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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
Writers: Learn about the various writing genres.
Tips on how to write a mystery novel that is well structured and emotionally compelling.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What is literary fiction? Just another genre, or something different?
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
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
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
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
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'
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
What is genre fiction, and is some fiction genre-less?
Such as Character description Plot description Dialogues Lyrics of Songs Background Scenes Start End Epilogue Foreward Prologue What Else?????? This answer
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
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.
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
Popular genre definitions for fiction writers
What writers need to know about genres of books and how they are created.
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