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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! Editing Tips? [closed]

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by Rosewood‭  ·  closed 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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When else ought you introduce new material in a final paragraph?

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by VLDR‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can I pinpoint a story's moral dilemma?

4 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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What is the possessive form of et al.?

3 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by BR11‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by celtschk‭

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How do I deliver a historical plot reveal?

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

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How can I make a character sound uneducated?

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  edited over 1 year ago by Evil Sparrow‭

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"The tale how" vs. "The tale of how"

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by xtal‭

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Using accents while staying legible

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by rodeng‭

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Why does the second act 'reaction' and then 'action' need to be drawn out?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Kevin‭

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How to balance a blog post that is neither too detailed nor too surface level?

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

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The excessive use of 'and'

5 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Chagat Nahn‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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block-quotation narrative with dialogue

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by Canina‭

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Is the phrase “You are requested” polite or rude? [closed]

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

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

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

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How do we get Flare to stop modifying .gitignore?

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to realistically describe pain?

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Is it possible to write a short story in 500 words?

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

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Is it acceptable in academic writing to write "their very self" or "very + [noun]"?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by nra‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Secespitus‭

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Is writing policy pages in a lighthearted manner harmful in any way?

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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How can I write a dark protagonist for whom there is no hope?

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by icanfathom‭

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Male viewpoint in an erotic novel

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

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How can I make a character sound condescending?

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Canina‭

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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Tttttttttttttt‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Choice of words on writing

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Vishwa‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Secespitus‭

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How to describe accents?

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

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How to write an introverted main character with accidental charisma

4 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by xtal‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by What?‭

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How to foreshadow to avoid a 'deus ex machina'-construction

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

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Writing about real people - not giving offence

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

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

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by DPT‭

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What style should I write a torture scene in?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Mina‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by System‭

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Is there a better way to introduce acronyms through a dialogue?

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

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Is a new paragraph line needed in dialogue when a character responds with actions?

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

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