View Full Version : So, why a Basic Writing Questions forum?

02-28-2008, 03:44 PM
Y'all may have noticed that generic or basic questions sometimes get posted in Writing Novels and similar specific discipline forums, when they really apply to all types of writing -- novels, short stories, even screenwriting.

These threads tend to get shunted around from forum to forum as your humble moderators try to find the best fit, but usually we end up with a compromise.

Basic Writing Questions will become a natural home for many of these wanderers, as well as a growing FAQ-type resource. Where applicable, threads will be renamed to best reflect their content and make things easier to find (most especially if the thread title is something super-meaningful like "Help" or "Question" or "Another question" etc. :)).

If we think any threads posted here would probably do better in other forums then they will be moved, and a redirect link left behind so you can easily follow them. We stress that there is no insult in having your thread moved into this forum or moved back out again, don't let the forum's "Basic" label worry you, it's simply a matter of putting things in the best place so they get the most attention and the best answers.

Please contact your friendly neighborhood moderators, jst5150 (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?u=4407) or dpaterso (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?u=19) if you have any suggestions for improving this resource.

Here are some helpful links to popular Frequently Asked Question threads, which may save you from having to look them up -- or even from starting a new thread in this forum!

Formatting Manuscripts for Submission FAQ (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26126)
Copyright FAQ (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58845)

The following articles are on the official SFWA (http://www.sfwa.org/) website:

Update 29 Oct 09 - SWFA reorganized their website! :)
http://www.sfwa.org/writing/mistakes_allen.htm - The Standard Deviations of Writing
Mistakes in Writing (http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/mistakes-in-writing/) by Roger MacBride Allen
Turkey City Lexicon (http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycity.html) by various authors.

Although they're aimed primarily at Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers, these articles (plus many others listed under Resources > Craft of Writing) may prove illuminating to all aspiring writers.