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Is this Chapter Important to the Story? (And Another Issue)

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

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Switching Point of Views

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

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Memoir

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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Writers Boon: Mini-Review

Looking for more help publishing your novel? Writers Boon offers you an online catalogue of services covering every aspect of the writing and publishing process, including writing, self-publishing, marketing, publicity and selling. (It's also one of this year's 100 Best Websites for Writers.) Worth checking out.

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How to write sensitive topics?

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

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Prologue, uh... Placement.

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,

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Introducing New Characters: when?

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

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Do you NEED a plot template?

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

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Do you think my book will be well recieved by readers?

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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We Made the Top 100 List Again!

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!

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Psychological thrillers

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

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How to make a good villain

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

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"It's a Wonderful Life": A Dramatica Analysis

The structure of "It's a Wonderful Life" using Dramatica terms.

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TALKING ABOUT REAL PLACES AND QUOTATIONS

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

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How do I create an interesting plot with all this existing stuff?

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

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Is it possible to have more than one main character?

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

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How to Write a Fight Scene

How to write a fight scene with a solid dramatic structure.

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How to Write Action Scenes

Points to consider when writing action scenes.

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New Search Feature

With so many Q&A pages on this site, we needed a better way for you to search for the writing topics that interest you. Google's search box wasn't working, so we replaced it with a new and improved search box. Try it today!

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Epic Fantasy Storyform(s) regarding Character Elements

Question: Hey there! Thanks for all of the wonderful and enlightening information you provide on this site. My question: How do you allocate Character

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Single POV vs multiple POV's

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

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Blade Runner 2049: A Dramatica analysis

Blade Runner 2049 analysed using Dramatica story theory.

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Co-Protagonists

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

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Help with writing a murder mystery

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,

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Story Goals

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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All About Writing Genres

Writers: Learn about the various writing genres.

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How to Write a Mystery

Tips on how to write a mystery novel that is well structured and emotionally compelling.

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Antagonistic MC

Question: My story is about a serial killer trying to get away with their crimes, it's like a reverse murder mystery where the killer is constantly wondering

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How to make your main characters unique?

Question: Lately, I've noticed an issue in my writing. Whenever I get inspired to write something new, my main characters sound a bit alike. I realize

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How do you determine what writing projects are worth moving forward with?

Question: I've been writing down every idea that comes to my head lately. Some ideas are easily eliminated because they've been done similarly before or

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I can't really discover who my antagonist is?

Question: Well, so I am writing a novel (Genre: Fantasy/Magic) about an older Brother (Let's call him John) who wants to bring his little brother back

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Story Goal Problems

Hi, I have an idea for a novel, one I've already written as a short story. But now that I'm thinking I'd like (love, really) to expand on it I'm having

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POV

First question: How can you show the actions of multiple people without straying from one singular POV? I'm writing a TV show and planning on having around

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Plot Structure

Question: I am trying to organize a plot to keep my writing moving from one goal to the next smoothly. I was looking for different methods of doing this

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Plot Outline to Plot Model

Question: After I finish the 10 step plot outline, which is step 3 in How to Write a Novel, bottom of page says to use the W Plot Model (or Dramatica chart

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What is Literary Fiction

What is literary fiction? Just another genre, or something different?

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Help with antagonist's goals and using multiple POVs.

Question: Wondering if anyone with great wisdom can help me... I have 2 problems really that have pretty much stopped me writing anything decent for a

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How To write from the perspective of a blind person?

Question I have two protagonists, one of whom is blind. So far I've tried to use more details regarding the other senses and simply never put in sight

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Can I name an alien race after a real place?

Question: I've been outlining a science-fiction novel and want to name an alien race after a real place. For example, calling them Americans or Russians

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NOVEL WRITING (Protagonist vs. Main Character)

Question: Who is a protagonist? How is he different from the main character? Thanks! Answer: Protagonist is a term that comes from ancient Greek drama

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Feedback on a 'prophecy' I have written for my story

Hello! I have recently come up with the idea for a story that I REALLY like! I have created a plot by reading your 'Create a Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps'

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Obligatory scenes for Low Fantasy and Mystery Genres

Question: Love your site! Could you please list the obligatory scenes for Low Fantasy and also for Mysteries (two separate lists). My current WIP is

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What is Genre Fiction?

What is genre fiction, and is some fiction genre-less?

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ON what parameters are authors evaluated?

Such as Character description Plot description Dialogues Lyrics of Songs Background Scenes Start End Epilogue Foreward Prologue What Else?????? This answer

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Psychological horror

Question: I'm thinking of writing a story about a man's past and what he does to the people he thinks are trying to attack him, but they're not and he

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$20,000 for 100 words (Flash Fiction Contest)

If you can write a 100 word story, this contest could be a great opportunity. No entrance fee and a grand prize of $20,000. Stories can be written in either English, Spanish, Hebrew, or Arabic and it looks like the theme is free speech (but you might want to check). Deadline is November 23, 2017. You have to agree to let them publish your story if you win, but so what? Best of luck everyone.

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How can one be inspired?

Question: A problem I have been battling through my journey in writing is the lack of inspiration. I have leafed through countless author sites - this

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Genre Definitions: A Partial but Practical List

Popular genre definitions for fiction writers

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The Genres of Books: 7 Ways to Categorize

What writers need to know about genres of books and how they are created.

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