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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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Help, I cannot decide when to start the story

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

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Is it uncompelling to continue the story with lower stakes?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Good ways to sort "rambly" notes?

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

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How to not confuse readers with simultaneous events?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Weckar E.‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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How important is it for multiple POVs to run chronologically?

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Weckar E.‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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POV - 3rd Person Rules and Exceptions?

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

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The difference between dialogue marks

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

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Punctuating text messages with speaker tags in running copy

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Avoiding the "not like other girls" trope?

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

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Help! My Character is too much for her story!

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

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Should beta-readers have genre experience?

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

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Third wheel character

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

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How do I avoid the "chosen hero" feeling?

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

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How to keep romance out of my novel?

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

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Is writing three drafts really necessary?

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

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How soon is too soon for a redemption arc?

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

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Storing WorldBuilding Information

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

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Confused about when to treat something as a dialogue tag

1 answer  ·  posted over 3 years ago by mh9‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Planning story using layers, compartmentalization, and time

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

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Varying POV and tense

1 answer  ·  posted over 3 years ago by John Cooper‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Needing Help Fleshing Out Male Character So He's Not Just a Stock Character

3 answers  ·  posted over 3 years ago by J.Y. Nona‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Writing a Non Fiction: Need to Format a Continuous Side Bar

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

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Does this scene fail the Bechdel test?

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

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How long can a fantasy novel stay in metaphorical Kansas?

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

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When can I kill my character? [closed]

2 answers  ·  posted almost 4 years ago by Adi219‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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How to make a repeating plot "slice" not annoying

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

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Characters that take on a life of their own

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

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Hate to love, love to hate

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

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A question about Past Participle vs Simple Past in a novel

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by rb304288‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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How to prevent seeming like a Marty Stu-ish villain is cheating?

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

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Moving away from a gender-based analysis

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

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What is the correct way to use semicolons vs. commas vs. em dashes?

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

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Indent dialogue to make text look less blocky

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Dan‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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What type of character should I write about first in a potential series of books?

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

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Screenplay vs Novel [closed]

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

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Question mark in use with colon

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by nicoX‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Should I capitalise the first letter of a title that an unnamed character has?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by user96551‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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What are the standard genre characteristics of contemporary women's fantasy [closed]

5 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Sorry for that‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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How do I spot an unintentional promise in my story?

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

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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

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

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Traits of Bad Writers - Analysing Popular Authors

4 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by user96551‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Capitalization after use of colon?

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

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Which is the correct way to punctuate this dialogue with ellipses?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by vedant‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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