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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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Symbolism of 18 Journeyers

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

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

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

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How to answer questions about my characters?

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

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Self-Publishing Chapters

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by poeticvampire‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Can a successful book series let the bad guy win? [closed]

8 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by icefire‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Should fiction mention song names and iPods?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Why is "Ser" used in Game of Thrones rather than "Sir"? [closed]

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by thosphor‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How to avoid drifting into a different genre?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by iamtowrite‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Creating character imagery without describing their physical looks

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Sparrowonfire‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Can disgust be a key component of horror?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Are friendly writing contests a useful exercise?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Personal or impersonal in a technical resume

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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What type of pen is being used here?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by user206245‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Using a different POV just for the opening line

1 answer  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by motosubatsu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How to incorporate a silent protagonist into a chatty world?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Do hard to pronounce names break immersion?

8 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Story that's too depressing?

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Is it bad to project myself into my story?

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Teleporting Goat‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How can you write when you're upset?

4 answers  ·  posted over 3 years ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Pitfalls of morally grey protagonists?

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by inappropriateCode‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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What are the rules for punctuating a conversation?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by M.E. Rollins‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Two footnote numbering sequences

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

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Switching languages within dialogue [closed]

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by romebot‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How to differentiate between two people with the same name in a story?

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

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Doubt about the difference between a "Beat" and a "Event"

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by M.N.Raia‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Point of View Confusion

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by romebot‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Shifting tenses in the middle of narration

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Jerard Dela Victoria‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Help, I cannot decide when to start the story

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

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Is it uncompelling to continue the story with lower stakes?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Good ways to sort "rambly" notes?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by noClue‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How to not confuse readers with simultaneous events?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Weckar E.‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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How important is it for multiple POVs to run chronologically?

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Weckar E.‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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