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Fiction Writing

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Parent Category: Creative Writing
Fictitious novels are works of imagination that are not true. This category contains all questions regarding the techniques of fictional writing.
But never call your story "Lavinia", if your main heroine is called Lavinia.
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I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who said write everyday even if you throw it away, but write every day. Just get started and write it as if you were verbally telling your story to someone else. Good luck! Just start writing... ...because you can always edit the writing later. Th…
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"Don't listen to any advice, that's what I'd say. Write only what you want to write. Please yourself. YOU are the genius, they're not. Especially don't listen to people (such as publishers) who think that you need to write what readers say they want. Readers don't always know what they want. I don't…
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The usual categories of fiction (called genres) include the following: Adventure - stories where there is an element of danger and risk. This category often overlaps the others, so that you have a fantasy novel with lots of adventure, or an adventure story with a mystery. Comic or Graphic Novel - a…
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There aren't really any boring titles. You call your writing whatever you want -- often, you will change your mind several times before you publish it, so don't worry so much about whether the title is boring or not.
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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You need to be a writer and have an agent
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I would be teaching people how to prepare cost reports
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A novel that's climax primarily fight for the power of affection.
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Think about how you'd feel lost at sea. Write your emotions for the characters emotions. Ect. Ect. But you have to write why the character is there and how they got there in the first place.
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THE LONGEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN The longest book ever written is called "Yongle Dadian". An enclyclopedia with 11,095 volumes and 22,877 chapters.
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Find an agent
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Unless an Author is writing something regarding him or herself, rarely will any of their stories reflect anything in their own life especially if they are writing fiction. An example of this might be that an author is writing a story about a serial killer. That doesn't mean that the author moonlig…
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Here is a good link to teach you how to invent titles.
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Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better. I suggest you look up all these words in your dictionary so that you can write some goo…
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A novel should show the character's personality. A novel also should have a good hook. Verbs, believe it or not, are very important. Consider this (from "The Takeover"): ...The cat oozed in...Isn't that better than "the cat walked in"?The characters should be brought to life and made realistic (unle…
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A detective story is just a mystery where the main character is a detective of some kind! Click on the related question to learn more about writing a mystery. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing your detective: Make the character vivid - you need to know your detective well enough…
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Not a good story book you can't! It takes time to create and edit - even if you are just writing a children's story book! You need to think of the best words to use, to make certain that each word is simple enough for the child to understand, and to come up with the best pictures to illustrate them.…
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You hear many different answers: 1, 3, 7, 20, etc. The fact is, you can divide the types of stories down in so many different ways that it doesn't really matter. Good stories are about conflicts. Here are some of the more common conflicts you might see in writing: Human vs Nature - people combat…
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It depends on what kind of monologue you are going for. You first need to decide if you want to do something comedic, classical or dramatic. You can also try making something up on the spot with some of these ideas: A news reporter who is first on the scene at a fireA teacher addressing his/her clas…
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well if there r real probly not but there may be some
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In fiction, you can make it look like anything you want. You need to research the planet Saturn and learn what the environment is like - or what scientists think it is like - so that you can design an animal which could live there. It certainly won't look like anything on Earth!
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if you have a good story try sending it to Tokyo pop or shonen jump and see if they can get an artist to publish your work...X_X~
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Google > " Essayrater," and you'll be sure.
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A cliffhanger is the practice of ending a story or novel (or chapter!) that leaves the character in a seemingly impossible situation, such as hanging off the side of a cliff. The purpose is to make the story so interesting that the reader turns the page or buys the next book in the series. Cliffhan…
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Basically it says no. S. S. Van Dine in www.mysteryinkonline.com/2005/01/twenty_rules_fo.html says that "There can only be one murderer. The villain could have a helper or "co-plotter," but only one is going to get the ax in the matter."I have to disagree with this -- I've read plenty of mystery st…
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You write a children's book the same way you write any other book - browse through the Creative Writing section for specific ways to improve your craft. The main difference between adult literature and children's literature is the reading level. Children's books need to be on a lower reading level …
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Tabloids often have names like "Examiner," "Enquirer," or other such "reporting" names - even though they're not reporting, they're digging for gossip! Try using the name of your fictional city following by a word that reminds you of a tabloid!
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Stories are as old as civilization. The earliest recorded stories we have are oral poems (like the Oral Histories of many peoples), epic poems (like the Epic of Gilgamesh and Iliad), and theological narratives (like the Bible). The development of the novel is much more recent, starting with the Tale…
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Suspense is the feeling you get when the reader knows what is coming, but the character doesn't! Here are some ways to add suspense to your story: What's at stake? For the reader to know what's coming, you need to state the "stakes" up front. Tell the reader what is going to happen unless the he…
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First you need a topic sentence. In a topic sentence you should have a detailed hooking sentence(to keep the reader). Then mention your topic and what you will be talking about, and a conclusion sentence. For the fat juicy meat in the middle of your piece you will need 3 paragraphs (at the minimum) …
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It's essential because conflict pulls the reader in and keeps their attention throughout reading the story. It also helps us to relate to the character that the conflict is happening to.
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A character chart is where you write about your characters in a story you are writing. There is one in the link, check it out!
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There are no real "formulas" - at least, none that successful writers use. There is a myth that romance publishers have a "formula" you have to stick to if you write books for them. Here are some things that a romance novel does need, however: Good characterization - characters must live for the…
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Your teacher wants you to use your imagination for this assignment. You need to look at the way people around you act and report that as if it were something strange and unusual to you.
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Hmm let's see your lucky cause i have one good creative mind! :D Here are some options: Clover (High school, academy, ect.) Saint Rose Cresent Bolt (i think it's suitable) xD Rocky Leaf And things of that nature. If it's for a story it's ok to use basically anything! Just let things inspire…
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during the course of the storyUsually towards the begginging. However its your story and to make it unique and interesting follow whatever you want to do.! Good luck :)The conflict is what obstacles are standing in the character's way -- it takes place wherever you have set your story. Perhaps you a…
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Go to the past paper directory on www.revisionpacks.co.uk Here's the link: http://www.revisionpacks.co.uk/pages.php?pID=5&CDpath=0 There you'll find the most comprehensive directory of past papers on the internet. Pick your subject then exam board and click on the button. It'll take you direct…
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They tell you who certain characters are, what they like etc in a book, movie etc.
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A legend is a story that has been passed down through so many generations that everyone recognizes it. You can't really write one - that is, you can write a good story, but it won't become a legend for centuries. Even famous stories like The Lord of the Rings isn't considered a legend, but a work of…
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The usual disclaimer is "The people and events portrayed in this movie are fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental."
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Seeing as it is a disobedient teenager, the easiest first way to introduce this to the story is to start it off with an argument, Eg: The teenagers mother/father having an argument with the teenager, now depending on the age of the teenager, it depends on what the argument is about, if it is a prete…
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Here's a link to show you how to think of names for your stories -- don't depend on some anonymous person on the internet to write your story for you!
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That would be Man vs Man Man vs Nature Man vs Society Man vs Himself
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You're trying to go about this backwards -- you get your titles from what you've written, not from some anonymous person on the internet. Finish the story, then take the title out of what's in the story.
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Writing ideas are sprinkled around the doctor's office, seated at the family's get-together table, paraded in-out of malls, and splashed everywhere on the streets of your state. Be prepared to capture writing ideas. Carry a pad, pen, recorder, or text yourself enough of the idea to later wr…
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You begin any story the same way ... click the link to see how!
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If you need a moral for your fable, then I suggest something like "Be yourself-don't try to change" like maybe for one where you have a chameleon and a platypus and the platypus envys the chameleon. But then the chameleon gets trampled because he was bright red near a bull and the platypus was watch…
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The structure of a story is where you plan out a story like the beginning middle and end. In a story there is always the beginning where you are introduced to the character and the surroundings etc. In the middle is where the "conflict" starts (or where the interesting bit starts) then it reaches a …
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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Only you can come up with good ideas! An anonymous person on the internet cannot tell you what you would find interesting enough to write about. Click on the Related Questions to see how to come up with your own ideas.
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Start any story at the beginning of the action. It doesn't matter what the subject is. Click on the link to learn more!
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Anyone is able to. It just takes a while for anyone to get the right insperation. like take me, I'm trying to become a writer. But sometimes I get: writers block.
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There are five ways to start a story. Setting Description Character Description Introduction of the Narrator Plot Elements Philosophy eg. The night was dark and stormy and the rain fell down in torrents... Edwin Adork was a man who never looked another in the eye... I will tell you what I kno…
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Of course. Why would anyone want to stop them? Phillip Pullman did it, and many other writers have done it. Christian theology can provide a host of fascinating story ideas.
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At the center of the detective story is the enigma - that is a puzzle that needs to be figured out. Now-a-days they are all about murder but that doesn't have to be the case. Sherlock Holmes certainly prevented more murders than he solved. After the enigma any plot device is 'grist for the mill'.
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A spy story is an action/adventure story with something extra. Click on the related question to remind yourself how to write an adventure story. When you're dealing with a spy, keep these things in mind: You have to understand politics enough to create a good, believable, complicated plot. Your …
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a round character has a many sided personalityps... i lub kirby
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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A Mary Sue is the female protagonist/antagonist of a TV show, book, or movie. Happening mostly in books, Mary Sues are considered the worst kind of Original Character. A Mary Sue would be defined as impossibly perfect, no flaws whatsoever, and is the character that gets the most attention from the o…
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There are a lot of good answers to this question, but perhaps you should think of what others take an interest to. Some people enjoy murder stories, a sort of who did it. But also, some enjoy a sort of robbery. Depends on what you are comfortable writing. Any idea that is interesting to you will be …
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Often it simply happens by itself.You show your moral by having the character experience the natural consequences of their actions. For example, if your moral is "slow but steady wins the race," you would have your character keep plugging along no matter what happens, and then have them cross the fi…
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You have ta know about romance in the first place. You have to have the knowledge of love, crushes, true hearts and romance in order to base your story on real couples.
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Here's a link to show you how writers invent place names.
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The same way you start every other story -- plant your butt in a chair and start writing instead of procrastinating on WikiAnswers! Start where the action starts and keep writing until it's over. See the related links if you still want to putz around over here instead of writing that story.
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No it is not! It is a creative idea and fiction has no boundry when it comes to writing. It sounds very interesting but also sounds like alot of research will be needed depending on how you want to present the story.
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Here are some things that teens might deal with:Coming of age first love a significant achievement fitting inmaking friendsdealing with realities of lifea significant crisisa great loss
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Superheroes are action heroes, so click on the related link to learn more about action/adventure stories. Here are some things to think about when writing superhero stories: Make the character believable - nobody is perfect! When Superman was invented, he was perfect, so the writers had to go ba…
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Do it in italics, I do in my stories: For example: I heard a gun shoot from somewhere. Great, I though, I knew I shouldn't have let Dean interfere with this, he's just a kid... Ect, Ect.
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Facts,dewey decimal system spine label(in a library) and real photographs (if any)
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Only you can come up with a good name! Book Titles come from the story, not from some anonymous person on the internet! Think about your story - what is going on and who are the people involved? Horror novels are scary, so try something that is creepy or mysterious. Check out the Related Questions f…
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Only you can come up with a good name! Titles come from the story, not from some anonymous person on the internet! Titles are not as important as some writers think, also - your title might change many times between your first write and your final draft! Think about your story - what is going on and…
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The traditional definition of a novel is a piece of writing containing anywhere from 60,000 to 125,000 words. It does not matter what you call it - just write it and try to get it published!
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You may write in whichever Point of View you wish.
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First pick the moment in history you want to write about. Then research, research, research. Become an expert on that moment. The purpose on becoming an expert is not to write a chronology of the event. If you're writing a novel, then it's important not to write in a time line fashion - this happen…
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Only you can come up with a good name! Titles come from the story, not from some anonymous person on the internet! Titles are not as important as some writers think, also - your title might change many times between your first write and your final draft! Think about your story - what is going on and…
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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The usual disclaimer is "The people portrayed in this work are fictional. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."
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Of course it is. Historical fiction is a very popular genre. It's also okay to write stories set in a history that is partially or completely make believe. What you cannot do is make up history and present it as authentic, researched history.
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Usually you just count anything three or more letters - or let your word processing program count it for you!
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WikiAnswers cannot give you a "good" title because we have not read your story! An effective title must come from the story itself, not from someone who has never read it - that's like getting someone to draw a picture for it without knowing what it's about! Click on the Related Questions to see ho…
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Stories about superhumans can either be science fiction or fantasy; there are also subgenres such as urban fantasy and paranormal.
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Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu Longest conventionally-read novel. 9,609,000 characters, nearly 1.5 million words. Holds the Guiness book of world records title as Longest Novel. Published in 7 volumes from 1913 to 1927. English translation is titled Remembrance of Things Past or In Se…
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As long as it takes to know what is going to happen in the middle bit, where the plot happens, you could be writing it and then an idea suddenly comes to you that fits in perfectly with the story, and it could also tie up those loose ends, if there are any in your story, which there usually are, in …
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Tolkien is a hard dude to live up to... even his friend Lewis does a terrible job of writing fiction in comparison. Tolkien has such a complete vision of the workings of his world, and I think the beauty of LOTR is that though the series is the best-known of his works and is incredibly detailed, it'…
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Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better. What do YOU think should happen to the toucan? Will your story have a happy ending or a…
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the conventions are what makes the genre what it is suspense, justice, suspects, a detective, etc that is true as a whole, but that is rather vague, which is unfortunately a very apt term for describing the conventions of any and all genres including that of crime fiction. Conventions are consta…
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1. Vampires don't have psychic powers - be sure you are not writing about a Mary Sue character who is "perfect" and has sparkly hair and speshul powers!! 2. The only thing vampires can do that might be psychic is to make people think they're sexy. 3.Only you can come up with a good name! Titles co…
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Only you can come up with a good name! Titles come from the story, not from some anonymous person on the internet! Titles are not as important as some writers think - your title might change many times between your first write and your final draft! Think about your story - what is going on and who a…
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Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better. Click on the Related Questions to learn how to do this for yourself!
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There are no "Rules for Writing a Detective Story!" Detective stories are just stories. The idea of a detective or detecting consultant was invented by Arthur Conan Doyle with his Sherlock Holmes stories, No, it was invented by Edgar Allan Poe in his three C. Auguste Dupin stories: "The Murders in …
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Keep the reader guessing. Click on the Related Question for a more detailed answer.
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When writing fantasy as opposed to science fiction, you will need things like magic, magical creatures, or other supernatural things that cannot be explained by science. Other than that, a fantasy novel is written like any other book.
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Do you know your beginning, middle and end? Are all of your characters planned out properly and described well enough for the reader to feel what they feel? Have you described why and how the characters are in a place? Do we know how the character is feeling? Do we know how the character feels abou…
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Easy. For Example (this is a real funny stories at school) Today, my teacher tell me about the 7th grader plan for the lockdown thrill and their plan is Stop, Drop and Roll, everyone in the classroom laugh so hard and then, "Ok so the 7th grader plan was stop, drop, and roll but that is only for fi…
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resolve all conflicts, provide a short denouement that will satisfy any potential questions and speculations. If this appeals to you, it's okay, but it's often quite good to leave the reader wondering what happened next in one or more aspects - a minor love affair, for example. If the climax of the …
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If you're going to be a writer, you must come up with your own "good lines." Otherwise, you should pick something else besides writing.
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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Well, It needs a lot. A beginning, a middle, and an end A subject Rising actions A conflict Falling actions A resolution A setting(s) Main character(s) And some speech enhancers (simile, metophor, onomatopoeia, ect.)
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