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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. Basic Wording VS. Poetic Stylization

    I am posting two version of a scene and would like some feedback as to which style of prose is preferred by he rest of you. I should mention that...

    Started by The One Formerly Known As‎, 12-24-2005 10:03 PM
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    12-26-2005, 12:11 PM Go to last post
  2. Prologue Comments

    Looking for comments on the prologue to my newest YA book. I'm about a third of the way through and want this to feel conversational. Does it work? ...

    Started by M. Lee‎, 09-18-2005 12:29 PM
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    09-25-2005, 10:35 AM Go to last post
  3. Blowing the Whistle -- input??

    Hey, guys. I'm trying to describe that two-syllable whistle that trumpets when a hot chick walks by. How the heck do you say that without saying...

    Started by L Bea‎, 03-13-2008 03:51 PM
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    03-21-2008, 07:11 PM Go to last post
  4. Too racy?

    The following paragraph is taken from the first draft of my second novel, which is a sequel. My genre is fantasy, and while primarly aimed at an...

    Started by Rhiannon‎, 10-15-2004 04:29 PM
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    10-23-2004, 04:14 AM Go to last post
  5. Horror vs. Suspense...

    Hi kids, it's you're uncle Corey again. I've been away for a bit, but now I'm back. I'll get right to it: I'm writing a scene currently where...

    Started by Corey Griffith‎, 07-29-2006 10:28 PM
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    07-31-2006, 07:37 PM Go to last post
  6. Bad Advice to Writers

    1) "Write what you know." More disservice has been done to creativity by this standard writing-school nugget than anything else I can think of. Write...

    Started by Joshie !‎, 03-04-2008 09:31 AM
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    03-06-2008, 06:14 AM Go to last post
  7. Should music lyrics be considered respectable writing ?

    I believe it depends on the artist four example some one like Conor Oberst four those of you who are unfamiliar here are some of his lyrics. The...

    Started by mathew ritacco‎, 08-02-2005 06:22 PM
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    08-10-2005, 07:26 PM Go to last post
  8. My mind's a blank

    I'm typing along, happy as a clam, and I've somehow managed to forget what the correct name is of the hall/room/area in a church where they have...

    Started by Eva S‎, 07-16-2003 06:45 AM
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    07-16-2003, 03:11 PM Go to last post
  9. Dislocate this!

    Started by martin shaw‎, 12-02-2010 06:54 AM
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  10. Is Horror Dead? What Were Your Favorites?

    I remember the eighties and early nineties being BIG for horror novels. Now when I go to most bookstores, there isn't a dedicated horror section...

    Started by Matt Austin‎, 06-09-2008 01:07 PM
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    06-30-2008, 09:44 PM Go to last post
  11. seeking critique

    hello! i\'m shiny and new. this is called \"Ellen.\" rip away. september --- Jason played a mean game of Magic on the playground after...

    Started by september tate‎, 03-06-2008 06:55 PM
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    03-08-2008, 09:38 AM Go to last post
  12. how do you WRITE a "movie moment" ?

    examples off the top of your head would be greatly appreciated. Hey, just think of it as another fiction challenge? :) So, how do you...

    Started by Gregory White‎, 11-13-2007 07:04 PM
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    11-21-2007, 07:27 PM Go to last post
  13. Sermon (First Draft)

    "Yes!" shouted the Reverend Godfrey Gottspellsson, "Yes! Yes! You will not recognize him when he comes! Miserable sinners that you are, blinded by...

    Started by John Doerper‎, 08-03-2005 12:47 PM
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    08-04-2005, 12:57 PM Go to last post
  14. Roy Abe Babe

    Roy J'ai une petite question ....and I've sent it via email Merci bien

    Started by Picture Book‎, 12-16-2002 01:48 PM
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  15. Writer's Retreat

    We really need to all meet at a Writer's Retreat, where identities can at last be confirmed. Then we can have some serious mud wrestling. :)

    Started by Lindi‎, 08-07-2003 05:00 PM
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    08-10-2003, 02:25 PM Go to last post
  16. Perceptions of height

    An eccentric question, perhaps: this affects a descriptive piece I am writing. I stand inside an old Gothic-style church and the guide say the...

    Started by Clyde Finney‎, 09-19-2002 10:25 AM
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    09-22-2002, 02:34 AM Go to last post
  17. third person question frags

    if you have a third person story, can you put questions that aren't from the characters? sheena

    Started by sheena‎, 06-26-2001 12:04 PM
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    07-01-2001, 01:41 PM Go to last post
  18. Strange grammar question: saucers

    Does one place a tea cup back ON the saucer or back IN in the saucer? Thanks :)

    Started by Stephanie glen‎, 06-20-2005 04:44 PM
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    06-21-2005, 06:35 AM Go to last post
  19. Do I use...elipses...too much?

    I noticed that I have a love of the elipsis (...) in writing. I'm afraid I might be using it in the wrong places, however. I tend to use it when...

    Started by Ryan Bruner‎, 03-29-2004 10:40 AM
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  20. 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

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