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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
    • Views: 32,601
    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: 156,740
    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: 137,923
    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: 64,880
    08-12-2018, 04:35 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 88
    • Views: 64,805
    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: 2,781
    03-17-2018, 02:46 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 40,045
    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: 8,815
    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: 170,853
    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: 16,301
    04-22-2014, 04:59 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 1
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    07-16-2006, 09:32 AM Go to last post
  1. The Oxford Comma

    Started by acockey, 09-14-2018 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 394
    Today, 07:05 PM Go to last post
  2. Complex Concepts in Plot Hooks

    Started by Hillsy7, 09-17-2018 03:39 PM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 369
    Today, 04:11 PM Go to last post
  3. How long do you wait before editing?

    Started by The Second Moon, 09-16-2018 06:55 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 314
    Today, 02:24 PM Go to last post
  4. Comparative or superlative?

    Started by Toto Too, Yesterday 08:22 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 173
    Today, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  5. How much of future WIPs do you plan out?

    Started by starrystorm, 08-29-2018 01:16 AM
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 587
    Today, 07:29 AM Go to last post
  6. Does YA have to have a teenage protagonist?

    Started by KittenEV, 09-16-2018 08:39 AM
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 814
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM Go to last post
  7. Change the World? Entertain? Both?

    Started by HR Garcia, 09-12-2018 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 789
    Yesterday, 04:52 AM Go to last post
  8. Chapters in an Epistolary Format

    Started by ValerieJane, 07-09-2018 12:05 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 583
    Yesterday, 01:48 AM Go to last post
  9. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 14,313
    • Views: 929,518
    09-17-2018, 11:47 PM Go to last post
  10. To use italics or not to use italics...

    Started by mmbmalik, 09-09-2018 09:30 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 253
    09-16-2018, 03:26 PM Go to last post
  11. Less Characters = Tighter Stories?

    Started by Goettsch, 09-07-2018 12:34 AM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 566
    09-15-2018, 04:28 PM Go to last post
  12. How do you know?

    Started by ritelife4ever, 09-05-2018 08:15 AM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 631
    09-15-2018, 10:42 AM Go to last post
  13. Language Expanding Resources?

    Started by BurntPieCrust, 09-04-2018 06:02 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 329
    09-15-2018, 12:11 AM Go to last post
  14. Tackling scenes that are out of your comfort zone

    Started by ktdude, 09-07-2018 10:47 PM
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 674
    09-13-2018, 11:16 PM Go to last post
  15. Dialogue/Beat/Dialogue/Beat

    Started by Redredrose, 09-11-2018 09:28 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 473
    09-12-2018, 11:02 PM Go to last post
  16. Writing Tools for Authors? (Online)

    Started by rachel0d, 06-22-2018 07:24 AM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 1,652
    09-11-2018, 07:20 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 276
    09-10-2018, 01:30 AM Go to last post
  17. Poll Poll: Working in an office vs. working from home

    Started by tnlandis, 09-06-2018 05:38 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 433
    09-08-2018, 08:01 AM Go to last post
  18. Torn by Revise and Resubmit

    Started by SarahJaneLehoux, 08-24-2018 05:55 PM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 606
    09-08-2018, 01:01 AM Go to last post
  19. Should I add, A NOVEL under the title?

    Started by msd, 09-06-2018 09:25 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 331
    09-08-2018, 12:48 AM Go to last post

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