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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
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

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

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 237
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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
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  5. 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: 28,519
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
    • Replies: 0
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  7. 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: 6,643
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 1
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  1. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 13,759
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  2. How often do you NOT want to write?

    Started by skydragon, 09-06-2013 12:09 AM
    • Replies: 50
    • Views: 174,603
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  3. Question Early Morning Description

    Started by vedika, 03-14-2012 01:19 PM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 106,707
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  4. Describing A Sunrise

    Started by DwayneA, 01-15-2009 08:38 PM
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    06-26-2013, 08:25 PM Go to last post
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  5. Comma after but?

    Started by Horserider, 01-10-2009 03:22 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 68,172
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  6. Most valuable items to steal?

    Started by Kaleidoscopes, 02-21-2013 10:14 AM
    • Replies: 45
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  7. Capitalize or not?

    Started by writingismypassion, 04-07-2011 06:56 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 48,779
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  8. First Person POV quandry

    Started by ElaineA, 02-05-2013 07:40 AM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 48,003
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  9. Scrivener, yWriter, or other?

    Started by satyesu, 11-13-2011 06:36 AM
    • Replies: 213
    • Views: 47,123
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  10. Wink Italics for Names of TV Channels?

    Started by Marina Snow, 03-22-2008 11:09 PM
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  11. To Be or Not To Be

    Started by Kingson, 08-18-2013 06:36 PM
    • Replies: 25
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  12. Anxiety about originality

    Started by lizo27, 03-06-2015 05:09 PM
    • Replies: 207
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  13. Anne Rice talks about Writing - GOOD Video!

    Started by Wolf Coven, 05-06-2013 06:36 AM
    • Replies: 25
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  14. Small questions that break internal thought

    Started by AGreyWorld, 08-05-2013 01:31 AM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 33,792
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  15. The Wakeup Opener

    Started by lucyfilmmaker, 07-08-2013 08:24 PM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 32,869
    07-20-2013, 08:27 PM Go to last post
  16. How many pages this?

    Started by Norma Jean, 06-18-2008 11:06 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 31,426
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