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Character Building

I just created a new proposal on Area 51 after discussion with the Worldbuilding gang. However, when I shared it with the literature site in the chat (along with the Sci Fi and this site), I was ...
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Is the Critique rule the right rule?

Stack exchange has a strong history of answering questions like "Why is this code broken? How do I fix this? What is the best way to write this algorithm?" It is strange to me that this is not ...
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Can we change the “writing critique” close reason to say Writing.SE instead of Writers.SE?

Currently the custom off-topic close reason about us not accepting writing critiques says: While questions that use your writing to illustrate a point in the question are fine, requests for writing ...
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So long and thanks for all the fish

I think it is time for me to move on from this stack. I joined originally as an experiment, as a way of better understanding the Stack Exchange model. I feel the experiment was a success, but part of ...
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Can I ask to comment about my writing style? [duplicate]

Can I paste like a part of my writing here and ask for comments about my writing style and suggestions on how I can improve? I am a novice and have no background in literature. This is my first novel ...
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Canonical questions in general, and mine in particular

Here, I proposed a general canonical question, because we were getting a large number of more specific variants of it. Comments and answers were all-round positive - "yeh, we should have that for this ...
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“Is my story too similar to story X” questions

I have seen several times questions of the following format: "This is my idea for a story, is it too similar to existing published story X?" For example here and here. In their core underlying ...
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ELL vs. ELU - where to send your beginner Engish questions

A comment was recently left on a recent question; it read: Hi, Welcome to WritingSE. This question actually belongs on EnglishSE. ell.stackexchange.com Just a clarification: English.SE is ...
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Downvoting question because OP has accepted an answer too early?

Referencing this comment: Is it justifiable to downvote a question if the OP has accepted an answer right away?
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Why do we have a [beginner] tag?

Meta tags are not allowed, right?
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Do we have such system?

So, I'm getting downvoted by a currently unknown force. I don't remember when it started, but there were some "serial voting reversed" notifications at my [achievements] tab. Recently my questions ...
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Answering my own questions

I have recently gone several times through the following process: I struggle to solve some issue or other in my writing. Since this SE is so useful, I formulate my problem as a question. Having gone ...
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What to do when you have to edit a question, enough to invalidate previous answers, but not enough to warrant its own question?

The title says it all, a specific example: How to control safety nets in discovery writing
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How to write a Writing (beta) SE question?

I want to be a productive member of this community, but my questions always end up either as closed or downvoted and forgotten. I tried everything, even listening to your advice. When they asked me ...
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Do upvotes to questions on Writing Meta not result in reputation?

The Help link for Writing Meta (https://writing.meta.stackexchange.com/help) actually redirects to the help page for Writing (https://writing.stackexchange.com/help), so it's not possible for me to ...
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Why is this site called “Writing” but still referred to as “Writers” at Area 51?

First, my apologies, as I'm not certain if this question belongs here or at Area 51 itself. After joining this site, and contributing to it briefly, I noticed that it was still in beta. Also after ...
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Tags “openings” and “first-line”: merge / synonyms?

The tags openings and first-line seem to cover roughly the same thing. "First line" is a sub-category than "openings", but it's not like the broader tag sees so much use that it needs to be subdivided ...
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What does the tag “titles” imply?

I found myself hovering over the "Post Your Question" button after writing a question about what my book should be titled. Now, at first, I thought this surely wasn't allowed, due to it being off-...
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Do we need a tag for every genre?

I noticed a new tag today: dark-fantasy. Essentially, according to the description, it is for questions about books that mix fantasy and horror. My question is why do we need a tag for every genre ...
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What's our stance on terminology questions?

There have been two questions today that ask about writing related terms without specifying a writing related problem: Is there a term for a first person narrative, written specifically in the past ...
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Link of related question links to different question?

I was on this question at Writing Stack Exchange. On the side, there is a list of the related questions. I clicked on this question("I have this story all planned out..."): For some reason the link ...
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When questions get 'stolen' and the original user isn't credited

I originally had a question: How many people who participate here on writing se have become successful authors? This question actually had two questions inside it, causing it to become classed as too ...
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Are “how can I hide information” questions on topic?

I was about to ask a question about "hiding information in plain sight" on the main site when I realised that it could be too open ended. I looked into the help centre and couldn't find anything ...
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What should we do with the “fundamental career advice” question?

What is the most fundamental advice when it comes to writing? feels like a very broad and/or opinion-based question to me, yet has many solid-seeming answers. (I haven't read all of them.) When I ...
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What's the difference between [script] and [scriptwriting]?

Some time ago Έρικ Κωνσταντόπουλος (Erik the Outgolfer) mentioned the following in the chat: I've noticed there are both script and scriptwriting, sometimes on the same question too! Both tags ...
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What's the difference between [short-story] and [short-fiction]?

I've stumbled upon the tag short-fiction, which sadly has neither a tag wiki excerpt nor a full tag wiki. Looking through the questions tagged with short-fiction I can see that most of them (10 of 18) ...
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It Is Appropiate to Welcome People Answering My Question?

Recently (yesterday, actually) I ask a question about writing an AI character. The question get a fair amount of attention and there were several first time posters. They popped up in the First Post ...
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Are questions about general plot solutions on-topic?

I asked a question after I carefully evaluated what is considered on-topic (under "Generating plot ideas") and read the related linked question. After some debate in the comments and getting two good ...
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Fiction vs Creative-Writing

We currently have two tags that describe basically the same thing: Fiction and Creative-Writing. Fiction is described as "a form of prose writing that deals with at least partly artificial or imagined ...
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Why were these two identical spam answers converted to comments?

About eleven hours ago, this question received two near-identical answers, from two separate unregistered accounts, that were quite blatant spam. Both were apparently converted to comments by a ...
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Should we close this? “What are good reads about writing?”

The question what are good reads about writing? would, if asked today, almost certainly be closed. To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective ...
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Can I ask for help/feedback for my personal life story on Writing SE?

I am a 100% novice writer. I came here from Stack Overflow as a programmer after stumbling across it. My partner and I are getting married in August and long story short (no pun intended) she is a ...
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Do we need [voting] and [votes] (and [down-votes] and [up-votes]) on Meta?

I was looking through the tags on Meta and found the tags voting and votes. Sadly neither of them has a tag wiki excerpt nor a full tag wiki. This makes the distinction between the two of them unclear ...
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I'd like some guidance on creating tags

I was thinking of creating a 'diversity' and 'tokenism' tag, but unsure if this is a good idea and seek feedback. How to balance respecting diversity and avoiding tokenism at the same time
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Why was the question put on-hold: Rhethoric Mind Torture, how to write it?

According to the super-useful notice at the bottom: off-topic. Yeah, well then, let's focus more on how NGE handled the mind rape scene. I rewatch the scene and actually find what I was looking for. ...
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Is AP-style different from APA style and is the tag used correctly?

I've had a look through some older questions and some of the less popular tags on the main site and I stumbled upon the tag ap-style, which sadly has neither a tag wiki excerpt, nor a full tag wiki. ...
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Tag for articy:draft?

Recently I found this software called articy:draft, and I fell in love with it. It's a pretty neat software that allows you to organize your story (for a video game) in a visual way. Since Writer (or ...
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Questions coming in from Technical Communication

As previously discussed in Let's migrate content from Technical Communication here and also on their meta (probably not available for much longer), we are currently receiving a large number of ...
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Time to Exit Beta?

So, we still haven't quite reached the mark on questions per day. But we're killing all our other stats. It's hard to find a question here that doesn't immediately have a ton of answers and votes. ...
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How can we improve our tech-writing tags?

We currently have several tags relevant for questions about technical writing: technical-writing api-documentation indexing examples Plus there are many other tags that apply to lots of types of ...
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Let's migrate content from Technical Communication here

The Technical Communication site is not going to graduate from private beta due to not meeting the participation threshold. However, there are some good people and some good content in the private ...
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Moving useless comments to discussion

On most other Stackoverflow sites, if you start a useless discussion in the comments, it gets deleted with a comment like "Comments are not for extended discusion. This has been moved to chat." See ...
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Let's advertise Writing on other sites (2018 edition)

It's a new year and we have a new name. Let's make (or update) ads to promote Writing Stack Exchange on other sites on the network! Last year we made several new ads. For some, maybe we just need ...
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This site is now Writing

In response to the recent discussion "Should we change our name?", we've made a subtle but crucial alteration to how this site presents itself: As a general practice, we long ago moved away from ...
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Why was my comment flag on a “Thank you”-comment declined?

I recently flagged this comment as "no longer needed", which reads: thankyou for the tips. To cite from the privilege page on "Comment Everywhere": When shouldn't I comment? [...] ...
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Where do we draw the line for legal questions?

There has been some discussion on whether or not legal questions should be on-topic for Writers SE. Many legal questions may be on-topic, but where should we draw the line? A recent question (Can I ...
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Site cleanup - what do we need to do?

Let's have a look at the site - are there old policies in meta that we should mark as obsolete? Do the help pages need updating? (We can edit some of them, not all of them.) Any tag wikis that need ...
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Support your local sheriff

I have just come off a three month term as moderator of this site. Long story short -- it is far harder than I imagined it would be. If you haven't done it, you have no idea. If your think being ...
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What to do with an obvious standout answer that I hate?

So, I asked this question. The first answer is an obvious standout, with three times the vote total of all the others combined. Problem is, I don't like any of the answers much, and this one less ...
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Writing challenge: Sale! - 8 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with the previous one, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge! Topic Write about shopping in holiday. Any holiday will do, not just ...