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Forum: Basic Writing Questions

Basic Writing Questions (BWQs) are perennial questions asked by writers when they’re just getting started, or when they reach a new stage. They’re usually general in nature rather than about a specific plot element, and include questions about how to write, what to write, or even why to write one way or another. Check the Introduction and the other Stickies.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: What's the best writing exercise you've ever done?

    Started by gettingby, 10-12-2015 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 96
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    09-08-2018, 02:26 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 323
    • Views: 156,811
    09-07-2018, 08:37 PM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 238
    • Views: 137,972
    08-28-2018, 04:54 PM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 69
    • Views: 64,923
    08-12-2018, 04:35 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 88
    • Views: 64,856
    08-01-2018, 05:52 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 2,823
    03-17-2018, 02:46 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 40,088
    03-04-2018, 01:42 AM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using Microsoft's OneNote for Outlining and Note Taking

    Started by Inky, 05-21-2009 09:34 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 8,855
    03-04-2018, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

    Started by robertmblevins, 05-14-2008 12:01 PM
    • Replies: 243
    • Views: 170,947
    03-04-2018, 01:24 AM Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 16,339
    04-22-2014, 04:59 AM Go to last post
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    07-16-2006, 09:32 AM Go to last post
  1. Growth and development as a writer

    Started by Cascada, 09-20-2018 01:51 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 441
    Today, 06:16 PM Go to last post
  2. How do you deal with everything else?

    Started by Toto Too, Yesterday 09:02 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 245
    Today, 04:44 PM Go to last post
  3. Change the World? Entertain? Both?

    Started by HR Garcia, 09-12-2018 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 961
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM Go to last post
  4. How do you know?

    Started by ritelife4ever, 09-05-2018 08:15 AM
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 731
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 200
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM Go to last post
  5. To use italics or not to use italics...

    Started by mmbmalik, 09-09-2018 09:30 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 303
    Yesterday, 03:35 AM Go to last post
  6. How much of future WIPs do you plan out?

    Started by starrystorm, 08-29-2018 01:16 AM
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 649
    Yesterday, 03:29 AM Go to last post
  7. The Oxford Comma

    Started by acockey, 09-14-2018 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 644
    09-20-2018, 09:10 PM Go to last post
  8. Complex Concepts in Plot Hooks

    Started by Hillsy7, 09-17-2018 03:39 PM
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 613
    09-20-2018, 06:16 PM Go to last post
  9. Language barrier problem

    Started by 5811Heathen, 09-19-2018 09:18 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 118
    09-20-2018, 01:09 PM Go to last post
  10. How long do you wait before editing?

    Started by The Second Moon, 09-16-2018 06:55 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 378
    09-19-2018, 02:24 PM Go to last post
  11. Comparative or superlative?

    Started by Toto Too, 09-18-2018 08:22 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 233
    09-19-2018, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  12. Does YA have to have a teenage protagonist?

    Started by KittenEV, 09-16-2018 08:39 AM
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 860
    09-18-2018, 09:23 PM Go to last post
  13. Chapters in an Epistolary Format

    Started by ValerieJane, 07-09-2018 12:05 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 621
    09-18-2018, 01:48 AM Go to last post
  14. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 14,313
    • Views: 930,037
    09-17-2018, 11:47 PM Go to last post
  15. Less Characters = Tighter Stories?

    Started by Goettsch, 09-07-2018 12:34 AM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 591
    09-15-2018, 04:28 PM Go to last post
  16. Language Expanding Resources?

    Started by BurntPieCrust, 09-04-2018 06:02 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 353
    09-15-2018, 12:11 AM Go to last post
  17. Tackling scenes that are out of your comfort zone

    Started by ktdude, 09-07-2018 10:47 PM
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 699
    09-13-2018, 11:16 PM Go to last post
  18. Dialogue/Beat/Dialogue/Beat

    Started by Redredrose, 09-11-2018 09:28 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 498
    09-12-2018, 11:02 PM Go to last post
  19. Writing Tools for Authors? (Online)

    Started by rachel0d, 06-22-2018 07:24 AM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 1,689
    09-11-2018, 07:20 PM Go to last post

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