ADD QUOTATIONS OF WRITERS IN ORDER
Question: So I've got a bit of a problem. I've created a rich, complex world, and unique characters, but there is one problem: I don't have any interesting
Question: I have a hypothetical idea for a novel. I say hypothetical because I don't know if I'll ever actually write it, but I'm enjoying planning the
How to write a fight scene with a solid dramatic structure.
Points to consider when writing action scenes.
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Question: Hey there! Thanks for all of the wonderful and enlightening information you provide on this site. My question: How do you allocate Character
I've been thinking a lot about how to angle this question. This will be long. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion. It seems like every time someone
Blade Runner 2049 analysed using Dramatica story theory.
Question: The more I watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, the more I feel (and hear, it seems) that Rey and Kylo Ren aren't protagonist and
Hey guys, At the moment I'm planning/drafting a young adult murder mystery novel. I have a few questions. Firstly,how many words should I aim for? Secondly,
Question: I'm working on an outline for a series of books. These books have an adventure plot line and I'm finding that the story goal of each individual
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Tips on how to write a mystery novel that is well structured and emotionally compelling.
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