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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: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 322
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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: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
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  5. 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: 8,389
    03-04-2018, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: What's the best writing exercise you've ever done?

    Started by gettingby, 10-12-2015 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 89
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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
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
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  1. Genre-fear

    Started by ConnorTheAuthor, Yesterday 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 14
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  2. Describing non verbal expression+mannerisms

    Started by Chanan12, Yesterday 10:04 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 71
    Yesterday, 11:15 PM Go to last post
  3. Literary Voice

    Started by Busha777, 08-13-2018 08:00 AM
    • Replies: 27
    • Views: 527
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  4. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
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  5. Introduce the villain in the first chapter?

    Started by Keithy, 08-13-2018 08:40 PM
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  6. Chapters in an Epistolary Format

    Started by ValerieJane, 07-09-2018 12:05 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 395
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  7. Character relationships and personalities

    Started by Questioner, 08-01-2018 11:10 AM
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 1,041
    08-13-2018, 10:32 PM Go to last post
  8. Bribing yourself

    Started by kindratiah, 08-05-2018 08:46 AM
    • Replies: 35
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  9. Plot vs. Writing

    Started by HR Garcia, 08-07-2018 07:11 PM
    • Replies: 65
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    08-13-2018, 04:17 AM Go to last post
  10. Benefits of certain POVs

    Started by librarianj, 07-23-2018 11:11 PM
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 1,183
    08-13-2018, 03:55 AM Go to last post
  11. Writing the first draft - what is your method?

    Started by MiniGoblin, 08-09-2018 03:07 PM
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 474
    08-12-2018, 07:16 AM Go to last post
  12. Is there a word for that?

    Started by Toto Too, 07-30-2018 01:09 AM
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  13. Sub-plots

    Started by Questioner, 07-29-2018 11:11 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 641
    08-11-2018, 02:40 AM Go to last post
  14. Question How do I make my character more purpose driven?

    Started by Glass Man, 07-31-2018 11:38 PM
    • Replies: 23
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  15. numbers

    Started by indianroads, 07-25-2018 01:47 AM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 434
    08-07-2018, 08:17 PM Go to last post
  16. Sequel before original has been accepted

    Started by CalRazor, 08-02-2018 11:55 PM
    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 795
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