Writing Stack Exchange by Kiwix

Q&A for the craft of professional writing, including fiction, non-fiction, technical, scholarly, and commercial writing

Most popular questions

211 The "Rules" of Writing 2010-12-09T22:00:27.400

188 "Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter? 2019-10-02T21:09:40.597

142 How do you write a Stack Exchange answer? 2018-02-20T15:33:53.010

97 How to write a prompt email? 2011-02-03T15:31:44.250

96 What's the modern way to handle gender in tech writing? 2011-06-03T02:36:20.277

93 How can I write about historical realities that readers mistakenly believe are unrealistic? 2018-07-22T10:47:14.617

84 Using real words from a foreign culture feels like 'Calling a rabbit a "smeerp"' 2018-12-11T01:29:30.460

81 Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers? 2010-11-20T15:29:30.960

78 Should an emoji come before or after a full-stop? 2020-05-05T23:41:17.627

77 How do I translate into a gendered language where the gender would be a spoiler? 2018-02-28T21:32:00.700

76 The Good, the Bad, and the Semicolon 2017-12-13T13:50:16.077

73 How to overcome the fact that I can't write? 2010-11-28T15:36:39.187

73 The protagonist can't defeat the antagonist without the antagonist being stupid 2017-03-19T19:19:06.900

73 How do I know if a concept is sexist or not? 2018-07-16T16:50:40.047

72 A critic made a comment that my female character sounds like she was written by a man 2019-01-01T05:01:15.840

69 Is there a special software for writers? 2010-11-18T20:46:37.327

68 How to avoid turning dialogue into Q&A session? 2018-12-17T16:16:14.483

65 How do you communicate to people that writing is a job and prevent interruptions? 2018-01-17T13:40:18.627

65 Avoiding racist tropes in fantasy 2019-08-20T22:34:50.267

63 Is the "hero guy saves girl" trope misogynistic? 2019-01-14T16:28:26.927

62 How to write a story without conflict, like "My Neighbour Totoro"? 2018-06-17T16:43:51.020

61 Choosing character names is a constant difficulty 2010-11-19T08:47:28.403

61 Is Wikipedia Trustworthy? 2017-12-25T00:00:50.117

60 What's the least distracting method to inform editors I'm a woman? 2018-01-31T10:53:50.287

60 What kind of protagonist or writing style is Jack Sparrow? 2018-09-17T17:04:12.440

59 What are good reads about writing? 2010-11-19T10:17:26.293

57 Sometimes a banana is just a banana 2019-03-04T00:20:06.913

56 How do I write "Show, Don't Tell" as a person with Asperger Syndrome? 2019-06-01T07:03:28.677

55 How does one deal with world builder's syndrome? 2010-12-11T14:17:39.543

55 "All of a sudden..." ? 2011-08-20T16:26:14.100

55 How to write a character that knows a lot about explosives? 2017-11-06T06:03:38.323

55 Traits of Bad Writers - Analysing Popular Authors 2018-01-27T19:55:54.430

54 How can I write an attention-grabbing first line? 2010-11-19T02:17:23.407

54 Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one? 2011-02-04T18:49:14.720

54 How do I avoid the "chosen hero" feeling? 2019-02-21T16:23:09.697

53 How to make the reader think that the *character's* logic is flawed instead of the author's? 2018-05-07T02:27:39.947

53 How do I go from 300 unfinished/half written blog posts, to published posts? 2019-03-27T16:36:58.547

53 How to trick the reader into thinking they're following a redshirt instead of the protagonist? 2019-06-05T11:56:38.647

52 What makes a poem a poem? 2017-07-06T14:59:27.783

52 My kid's first story 2018-11-08T13:09:50.850

51 Killing the protagonist - should it be done? 2014-09-10T15:55:55.887

51 How to creep the reader out with what seems like a normal person? 2019-04-27T13:15:34.703

50 Convincing argument about something I don't agree with 2019-01-08T23:09:06.320

49 Is there any good time-line software out there? 2011-03-20T06:55:20.907

49 I wrote a novel, now what? 2017-08-21T18:03:45.543

49 The art of clickbait captions 2019-05-21T22:44:03.327

48 "The flux capacitor--it's what makes time travel possible." When to keep world-building explanations short 2017-02-05T16:01:04.640

48 'The Chosen One' paradox 2018-08-15T11:15:19.590

47 Is it a bad idea to have multiple bad endings and only one good ending? 2018-02-09T16:52:57.683

46 If I'm writing in US English, am I not allowed to use the metric system? 2018-04-02T16:58:46.893


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