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  • Can flies sting you?

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  • I read a book and started crying like a little kid, dont know whats wrong with me?

    It's an historical fiction about an irish young man and girl struggling with their immigrant lives. He was convicted by english officers and tortured. Even ..raped. at that point I cried. His fellow mate was burnt alive and the english wanted to find his daughter and sell them as a prostitute (she was only 5).. this irish guy manages to escape and to save the little girl and treats her like her own daughter. He escapes to england to hide for a while and meets an irish girl who he knew when he was a kid. The girl has changed: she's not as happy as when she was in Ireland (she left before the war), she's bullied because irish and poor and she wants to go to college because she's really smart but it's forbidden because shes irish.. so depressing. Throughout the whole book the boy says the daughter is his own, and he treats the other girl in a cold way, although he secretly loves her and protects her. She loves him but she's stubborn and shy and afraid of lots of things. At some point when she isnt accepted at college she decides to commit suicide and when he finds out he gets mad and confesses that he loves her, and everything is ok until he reveals that he cannot love anyone because of what happened in prison. She cries listening to his words and kisses him, although he refuses. They end up making love while after they cried. that was so emotional...
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  • Should I write a book?

    I feel like i could totally write a novel right now. I have so many ideas and I need to write them. I feel so inspired. I have had writers block for a long time.
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  • A kid in my short story is told he’s adopted and runs away. Where should he go to make the story interesting?

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  • Question: Can you Name any Books 📖 that you have Read that were really bad 👎🏼?

    Especially any Book that had rave reviews, & when you read it you felt disappointment in its entirety?
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  • CE users: Are any of you fans of Doctor Who?

    Best answer: I am a former fan.

    I was in primary school when the 2005 revival arrived. What a wonderful part of my childhood! It was so exciting, dark and varied. Slitheen ship crashing into Westmonster, Dalek in an underground base, those bat things, Dalek military with Emperor etc. I really liked the second series, as well, with the Krillitanes and Cybermen.

    My interest in it waned during the third series (2007) due to it changing to a weird and overly light-hearted atmosphere. The Doctor became overly pacifistic, as well, to the point where he was causing needless civilian casualties. I stopped watching after that.

    It has since deteriorated further, becoming very childish and SJW tripe. Don't get me started on the decision to turn The Doctor female.
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  • Writing my query letter - should I also include a short piece of coursework as well as a section of the book?

    I am in the process of contacting a literary agent, with the hope of getting my book published. To demonstrate more pieces of my work, do you think I should include a link to a short piece of English coursework that I did recently? I'm a first-time author so I have no previous books to list. Thanks!
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  • How did Stephen King become rich from writing horror when horror is not even that popular?

    I mean, he is the only horror writer to become rich writing it.
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  • Does it make someone gay when they read a homosexual book and like it?

    Best answer: No
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  • Could someone faint if something squeezed them very tight?

    If someone was hugged tight enough and it squeezed them so tight that it hurt, could they pass out? I m writing a story and I don t know how I should make the character faint to pass time...
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  • Do Books Make Good Presents?

    Best answer: Books are a good, very traditional gift. (Happens that I have a "Complete Sherlock Holmes", myself. I first read it in the 1970s.)

    The risk with that particular book is that your recipient may already have it.
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  • Why do people bother to read fictional stories when they're all lies?

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  • What's more satisfying, finishing a book or having an orgasm?

    Best answer: Book
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  • First Person vs. Third Person (Point of View)?

    Best answer: The issue you describe is not uncommon, especially in someone of your age. Please know that this is not meant to demean you in any way; in fact, I would say you already show talent beyond your years.

    Good writing requires self awareness (this is actually a challenge to many but you sound ahead of the game). Good storytelling requires the writer to step outside his/her head and experience life through the mind of another. This can be difficult when you yourself still have not experienced a diverse range of real-life "characters."

    For example, let's say you wanted to include a female nurse character in a story but you've never known a nurse or been inside of a hospital. The character would likely end up a mish-mash of impressions you've gotten from other stories and TV shows rather than one with any real depth. Because you have no emotional connection to her, you reader will not either. I'm guessing this is what you mean by "blunt."

    One exercise you can try is writing short stories about people you know well (a friend, family member, etc.) These do not have to be "real" stories for publication, you can just start out with a few paragraphs in your journal.

    Write a few scenes describing them in everyday situations, simple things like joking around in school behind the teacher's back, dealing with a rude person at a shop. Do not write about things that actually happened. Invent new scenes but with people and situations familiar to you.

    You will find yourself injecting their personalities and habits into your writing and, in doing so, you should sense a different feel in your stories. Instead of "he did this" and "she thought that" you will be reading about genuine actions and emotions rooted in the character, not in your head.

    As you get more comfortable writing about people you know, you'll find yourself developing the talent of getting into other people's heads and having that third-person perspective that makes for good third-person writing.
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  • Do you think reading books helps you to enrich your vocabulary?

    Best answer: Well of course it does. As you read, you encounter new words, and every time you meet a particular new word in a different context, you gain a wider understanding of its meaning AND of the way it's used.
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  • What is a (fiction) book that you think everyone (and by everyone, I mean me) should read?

    I need a new book to read and I'd love to hear your recommendations. I enjoyed The Girl with all the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey. I liked Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. I even liked Noble Cause by Jessica James (also released as Shades of Gray)... Though I had no idea it was considered a romance novel until I was way too far in to put it down. More civil war than romance... but I digress. I do not like romance novels. I DO NOT LIKE ROMANCE NOVELS. I do not like horror or murder mysteries. I do like historical fiction and science fiction and dystopias. What would you recommend I read?
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  • Vanity publishing my own book then donating them to libraries across the country? Could I get famous that way?

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  • What are some good short story horror plots?

    I am creating a collection of short stories or an anthology. Horror stories. I need some plot ideas, about twenty to twenty five. The plots can include Murder Ghost Fears Monsters Death Tragedy Anything that gives you the hebejibes. Anything. You can even create a character if you want.
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  • How do I stop feelings so empty after finishing a book?

    I struggle finding good books that I really like, when I do I get really into them and read them in about a day or two. Then it ends. Like I was enjoying the book I was reading! It was good! I wanted to hear about the boys kissing more publicly but nope! The book ends, I don't get to see, they're gone forever. The book ended, it's all dead, they're all dead. Everything's dead.
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