Tags

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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Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others.
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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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For questions about the connections between and ordering of elements within a written work.
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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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should be used for questions about choosing the right words for the context of your writing. Questions about etymology and grammar are off-topic.
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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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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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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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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 creating and using names.
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Short form writing, often focused on the aesthetics of words as much as the meaning. This tag should be used for any questions relating to poems, including poetry formatting and technique, poetry crit…
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Questions about how to publicize and promote your work.