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An on-going Q&A with aspiring writers about all aspects of fiction writing and story structure, with an emphasis on Dramatica theory.
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1. non fiction

Question: Do I leave my family names out knowing they hate me. afraid they will try to sue. plus who can be a ghost writer? Answer: Writing a book about

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2. Dialogue for characters

Hello there, I'm Danny and I'm working on a novel at the moment that is a historical fiction set in ancient Greece aimed at teenagers. I am

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3. How to write address?

Question: My question is basically that when writing certain addresses, should real house numbers be taken or we should fabricate entirely different numbers

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4. Show dont tell

Question: I have difficulties with showing. I just pile more and more on until my writing becomes bulky. I watched as the rain came down in endless sheets

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5. Can my story have two goals?

Question: I have thought of a story which my protagonist goes on a journey to find his long-lost brother and reunite the family. His cousin comes along

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6. Biography

Question: I want to write a novel but I want to write it about my own experiences as if it were a biography. I am afraid people will not be interested

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7. Length of story

Question: Even though I've told my story the way I intended in a little over 41,100 words, would it be more advantageous to add more to lengthen the manuscript?

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8. Love interest and internal conflict

Question: The main characters of my novel have feelings for each other and I know that I want internal conflict to play a big role, but is a love interest

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9. Literary Fiction on Contemplation as the Goal

Question: I suppose the genre will most likely be a Literary Fiction since the focus is on philosophical questions. Can you suggest some works/books where

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10. Character Traits

Question: Can you recommend to me an unusual as well as unexpected combination of personality traits? I am trying to find a personally trait that does

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11. Where do I go from here?

Question: So I have almost finished my novel. I have 81,000 words divided into 23 chapters. I have no idea where to go. I have never written a book

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12. hyphen use

Hello there. First of all, this website has helped me so thank you. I want to know if kid me needs a hyphen or not. I do not plan to use it as in kidding

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13. Using Real World vs. Fictional Company Names and Product References in Your Story

Hi Glenn! Got married a year back and had a name change, but still follow you, and really want to thank you for this wonderful and NECESSARY, relevant

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14. Find my Antagonist

Hi! First I would like to thank you for this brilliant website. It is really a great help! I'm having some trouble finding my Antagonist and I’m hoping

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15. Point of View Questions

Hello! In my current novel, I switch back and forth between the POV of my main character and her love interest. At the moment, I have the main character

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16. Two-Person Narration

Hi, I wanted to know what are the pros and cons of writing a book with two narrators? Answer: The downside is that, whenever you introduce additional

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17. Revenge/ Superhero story

Question: My main character wants to get revenge on a certain individual, who has reached the apex of his arc and essentially taken control of every opposition

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18. policies

Question: Can I write about a company and my experiences since I retired been with the company 21 years? Answer: I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal

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19. "Filler" Chapters and current length.

Hi Glen, I'm currently writing a high fantasy book and I'm on the third chapter. So far, with a prologue and chapters 1 and 2 completed, I have about

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20. Creating a strong reason(s) for antagonist to against protagonist

Question: I am writing a thriller that features a 17-year-old girl that fights against a witch that wants to destroy her. Can you please give me some

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21. Odd or common name?

Question: I've been wondering for a while--with a fantasy in which there's a different world from ours, would it be better to have common or odd names?

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22. Concerning Plot and Characters

Question: I'm creating a story that revolves around the political relations of two fictional countries. In the story, a powerful figure (the antagonist)

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23. Can multiple characters be impact characters to each other?

Question: Is it okay to have three characters be impact characters to each other? I've chosen my main character, as in, the character that'll be making

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24. Using References to Real World Companies and Other Author's Published Works In Your Story

Question: In a story I am currently reading, the author uses real world company names rather than fake ones, and when using humor, sarcasm or other plot

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25. Which Order to Introduce Multiple Protagonists

Question: Who's story goes first in a multi-narrative story that involves a false protagonist who dies before Protagonists A & B are introduced and none

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