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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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In 2021, which publishers distribute novellas?

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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Technical Writer Skill Set

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

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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 to show powerful emotion in a character trying to hide it?

3 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Prahara‭

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What topics can be used when meeting my readers?

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Ooker‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by levininja‭

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How can I make a character sound uneducated?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭

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What is the possessive form of et al.?

3 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by BR11‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by celtschk‭

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

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Paul A. Clayton‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by gmcgath‭

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

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

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What type of writing do reviews fall under?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dan Hastings‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

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

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How to hint at an antagonist's identity?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Tiarnaard Cheannasach‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Emotional arc types

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by laancelot‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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What is Documentation Design that I haven't already done?

1 answer  ·  posted over 2 years ago by user2263986‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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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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Production/edition focus order

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

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Good exposition examples

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by cegfault‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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block-quotation narrative with dialogue

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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How should I handle amnesia-based plot threads? (interesting vs cliché)

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

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How can a writer point out the merits of his or her own work?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Surtsey‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Mark Baker‭

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Autobiography vs Perspective

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

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Is there any popular wisdom on the word "seem"?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Help! Editing Tips? [closed]

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Rosewood‭  ·  closed 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to make philosophical ideas more relatable?

0 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by davcha‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Need help cleaning up a sentence [closed]

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

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Awkward language translation

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by T.Alb314‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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