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Top new questions this week:

Recharacterizing a character

I have a character who I specifically wrote to be a certain way. However, I want to rewrite the character to be different--weaker, and less independent in order to allow room to grow. How do I do this ...

asked by Deau X. Machinus 3 votes
answered by Digital Dracula 3 votes

How to expand beyond a single series?

I am currently writing a science fiction/fantasy quadrology and would like to eventually expand on it. I have an entire world built around it and I would like to know the best way to introduce it. ...

science-fiction series  
asked by Ferus Olin 2 votes
answered by Lauren Ipsum 3 votes

How long can a first novel be?

I am writing my first novel, which has gathered about 150000 words. I guess it will be around 170-180k words when it is finished. Assuming that it will loose 20% after the first draft, it will have ...

asked by Alex 2 votes
answered by Lauren Ipsum 3 votes

How to create suspense in a very short story?

I wrote a short story (900-1000 words) about a character presenting some election process and at the end, we learn that he got elected. The problem that I have is that the suspense in that ...

technique short-story suspense  
asked by bilbo_pingouin 2 votes
answered by Stu W 3 votes

Scenes with different languages spoken after translation

So... imagine you have a story in your native language written down, with protagonists that speak this language and no problem at all, except a bunch of scenes where your protagonist meets someone who ...

style creative-writing translation multilingual  
asked by Confused Merlin 2 votes
answered by Orangesandlemons 2 votes

How does one go about self-publishing their first book?

I am an avid reader who loves a good story. As such, I have many book ideas swirling in my head constantly. I have one book idea that keeps coming to me. My wish is that I could write and publish ...

self-publishing book authorship  
asked by Silent Witness 2 votes
answered by Jay 2 votes

Using "Earth words" in a futuristic, fictional setting

As a writer of primarily science fiction, I've often struggled with finding a happy medium between making the prose/dialogue relatable for readers and avoiding using too many "Earth words" as I've ...

fiction creative-writing science-fiction terminology  
asked by EJF 1 vote
answered by Thomo 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Where to put counter-examples within a 5-paragraph essay?

I am tutoring some students in the very basics of writing a 5-paragraph essay to present an argument, in preparation for more advanced academic writing. I am instructing them to include: An ...

asked by Village 4 votes
answered by Lauren Ipsum 4 votes

How to separate scenes in a chapter?

I have multiple scenes in a chapter, sometimes from different POVs, or different locations/times. Now I would like to make it clear to the reader that they have left a scene and are entering a new ...

asked by Shantnu Tiwari 4 votes
answered by Neil Fein 7 votes
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