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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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Common, repeatable methods of achieving particular storytelling effects or of avoiding narrative pitfalls.
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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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Real questions about imaginary people.
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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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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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Anything pertaining to developing the details associated with characters in your writing.
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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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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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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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Who owns the rights to writing.
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How to put together elements of a story or sentence.
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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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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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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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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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Screenplay storytelling, writing, formatting, and how to put it all together.
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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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Painting a picture with a thousand words.
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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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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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Questions about planning your work: how much, how far, or whether to.
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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, either professionally- or self-published.
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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.
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Questions about how to publicize and promote your work.
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should be used for questions relating to the sequence of events of a novel, also known as its plot, though the timeline could change if your writing involves timetravel. Contrast this with th…
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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 creating and using names.