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… Continue reading 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?
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… Continue reading Should I write detailed back stories for my characters, or is there a better, easier way to understand who they are?
The secret to good scenes is to make them essential to the story, make them move, and don’t weigh them down with too much extraneous material. Figure out what the scene is about. The how, why and what of it. Figure out how you want it to end. Yes, scenes have endings just as stories… Continue reading How do I write a scene that works?
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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,… Continue reading When writing a scene, should I really describe the clothes of each character? What is the best way to not mess it?
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There’s a fun exercise that does exactly that. It might not lead to stories that will change the world but it will lead to stories that people will like to read. And who knows, you just might win a prize with one of them. On a small slip of paper, write a one-sentence description of… Continue reading How can I think of ideas for the plot of a 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… Continue reading What’s the difference between a novel, novella and short story?
Yes you can. A novella is just like a novel except shorter. As such, it can contain everything that a novel contains but in more compact form. If you decide to have multiple viewpoints, make sure the reader is clear as to which character’s mind you are in at the moment. That’s not hard, it… Continue reading Can you have multiple POVs in a novella?
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… Continue reading Do you write your story linearly or do you write chapters as you go and put them in order later?