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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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What are the acts of a story?

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

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Saying "The" too frequently

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ggiaquin16‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Book translation from English to Portuguese

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JAMES FERNANDES‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Acronyms in Technical Writing

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

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What writing process should I use to produce the kind of writing I want?

5 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by g.arbia777‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How significant a role have editors played on books published in the past?

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

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How does the 3 act structure fit in a Non Linear story?

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

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What things should one highlight as good in beta reading feedback?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by J.G.‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How To Define The Compelling Need Of My Reader

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

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Is Ice/Fire opposition too stereotypical?

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

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Question regarding narration and 1st - 3rd person swaps

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

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When to stop the story line?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Aspen the Artist and Author‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How much of a character's past/background should I let on?

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by J. Roberts‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Where do I write 'The End'?

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

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Do you pluralize a Roman numeral?

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by C Aaron N‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Worth writing, if end is obvious

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Alexander von Wernherr‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Can you write a story using inanimate characters? [closed]

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

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How to: descriptive writing

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by A.N.M‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Copying Certain Information From A Official Website

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

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Is it too cliche to have the villan of my story from a different planet?

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Aspen the Artist and Author‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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In the digital age of Kindle and POD is a book ever finished?

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

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Formatting used when introducing a term

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

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Act 3 totally broken...keep writing?

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

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How do I break away from imitating published works?

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

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Is it possible for an aggressive character to become sensitive?

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

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Is it a bad idea to write and edit chapter by chapter?

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

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How can I make the final realisation less depressing?

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

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How to work in a piece of information that no MC knows, when writing in 3PLtd?

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

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Powers with unknown limits vs ones full of rules, limits and reasons?

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

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Using accent marks in Fantasy novels

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

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Caption title for screenshots

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

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How do I keep the gender of my main character purposely ambiguous?

6 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Jack Rabbit‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Classical Style vs. Modern Innovation

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by th0nk-‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is my story a rip-off?

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

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Do you need to have an introduction at the beginning of every book in a series?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by K. Bailey‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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What English version of the bible should I quote from?

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

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What do you call a narrator who is not unreliable, but is naive?

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

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How to deal with nameless characters?

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

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Does a story necessarily need a theme?

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

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How do I incorporate Vocabulary in my writing that I already know?

4 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Rio1210‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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What's better in fiction: to make personal statements or universal statements?

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

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Is this an example of an unreliable narrator?

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

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How do I include translations without ruining the flow of the text?

2 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by J. Roberts‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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