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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 to prove that my blog is just not average?

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Ooker‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Rapid change in character

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by icanfathom‭

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What makes an ending "happy"?

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mark Baker‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Kevin‭

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Is the genre 'fantasy' still fantasy without magic?

9 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Chagat Nahn‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Averting Always Chaotic Evil

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by System‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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

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

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Choice of words on writing

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Vishwa‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Secespitus‭

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How do I get beta readers?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Secespitus‭

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

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

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Lost my ‘magic’ concerning characters

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Detail vs. filler

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by sesquipedalias‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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Should one invest in a professional editor before querying?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by srini‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Transitional sections

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chris Sunami‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by yocu‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Amadeus‭

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Is having elaborate metaphors ever a bad thing?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Yukang Jiang‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to realistically describe pain?

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Punctuation assistance with complicated list of titles during a formal greeting

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

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Advice for indicating sources in tables

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

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

4 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago by N.Houghton‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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

3 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Felisha‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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How do we create our own symbolisms?

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by blackbird‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is there a formula for creating stakes?

6 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Kevin‭

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Introducing a new POV near the end of a story

6 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Llewellyn‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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How to start a story after the inciting incident?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Shawn V. Wilson‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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Do people usually like the side characters more than the MC?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to "Start as close to the end as possible", and why to do so?

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by theonlygusti‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Amadeus‭

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Is quality of writing subjective, or objective?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Jedediah‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Tttttttttttttt‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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