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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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block-quotation narrative with dialogue

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

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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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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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How do I brainstorm for writing positively about myself?

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by VLDR‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Mark Baker‭

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Using accents while staying legible

2 answers  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by rodeng‭

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How do we get Flare to stop modifying .gitignore?

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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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Help! Editing Tips? [closed]

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

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How can I highlight changes in HTML output from Flare, based on branch diff?

2 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Monica Cellio‭

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

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by msh210‭

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What is the main publishing format authors should be using today?

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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Which parts of a character's plan should be revealed beforehand?

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

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How to ask for permission to use readers' endorsements?

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Ooker‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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How to train readers in Argot or Slang

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Canina‭

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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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Everyone's a woman: how do you show that through gender-neutral language?

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Prahara‭

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Dealing with Audience's expectations

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

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Writing "light hearted" lead characters

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

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Action scene pacing and clarity

1 answer  ·  posted over 1 year ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by Mark Baker‭

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In a young adult, what would cause development of a high sense of duty?

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

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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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"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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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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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 speaker tags always necessary when multiple people are in the conversation?

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

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