Since we're soon going into a contest that's all about adding questions to tags, let's make sure the tags are in fact clear. There are several tags I am unsure how to apply. Which could well be a hindrance to them being used.
- What is the difference between characters and character-development? We've discussed this in the past, but as I recall, have reached no conclusion.
- tools is for "any physical devices or artefacts used in the writing process, as well as software tools (which should additionally include the Software tag). For questions regarding process, methodology, or organization, use the Technique tag." So, it's a conglomerate of software, writing-instruments, and some more questions in a similar line? Currently, the tag is applied to many questions that are actually about process etc. We'd need to go over older questions and remove the inappropriate tag. Also change the tag's usage guidance, so it's clearer.
- book - what's it supposed to be about? "Can cover plotting, characterization, style, methodology, one-offs vs. series, distribution, formatting, and logistics." Appears rather confusing, I think. I find this tag so confusing, that, honestly, I'd remove it completely. Instead, "distribution, formatting, and logistics" would logically go under publishing, "one-offs vs. series" would go under series, and the rest all have their own tags.
- story - another one I don't know what to apply to. How is it different from plot? Same question for storyline - how is it different from plot?
- Speaking of plot, why do we also have plotting? What makes them different?
- motivation is both for how to motivate yourself to write (similar to psychology-of-writing) and for characters' motivation. Isn't it odd to have one tag for two completely unrelated issues?
- handwriting and writing-instruments seem to be pretty much about the same thing. And both are little used. Why do we have two of them, instead of one being a synonym of the other?
- Speaking of tag synonyms, there are several proposed synonyms hanging around for over a year now, with nobody voting, or even looking at them. What's up with that?
Does anyone have a better understanding of those tags, and could clarify?