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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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How do I distinguish between self-doubt and objective recognition of fault?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Leo‭

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How can I pinpoint a story's moral dilemma?

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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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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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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Good exposition examples

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

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Is a lawful good "antagonist" effective?

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

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

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by xtal‭

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

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

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Books in a trilogy are significantly different lengths. What to do?

3 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Galendo‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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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 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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What should come first—characters or plot?

7 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by ab2‭

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Is the first page of a novel really that important?

6 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by codeNewbie‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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

4 answers  ·  posted almost 5 years ago by Mark Baker‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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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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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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Technical Writer Skill Set

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

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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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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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Is there a formula for creating stakes?

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

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The excessive use of 'and'

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

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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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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

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

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How do I get beta readers?

2 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by klippy‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Secespitus‭

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

5 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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Writing slurred speech

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by aparente001‭

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How to use professional jargon when writing fiction?

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

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What's a good market for experimental novellas?

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

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What's "fair use" for borrowing someone else's invented term?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 11 years ago by Lauren Ipsum‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Evil Sparrow‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Razetime‭

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Writing "light hearted" lead characters

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Prahara‭

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Action scene pacing and clarity

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Prahara‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Choice of words on writing

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

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Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible?

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

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Should you write character description points in bulk or spread them out?

4 answers  ·  posted over 2 years ago by Klara Raškaj‭  ·  last activity over 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 over 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 almost 3 years ago by theonlygusti‭  ·  last activity over 2 years ago by Amadeus‭

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How to convey the anatomy of a humanoid race?

4 answers  ·  posted almost 3 years ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DPT‭

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