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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: 248
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    11-18-2020, 08:14 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 72
    • Views: 75,136
    11-14-2020, 02:35 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 344
    • Views: 173,151
    11-13-2020, 08:08 AM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: What's the best writing exercise you've ever done?

    Started by gettingby, 10-12-2015 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 136
    • Views: 45,429
    06-06-2020, 02:04 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 88
    • Views: 73,737
    11-03-2019, 08:03 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 246
    • Views: 150,637
    09-06-2019, 11:05 PM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Turkey City Lexicon

    Started by AW Admin, 03-08-2019 08:32 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 3,658
    03-08-2019, 08:32 PM Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Writing with an Accent or using Dialect

    Started by AW Admin, 03-06-2019 10:03 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 3,624
    03-06-2019, 10:03 PM Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: He Said, She Said and Bookisms

    Started by AW Admin, 02-27-2019 07:45 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 3,966
    02-27-2019, 07:45 PM Go to last post
  9. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Prologues

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 02:46 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 3,888
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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: 47,644
    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: 15,138
    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
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    04-22-2014, 04:59 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 35,481
    07-16-2006, 09:32 AM Go to last post
  1. Avoiding fetishization

    Started by Marian Perera, 11-30-2020 03:18 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 207
    12-01-2020, 10:18 PM Go to last post
  2. POV and tense

    Started by Raspberry, 11-15-2020 08:02 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 227
    12-01-2020, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  3. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 16,178
    • Views: 1,023,335
    12-01-2020, 01:29 AM Go to last post
  4. What is the best way to say this?

    Started by Ricardo Salepas, 11-29-2020 10:15 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-30-2020, 09:56 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 99
    11-29-2020, 06:58 PM Go to last post
  5. Non-standard outlining techniques

    Started by eruthford, 10-29-2020 09:16 AM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 657
    11-26-2020, 10:50 PM Go to last post
  6. Question Punctuation Help Please

    Started by JEN.., 11-14-2020 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 323
    11-25-2020, 09:59 PM Go to last post
  7. Moved: Is this hearsay? (in a legal context)

    Started by loiterer, 11-22-2020 06:27 PM
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  8. No, we're not doing this

    Started by Ade Hill, 11-20-2020 08:42 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 160
    11-22-2020, 02:29 PM Go to last post
  9. Simple grammar question, I think

    Started by Ade Hill, 11-20-2020 01:48 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    11-21-2020, 05:55 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 170
    11-20-2020, 05:51 PM Go to last post
  10. Genre issues

    Started by popmuze, 11-17-2020 08:17 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 148
    11-18-2020, 12:10 AM Go to last post
  11. POV issue

    Started by alpacinoutd, 11-04-2020 01:09 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 361
    11-07-2020, 09:56 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 219
    11-01-2020, 11:06 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 407
    10-29-2020, 08:34 PM Go to last post
  12. author bio vs biographical sketch

    Started by jedimaster107, 10-27-2020 04:42 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 240
    10-28-2020, 10:13 PM Go to last post
  13. Diversity

    Started by Keithy, 10-16-2020 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 71
    • Views: 2,519
    10-26-2020, 07:04 PM Go to last post
  14. Narrating an Auction

    Started by JohnLine, 10-24-2020 09:14 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 206
    10-24-2020, 12:44 PM Go to last post
  15. When to use distant third POV

    Started by TellMeAStory, 10-19-2020 07:29 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 280
    10-24-2020, 10:12 AM Go to last post
  16. Are town nicknames/titles capialized?

    Started by Lalaloopsy, 10-22-2020 03:05 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 225
    10-22-2020, 10:55 PM Go to last post

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