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Fiction Writing

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.
If you're going to be a writer, you must learn how to decide these things. If you cannot think of a mythical creature, you should not write about one. Your character does not have to be some kind of super-being to be interesting. Click the links for help on writing.
Vampires can be anywhere! Here's a link to show you how writers invent place names for their stories.
You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money. I use online name generators for the...
The best way to find names for your characters is to just google "names" or "random name generator". If you go on a baby names website, you can find really long lists. Randon name generators just suggest a name for you to use.
What comes to your mind when you think about being lost? What could be lost in your story? The plot has to come out of your mind for it to be your writing -- otherwise it's just plagiarism of somebody else's writing. Click the links for more help.
This is a rather common problem of many writers, and is perfectly normal. Simply no one can always have a great idea on hand, and ideas dwindle as the need for a profound, more intense story is necessary as the writer develops skill. Oftentimes, I find that typical "advice" helps me zero percent,...
Doesn't matter what interests me - write what YOU are interested in! Otherwise you're going to get bored before you're even halfway through. Professional authors know that you can't try to write what's popular now because it'll be over before the book gets published. The only thing you can do is...
Third-person normally gives you more detail and a more complex story, as you can see everything building at once, while still hiding certain details until a later time. It also allows more literary tools to be used, since the comparison between situations experienced by different characters can be...
It is easier to write in first person. It doesn't require a narrative distance .
Conflict develops by having the character's desires thwarted in some way. You can have small conflicts -- perhaps the character wants to get downtown and the car won't start -- or large conflicts -- perhaps the character needs to take a magic ring all the way across the continent and throw it into a...
It depends on what kind of story you're trying to write. For fast pace novels, the plot is slightly more important, although you can't afford to neglect the characters. For novels with a slower pace, you can focus more on characterisation, although again you can't neglect the plot. Generally it...
Yours. I'll tell you a trick all seasoned writers know - you don'tknow the perfect beginning lines until you finish the story. Onlyafter you've got the whole thing down can you go back and createthe perfect opening lines.
Short stories don't really have a plot as such, as they are too short to be able to have a plot most of the time. Something happens, then a little bit of action happens and then it ends. So it's better to keep it short and simple. ^ That's actually not true. Short stories do, in fact, have plot....
The 5 parts of a personal letter are: Heading - This includes the recipient's address and the date (in some cases, it's OK to just write the date) Greeting - the act or an instance of welcoming (Dear.......,) Body - the main text of your letter Complimentary closing - The closing...
Most minstrels had the following traits: . good at music . a performer . adventurous . good with people . good survival skills They had to travel all over the countryside singing and playing for different towns, so they had to survive on their own and be good at their job.
Conflict should be all through the story until the climax. Withoutsome kind of tension, the story's boring.
You can just pretend that you are somebody else and write as if you were writing about another person . You can combined both first person and third person as in the example below. Wolfgang Schwartzschild is a great man. I should know for I am he. If there be a virtue then he has it. If...
The simple answer to this question is "Yes, of course." In many cases, a composition about literature, film, etc., will be read by an audience that is unfamiliar with one or all of the pieces being discussed. If that's the case, plot summaries make subsequent discussion of the books/films/etc. more...
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
If your character is interesting enough, the readers will want to see more of him or her. Make your characters fun to read about.
I have traveled to and lived in a lot of places. I would have tosay the most tranquil are the ones with the fewest people. Thoseinclude small communities or rural settings. For me, the mosttranquil is the north shore of Prince Edward Island--sitting on theedge of a sand dune watching the ocean,...
It's not clear whether you're asking about the punctuation and capitalization or about the actual writing process. Here are the basics: . Start a new paragraph whenever the speaker changes . Use quotation marks around the words that are spoken . Remember to punctuate the sentences properly, also ....
Characterizing a character is basically giving the character apersonality. Is he/she kind? Is he/she evil?
You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money. Click on the LINKS for character name...
First person point of view often makes the tone of the story much more personal.
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
Postcolonial writers wanted to depict their lands and cultures more authentically. .
You don't have to have plot within plot to have an interestingbook. Most books just have one plot, or maybe a plot with a minorsubplot.
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
You have to think up your own ideas for your books. But, seeing as you already know what you want your book to be based around (crime), then why don't you answer these questions? It should help you to know what you want out of your story, (unless you don't already know): . Who is doing these "crimes...
Whatever you want them to be like. You're the writer! Characters in any story have to come from your imagination. In a mystery story, some of them should be guilty, some should be suspicious, and some should be good at solving puzzles.
Most doctors use their names, as in Smith Veternary Clinic or JonesSmall Animal Care. I've seen "cute" names, however, like Paws andClaws or All God's Creatures. You might consider local geography,too - Mountain View Animal Clinic or Prairie Veterinary Services.We also have a local vet who calls her...
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...
Asking people is a polite thing to do; however if for whatever reason you can't, you can do as many writers do and say at the start, 'All characters and/or places used in this work are totally fictional. Any resemblance to real people and/or places is entirely unintentional.'
pride appearance vs reality
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
It depends entirely upon the story! Some authors start with plot, and others with characters. Some start off slowly and build up the tension, and some start out with a bang right in the middle of things..
Well, the exposistion is the backround information. Soo Like. maybe that Ashly moved to a new place. she has a cat. Her neighbor is not nice.. Lol . Uhm,, she meets Kristie.. Stuff like that .
its not the same thing the plot is the whole story that builds up to the conflict in the story. So like the story about the boy who cried wolf, the plot is the boy keeps calling for help but the actual conflict is when the villagers dont come and the boy is actually in trouble.
The ending of a story is crucial. The whole climax of the story is building up to this point. The ending should bring closure to the horror of the rest of the story, and should show the reader what happens to the characters right after the story climax. Horror stories have two major categories to...
I like Richard or Angela. They sound good with the last name.
Click the link to see how writers make up names for places in their stories.
Setting is where and when the story takes place. It can help setthe mood by either reinforcing the emotion of the characters (suchas setting a scary story in a spooky place) or by being theopposite of what's expected (such as setting a scary story at anamusement park).
Where and when the story takes place is important. If you have astory set in a really odd place, it's not going to be as effectiveas one where the setting makes sense.
I'm not sure that it is... but if it is, it is because it is easier to treat smaller subjects in a short story. You don't have to develop the ideas as much, and you can cope with smaller topics. You could do this in a novel as well, but it is harder, and could take more development.
They do, but on the Story Traffic page, you can go back to each past month.
A good novel, like a good story of any sort, can transcend time and place -- in other words, it is so good that it doesn't matter what the setting is. Stories like A Christmas Carol , The Lord of the Rings , Pride and Prejudice , or Moby Dick are great reads even if they are clearly in a time...
exposition. Writers are given the liberty to place it anywhere they please.
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...
Yes, of course you can "take quotes" from writing other than dialogue.
There are five ways to begin a story of any type: . Setting Description . Character Description . Introducing the Narrator . Plot Elements . Philosophy . 'The night was dark and stormy and the rain came down in torrents' . 'She was not your typical kind of Dames. She had the look.' . 'Come and...
You've got it right. It may also be spelled dialog.
Yes, using some sort of sequencing device helps you know what you've already included and what you still need to include.
Only you can come up with a good name! Book 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...
Story maps and diagrams are to help you organize your thoughts so that the story flows better and stays logical.
What are the major themes and concern that run through 'Middlemarch'?
Click the link to see how authors do this -- you're going to need to research the Middle Ages, too, if you want to write a good Medieval story!
Any name that you like! With a short last name, many people choose a longer first name to make a nice alliteration. Here's a link to a name generating website.
You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money. Click on the LINKS for character name...
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
You could pretend that you are one of them, you have a friend, and a hobby. The rest just flows... Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one...
If this character is at a more advanced stage than 'I need someone to blow up the mall,' you need to think of your own motives because you know the character. However, if this character (X) is as yet just a cardboard cut-out, here are some; . Terrorism . Insanity (psychosis, thinking the mall is a...
Anything that is a crime -- pick whatever crime you think is the most interesting. If you don't know anything about crime, read a newspaper! Or watch your local news.
Here's a couple of good links to help you learn how to invent names.
Whittingsley, Corbyglen, Birchfield, Ropsley, Colstworth, StokeRotchford, how's that for a start?
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? A Gothic story has romance and the supernatural , so think about how those two things combine. ...
A navigator can plot and map out a course a plane may take to reach its destination, however I think allot of this is done by a planes computer system.
The narrator can be any character in the book. In Sherlock Holmes stories, the narrator is his best friend, Dr. Watson. Whoever would tell the story the best should be the narrator.
You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money. Click on the LINKS for character name...
That is entirely up to you if you are the one who is going to write it. Try writing the story and see if the title comes to you after the story develops.
What makes anyone more memorable than anyone else? If a character is more believable, more realistic, and more entertaining, you will remember him or her better. A flat character, without any real traits, won't be remembered.
Whatever you name your characters is a good name for you - they're your characters!
The three types of 'point of view' pronouns are: First person: I, me, my, mine, we, us, our, ours. Second person: you, your, yours. Third person: he, him, his, she, her, hers, they, them, their, theirs, it, its.
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you'reletting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's calledtalking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters aregoing to say to one another, you need to go take a break and gosomewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
the theme is the central part of a story.
First-person POV shows an intimate look at one character. It letsyou get inside their head and see the world from their perspective.
When characters speak within a story, it is known as "dialogue." When a character tells a story, it is called "narration."
If you're going to be a writer, you need to learn how to come up with cool names on your own. Check out the related link for some ideas. You don't have to make it too obvious. However, on the other hand you could make it slightly obvious. Dhampir's are half vampire - half human, and they are...
The things that are written about in fiction stories may exist, or they may not. It depends on what sort of fiction it is. Science fiction and fantasy have a lot of things that don't really exist. Historical fiction and adventure stories usually have a lot of real things in them.
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When writing a story, you don't always have to think about the specific elements, but you need to have an understanding of the flow from one section into another. You need to understand how to set the scene, build up to a climax, and resolve the story.
If there is little external action, you'd probably figure that theauthor meant to write an internal story about thought, characters,and dialogue.
You need to invent your own names if you're going to be a writer. Don't depend on some anonymous person on the internet to invent your characters for you! Writers who copy ideas from other people can also end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you...
The plot is what goes on in the story. It's written out as the story. You're thinking of an outline, which could have bullet points or numbered headings.
Depends on your tastes. Standard categories: Gothic Romance - "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier Romance - "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell Philosophical - "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand Political - "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck Humorous Classic - "Huckleberry Finn" by Samuel...
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
Real organizations don't have fancy names. Think about the ones you know about - American Diabetes Association, United Way, Greenpeace. Your vampires will probably have a totally normal name using either a city or country name.
Yes, all formal reports should be written in third person.
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd...
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