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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 is the correct way to mark a section as a translation?

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by dsr‭

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In 2021, which publishers distribute novellas?

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can garden path sentences be used (and misused)?

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Paul A. Clayton‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by gmcgath‭

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What is the possessive form of et al.?

3 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by BR11‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by celtschk‭

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How to determine relative success of different, similar books published by different means?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by msh210‭

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What's the difference between time-tested and formulaic?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by sesquipedalias‭

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How to ask for permission to use readers' endorsements?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Ooker‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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block-quotation narrative with dialogue

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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How does someone write a moving Declaration of Independence?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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How to write an introverted main character with accidental charisma

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by xtal‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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Using accents while staying legible

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by rodeng‭

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Writing order of Chinese names

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Ha Chang‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Subfigures in a figure, how to label?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Hao S‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Can I mix one character's dialogue with another's POV in the same paragraph?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by WannabeWriter‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Intentionally misspelling words in dialogue

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

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What innovative techniques can make a textbook for learning a foreign language "pop"?

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by johnDanger‭

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What methods can I use to improve my English writing skills? [closed]

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Артем Малышев‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Swanijam‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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Subverting the emotional woman and stoic man trope

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

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How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not?

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

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How can one "treat writing as a job" even though it doesn't pay?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by user394536‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is page range inclusive or exclusive?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Terry Price‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by What?‭

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Double lies as sources of conflict in a single arc

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

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Is there any difference between these two sentences? (Adverbs)

6 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by DPT‭

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Need help cleaning up a sentence [closed]

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Morne Rooschuz‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by System‭

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First or third person

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Liezl Doman‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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In which sections of a research report is it appropriate to include citations?

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

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