Ask a Question

We’re happy to take your questions about storytelling, roleplaying, writing, worldbuilding, and social justice. We answer questions by email, and then we select a few for our public Q&A series on the site (you may opt out of this).

In return, we just ask that you be respectful of our time. We are very busy running the site, so we don’t have infinite time to answer questions.

  • Most answers are never published. Oren and Chris answer questions every day, but only three of those are published each month.
  • Fay only answers once a month. If you request Fay or ask a disability question that only Fay can answer, be prepared to wait. You also must be willing to share your question publicly to get an answer from Fay.
  • Provide context, but not a whole outline. If your question is about stories in general, examples are great. If you’d like advice about your own work, providing a little information will help us give a useful answer. However, if you need more than 300 words to describe what’s going on, it’s too complicated for a Q&A. Instead, considering paying for our time.
  • You can reply to our emails. Make our day better by saying “thank you!” You can also send a quick follow up question, but sending another couple hundred words will make us less likely to respond.
  • Be judicious about how many questions you send. If you have many questions you want answered, you can always pay us for a phone call.
  • We use emails to give quick answers or request clarification about the question. Your email will not be added to any mailing list.