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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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Describing the taste of food

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Carlie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is the first page of a novel really that important?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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How to write strategy and schemes beyond my real-life capabilities?

10 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by theonlygusti‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How do I introduce dark themes?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to convey the anatomy of a humanoid race?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Is there any popular wisdom on the word "seem"?

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

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Rapid change in character

7 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to hint at an antagonist's identity?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Tiarnaard Cheannasach‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Scale: How to handle a personal story set in an epic war?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can I write a dark protagonist for whom there is no hope?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icanfathom‭

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What makes an ending "happy"?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Mark Baker‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Kevin‭

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Is the genre 'fantasy' still fantasy without magic?

9 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Chagat Nahn‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Averting Always Chaotic Evil

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by System‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is it illegal if I use religious material in writing my novel?

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

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Choice of words on writing

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Vishwa‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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How do I get beta readers?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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What can I ask my readers to help me and how?

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

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Lost my ‘magic’ concerning characters

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Introducing evil characters before the evil deeds take place

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Yukang Jiang‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Detail vs. filler

7 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by sesquipedalias‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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Should one invest in a professional editor before querying?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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How could the disregard for both plot and dialogue tell the story?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by cælvm‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Do living authors still get paid royalties for their old work?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by srini‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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What should come first—characters or plot?

7 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by ab2‭

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Transitional sections

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Chris Sunami‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Can we use other things than single-word verbs in our dialog tags?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by yocu‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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What are good ways to improve as a writer other than writing courses?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is having elaborate metaphors ever a bad thing?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Yukang Jiang‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to realistically describe pain?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Punctuation assistance with complicated list of titles during a formal greeting

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by PeteMcRepeat‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Advice for indicating sources in tables

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by CarLaTeX‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What's the difference between time-tested and formulaic?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by sesquipedalias‭

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Should a scene break always be put in place when there is change in location, times, and dates?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by N.Houghton‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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Is it cliché to have two best friends fall in love?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Felisha‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How do we create our own symbolisms?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by blackbird‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Can a fight scene, component-wise, be too complex and complicated?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Documenting framework features and descriptions

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Grim‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Is there a formula for creating stakes?

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Kevin‭

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Alternatives to develop relationships without dialogue

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Santi Tinjacá Rivera‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Introducing a new POV near the end of a story

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Llewellyn‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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