• If children's authors 'don't make much money' why do they drive brand new cars and buy houses? Are people on here telling lies?

    So, I asked a while back whether children's authors make much money and everyone on here said 'no'. They said authors don't get much money after agents take their cut and publishers take their cut too. But I just saw an interview with an author who has bought a brand new car and has just bought a... show more
    So, I asked a while back whether children's authors make much money and everyone on here said 'no'. They said authors don't get much money after agents take their cut and publishers take their cut too. But I just saw an interview with an author who has bought a brand new car and has just bought a house outright. So clearly this author DOES make money from her royalties from her publisher. Why do people on here lie?
    13 answers · 9 hours ago
  • Any Story Ideas?

    I am currently obsessed with the power to control ice and snow (Not from Elsa, from Killer Frost) And I want to write a story that gives a character that power, but I'm not sure if I should add it to a zombie apocalypse book I am also writing or just create a new story. And if I do create a new story; any... show more
    I am currently obsessed with the power to control ice and snow (Not from Elsa, from Killer Frost) And I want to write a story that gives a character that power, but I'm not sure if I should add it to a zombie apocalypse book I am also writing or just create a new story. And if I do create a new story; any ideas for the story idea? Don't give me the hate on trying to come up with my own story idea. I am a young writer still in school. Writing is something I do to pass the time. Any ideas? Please?
    13 answers · 1 day ago
  • Badass surnames?

    Best answer: Bullitt, Dredd, Majestyk, Matrix, Plissken, Rambo, Rockatansky, Ryback, Spartan, Storm... all of those names come from action movies. They sound inauthentic and over the top. Some literary characters have names like "Brown" or "Holden" or "Moriarty", names that wouldn't strike... show more
    Best answer: Bullitt, Dredd, Majestyk, Matrix, Plissken, Rambo, Rockatansky, Ryback, Spartan, Storm... all of those names come from action movies. They sound inauthentic and over the top. Some literary characters have names like "Brown" or "Holden" or "Moriarty", names that wouldn't strike anyone as being particularly tough-sounding, yet the characters who bear them are undeniably tough, and sometimes vicious and diabolical. Are they tough and vicious and diabolical because of their names? Of course not. A name is just a name. Calling your character "Savage" or "Slaughter" just to give your reader the impression that the character is supposed to be tough is condescending and dumb. You could name a character Smith or Jones, Greenleaf or Smiles and it wouldn't matter so long as you know how to write a decent character who displays the traits you intend. If you can't come up with your own names, then you aren't capable of writing anything anyway.
    17 answers · 3 days ago
  • Are there any successful authors who are recluses and shun the limelight and publicity?

    I know H P Lovecraft barely ever left his house. Are there any more?
    I know H P Lovecraft barely ever left his house. Are there any more?
    8 answers · 13 hours ago
  • Okay so this question is gonna be weird but I swear this is just theoretical for a story I'm writing.?

    Can fire cause human flesh to melt? If not what else would do that?
    Can fire cause human flesh to melt? If not what else would do that?
    7 answers · 4 hours ago
  • Ladies discribe a badboy?

    i am writing a book and one of the main character is a bad-boy but I don't understand what makes him a bad-boy not just because his a player but other things like the way he look
    i am writing a book and one of the main character is a bad-boy but I don't understand what makes him a bad-boy not just because his a player but other things like the way he look
    12 answers · 2 days ago
  • How accurately did J K Rowling portray British teenaagers in the world famous Harry Potter books?

    Dudley is a type of character I wouldn't really want to raise as a son, considering how untrustworthy he is with his parents; Those who have read all of the Harry Potter books will know what I mean; Dudley acts so "innocent and civilized" in front of his parents and when he's with his gang he... show more
    Dudley is a type of character I wouldn't really want to raise as a son, considering how untrustworthy he is with his parents; Those who have read all of the Harry Potter books will know what I mean; Dudley acts so "innocent and civilized" in front of his parents and when he's with his gang he "goes rogue". Are teens in the U.K. today like this too? I never grew up in the U.K. so I post this question. But it's a pity I never grew up there cause when I visited England it seems like a great country to live in...
    13 answers · 3 days ago
  • Your three most overrated writers of the 20th century?

    Best answer: William Faulkner

    Ayn Rand

    Edith Wharton
    Best answer: William Faulkner

    Ayn Rand

    Edith Wharton
    8 answers · 1 day ago
  • Any tips for writing horror storys?

    I was thinking about writing horror stories just as a hobby im not a good writer overall so any tips on writing a good horror story but specificaly horror when it comes to scaring the reader.
    I was thinking about writing horror stories just as a hobby im not a good writer overall so any tips on writing a good horror story but specificaly horror when it comes to scaring the reader.
    7 answers · 24 hours ago
  • Please could you recommend me some books?

    Best answer: If you're fourteen, there's no such thing as a book with inappropriate content. The whole of human literature is open to you - I urge you to explore it. A lot of the answers here seem to be pointing you towards juvenile literature. There's nothing wrong with reading Harry Potter or the Hunger Games -... show more
    Best answer: If you're fourteen, there's no such thing as a book with inappropriate content. The whole of human literature is open to you - I urge you to explore it.

    A lot of the answers here seem to be pointing you towards juvenile literature. There's nothing wrong with reading Harry Potter or the Hunger Games - but it would be a waste if these books were the whole of your reading. Don't neglect the classics. If a book is still attracting readers a hundred or two hundred or three hundred years after its first publication, there's a reason. A few suggestions -

    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    1984 - George Orwell
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    The Jungle Books - Rudyard Kipling
    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
    Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
    Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

    Read non-fiction books as well. They broaden the mind and can make you THINK - which is always a good thing.
    23 answers · 6 days ago
  • I have a question about writing a bisexual character.?

    Recently, I have come up with an idea to make one of the main characters in my story bisexual instead of straight. His name is Dakota just FYI. I want to do this because I feel like it will make him a much more loveable, happy character. However, I’m asking this question because of this reason. Before I even had... show more
    Recently, I have come up with an idea to make one of the main characters in my story bisexual instead of straight. His name is Dakota just FYI. I want to do this because I feel like it will make him a much more loveable, happy character. However, I’m asking this question because of this reason. Before I even had this idea, I already planned an entire relationship with Dakota and a girl later on. So...does that kind of defeat the purpose? I just feel like making him bi will help his character and also strengthen his bond with his friends. But I don’t want to just trash that relationship with the girl either... (btw, the story is not in his POV. It’s in another boy’s POV named Alex who is Dakota’s best friend. Alex is the one who I plan on Dakota admitting his unsure sexuality to). I don’t mean for this to offend anyone, so I’m sorry if you found something offensive in some way. And please, don’t answer harshly. I want a serious answer that will help me out. Thanks :)
    8 answers · 2 days ago