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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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Will bookstores order a self-published book if customers request it?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by del4y‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Should a reader have enough information to deduce the twist?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by user2859458‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How do I end a comedy sketch?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by user151841‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Too Long for Title/Subtitle?

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

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How to prevent confusion when writing in two POVs that don't alternate between scenes?

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

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Am I Breaking Too Many Rules?

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

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Where does the "black moment" fall in a novel?

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

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How much work does a (nonfiction) ghostwriter typically do?

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

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Are there any successful precedents of "gentle" fourth-wall-breaking?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by user289661‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Can this sentence have the same detail and yet be simple to comprehend? [closed]

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

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How does one write a misanthropic character likeable?

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

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Creating clues for a mystery subplot

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

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How do I fix a text wall when I already have one?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Please stop being evil‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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What Can Ensure Re-Readability?

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

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Self inserts that have influence from your life

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by ggiaquin16‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?

4 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Dano007‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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"Quote" within a quote MLA

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

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Is there a way to improve my grammar without so much cost? [closed]

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

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How do I improve "beige" text?

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

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Is it bad not to explain things?

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

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How do you write dialog for a character with malapropism without it seeming forced?

1 answer  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Memor-X‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Ways of describing new characters?

3 answers  ·  posted over 4 years ago by Osiris93‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How to introduce alien flora/fauna without turning the fiction into a biology book?

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

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How to show a brief hesitation around a word

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

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Naming non-English folklore creatures

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

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Romance without cliche?

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

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Is it bad storytelling to have things happen by complete chance?

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

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How do I gain sufficient emotional distance from my work to edit it?

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

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A long backstory right at the beginning

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

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Should capitalization be used for emphasis for a character's tone?

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

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Creating a story in which the hero(es) lose

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

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How many rewrites should a writer expect for a novel?

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

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Tips on engaging the audience in the first chapter?

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

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What if my story seems too similar to a particular movie?

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

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Where in the writing process do you work in subtext?

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

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Suffixing words with -ness, -ish, -like, and others

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

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How do I handle a backstory big enough to be a story of its own?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by Kyle Li‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is it good to repeat the same form of event?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by Daniel Cann‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How can I describe technology while avoiding problems with scaling?

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

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Characters with very long names or titles

1 answer  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by JasperRuberté‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How to refer to clothes without modern words ? (e.g: t-shirt)

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

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Expressing large numbers in dialogue?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by Osiris93‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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How to distinguish two different voices in one book?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by aparente001‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is there any stylistic reason to avoid the word "got"?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by Ben Parsons‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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