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.
"Creative writing" is 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…
Fiction is 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…
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…
Questions that involve people in a work of fiction, including character development, motivations, design, points of view, and representation.
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 arcs. Be aware that questions asking user…
Common, repeatable methods of achieving particular storytelling effects or of avoiding narrative pitfalls.
Novels are 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…
Publishing is 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…
Anything pertaining to developing the details associated with characters in your writing.
He said, she said, or what your characters are saying.
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.
Documentation, tutorials, training, user guides, installation guides, design documents, and all other types of technical documentation in any domain (not just software).
Questions about text appearance: styling, placement, fonts, indents, bullets.
Questions involving matters of copyright, encapsulating parody and level of similarity questions, reprinting and publishing of copyrighted works, public domain, attribution, fanfiction, legality, and …
Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others. Use the tag [scientific-publishing] in addition, if relevant.
Editing is the act of improving a piece of writing. Questions with this tag should focus on specific editing techniques or ways to improve editing skills. Critiques or proofreading questions are off-t…
should be used for questions about choosing the right words for the context of your writing. Questions about etymology and grammar are off-topic.
For questions about the connections between and ordering of elements within a written work.
Painting a picture with a thousand words.
Any effort by the author to produce his own work, whether it be in print, electronic, or other format.
General legal questions. There are also separate tags for "copyright" and "creative commons". Make sure to specify the relevant jurisdiction.
Citations are 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…
The correct and appropriate usage of punctuation.
for questions about short stories. Do not use this tag for questions about novellas, flash fiction, or other types of short fiction.
Screenplay storytelling, writing, formatting, and how to put it all together.
should be used for anything related to story-telling, including elements and principles or structure.
Computer programs intended for writers. Questions involving the use of particular programs, or requesting recommendation for software that will help in a particular task.
Stories about space, technology, the future, and other things that could be real but aren't.
Non-fiction is 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…
Questions about planning your work: how much, how far, or whether to.
Incorporating foreign languages, slang, dialect, and so on into a work.
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…
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.
Questions about the rules of grammar, and how to properly apply them to writing. Note that questions asking to improve or check grammar of a specific piece are off-topic.
Questions about creating and using names. Note that questions asking people to come up with names for you are off-topic.
Questions to do with fiction or nonfiction tomes, print or digital, either professionally or self-published.