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How do I start asking questions on how to write sci-fi?

I have an idea that I think could make a good foundation for a sci-fi or futuristic fantasy story, probably suited to a small novel. I would like to ask, where and how do I start going about ...
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Is this attempt at a case-study question something we'd like to see more of?

After I raised the idea of case-study questions, I tried my hand at writing one. I'm still a bit uneasy about this, since it seems to edge into literary criticism. But I'm eager to try, because I ...
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WTCS: Short story writing

This has been chosen for the week of 15 February 2012 to 21 Feburary 2012 Short story writing is an art form in itself. Short stories can range from six words, all the way to several thousand words. ...
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What defines a “necessary” one-letter edit?

I was reading this answer to a recent question about how to get honest, unbiased feedback on writing from friends when I noticed the author had accidentally used the wrong character to close a ...
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Answer keeps getting turned into a comment; help?

I tried to add a community-wiki answer to this week's challenge topic to start a list of questions asked during the challenge week, but it turned my answer into a comment on the question instead. (...
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WTCS: Collaboration

This has been chosen for the week of 8 February 2012 to 14 Feburary, 2012 Weekly topic challenge suggestion: Collaboration. Questions about: Working with co-authors -- division of labor, managing ...
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WTCS: “House” as a study case

Topic: Questions using the TV show House as a case study. The idea is to analyze the writing of the popular TV show to gain wider insights applicaple to our own writing. Appropriate questions might ...
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WTCS: How do you balance the amount of conflict in a story?

Per the Weekly Topic Challenge Suggestion guidelines... Topic: "How do you balance the amount of conflict in a story?" How do you figure out at what point you're just keeping the lovers apart ...
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Weekly Topic Challenge: Call for Proposals

This is the call for proposals for the weekly topic challenge. Topic proposals should be along the lines of the ideas proposed here, although you can branch out from those criteria if you make a ...
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Can I revoke a Vote To Close if the questioner fixed the problem?

This question was originally a poll. I said I would VTC if it weren't fixed, gave it a day, voted to close, and then the poster fixed it. Is there a way to remove my vote to close now that it's been ...
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Would there be interest in a promotional “question drive” of sorts?

Around SE the team has been known to sponsor a variety of contests to encourage quality content on the different Q&A sites. For example Seasoned Advice has a topic of the week contest where one ...
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Writers.SE from A to Z… How to spend time on Writers.SE?

I have been on Writers.SE for a few days now and I'm completely sold. I love the content, I love the community and I love the potential of the site. So my question: If I wanted to start from the ...
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Asking the question in a right way?

I'm wondering if Q&A is the right approach for creative writers to exchange ideas. I'm seeing questions on Writers.SE that are either incomplete or stated in a such a way that it is open to ...
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Can I ask this kind of questions here?

I just read through FAQ section and I am still not sure if I can ask this kind of questions here or not. What if I am writing a short story and I want to post here one paragraph from it for people to ...
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Should we be answering questions about what to write about?

This question asks for guidelines on what to write about. In the realm of fiction we have already declared questions asking generically for plot ideas off-topic. In the linked meta question ...
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Are we short a moderator?

Not to name names, or anything, but the good HedgeMage used to be a mod, and I've suddenly noticed that she isn't. I'm quite fond both of HedgeMage and of having a full complement of moderators. ...
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Why “Wrters Newsletter” in Writers newsletter?

Wrters but not Writers, does have some special meanings or just a typo? the original image link
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Are we being too compartmentalized about the sub-sites of StackExchange?

It has occured to me (with the existence of Linguistics.SE, Writing.SE, Conlang.SE (coming soon?)) that we may be making niche sites now. These almost seem as if they fit such a specific topic that ...
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Question about essay mill - Is academic ghostwriting on-topic?

Please have a look at this question: How do I imitate the simplicity of a typical student's writing? The question is fairly straightforward, it's mostly there in the title. However, the question ...
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Why doesn't Writers.se have a facebook group?

The inherent problem with our Nanowrimo efforts is that everything must be a question. The chat is spotty to say the least. Weirdly of all the stacks this is the one that seems to have the best ...
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What's the status of the proposed NaNoWriMo promotion?

There was some discussion (primarily involving @HedgeMage and the CHAOS team) of a NaNoWriMo promotion for Writers.SE. We're on the cusp of the event, and I haven't seen any actual announcements. Is ...
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Critique follow-ups

This policy discussion is now out of date. Critique questions are off-topic on Writers.SE. Please look for more recent posts on this topic. After posting a critique, what is the proper ettiquite for ...
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Speechwriting: on topic or no?

This question on writing a groom's speech does not quite seem on-topic. We allow questions on writing such things as polite reminder e-mails and other fairly daily tasks, so it can't be the fact that ...
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Motivational/Humorous Posters as Promotional Freebie?

The recent discussion of a NaNoWriMo promotion kicked me in a random new direction, and gave me a cool idea for a promotional product we could distribute: motivational posters for writers. I'm ...
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Question Closed and Voted to Migrate Didn't Migrate

I closed and voted to migrate this question to English.SE where it clearly fits as a grammar question. The question was locked by Community and closed by me, but it did not migrate. Is this a bug? ...
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Is NaNoWriMo a growth opportunity for Writers.SE?

With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) approaching, there will be zillions of novelists plotting, creating characters, world-building, and eventually -- writing! They'll have lots of questions,...
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What existing questions demonstrate Writers.SE's potential?

We're over 250 days into beta, and I thought it'd be good to take a step back and see how Writers.SE is doing. The beta is an attempt to see whether a SE Q&A site for writers is workable; we might ...
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How is Writers.SE doing on “Good Subjective”?

We're over 250 days into beta, and I thought it'd be good to take a step back and see how Writers.SE is doing. The beta is an attempt to see whether a SE Q&A site for writers is workable; we might ...
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Exact Duplicate Closure — Error

I recently posted a question about technical writing and after accepting answer I was happy with, I opened a new question focused specifically on journalism rather than technical writing (the prior ...
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Should we allow questions on where to self-publish?

Following my question on whether questions about HOW to self-publish are on-topic, I am wondering if it is appropriate to allow questions asking WHERE a writer should go to either seek help with self-...
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Should we allow questions on how to self-publish?

If a writer decides to go the route of self-publishing, it is unlikely they would know what steps to take to go about doing it. With that in mind, should we allow questions that ask for advice or ...
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Should we allow questions pertaining to marketing a self-published book?

With the increase in popularity of self-publishing e-books, I can see how a writer's next natural step would be to seek advice on selling their books. Since this seems like a natural result of having ...
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Should we allow all typography-related questions?

A recent question, Does it look unprofessional to have my name and all the titles of my website in lower-case?, was closed as being off-topic. I myself voted to have it closed as off-topic, since I ...
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Should we only use American English for tags?

We have the tags dialog and dialogue. Probably we have or get other tags which show the subtleties between British and American English. Even so I am in favour (<- see!) of the British variant, the ...
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I'm soliciting questions from others; OK to mention that in the question?

I'm asking some people rather deeper into the industry than Your Humble Servant for questions, in my ongoing quest to get a better handle on what constitutes "expert questions". At least one of the ...
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[grammar] tag poorly geared for on-topic questions

Consider the grammar tag. Two of its most obvious functions are off-topic at Writers.SE: Questions about correct grammar are migrated to English.SE. Requests for grammar-proofing as a critique are ...
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Vaguely defined tags

We've got a few tags which seem to me to be vague and poorly defined. They're natural phrases to use when describing a question in our field, but I don't think they're useful for tagging, ...
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Should [character-development] be a synonym for [character]?

Do we need separate tags for character-development and plain ol' character? Can we define a simple, meaningful, and useful distinction between the two? If not, I suggest we synonymize 'em up good.
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Moderator re-tag requests: [characters] and [character-naming]

characters should excised in favor of character; I'd be in favor of cutting the plural tag out completely. I think character-naming should be synonymed to naming.
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What is the official line on Mega-Questions?

With reference to: Publishing Fantasy versus Realistic Fiction (multiple questions) It is my opinion that requests for the question to be split down are a little over zealous. After all, one of the ...
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Any plans for a new theme?

Writers SE could do with a theme refresh. Are there any plans on the table? And why does this keep telling my question doesn't meet quality standards?
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Questions about how to find a writer to write a specific thing for me

I really want to ask this question somewhere where is a chance for it to be answered. But such questions are explicitly marked off-topic here, in the Writers.SE FAQ. Please advise, is there a place ...
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Should we allow grammar/proofreading questions

Our critique guidelines were recently changed to specify that proofreading and requests for mere grammar correction should be off-topic. We've had two recent critique questions requesting grammar ...
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Great traffic for gendered pronoun question

This question blows our standard traffic out of the water! Does Lynn, or anybody else, know why that one question has got so much attention so quickly? Having gotten something right, we should do ...
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Is it OK to ask for proofreading a small text in here?

I have just written a short description (a few paragraphs) for a small software project. Not being a native English speaker, I'm looking for a few people to proofread it, correct mistakes and improve ...
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Domain-specific background questions: what's the limit?

My question here is sparked by a recent question on the Science-fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange site: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3654/bitten-by-a-vampire-werewolf-and-zombie-what-...
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Do we want to answer questions about the mechanical act of writing?

This question about cursive was migrated here from the skeptics site. I understand why it doesn't fit there. What I'm not sure of is whether or not it fits here. My leaning is that this site ...
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“Is this realistic?” : Is that an off-topic question?

If a fiction writer is just trying to make their story realistic, would asking about it be off-topic? Some example questions: If a character unexpectedly slaps their spouse for the first time, would ...
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Can I post my writing for review here?

This policy discussion is now out of date. Critique questions are off-topic on Writers.SE. Please look for more recent posts on this topic. Would Writers SE be a good place to post a paragraph or two ...
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Should this site help with specific writing software questions?

I can see this being a slippery slope. Scrivener questions seem like they ought to be on-topic, at least to some extent. You know, "How do I do this specific writing-related thing in Scrivener?" On ...

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