Is it okay to make up an imaginary place for only one spin-off when the place bears no effect on the plot but I’m only using it cause I have never been to a real place like that?

Sure you can. You can do whatever you want because you are the author.   That said, there’s one caveat. Make sure it fits in with the rest of your story. If it takes the reader out of the story because it’s so different from everything else that it screams ‘I’m not like anything else …

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Should I write detailed back stories for my characters, or is there a better, easier way to understand who they are?

 Some writers really need the exercise of creating detailed back stories for their characters or else they won’t know them well enough to tell their stories. If you are that kind of writer, then there’s not another option for you. On the other hand, if you believe that you know your character well enough to …

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When writing a scene, should I really describe the clothes of each character? What is the best way to not mess it?

When you write a story, the plot is the big deal. Everything else must point to or enhance the plot. The story. What happens. So —- if describing your character’s clothes helps move the story forward, then you describe them. If describing their clothing enhances the story by telling the reader something about the characters, …

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What’s the difference between a novel, novella and short story?

 The difference is length. A short story is anything less than a novella. Since most novellas are approximately 20,000 to 40,000 words, a short story is anything less than that. The usual length for a short story back in the day when they were printed was 4,000 words because publishers allotted that much space in …

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Do you write your story linearly or do you write chapters as you go and put them in order later?

For me, the answer is —- both. I plot out a story as a synopsis in a linear manner, pretty much one paragraph describing what will happen in each chapter. But then I go back over the whole thing and, often, move chapters around until they make as much sense as possible and lead nicely …

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