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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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Is quality of writing subjective, or objective?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Jedediah‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to write characters doing illogical things in a believable way?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

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

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Difference between News Analysis and Opinion?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by get_going‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is it acceptable in academic writing to write "their very self" or "very + [noun]"?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by nra‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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Dangers of being sympathetic to the killer

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Dave Harris‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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How can I make a character sound uneducated?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭

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How much uncertainity will the 'general (Non-YA) fantasy reader' tolerate?

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

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First or third person

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Liezl Doman‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Handwriting speed

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Beyond.Multiverse‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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Replacing Amazon's ISBNs

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Eve‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by DPT‭

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Is it a good idea to leave minor world details to the reader's imagination?

9 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by DPT‭

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How does someone write a moving Declaration of Independence?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by DPT‭

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How to deal appropriately with an inappropriate sexual relationship

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Letting a (secondary) antagonist leave mid story - Should it be avoided?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by System‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by celtschk‭

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What is Documentation Design that I haven't already done?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by user2263986‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can a writer point out the merits of his or her own work?

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

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How to ensure that neurotic or annoying characters don't get tiring in the long run

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

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Basing my protagonist on myself

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Do we simplify descriptions when they sound weird?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by woxim‭  ·  reopened 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Non-sense question about plot structures

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by M.N.Raia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to make a villain fall in love?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by poeticvampire‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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I want to make two of my characters fall in love

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Hail‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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What's a good market for experimental novellas?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 9 years ago by micapam‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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Is there any difference between these two sentences? (Adverbs)

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

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Would publishing my story like a TV series be successful? [closed]

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Surtsey‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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I have a name, and no plot [closed]

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Cecilia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Resolving moral conflict

8 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Grace‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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