Pieces of writing are often "made" by one or two telling details that show an expert insight into character, place or some other obscure but appropriate point about a particular subject.
Is Writers an appropriate place to ask such questions, given that they aren't to do with the writing process itself, but for the content of the writing?
Examples off the top of my head:
- "I'm writing a novel and one of the characters is a bomb expert. What steps would he go through to analyse it and attempt to disarm it?"
- "I want to add a bit of authenticity to my French character. Can someone translate these phrases?"
- "What tools would a blacksmith in 15th Century Prussia have had available?"
(My initial thought is that while something like this would be an awesome resource, it doesn't fit within the Writers mandate and would quickly pollute the site with off-topic questions. But since the FAQ doesn't seem to say one way or the other, I thought I'd invite comment on it).