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Forum: Basic Writing Questions

Basic Writing Questions (BWQs) are perennial questions asked by writers just getting started, or when they reach a new stage. BWQs are usually general in nature rather than about a specific plot element. They include questions about how to write, what to write, or even why to write one way or another. This is not a crit forum. 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: 122
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 246
    • Views: 144,688
    09-06-2019, 11:05 PM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 337
    • Views: 165,430
    06-25-2019, 06:12 AM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Turkey City Lexicon

    Started by AW Admin, 03-08-2019 08:32 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 2,072
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Writing with an Accent or using Dialect

    Started by AW Admin, 03-06-2019 10:03 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 2,083
    03-06-2019, 10:03 PM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: He Said, She Said and Bookisms

    Started by AW Admin, 02-27-2019 07:45 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 2,276
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

    Started by robertmblevins, 05-14-2008 12:01 PM
    • Replies: 243
    • Views: 181,917
    02-26-2019, 05:17 PM Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 70
    • Views: 70,574
    10-27-2018, 01:27 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 87
    • Views: 69,944
    08-01-2018, 05:52 AM Go to last post
  9. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Prologues

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 02:46 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 2,150
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  10. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 44,712
    03-04-2018, 01:42 AM Go to last post
  11. 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: 13,189
    03-04-2018, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  12. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    • Views: 32,918
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  1. Is 81,000 words too long for a YA/NA novel?

    Started by musicblind, Yesterday 06:15 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 107
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  2. Role of narrator in “Don’t Tell. Show.” ?

    Started by Pencrafter, 10-13-2019 04:32 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 239
    Today, 01:14 AM Go to last post
  3. How to present psychic conversations in prose.

    Started by Fiender, 10-11-2019 10:13 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 101
    Today, 01:09 AM Go to last post
  4. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 15,663
    • Views: 980,348
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  5. Novel vs Short story

    Started by Elenitsa, Yesterday 08:34 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 34
    Yesterday, 10:08 PM Go to last post
  6. Got any tips for writing a prequel?

    Started by Gregg Bell, 10-11-2019 10:20 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 123
    Yesterday, 08:46 PM Go to last post
  7. Current guidelines for exclamation mark usage?

    Started by Patty, 10-12-2019 03:30 AM
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 192
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM Go to last post
  8. Gray or grey?

    Started by Patty, 10-12-2019 05:51 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 120
    10-13-2019, 09:12 PM Go to last post
  9. Brand names of obscure things

    Started by Kat M, 10-13-2019 07:02 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 60
    10-13-2019, 07:43 PM Go to last post
  10. From a mood to a story?

    Started by TimidSuitor, 10-07-2019 06:49 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 236
    10-13-2019, 10:45 AM Go to last post
  11. World Building

    Started by Ricardo Salepas, 10-12-2019 09:39 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 131
    10-13-2019, 10:12 AM Go to last post
  12. Grammar Question

    Started by Richard W. Fairbairn, 10-12-2019 02:14 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 55
    10-12-2019, 06:52 PM Go to last post
  13. Direction of apostrophe on dialectal words

    Started by Patty, 10-12-2019 05:12 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 52
    10-12-2019, 05:35 AM Go to last post
  14. Plot elements which get too much ink

    Started by Pencrafter, 10-11-2019 06:48 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 169
    10-11-2019, 11:54 PM Go to last post
  15. Rephrasing Sentences

    Started by Ricardo Salepas, 09-08-2019 05:14 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 465
    10-11-2019, 05:03 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 372
    10-07-2019, 03:17 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 634
    10-07-2019, 03:16 AM Go to last post
  16. Story structure infographic

    Started by Muppster, 10-05-2019 10:46 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 148
    10-06-2019, 02:46 PM Go to last post
  17. Smile Hello, question about writing habits

    Started by VVoltairx, 10-05-2019 07:47 PM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 163
    10-06-2019, 11:03 AM Go to last post
  18. When to start the story?

    Started by petuh112, 09-29-2019 01:14 AM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 340
    10-05-2019, 05:05 PM Go to last post

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