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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 can I write an annoying character without annoying the reader?

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

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Should I use the terms "people" "person" "man" and "woman" in fantasy setting?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by zaizen14‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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What are the different types of characters in a fictional story?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by N.Houghton‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Using footnotes in fiction: children's book which can be enjoyed by adults

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

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Self-Publishing Chapters

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

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Is it bad to suddenly introduce another element to your fantasy world a good ways into the story?

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

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

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

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How to avoid drifting into a different genre?

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

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Creating character imagery without describing their physical looks

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

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Can disgust be a key component of horror?

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

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Are friendly writing contests a useful exercise?

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

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Personal or impersonal in a technical resume

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

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What type of pen is being used here?

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

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Can metaphors be used for other purposes than for stylistic effect and to form an allegory?

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

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How does one write from a minority culture? A question on cultural references

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

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Using a different POV just for the opening line

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

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How to incorporate a silent protagonist into a chatty world?

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

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Do hard to pronounce names break immersion?

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

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Story that's too depressing?

10 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Do authors often base their characters off of themselves?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Could the cast of my book be more unique?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Elil Flame‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is no religion a bad thing?

8 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is it bad to project myself into my story?

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

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Convincing argument about something I don't agree with

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

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What website for posting writing is going to give me the least grief? [closed]

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Kale Slade‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Will it push away a reader if I start my book with the frame story?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by rus9384‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How can you write when you're upset?

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

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Pitfalls of morally grey protagonists?

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

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What are the rules for punctuating a conversation?

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

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Two footnote numbering sequences

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

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Switching languages within dialogue [closed]

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

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

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

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

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

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Point of View Confusion

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

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Avoiding racist tropes in fantasy

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Shifting tenses in the middle of narration

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

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Help, I cannot decide when to start the story

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

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Is it uncompelling to continue the story with lower stakes?

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

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Good ways to sort "rambly" notes?

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

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Where is the line between a tough love character and a pure asshole?

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

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POV - 3rd Person Rules and Exceptions?

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

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