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Answering my own questions

Answering your own question is great! There's a whole official blog post dedicated to this: It's OK to Ask and Answer Your Own Questions. Most of all, it's useful to people in exactly the same ...
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Are questions about the anatomy of existing works off topic?

Yes, questions about existing literature are off-topic on Writing.SE Taken from the Help Center, specifically the topic What topics can I ask about here?: On the other hand, these kinds of ...
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How can we make questions look less opinion-based?

There are a few questions here I'd consider inter-related, but distinct: Are pure "Can I Do--" questions on-topic, even if the answer is invariably "Sure, why not, if you do it well". Can we outline ...
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Question extensions. Should I ask each extension as new question?

According to my limited experience here, being specific is better than being broad in most cases. The only exception to this rule is critique requests, that are of course off topic. What should be ...
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Is this question fit for Writing SE or EL&U?

It fits better on EL&U Disclaimer: I am not active on EL&U and not 100% certain on their guidelines. If I saw this question on Writing.SE I would vote to close as off-topic. One of our off ...
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What are the guidelines for asking for a critique of my work?

Important: Policy change: critique questions are now off-topic As of November 2014. See the explanation there for how to ask on-topic questions about your own writing. Bottom line: Ask the core ...
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Definition Words

If a question does not, in its present form, fit the requirements of the site we're considering migrating to, then we should put it on hold until it can be fixed. If we migrate something that doesn't ...
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Does it matter if I have more questions than answers?

This community is has much more of a lack of good questions than of good answers. So having more questions than answers is actually a net gain for the community.
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Question About File Format Differences On-Topic?

We allow questions about choosing tools for writing (so long as it's primarily a writing question and not a software question), so I think a question about choosing file formats would be similar. Be ...
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Are questions about the anatomy of existing works off topic?

I think some of those questions can be valid, to an extent. The three act structure is derived from existing stories, and identifying where beats occur in "Lord of the Rings" vs the movie "The ...
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Is this question fit for Writing SE or EL&U?

This question should be on English Language & Usage and not on Writing. It's not about writing. It's information that might be useful to a writer, but then is information from a wide variety of ...
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When discussing fiction, should there be more effort to clarify and/or acknowledge the writer's overall goals?

I think this is valuable advice, and we can certainly link to this meta post when applicable. Keeping one's audience in mind is always a good idea.
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Are questions about sources or references for help book editing acceptable?

Questions asking for resources are on topic here. However, you're better off asking a specific question about an editing problem you have. The are not answerable and are what the Stack Exchange Q&...
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Suggestions for making a question about how to ask for good non-professional criticism?

First: Just ask questions. There is no shame in getting a question closed. We still can improve it when it was asked. Second: Too broad. People are too different. Which works for one has catastrophic ...
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Asking for non-English websites recommandations

Questions and answers on Writers.SE are expected to be in English. However, the scope of those questions and answers is worldwide and multi-lingual; we are not limited to questions about work that ...
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Is asking to compare one aspect of two different works in regards to writing an acceptable question?

Questions about literary analysis are off-topic, but if your question is "how do I write in this style?" you could ask that. Answers will likely then offer some analysis of the style you're trying to ...
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