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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. Documenting sources in the internet era. . .need info for my novel's epilogue. . .

    I've written a few novels (as yet unpublished) that I plan to add epilogues to, adding more information for the readers about the real-life places,...

    Started by Jody Mosier‎, 07-03-2011 08:53 PM
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  2. Cutting out an entire part to make a novel more mainstream?

    Okay, I have written part one of my novel, and am working on part two. Since part one is essentially a coming out story and there seems to be a lot...

    Started by Kyle Anderson‎, 06-17-2011 07:10 AM
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    07-04-2011, 08:31 AM Go to last post
  3. Angela's Ashes

    Has anyone else read this memoir? This was a best selling novel and won a pulitzer prize. I don't know if I'm mad at the book or mad at myself, but I...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-17-2011 08:28 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-29-2011, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  4. Red face Sound words

    Hey all Not sure whether 'sound words' is the correct term, but is it acceptable to use them to indicate the sound affect of an action? I.e : 'With...

    Started by Jay-Jay Schnetler‎, 06-23-2011 11:29 PM
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    06-27-2011, 07:00 AM Go to last post
  5. good examples of first person present narration

    OK, so I am looking for books out there that are GOOD examples of first-person present narration. Thought Jodi Picoult did a good job of that, in...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-22-2011 05:49 AM
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    06-23-2011, 06:47 AM Go to last post
  6. Flip-flopping flashbacks (10X fast)

    I have a chapter that jumps in and out of flashbacks, but through 2 POVs. I've heard, flashbacks should be italicized to help readers follow the...

    Started by Shaun .‎, 06-20-2011 11:31 AM
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    06-23-2011, 12:26 AM Go to last post
  7. Cardinal sins in writing

    Being the novice that I am to writing, could some of the more experienced writers and editors describe some of the big bad no-no's in writing?...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-07-2011 08:41 PM
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    06-22-2011, 11:56 AM Go to last post
  8. journaling, blogging, et. al.

    OK, so I am taking the advice of Christina Katz (author of Writer Mama), and am keeping a daily journal again. I just spend about thirty minutes...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-15-2011 06:20 AM
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    06-20-2011, 03:10 PM Go to last post
  9. autobiography vs fantasy in fiction

    How much of what you write is autobiographical & how much of it is complete fantasy? Even with the fantasy genre, I'm sure that Harry Potter would...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 06-18-2011 04:01 PM
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    06-18-2011, 04:13 PM Go to last post
  10. To edit or not to edit, I'm stuck!

    After the critique given by the last publisher, I was sure I was going to edit my novel (yet again). Now, I'm not so sure. If every writer edited...

    Started by Kyle Anderson‎, 06-09-2011 07:42 AM
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    06-16-2011, 08:38 PM Go to last post
  11. My newborn

    Members only forum seems slow, so I am re-posting here.... Okay, while I wait to see if my firstborn is a hit with anyone out there, I have...

    Started by Debbi Voisey‎, 06-13-2011 03:50 PM
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    06-15-2011, 09:24 AM Go to last post
  12. POV question

    I read a book not long ago in which the story was told in first person, present POV. And I really liked that it was told that way. It gave it a...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-11-2011 04:35 PM
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    06-13-2011, 05:04 AM Go to last post
  13. sketching out

    OK, in another section of the forum I was mentioning some brainstorming I was doing with my story and someone recommended that I sketch the scene out...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-11-2011 07:44 AM
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    06-11-2011, 02:20 PM Go to last post
  14. Why we write (thanks George)

    Hello writers. I'm a brand new member from Australia. I guess this thread is a way of testing the waters in here. I 've been looking over some...

    Started by Brock Perks‎, 06-05-2011 06:07 PM
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    06-11-2011, 08:48 AM Go to last post
  15. Combining Two Stories Into One Novel?

    I'm considering combing two stories, originally a two book set, into one novel. It would be a big chunk of material. Thoughts?

    Started by Kyle Anderson‎, 06-09-2011 11:38 AM
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    06-11-2011, 03:27 AM Go to last post
  16. Novel Writing Software

    Is anyone using Novel Writing software? I have used Final Draft for screenwriting, but now stand on the frontier of a first novel based upon my...

    Started by Ron Hendricks‎, 11-08-2004 04:25 PM
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    06-10-2011, 10:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Ordered FIRE IN FICTION today

    Found it online, used, and with shipping and handling I still came out under $10. Yea, me!! Can't wait to get it. Reading WRITER MAMA right now...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-10-2011 07:02 AM
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  18. 49 questions for all

    Can someone please tell why some days get stamped in our memories forever And why Nigerians canít forget S.Abacha And why some believe the last...

    Started by Marvy Dawordsmith‎, 06-05-2011 06:20 PM
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  19. Penance- Beginning of the story

    Hello everyone, I am pretty new here. I just submitted this story to a couple different magazines and I wanted to get some feedback on here just to...

    Started by Walter Downey‎, 06-07-2011 09:17 PM
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  20. Cardinal sins in publishing

    Some have mentioned things never to do when attempting to be published, like sending in a manuscript with the query or sending a query to an agent...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-07-2011 08:44 PM
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    06-07-2011, 08:44 PM Go to last post

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