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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: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

    Started by robertmblevins, 05-14-2008 12:01 PM
    • Replies: 243
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 655
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 68
    • Views: 61,280
    03-21-2018, 01:25 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using Microsoft's OneNote for Outlining and Note Taking

    Started by Inky, 05-21-2009 09:34 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    • Views: 37,872
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 321
    • Views: 151,730
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 237
    • Views: 134,155
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: What's the best writing exercise you've ever done?

    Started by gettingby, 10-12-2015 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 89
    • Views: 28,516
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  1. # of POV changes in novel

    Started by msza45, 05-12-2015 12:01 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 1,901
    05-16-2015, 06:28 PM Go to last post
  2. # of protagonists in a query letter

    Started by darkangel77, 10-29-2010 09:26 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,165
    10-30-2010, 11:40 AM Go to last post
  3. Lightbulb ⭐ Magic Systems! ⭐

    Started by DragonRhapsody, 12-08-2016 06:36 AM
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    • Views: 4,211
    11-06-2013, 10:15 PM Go to last post
  4. " (text deleted)

    Started by evol_reed, 04-15-2010 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    04-16-2010, 12:03 AM Go to last post
  5. "5 Lies They Tell You About Writing"

    Started by BethS, 12-09-2011 01:37 AM
    • Replies: 59
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    12-11-2011, 11:21 PM Go to last post
  6. "Absolution" as a word

    Started by Calliea, 11-15-2014 08:30 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-16-2014, 12:34 AM Go to last post
  7. "Actual" Word Count

    Started by Captshady, 10-13-2008 03:56 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    10-13-2008, 09:26 PM Go to last post
  8. "Anonymous" vs. "undisclosed"

    Started by The Lonely One, 09-21-2008 12:41 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,814
    09-30-2008, 07:28 PM Go to last post
  9. "Any similarity to actual events"

    Started by JSSchley, 03-16-2012 11:24 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,791
    03-18-2012, 11:53 PM Go to last post
  10. "Babe" - Capitalized or Not?

    Started by cmhbob, 12-19-2016 09:47 AM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,606
    12-21-2016, 01:31 AM Go to last post
  11. "Bob said" or "said Bob"

    Started by dogpie, 09-13-2012 08:45 AM
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 3,628
    09-19-2012, 01:56 AM Go to last post
  12. "Book within a book" formatting

    Started by DonnyTheDinosaur, 08-22-2011 09:54 PM
    • Replies: 6
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  13. "But his ball is better." syndrome

    Started by lizbeth dylan, 02-04-2012 02:57 AM
    • Replies: 37
    • Views: 2,806
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  14. "can anyone help?" He asked.

    Started by jerry phoenix, 10-13-2009 04:39 PM
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 1,895
    10-14-2009, 01:01 AM Go to last post
  15. "Commercial Fiction"

    Started by Kingson, 10-21-2010 07:46 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,989
    10-25-2010, 05:50 PM Go to last post
  16. "Contemporary fantasy" vs. "urban fantasy"

    Started by deborahmarkus, 05-25-2012 07:28 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 5,414
    05-26-2012, 02:45 PM Go to last post
  17. "Curly" quotation marks

    Started by MJRevell, 09-22-2014 02:23 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,104
    09-23-2014, 12:14 AM Go to last post
  18. "Deputy Jones" or "Jeff"

    Started by JoyceD, 06-20-2011 12:04 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,073
    06-22-2011, 03:13 AM Go to last post
  19. "Don't give it to your Mom."

    Started by Dave Willhoite, 12-17-2009 04:31 PM
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 2,811
    12-24-2009, 09:06 AM Go to last post

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