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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: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

    Started by robertmblevins, 05-14-2008 12:01 PM
    • Replies: 243
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 0
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
    • Replies: 0
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: He Said, She Said and Bookisms

    Started by AW Admin, 02-27-2019 07:45 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Prologues

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 02:46 AM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Turkey City Lexicon

    Started by AW Admin, 03-08-2019 08:32 PM
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 70
    • Views: 70,678
    10-27-2018, 01:27 AM Go to last post
  8. 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: 13,267
    03-04-2018, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  9. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Writing with an Accent or using Dialect

    Started by AW Admin, 03-06-2019 10:03 PM
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  10. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 337
    • Views: 165,588
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  11. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
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  12. 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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  1. # of POV changes in novel

    Started by msza45, 05-12-2015 12:01 AM
    • Replies: 23
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    05-16-2015, 06:28 PM Go to last post
  2. # of protagonists in a query letter

    Started by darkangel77, 10-29-2010 09:26 PM
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    10-30-2010, 11:40 AM Go to last post
  3. Lightbulb ⭐ Magic Systems! ⭐

    Started by DragonRhapsody, 12-08-2016 06:36 AM
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  4. " (text deleted)

    Started by evol_reed, 04-15-2010 09:10 PM
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  5. "5 Lies They Tell You About Writing"

    Started by BethS, 12-09-2011 01:37 AM
    • Replies: 59
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  6. "Absolution" as a word

    Started by Calliea, 11-15-2014 08:30 PM
    • Replies: 8
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  7. "Actual" Word Count

    Started by Captshady, 10-13-2008 03:56 AM
    • Replies: 5
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  8. "Anonymous" vs. "undisclosed"

    Started by The Lonely One, 09-21-2008 12:41 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    09-30-2008, 07:28 PM Go to last post
  9. "Any similarity to actual events"

    Started by JSSchley, 03-16-2012 11:24 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    03-18-2012, 11:53 PM Go to last post
  10. "Babe" - Capitalized or Not?

    Started by cmhbob, 12-19-2016 09:47 AM
    • Replies: 12
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  11. "Bob said" or "said Bob"

    Started by dogpie, 09-13-2012 08:45 AM
    • Replies: 46
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    09-19-2012, 01:56 AM Go to last post
  12. "Book within a book" formatting

    Started by DonnyTheDinosaur, 08-22-2011 09:54 PM
    • Replies: 6
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  13. "But his ball is better." syndrome

    Started by lizbeth dylan, 02-04-2012 02:57 AM
    • Replies: 37
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    02-06-2012, 06:02 PM Go to last post
  14. "can anyone help?" He asked.

    Started by jerry phoenix, 10-13-2009 04:39 PM
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 2,385
    10-14-2009, 01:01 AM Go to last post
  15. "Commercial Fiction"

    Started by Kingson, 10-21-2010 07:46 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    10-25-2010, 05:50 PM Go to last post
  16. "Contemporary fantasy" vs. "urban fantasy"

    Started by deborahmarkus, 05-25-2012 07:28 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 6,401
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  17. "Curly" quotation marks

    Started by MJRevell, 09-22-2014 02:23 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,453
    09-23-2014, 12:14 AM Go to last post
  18. "Deputy Jones" or "Jeff"

    Started by JoyceD, 06-20-2011 12:04 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    06-22-2011, 03:13 AM Go to last post
  19. "Don't give it to your Mom."

    Started by Dave Willhoite, 12-17-2009 04:31 PM
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 3,185
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