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

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

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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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Is a lawful good "antagonist" effective?

14 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Kevin‭

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Is it a good idea to leave minor world details to the reader's imagination?

9 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years 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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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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How to write strategy and schemes beyond my real-life capabilities?

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

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What should come first—characters or plot?

7 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by ab2‭

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Is the first page of a novel really that important?

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

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Has self-publishing killed the in-person critique group?

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

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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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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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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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How to write an introverted main character with accidental charisma

4 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by xtal‭  ·  last activity over 1 year ago by What?‭

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Is there a formula for creating stakes?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Kevin‭

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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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How do I get beta readers?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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Ending a line of dialogue with "?!": Allowed or obnoxious?

5 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Writing slurred speech

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by aparente001‭

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How to use professional jargon when writing fiction?

3 answers  ·  posted over 3 years ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What's a good market for experimental novellas?

3 answers  ·  posted almost 9 years ago by micapam‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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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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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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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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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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Choice of words on writing

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Vishwa‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible?

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

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Letting a (secondary) antagonist leave mid story - Should it be avoided?

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

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How to "Start as close to the end as possible", and why to do so?

6 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by theonlygusti‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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How to convey the anatomy of a humanoid race?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by DPT‭

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Basing my protagonist on myself

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Amadeus‭

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Replacing Amazon's ISBNs

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Eve‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by DPT‭

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