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General Q&A about the craft of professional writing, editing, and publishing. Questions about all types of writing are welcome -- fiction, technical documentation, scholarly articles, poetry, scriptwriting, blogs, and more.

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How can I highlight changes in HTML output from Flare, based on branch diff?

2 answers  ·  posted over 3 years ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to determine relative success of different, similar books published by different means?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by msh210‭

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What is the main publishing format authors should be using today?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Which parts of a character's plan should be revealed beforehand?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Razetime‭

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Getting details of a past century right

4 answers  ·  posted over 9 years ago by Kuchiki Byakuya‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to ask for permission to use readers' endorsements?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Ooker‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to train readers in Argot or Slang

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Dealing with Audience's expectations

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Liquid‭

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Writing "light hearted" lead characters

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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Action scene pacing and clarity

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can I pinpoint a story's moral dilemma?

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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"The tale how" vs. "The tale of how"

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by xtal‭

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Telephone Conversations

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Walter Sanville‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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Is page range inclusive or exclusive?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Terry Price‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Chapter 1 Problems

6 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by A.N.M‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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How can I make a character sound condescending?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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The problem with beginning

5 answers  ·  posted over 3 years ago by Irysik‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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What to do with cliched metaphors?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 7 years ago by Alexandro Chen‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Maintaining distance

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Galastel‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Where's the balance between realism and story? [closed]

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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How do I deliver a historical plot reveal?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can I shorten a piece of writing effectively? [duplicate]

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Stacy‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Would I be able to have my characters play "Dungeons and Dragons" in my book?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by unikai‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to write an introverted main character with accidental charisma

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by xtal‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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How much detail is too much?

5 answers  ·  posted over 5 years ago by M. McGarry‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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What information about a fictional world is unnecessary?

5 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by E.Milla‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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