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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
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

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

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 322
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    05-30-2018, 07:28 PM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 237
    • Views: 137,433
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
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  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: 8,469
    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
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    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
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  1. Dialogue and tagging. Who is saying what to who?

    Started by Overkill, 08-18-2018 01:46 AM
    • Replies: 19
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  2. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
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  3. Writing Tools for Authors? (Online)

    Started by rachel0d, 06-22-2018 07:24 AM
    • Replies: 27
    • Views: 1,274
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  4. Rewriting question

    Started by TheFabulist, 08-17-2018 07:59 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 387
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  5. Writer's Fatigue

    Started by Busha777, 08-15-2018 05:44 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 387
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  6. Realistic realizations

    Started by satyesu, 08-19-2018 04:05 AM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 318
    08-19-2018, 09:47 PM Go to last post
  7. Writing the first draft - what is your method?

    Started by MiniGoblin, 08-09-2018 03:07 PM
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 746
    08-19-2018, 01:17 PM Go to last post
  8. Question How To properly punctuate conversations?

    Started by Bajungadustin, 08-16-2018 05:56 AM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 303
    08-18-2018, 05:40 PM Go to last post
  9. Introduce the villain in the first chapter?

    Started by Keithy, 08-13-2018 08:40 PM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 333
    08-18-2018, 02:21 PM Go to last post
  10. Literary Voice

    Started by Busha777, 08-13-2018 08:00 AM
    • Replies: 31
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    08-17-2018, 07:32 AM Go to last post
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    • Views: 509
    08-17-2018, 02:41 AM Go to last post
  11. Genre-fear

    Started by ConnorTheAuthor, 08-14-2018 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 22
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    08-16-2018, 09:16 PM Go to last post
  12. Dialogue Tag help

    Started by Bajungadustin, 08-16-2018 05:49 AM
    • Replies: 6
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  13. Describing non verbal expression+mannerisms

    Started by Chanan12, 08-14-2018 10:04 PM
    • Replies: 15
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    • Views: 1,190
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  14. Chapters in an Epistolary Format

    Started by ValerieJane, 07-09-2018 12:05 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 472
    08-14-2018, 07:42 PM Go to last post
  15. Character relationships and personalities

    Started by Questioner, 08-01-2018 11:10 AM
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 1,135
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