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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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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!
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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Hello, Glen, I love your site and resources. My question is, does a tragedy always have to end with the death of the main character and/or protagonist?
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Hello. Has anyone written a dual biography of Charles Dickens and Guiseppe Verdi? Both were born at roughly the same time, both wrote with a profound
Question: I have started roughly fourteen books since I was twelve years old and i have never went to publishers or proofreaders to look at my work because
Hello, Glen, I thank you for answering my previous question about Mystery Novel Resolution. I've purchased your novel planning workbook and written four
Question: A large part of the plot of my novel involves the main character trying to find out who the villain of the story is. Although the villain is
Hello! I'm reading Dramatica and trying to get the hang of characters. Specifically, I'm wondering whether it's possible for the antagonist to also be
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
I've written a novel (going by notes as far back as High School, over 40 years ago), and have pieced everything together and fleshed it out to my satisfaction.
Question: Ready Player One references tons of intellectual properties, several of which are integral to the plot. Do you know if the publisher had to clear
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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
For the second year in a row, How to Write a Book Now has been included in the list of 100 Best Websites for Writers by Write Life. Many thanks to all the readers who recommended us!
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