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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. Average length for nonfiction?

    What's the average length for a nonfiction bio? My YA fantasy is 90,000 words, maybe a bit long, and I'm about a third the way through my wife's...

    Started by Matt Austin‎, 09-02-2008 05:33 AM
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    09-02-2008, 08:20 AM Go to last post
  2. Other Media

    If you include, directly reference, describe, and comment on a song, movie, television show, another book during a work of fiction, does the...

    Started by John Washington‎, 08-29-2008 01:34 PM
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    09-01-2008, 02:58 PM Go to last post
  3. Please critique. :)

    I've tried some other sites, and I've gotten no real critiquing thus far. When I stumbled upon this site, I browsed through a few topics, and lo and...

    Started by Anna Hicks‎, 08-28-2008 08:45 PM
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    08-30-2008, 04:24 PM Go to last post
  4. What do you think of prefaces and what can be put in them?

    I am thinking of putting in a preface for my fantasy novel, detailing the geography of the lands in my made up world. It is not very long, only...

    Started by KMH Stone‎, 08-26-2008 04:30 PM
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    08-29-2008, 07:25 PM Go to last post
  5. Where do you find the motivation to write?

    I am finding it particularly difficult progressing with my novel right now, especially with having to work long hours in a office. Where do find the...

    Started by KMH Stone‎, 08-27-2008 04:29 PM
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    08-29-2008, 06:56 AM Go to last post
  6. Care to have a look?

    Hey, everyone, If you care to have a look, you can read my story on the "Can I sit with you" website. ...

    Started by Busy Lizzy‎, 08-26-2008 09:41 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-28-2008, 10:27 AM Go to last post
  7. character names

    I completely understand why you wouldn't want characters in the same story with similar names. No need to confuse the reader, right. What about...

    Started by Derek Wayne‎, 08-11-2008 07:46 AM
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    08-28-2008, 02:38 AM Go to last post
  8. Writing all MAJOR scenes first?

    does anyone here do this? My partner was reading a book on writing fiction (one I didn't already own) and the author advised writing all the major...

    Started by Gregory White‎, 08-26-2008 05:10 AM
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    08-28-2008, 02:30 AM Go to last post
  9. What do you guys think of this?

    While writing a novel I came up with an idea for a story so I started writing it to take a little break from my bigger project. I just want some...

    Started by Rich DeRuvo‎, 08-25-2008 06:06 PM
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    08-27-2008, 04:51 PM Go to last post
  10. Plagiarism vs. Fair Use

    Is the following plagiarism or fair use? Take a single sentence from another writer\'s work (let\'s say a newspaper article), rearrange some of...

    Started by Charles Aidan‎, 08-16-2008 07:47 PM
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    08-27-2008, 01:41 PM Go to last post
  11. I need help with a category

    I'm currently working on a book of short stories(very interesting ones I might add). They are based on situations that have happened with me as well...

    Started by LAKESHA BALTIMORE‎, 08-24-2008 11:04 AM
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    08-27-2008, 12:57 PM Go to last post
  12. Problem Solved

    I now have the answer to my question, thanks

    Started by QUICHE BALTIMORE‎, 08-24-2008 05:35 PM
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    08-26-2008, 11:37 AM Go to last post
  13. " Desperate for Change!" Critique?

    Hello, Thanks for opening this thread. I have completed an E-Book, "DESPERATE FOR CHANGE: How to Re-Create Yourself and Live the Life You...

    Started by jacqueline escalante‎, 08-25-2008 03:47 PM
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    08-25-2008, 03:47 PM Go to last post
  14. I'll give you a shot, i have boxing gloves on

    Here's part of my chapter one, i want it to punch the reader in the gut. Some things seem menial, but it actually foreshadows a bit. Her life...

    Started by Jay Maddock‎, 08-13-2008 08:28 PM
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    08-25-2008, 06:08 AM Go to last post
  15. Epic

    I just finished the first draft of my WIP which came out to 163,000 words. Is that enough to describe it as an "epic saga?" Because that really...

    Started by Rogue Mutt‎, 08-14-2008 06:22 AM
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    08-25-2008, 05:21 AM Go to last post
  16. Cockney Rhyming Slang

    Does anyone listen to the boys wiv bo bells in there shell likes or don't no one speak like that no more? In London now everyone speaks with a...

    Started by Christian Fletcher‎, 08-23-2008 04:54 PM
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    08-25-2008, 04:24 AM Go to last post
  17. intro to novella, critique please!

    I'm looking for critique on my form, and also to hear how the plot is received. Are the descriptions too brief, or scattered? Is there poor flow...

    Started by dorian kabana‎, 08-22-2008 03:19 PM
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    08-24-2008, 10:35 AM Go to last post
  18. Is my writing style too pretentious?

    Hey all! Well, I'm a hypocrite. When I have to suffer through stories which read as though the author is most interested in demonstrating his...

    Started by Michelle R‎, 08-18-2008 08:05 PM
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    08-24-2008, 07:25 AM Go to last post
  19. Memoir chapter crituques please

    I\'m working on a memoir -- a funny, slice-of-life kind of thing in the mold of a David Sedaris. This is one of the chapters I\'ve finished. Was...

    Started by Brian Russell‎, 08-21-2008 11:52 AM
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    08-23-2008, 09:18 AM Go to last post
  20. Soft Boiled Cop Critique

    After spending the past two years stuck in first person single POV, I've finally moved on to multiple POV heaven. I'll only dive into one head per...

    Started by Karen Campbell‎, 08-20-2008 05:42 PM
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    08-22-2008, 06:29 PM Go to last post

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