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Discuss the craft of writing. Questions about how to string words, sentences and stories together? Ask them here, or post a sample to get an honest critique of your work. This is a public forum.

  1. publishing mystery

    i wrote a poem about my ex b/f and somehow(maybe i was sleep writing again...) it was entered in a poem contest. either my subcon is really mean, or...

    Started by #3‎, 10-02-2001 10:20 AM
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    10-02-2001, 04:21 PM Go to last post
  2. Short Story

    Hello Everyone, I'm posting this new thread to share a short story that I've written. It's a romantic comedy (let's see if the story can bring a...

    Started by . .‎, 03-10-2009 03:30 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    03-11-2009, 09:53 PM Go to last post
  3. LESS IS MORE

    I keep saying that--but there are exceptions. Does anyone agree? For example, my next book is told from three different POVs, and one character in...

    Started by . Bree‎, 04-12-2006 06:45 PM
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    04-17-2006, 02:11 PM Go to last post
  4. Scene Structure

    Anyone familiar with Dwight Swain's book, 'Techniques of the Selling Author'? If you are, I have a question. (I can link to the article about his...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 09-01-2009 04:49 PM
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    09-02-2009, 07:03 PM Go to last post
  5. Charlie Bone

    This question is a little off the path but didn't quite know which forum to list it under. Recently I began reading this children's series to get...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-31-2009 02:14 PM
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    09-03-2009, 02:36 AM Go to last post
  6. For Gary specifically, but anybody feel free to opine!!

    gary, As a new writer, I had not heard of the Chicago Style manual unitl you mentioned it. I am considering spending the money for the online...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-31-2009 07:28 AM
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    08-31-2009, 10:40 PM Go to last post
  7. Descriptive sentence, or too corny??

    This is the opening line of the MS (5 chapters complete). Part of me thinks it is very descriptive showing the seriousness and magnitude of the...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-28-2009 05:07 PM
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    08-30-2009, 01:39 PM Go to last post
  8. And. And Then. Then - how, when, and why to use them.

    And. Then. And then. Those three, simple, insignificant parts of speech drive many writers to the nut house, and give editors fits. You'd think...

    Started by . Crystalwizard‎, 12-11-2009 10:16 PM
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    12-12-2009, 06:14 AM Go to last post
  9. Leaglity question

    I'm writing a non-fiction book and I would like to include a list of songs that go best with the subject matter. Is that illegal to do? Would I have...

    Started by A different Gary‎, 01-24-2004 09:41 AM
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    01-24-2004, 09:46 AM Go to last post
  10. Quote question

    Which is correct? "Hello," he said, "How is it going?" "Hello," he said, "how is it going?"

    Started by A different Gary‎, 01-23-2004 11:13 AM
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    01-24-2004, 08:48 AM Go to last post
  11. What is high fantasy?

    I'm not talking about watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to Dark Side of the Moon.... I've seen the term on several books and am trying to...

    Started by A J‎, 02-13-2006 09:06 AM
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    02-14-2006, 11:55 AM Go to last post
  12. a question on POV

    I'd read somewhere recently that a third person story shouldn't change POV meaning (I think) that if character A is your lead character, then you...

    Started by A J‎, 01-28-2006 07:40 AM
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    02-07-2006, 12:53 PM Go to last post
  13. Question about Names etc

    Is it ok to set a novel in a real city/state, but then make up road names, schools and neighborhoods in that city? For example, is it ok to use...

    Started by A J‎, 11-26-2005 06:49 PM
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    11-29-2005, 03:39 AM Go to last post
  14. Beta Readers???

    Hi everyone! I'm still in the works of writing my novel, and have had one great beta reader, but i need some more opinions! I'm going through that...

    Started by A J‎, 11-05-2005 08:18 AM
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    11-05-2005, 08:18 AM Go to last post
  15. Is this a weak scene?

    I've been writing my novel for quite some time now and i just wrote this scene, but i think it is VERY weak. Can i get your opinions? For bckground...

    Started by A J‎, 09-16-2005 05:31 PM
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    09-17-2005, 05:38 PM Go to last post
  16. Manuscript critique exchange?

    Hi everyone, I have a novel in the works, so far about 30,000 words, and i want the opinion of an unbiased reader. I was wondering if anyone...

    Started by A J‎, 09-04-2005 08:45 AM
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    09-05-2005, 09:12 PM Go to last post
  17. Passive Voice, and a few other things

    Hi all, I was wondering, should i go through my MS and get rid of all of the passive voice? What are your takes on passive voice? Also, do you...

    Started by A J‎, 09-03-2005 08:49 AM
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    09-06-2005, 05:22 PM Go to last post
  18. 100: Dark Asylum

    Prologue, first paragraph: Recoiling, he forcefully shut himself from the insidious assault. Unreason crept nearer, threatening to break through...

    Started by A L Stark‎, 04-10-2007 07:16 PM
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    04-11-2007, 03:04 PM Go to last post
  19. 100: Into Devil's Gap

    I give them what they deserve, he whispered. Her gaze came to rest on the glinting steel, following the movement as he slid his thumb down the...

    Started by A L Stark‎, 03-27-2007 01:13 PM
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    04-02-2007, 03:22 AM Go to last post
  20. HELP!

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any groups where unpublished writers read and reviewed each others work? I would love to read other writers work...

    Started by A Taylor‎, 10-05-2003 07:54 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    10-07-2003, 08:32 AM Go to last post

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