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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: 97
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 323
    • Views: 157,391
    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: 138,560
    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: 65,402
    08-12-2018, 04:35 PM Go to last post
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    • Views: 65,271
    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: 3,214
    03-17-2018, 02:46 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 40,464
    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: 9,239
    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: 171,898
    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
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  1. Physical Descriptions of Characters

    Started by Titus, Yesterday 05:54 PM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 251
    Today, 09:06 AM Go to last post
  2. Writing the first draft - what is your method?

    Started by MiniGoblin, 08-09-2018 03:07 PM
    • Replies: 47
    • Views: 1,958
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  3. Can my character briefly allude to Harry Potter?

    Started by PamelaC, 10-15-2018 07:27 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 625
    Yesterday, 10:32 PM Go to last post
  4. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 14,375
    • Views: 936,140
    Yesterday, 08:18 PM Go to last post
  5. Passing the Bechdel test

    Started by K_Remington, 10-08-2018 11:08 PM
    • Replies: 117
    • Views: 3,391
    Yesterday, 06:43 PM Go to last post
  6. Best Books On Craft

    Started by B.G. Dobbins, 10-05-2018 02:52 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 425
    Yesterday, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  7. When to stop revising, prior to submission

    Started by jmurray2112, 10-16-2018 06:53 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 270
    10-18-2018, 02:58 AM Go to last post
  8. Jumping around along a time-line

    Started by jmurray2112, 10-07-2018 05:41 AM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 464
    10-17-2018, 12:50 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 336
    10-17-2018, 12:46 AM Go to last post
  9. Writing Tools for Authors? (Online)

    Started by rachel0d, 06-22-2018 07:24 AM
    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 2,095
    10-16-2018, 09:47 PM Go to last post
  10. When to start on synopsis/query?

    Started by Morri, 09-30-2018 05:39 PM
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 646
    10-16-2018, 05:42 AM Go to last post
  11. Change the World? Entertain? Both?

    Started by HR Garcia, 09-12-2018 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 92
    • Views: 2,413
    10-15-2018, 10:03 PM Go to last post
  12. How to write a jump scare

    Started by Fortz, 10-13-2018 08:42 PM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 318
    10-15-2018, 03:39 PM Go to last post
  13. How bad is this mistake?

    Started by Tobswrite, 10-05-2018 06:20 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 566
    10-14-2018, 06:13 PM Go to last post
  14. What is a writer?

    Started by aguywhotypes, 09-06-2018 12:00 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 530
    10-14-2018, 10:31 AM Go to last post
  15. What is pretentious writing?

    Started by tylermarab1987, 10-07-2018 02:42 AM
    • Replies: 37
    • Views: 1,144
    10-13-2018, 10:19 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 381
    10-13-2018, 09:38 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 945
    10-13-2018, 03:59 AM Go to last post
  16. Using action as your dialogue tag

    Started by BurntPieCrust, 10-07-2018 08:08 AM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 576
    10-11-2018, 06:29 PM Go to last post
  17. Addressing editorial changes

    Started by Ellis Clover, 10-05-2018 01:30 AM
    • Replies: 27
    • Views: 703
    10-10-2018, 06:38 AM Go to last post

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