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December 2022 Writing Challenge: Talking with the prisoner

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Selina Write a scene where the protagonist speaks with their prisoner. Go onward and write! Then post your story here as an answer, and get ...
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November 2022 Writing Challenge: Death of the protagonist

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Joelle Boulet: Write a scene where the protagonist dies or stops existing Go onward and write! Then post your story here as an answer, and ...
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October 2022 Writing Challenge: Revenge

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by towr: Is a life lived well the best revenge? Is it a dish best served cold? Is it the petard you hoist yourself by?* Write a scene about ...
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September 2022 Writing Challenge: Conversation with themself

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Joelle Boulet: Write a scene where a character has a conversation with themself (either via time travel nonsense, an internal back and forth,...
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We should be able to reward people who edit our questions with reputation points

We should be able to reward people who edit our questions with reputation points. There's too much negativity sometimes, and rewarding people who edit our questions or give good feedback should create ...
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August 2022 Writing Challenge: Weatherwise

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Mary: Write a scene in which weather is a significant factor. Whether for effects on the events, or as a thematic comment. Or both. Go ...
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Should answers be able to be downvoted without a reason?

I've been a member of this stack exchange for many years. I've tried to provide good answers to questions. (I rate in the top 3% overall.) In the past, but more frequently lately, I've found my ...
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What's the issue with this question that's about how to make the best use of a writing tool?

Are there some ways to use wiktionary to find related terms more easily? I already wrote a decent answer for my own question, but some people decided to downvote it, as though they don't want other ...
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Should asking for tool suggestions be considered on-topic?

I've seen a number of these but here's just one example. The gist is, someone asks "what are some tools that do X?" X is usually a task related to writing. In the don't ask section it says ...
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July 2022 Writing Challenge: Sharing Secrets, Coming Out, Spilling the Tea

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, as written by me: Sharing Secrets, Coming Out, Spilling the Tea Write a story in which a secret is revealed. Maybe you have a coming out story from ...
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Question timeline is showing a question got on the HNQ more than once. (A very hot question?)

I saw this (Can a symbol carry different meanings throughout a film or a book?) question show up in my hot network questions feeds. I immediately went to the timeline and saw this: From the ...
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June 2022 Writing Challenge: Transformations

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Nyctophobia457: Write a scene where the character transforms into another creature. For example, they transform an animal or a hideous ...
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Custom Writing design and logo - Information gathering

Congratulations, Writing SE community! We’re going to be creating a custom site design for you that we hope will represent your subject and we want you all to really love it. You’ve been waiting over ...
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Am I allowed to promote a Discord server?

Am I allowed to promote a Discord server for a writing project that I want to include the community in?
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Is this an exchange for novelists, poets, lyricists, and writers of all kinds?

I am new to Stack Exchange, and do not wish to step on any toes or offend anyone. I searched for a group specific to poetry and song-writing, as this is my forté. I am an aspiring novelist as well, so ...
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May 2022 Writing Challenge: Sensory experiences

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Mary: Write a scene where the point of view character comments on sensory experiences from at least three different senses. Go onward and ...
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April 2022 Writing Challenge: Write a mute character

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, as proposed by Ceramicmrno0b: Write a mute character Many of your favorite fiction characters can speak. What if they couldn't? Write a scene, any scene ...
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March 2022 Writing Challenge: Writing it again, with a different len

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge: Writing it again, with a different len Write the same story twice (or more), but with different word counts that make each version distinct. Post both (...
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To allow or not allow (a topic)? That is the question

As I was once again clicking on the close vote for a question about 'what to write' it came to me that we the community ultimately decide what is on-topic. For instance, the choice that critique ...
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February 2022 Writing Challenge: Tell a story with a terminal log

As decided by popular vote, the challenge this month is: Tell a story with a terminal log. Somebody is poking through a computer through the terminal. Try to tell what they're after and who they are ...
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The next writing challenge could be yours

Welcome to the future writing challenge proposal thread. This is where you will decide what the next writing challenges will be. The next challenge will take place in March 2022. How does the ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Writing prompts challenge... with a twist

Throughout the life of this SE there have been multiple instances of writing challenges, writing exercises and writing prompts. I wanted to suggest re-igniting that, with a few changes: We have a bi-...
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Let's hear from the Writing Community - 2021

It's been over a year since our last community check in and a bit has happened since then. Mainly, we had our first proper (non pro-tem) election taking us one step closer to a fully graduated site. ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

The first full election on Writing has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and your first non-pro-tem moderators are: Please welcome Laurel, who will be joining linksassin and F1Krazy (the ...
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Updating the "existing literary works" close reason to point to Literature SE?

One of the current custom close reasons of Writing SE is: The community has decided that questions about existing literary works, except in a writing-specific context, are off-topic. For more ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2021

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on November 1st, as your “graduation” election. When we ran an election here last year, we intentionally chose to make ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Writing Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-...
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Can I post my essays here for others to comment?

I am trying to improve my English writing and take the initiative to write daily. However I do not have a teacher to mark my work. So can I post my essays here for others to comment?
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Why are there two tags about the "show" and "tell" advice?

I came across a question tagged both show-dont-tell and showing-telling. There is a tag wiki for the second but not the first. It says: This tag should be used for questions about the [technique] of &...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Should Writing reduce the close vote requirement from 5 to 3?

Stack Exchange is testing a three-vote close threshold on 13 sites across the network. Writing.SE was not included on that list. However the mod team feel that it might be a good thing here, so we're ...
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Censored comments?

Up until a few minutes ago, a relevant, important, and sufficiently constructive exchange was going on in the comments under this answer: https://writing.stackexchange.com/a/55746/49392 Now, however, ...
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Writing challenge: Contrasting Opposites - 16 April 2021 - 21 May 2021

Welcome to the recontinuation of the Meta Writing Challenges! Anyone can participate, whether you first picked up a pen yesterday or you've published 20 books. In line with the previous one (from ...
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Is it time to recontinue the writing challenges?

Remember the Meta Writing Challenges? Well, I wasn't on Stack Exchange back then, but they looked like a fun way to build community. Lately, I have felt that I myself am going through somewhat of a ...
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What happened to the (potential) Writing e-book?

Browing through Writing Meta, I found a couple posts about the Writing SE e-book, which looked intresting. Is it (the Writing SE e-book) published? Drafted? Planned? Or dismissed? Who is/was/will take/...
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Specific cliche requests (and similar questions) - off or on topic?

Recently, I have seen a couple of questions asking if their specific scenario (such as a character or item) is cliche. I doubt anyone else will have those exact problems so the answers would only ...
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Rewrite of help center sentences to be more open to all of our writers

Background Back when this site was in beta, the "professional" aspect of writing was the main intent of the site. The goal was to create questions about publishing, editing, and professional ...
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Proposal for a Writing SE custom logo

I like this site and I really want to design it. Lately, I'm trying to make custom logos for Stack Exchange sites that doesn't seem to have one. Just like Arduino's logo, I thought of a simple logo ...
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Are questions about book cover services on topic?

I want to ask a question about book cover services but am unsure if it is on topic or not. I don't think this is defined in the help center, yet is still kind of related to writing/publishing. If ...
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Answer wasn't very substantial but should it have been deleted?

https://writing.stackexchange.com/a/55063/10479 It seemed odd to me that this answer was deleted. It was on topic, non-spammy or abusive, and while it didn't add that would be actually helpful to the ...
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PSA: Adding these tags

This post is a response to Can we formulate a response to the large number of kids under 13?: I am going to go add these tags: rape torture I see that these tags have already been added: profanity ...
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Do we have any active advertisments on other websites?

Do we have Writing SE adds out on the web? Or, if not, do we have any adds on other SE sites? If not that either, are there plans to? If not, could we start planning? If not, I've run out of ...
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When will we lose the beta site model?

What I have noticed, is that beta and non-beta sites have different setups. For example, on non-beta sites, you access first post and late answer queues at 2000 reputation. On beta sites, it tends to ...
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Is this question on or off-topic for our site?

This post asks a good question. I am wondering if we should migrate it to EL&U SE though, it seems like too specific of a grammar question for our site. I am asking here on Meta, so as I gradually ...
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Questions about wiki writing in general

Is it on-topic to ask questions about wiki writing in general? Wikis can be great resources but - in my experience - need special writing skills. Finding good titles, organizing content into pages, ...
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How to handle situations like this?

I was just sitting at my computer, watching the main site when this question pops up(now deleted, need 2,000+ rep to view). I open it up, read it, downvoted, flagged it, and then the rest can be seen ...
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Can we formulate a response to the large number of kids under 13?

I have been noticing a large number of kids, usually about twelve, who keep trying to ask questions on the writing SE. They get shut down, and they should, because that's the rule. But there is ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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