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A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

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a vague term, but generally means fiction, or writing that's not non-fiction, technical, or business writing. This tag should be used when asking questions that apply to multiple…
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a form of prose writing that deals with at least partly artificial or imagined events and characters. This tag should be used for any questions relating to fiction, including fiction format…
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should be used for questions that deal with a consistent style in your writing, such as when asking about typical ways to introduce a certain aspect to your reader by showing-telling or if yo…
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Real questions about imaginary people.
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Common, repeatable methods of achieving particular storytelling effects or of avoiding narrative pitfalls.
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long-form prose fiction, typically over 40,000 words. Questions that use this tag can relate to writing, editing, publishing, formatting or technique as applied specifically to novels. If t…
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the act of printing and distributing writing in physical or electronic form. It may refer to the commercial publishing industry, small press, self-publishing and on-demand publishing. Th…
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Anything pertaining to developing the details associated with characters in your writing.
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Plot typically refers to the events and their ordering in a work of narrative fiction. Use this tag for questions regarding plotting, outlining, and narrative arc.
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Documentation, tutorials, training, user guides, installation guides, design documents, and all other types of technical documentation in any domain (not just software).
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He said, she said, or what your characters are saying.
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Is the literary genre that deals with magic, magic creatures and imaginary worlds. This tag should be used for any questions relating to fantasy, including formatting, techniques and publishing.
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Questions about text appearance: styling, placement, fonts, indents, bullets.
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the act of improving a piece of writing. Questions with this tag should focus on specific editing techniques or ways to improve editing skills. If you are submitting a piece for critique, u…
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Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others.
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How to put together elements of a story or sentence.
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Who owns the rights to writing.
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Any effort by the author to produce his own work, whether it be in print, electronic, or other format.
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also separate tags for "copyright" and "creative commons". Make sure to specify the relevant jurisdiction.
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references to published or unpublished sources other than the work one is currently reading. This tag should be used when asking for proper formatting for citations or information about…
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Questions about word choice where the focus is on etymology or grammar may be more on-topic at Stack Exchange's English Language & Usage site.
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Painting a picture with a thousand words.
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for questions about short stories. Do not use this tag for questions about novellas, flash fiction, or other types of short fiction.
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Computer programs intended for writers. Questions involving the use of particular programs, or requesting recommendation for software that will help in a particular task.
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Tools include any physical devices or artifacts used in the writing process, as well as software tools (which should additionally include the Software tag). For questions regarding process, methodolog…
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Screenplay storytelling, writing, formatting, and how to put it all together.
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a form of prose writing that factually describes real events and people, sometimes offering additional commentary. This tag should be used for any questions relating to non-fiction, inc…
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Resources that one may wish to ask about on Writing include style guides, instruction manuals, podcasts, blogs, articles, and other means by which experts provide writing information.
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The correct and appropriate usage of punctuation.
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Questions about planning your work: how much, how far, or whether to.
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Incorporating foreign languages, slang, dialect, and so on into a work.
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Stories about space, technology, the future, and other things that could be real but aren't.
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Questions to do with fiction or nonfiction tomes, print or digital, either professionally or self-published.
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Questions about how to publicize and promote your work.
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Questions about creating and using names.
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generally scholarly pieces of writing giving the author's own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet and a short story.