In a comment on Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?, Mark Baker wrote:
[W]riters is very clearly not doing everything else right because the participation by professional writers is very low and the subject of the vast majority of the questions is fantasy fiction, a tiny sliver of the total writing market. [...] I think we need to talk about ways to broaden the appeal and get more professionals on here.
As a technical writer (professionally) who dabbles in fiction (as a hobby), I, too, wish we had more questions about non-fiction, and more participation from writers in other domains. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy fiction too, particularly science fiction and fantasy (which has heavy representation here); I'd like to see our community serve writers of other types of material as well as we serve SF&F.
Our on-topic documentation says (emphasis mine):
Questions on these topics are welcome here:
- Non-fiction, technical, scholarly, or journalistic writing.
- Writing fiction, poetry, or song lyrics.
- General copywriting, style, and organization.
- Professional-level blogging.
- The publishing and editing process itself.
- Questions about specialized writing tools.
We have some relevant, populated tags: technical-writing, academic-writing, citations, scientific-publishing, journalism, non-fiction, essay, blog, business-writing... and also screenwriting, poetry, and some fiction genres other than SF&F.
Our scope is a lot broader than it looks from the front page. Without diminishing the good content and community we already have, how do we broaden our reach? How do we get those other types of writers to bring their questions and answers here?