What are your advices on writing a story?

The answer to this question — without meaning to sound snide — is to learn the craft of writing fiction. Note that I said the craft, not the art, because they are two different things and — good news — a craft can be learned. There are workshops, books, online courses, free information everywhere that …

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Are first person novels more personal?

This is a personal answer. How it seems to me. Other writers may see things differently. I believe first person novels are more personal, not because of anything intrinsic about the writing itself but, rather, because the act of writing in the first person takes the author deeply into the view-point character’s mind, thoughts, feelings, …

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What are some good tips for writing a fantasy novel?

The fantasy genre is huge and varied. So first you should figure out which sub-genre you will choose. There’s High Fantasy, with speech and word patterns that somewhat resemble old English and usually involve royalty and royal magic. There’s Urban Fantasy that’s contemporary, though it may or may not take place in a city. There’s …

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How do you stay organized when conveying your thoughts in writing, and is it really that important to the reader?

Absolutely, it’s important to the reader! If your mind is messy, your writing will also be messy. But whether you organize consciously or unconsciously isn’t important. All that matters is that you know what you wish to say and that you say it competently and succinctly so your reader will know exactly what’s in your …

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How should I write a dream of one of the characters in my narrative?

The usual way to make sure the reader knows they are reading a dream sequence is to make the physical look of the passage different from what goes before and afterwards. This can be done by writing the dream sequence in italics or by marking the beginning and end in some way, such as whatever …

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I’d like to start writing more. I used to be rather creative but it has been a long time. What is a good way to start being creative and writing prose again?

The usual answer is: start a journal. It’s a good way to simply let you mind wander while you get back into the creative stream of writing. I’ve never had a journal. Tried it several times and it never worked for me. In fact, I hated it. For me, simply taking a walk does the …

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Does writing a novel or other book come naturally for some people, or do most good writers have a college education and hence have learned how to write well?

Writers come from all kinds of backgrounds and many different levels of education. Those things aren’t what make a writer good or bad. The ability to clearly communicate a thought or idea and to take the reader from the real world into the world of the writer’s imagination is what makes a good writer. I …

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