I’m writing a novel and I’m finding it hard to make my chapters long enough, I’m currently on a 2 page long fight scene to start my book and I want to to at least break 4 pages, any ideas?

Common problem. Trust me on that. Take a walk. Get away from your computer and stop staring at that dratted screen. While walking and enjoying the weather and the trees and the beautiful birds overhead, think about your story. Dig deeper. Get inside the head of each and every protagonist in that fight scene. What …

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How do you develop the ability to ‘show not tell’ as a writer?

First of all, ‘show, don’t tell’ is important. It is. But it’s also a bit oversold to new writers because at some point readers need to know stuff that simply can’t be ‘shown.’   Think about it. If you stopped your action for a flashback to ‘show’ why the protagonist is doing what they are …

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What are your techniques to improve writing?

 There are three things most writers would encourage you to do: Read, read, read. Because reading of any kind at all— anything at all — improves your world view and subconsciously teaches you how those writers did what they did. But reading in the genre you wish to write in gives you added insight into …

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Why is there a need of inserting sensory details in a creative literary work? How does it affect the interest or readers in a piece of work?

 Because it personalizes the story. Because most readers have had similar experiences and the evocation of the senses brings back those experiences and makes the story more real, sharper, and more personal. And that’s the goal of every writer. To bring the reader into the story.

In writing fiction, are flashbacks a good or bad way of revealing a main character’s tragic past?

Flashbacks work and are often essential for the reader to understand what’s going on and the actions of the character in question. I learned what I consider to be a better way when writing short stories. Because short stories are short. Every word is important. Can’t waste words on long, involved flashbacks. But a writer …

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As someone born in 1996 how do I write a story set in the late 1970s?

You do a lot of research and then you use your imagination. The 1970s is a recent enough period that many people from that time are still around and in sound mental health. And most of them would love to sit around and talk your ear off about their lives. Which is wonderful because you’ll …

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What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

The worst fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard —- and the best fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard — is to write about what you love. It’s very easy to get so caught up in the enjoyment of writing about something you love that you can go on forever and bore your reader to death. …

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Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

 It’s not a matter of stereotypes. It’s a matter of whether the characters are described well or not so well. Good writing will turn them into archetypes and become the best and most representative of the group they belong to, whatever that group may be. Poor writing will make them stereotypes worthy of laughter and …

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Why is it so hard to write a novel, and especially hard to sit down and write your first novel?

The answer to this particular question is easy: Because you’ve never done it before. Any endeavor can be extremely difficult for a beginner. But the more you do — or even the more you sit at your computer and think about writing even if you don’t do any actual work — the easier the process …

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Is editing the most time-consuming part of fiction writing?

Answer 1 Notifications 24 Depends. Issac Azimov once said that he learned to write when writers were paid pennies a page, so he learned to write the finished product as his first draft as a way to same time and earn more money. I do the same thing but it took a long time to …

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