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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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Plot planning when you are a pantser

Hi! I would like to know how do I plan the whole book when I don't know what is going to happen. I know the theme, I know what is happening now, but

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Stories with no clear end goals.

Question: My story is set in a world where magic exists and is formally taught at schools. Everyone has mana in them. The story revolves around a commoner

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Tragi-Comedy 8-Point Plot Outline

Hi there, I've gone through the 8-point plot outline for my story, which I've decided is a sort of comi-tragedy(the main character achieves the story

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Multiple POV

Question: I have a series planned in my head and am planning the story from 3 characters' POV. The problem is I don't want to switch back and forth every

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Question: How do I NOT write a Utopian world? I feel like everything I write is a Utopian, and those aren't any good. Help? Answer: I have to guess a

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Purpose In Flashbacks

Question: First of all, I'd like to say I'm happy to see you still doing this. I used to ask questions 2-3 yrs ago before losing interest in writing. I've

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first chapter

Hi, My name is Shenidene and I'm writing a book well I'm starting a chapter of a book I call snow falling it's a romance/ crime/investigation and well

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Exclamation points , and methods to convey emotion in the character's voice

Hello, My question is about conveying to the reader a character's changing emotions through his or her voice in a literal sense. How it raises or lowers

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Plot twists

Question: I'm writing a novel in which the protagonist, little by little, uncovers clues about her mothers involvement in an incident at a hospital. The

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restrictions freedoms or my ignorance?

Hi Glen, While working on stories using Dramatica here is what I understood. MC is living his throughline with his own share of concerns issues etc, independent

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Writing a entire book about a corporation.

Hello, I want to write a book about the history of youtube that will cover good parts of it and bad. Would I be able to do so or would I run into legal

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Question: I've decided to self-publish, Is it still a good idea to have a literary agent? Answer: The job of a literary agent is to find a publisher for

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Fictitious Setting

Question: Thanks for your Novel Planning Book and all the other information made available on your site. I've been writing my fourth Mystery series novel

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types of vehicles

How can I use a real vehicle in my plot without asking for permission or do I need to ask first? My main character will pick up her dream vehicle from

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Question: Any advice or tips on how to write about a world where witches exist? Answer: I assume you mean witches with actual magic powers, not just Wiccans

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Character motive

Question: I am currently writing a story from a murderer's point of view, although I’m struggling to think of a proper motive. I want to make sure the

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Question: I'm writing a novel that's Historical Fiction. I'm incorporating 2 of my characters into a disaster that happened in 1940. I'm also including

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