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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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Idea overflow in plotting?

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by AlexSkellington‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Kevin‭

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How many character flaws can the main character overcome?

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

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How do I introduce a large cast in an interesting way

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mai Green‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Amadeus‭

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How can one "treat writing as a job" even though it doesn't pay?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by user394536‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Would it be better to write a trilogy over a much longer series?

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

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What innovative techniques can make a textbook for learning a foreign language "pop"?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by johnDanger‭

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How do I distinguish between self-doubt and objective recognition of fault?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Leo‭

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Writing slurred speech

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by aparente001‭

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Pantsing a story?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 11 years ago by Elizabeth Schechter‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Is a lawful good "antagonist" effective?

14 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Kevin‭

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How many metaphors?

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

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What determines genre?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 11 years ago by Zayne S Halsall‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Has self-publishing killed the in-person critique group?

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

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How I should handle gender-neutral pronouns in technical writing?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 6 years ago by Manmohan Singh‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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How to use professional jargon when writing fiction?

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

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How do you track dependencies for your co-authors?

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

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Can we dialoguify sounds?

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

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How do we end a description properly?

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

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Good exposition examples

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

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How can I make names more distinctive without making them longer?

11 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to balance the agendas of co protagonists that periodically conflict?

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

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Ending a line of dialogue with "?!": Allowed or obnoxious?

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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What are the indentation rules for the paragraph introducing a bulleted list?

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Troyen‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Naming Characters after Friends/Family

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by GGx - Reinstate Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How can I hint that my character isn't real?

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by AyanaLuna‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Ambiguous sentences: How to tell when they need fixing?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Are there advantages in writing by hand over typing out a story?

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

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Averting Real Women Don’t Wear Dresses

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

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Is a sequel allowed to start before the end of the first book?

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

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How to write a nice frame challenge?

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

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I have a dialogue that I can't write directly. What would be a good alternative?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Adding depth to two-dimensional heroes from myths

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

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Character had a different name in the past. Which name should I use in a flashback?

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

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Can the prologue be the backstory of your main character?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Dorito Hub‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Correct punctuation for showing a character's confusion

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

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Elongated vowel sounds

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by AGirlHasNoName‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How to keep a dark protagonist who wants to keep his humanity dark?

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

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Changing the meaning of well-established symbols

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

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Tiptoe or tiphoof? Adjusting words to better fit fantasy races

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Stereotypical names

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Indicating multiple different modes of speech (fantasy language or telepathy)

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

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Does the reader need to like the PoV character?

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Symbolism of 18 Journeyers

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How can I make a non-linear timeline less confusing?

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How to answer questions about my characters?

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

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