Not all creative writing is fiction as generally understood, but a tag as broad as "all creative writing, whether narrative, scripts, poetry, essays, humor, etc" seems to me to be too broad to be useful. I propose getting rid of the creative-writing tag, which would need to start with making sure that every question with that tag has at least one other (...
I agree they should be merged, with only voice remaining.
We can also edit the wiki to incorporate all 3 current guidances. For example:
This tag should be used for questions about the usage of a literary
voice in your writing, such as questions about common words in a
certain style, the process of choosing a voice, the representation of
That is oddly specific. I don't think we need the tag at all -- neither as a tag nor as a synonym. It's been used on six questions since being created in 2015, all of which would be fine with just punctuation. Unless I hear objections, I'll merge it into that tag (which has the advantage of not bumping the questions with tag edits).
Erotica is a genre of writing, while sex can cover individual sex scenes within any type of story. They are related, but not the same. Sex is a subset of erotica, so I don't think they should be merged.
I would suggest changing sex to sex-scene to make it clearer, or removing the sex tag altogether.
The words themselves have a slightly different meaning, but in terms of the way these tags are used, there's no real difference between the tags.
I'd have no trouble making one a synonym of the other, unless someone else has an objection. It'd make it easier to find questions with these tags, I think.
Edit: Have created and approved the tag synonym.
Sometimes a question can be about other aspects of the character than character-development. For example, my own Writing diversity is about having a diverse cast of characters. It's not about how the characters grow and change - it's about having them there in the first place. Another question that fits one tag, but not the other: Writing witty/funny ...
Agreed, there's no substative difference between the tags. Let's make scriptwriting a synonym of script and set up a tag wiki. How about something like:
Writing for plays, films, comics, radio, or other similar media.
I whole-heartedly support artwork and graphics.
I am also in favour of merging everything else into them, since that avoids the "noise" that retagging makes.
plotting is an exception: while its usage guide points towards one thing, it's actual usage, in all the questions it's been applied to, has been synonymous to plot. So that's where the questions ...
There are other types of documentation, like assembly instructions, directions for using equipment, and so on. My thought when I created software-documentation was that doc for software might have important, different properties from those others, but I'm not sure that's true. Possibly we could promote that tag to documentation, pending a need for specific ...
I created artwork
Drawings, paintings, photographs, and other art meant to illustrate
writing. Use this tag for questions about the actual art used in
novels, comics, or other written or scripted works, about finding or
working with artists, or about incorporating illustrations in your
writing. For questions about depictions of data in a ...
Not necessarily, since imho the PoV tag covers a larger set of questions.
People may ask of the difference on using a third person, omniscent narrator, rather than a third person unreliable one.
They're both third-person PoVs, but they are different, and the grammatical-person doesn't really come into play since it's more about the use and the ...
The substantive difference I see is that "scriptwriting" is actually more restrictive than "script".
In film, what a person writes is called a "spec script", what the director uses is called a "shooting script".
See for example: 5 Key Differences Between Spec and Shooting Scripts
In particular and most important,
In spec scripts it’s never a good idea ...
IMHO methods, literary-tools, and technique are all very iffy as tags. It's not clear what they signify - since pretty much any solution for any problem involves a method or a technique of some sort. See "Technique" tag for a previous discussion of the technique tag.
I definitely don't want more tags like that, so let's clean methods and literary-...
verse should probably be made a tag synonym of poetry. There are currently only two questions tagged with verse one of which is also tagged with poetry.
It is probably also difficult to correctly use verse; it is somewhat similar to technique (or perhaps more accurately, 'mechanics'--which does not seem to be a tag) in being somewhat vague.
(Technically, I ...
No, there is a use case for both
I don't see a significant benefit in synonymizing these tags. Yes, kindle is mostly a subset of amazon but not entirely. I can see cases where people want to specifically ask about kindle and not the rest of the amazon services.
The amazon tag wiki needs to be expanded
Amazon has a lot of writing and technical services ...
It is already working as intended. Yes, it's weird and confusing, but that's still how it is. If you want to change this behaviour you have to take it to main meta.
Look at the last pages of the tag overview. Basically all of those are synonyms. A few are rarely used tags or even some that will be removed in some time if no questions use ...
Mythology should exist without synonyms
From your research I think these questions need better tagging. Those 26 questions should definitely have the mythology tag. It is relevant are useful.
However I disagree that mythology and folklore are the same thing. Source from this article the Oxford English dictionary defines mythology as:
A collection of ...
I don't see a reason to have both the overarching tag, and the specific tags. To me it makes sense to either have software-documentation and api-documentation or to have documentation. My reasoning is: is there any question to which documentation would be applied, but not one of the more specific ones? If the general tag will always be used with one of the ...
Looking around online, Fiction seems to refer to narrative (novels, short stories), while Creative Writing includes poetry, personal essays, persuasive writing (ad-copy, speeches), some types of journalism (travel and food), biographies and histories that are written in a narrative style.
There's a wiki entry for "Creative Nonfiction":