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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. Prologue page numbering

    Has anyone found a reliable reference to answer the numbering question for a prologue. Is the prologue part of the manuscript sequence or a separate...

    Started by Wayne L‎, 09-10-2005 09:29 AM
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  2. What is the plural of "No"?

    I wanted to refer to several different people saying, "No" (among other things). How do you pluralize "No"? The context is something like this:...

    Started by Ryan Bruner‎, 05-10-2004 12:48 PM
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  3. An s or a s

    Hello folks, Here's one for you all to chew on. I frequently ignore writing rules when they seem wrong to me, such as fragmented sentences...

    Started by Fred Volz‎, 07-09-2003 11:13 AM
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  4. ever since or every since?

    Will someone out there in writing land tell me if you use the term every since or ever since? My fellow writer and I are having a dispute...really a...

    Started by Cassidy‎, 03-20-2003 10:46 AM
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    03-22-2003, 10:14 AM Go to last post
  5. Why is the passive voice "bad"?

    Whenever I read something about writing or hear someone talk about writing and publishing they always say that you should use the active voice...

    Started by Rich DeRuvo‎, 08-23-2008 01:33 PM
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    09-04-2008, 03:36 PM Go to last post
  6. Isn't there another name for the glass windows in churches?

    I keep coming up with just "stained glass," but for some reason, I could swear there was a different (prettier-ish) name for it. Am I thinking...

    Started by Patrick Edwards‎, 09-14-2010 09:58 AM
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    10-21-2010, 08:06 AM Go to last post
  7. Styles of Writing

    So I thought maybe this could be an interesting subject for the writers here to discuss some. As we all know, every writer out there as his/her...

    Started by Wickett‎, 08-15-2013 12:05 PM
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    09-16-2013, 04:38 AM Go to last post
  8. Very Good, but Long Sentences

    Hey, out there, to those that did and those that did not respond to the long sentence game in previous strings on or about 9-27. I know that those...

    Started by Donald Lowery‎, 10-03-2002 12:53 PM
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  9. Possessive S

    Okay, I am having a little dispute with my editor. There is a character named Agnes in my book and we disagree over whether the possessive of her...

    Started by Michelle McLean‎, 07-23-2007 03:55 PM
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    08-03-2007, 09:34 AM Go to last post
  10. Glue words and working words

    From Richard Wydick's "Plain English for Lawyers": "In every English sentence are two kinds of words: working words and glue words. The working...

    Started by Doug B‎, 02-26-2008 08:30 AM
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    02-28-2008, 12:29 PM Go to last post
  11. Capitalization - Honey, Sweetie, Kid

    How would you capitalize this sentence: "I don't know, honey," my Aunt Virginia said. Would you capitalize the word honey? When "honey" is...

    Started by Fiction Novels‎, 09-30-2005 10:40 AM
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    10-01-2005, 03:14 PM Go to last post
  12. how do you name your chapters?

    In one book I have written I stuck to Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc. In all the others the chapters are an indication of the content in one way or...

    Started by Denis Bonner‎, 10-18-2006 04:33 AM
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    10-22-2006, 03:21 PM Go to last post
  13. Going Back

    I reckon in a forum like this, everyone has my problem. So I sat down a while ago (read years) and wrote 17,000 words as a part of a novel, no...

    Started by Hatchnet‎, 10-02-2013 02:18 AM
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  14. Can someone lead me in the right direction?

    I hope I am posting in the right place. I applied to a content company and was provided a test to complete, but have not completely passed it. I have...

    Started by atlcharm‎, 01-29-2013 02:34 PM
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    01-30-2013, 10:33 PM Go to last post
  15. What do you call

    What do you call the titles of articles on the front page of a newspaper that aren't the big bold headline article? I'm having a brain blip and do...

    Started by Murg‎, 10-29-2003 10:28 AM
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    10-30-2003, 10:57 AM Go to last post
  16. A synonym for "at least"

    While editing, I keep on stumbling with "at least" all over my manuscript, but I can't find a replacement or another way to put it. ¿Is there another...

    Started by Malena Venant‎, 09-15-2006 04:02 PM
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    09-16-2006, 08:42 AM Go to last post
  17. Old woman's voice?

    How would you describe the voice of an old woman? I have a character who I won't physically describe as and old lady, but I want to avoid saying "she...

    Started by Wonky‎, 09-27-2007 04:13 AM
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  18. Possessive names that end in s

    I'm having a hard time swallowing something my editor told me about possessive s's. I've always understood that you could show possession with just...

    Started by Diane Rogers‎, 01-03-2008 12:41 PM
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  19. The F***ing process

    so I'm 70k into my first draft of my first novel I have ever written (or at least gotten this far to finishing). I do my best to write and write...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 07-28-2015 12:57 AM
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  20. comma or period at the end of dialogue?

    i learned somewhere that you are supposed to put a comma at the end of dialogue, but most people use a period. which is right, or can you use either?

    Started by Alexx Deshaw‎, 08-14-2009 03:40 PM
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    08-16-2009, 01:58 PM Go to last post

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