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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. Dialogue

    I read a book on dialogue where the author suggested that readers "try" to overhear dialogue in everyday situations, write the lines down, and try to...

    Started by Wayne G‎, 11-07-2004 05:43 AM
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  2. Dialogue

    Hello again I am having the hardest time writing dialogue. Most of my writing is done in the first person. I tried to expand my horizon so to...

    Started by Robin Blue‎, 05-10-2004 03:19 PM
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  3. Dialogue

    When I write dialogue, I describe the movements of my characters through the room, or their gestures, or facial expressions. I try to keep it very...

    Started by K in Michigan‎, 10-10-2003 06:58 AM
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  4. Dialogue and thoughts.

    Hello all. I've been working on my story and I came up with a dilemma about real dialogues and thought-dialogues. Let me explain. I write...

    Started by Dora Nevius.‎, 08-09-2003 11:46 AM
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  5. Dialogue Crit, please

    I'm not going to say anything about the character, just give his dialogue. So please critique just on the dialogue alone. "Letís say...

    Started by Stanley Tweedle‎, 04-08-2005 11:23 AM
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  6. Dialogue for character speaking in verse

    If I have a narritive work written in the third person (prose), and one of the characters speaks in only verse (in his case, heroic couplets) how do...

    Started by Ian Bassingthwaighte‎, 04-19-2005 04:27 PM
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  7. Dialogue format and detail

    Hi, first post, but here goes: I have a background in screenwriting and I find myself writing in a very script-like way. Passages start with...

    Started by Alex Butterfield‎, 09-29-2008 07:47 PM
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    10-14-2008, 10:34 AM Go to last post
  8. Dialogue heavy chapter

    So the current chapter I am writing is extremely dialogue heavy. Most of the chapter is dialogue because it is a very vital part of the evolution of...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 04-26-2015 06:54 PM
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    05-03-2015, 09:12 PM Go to last post
  9. Dialogue Help

    Hello Everyone. I have never written dialogue before and am finding that my writing in either first or third person is really boring without it. I...

    Started by Robin Blue‎, 03-18-2003 12:23 AM
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  10. Dialogue makes up what % of the novel

    Hi, Today, someone posted a recommended percentage range for dialogue in a novel. I was going to go back and read that message again, but I can't...

    Started by Missie‎, 05-23-2002 07:37 PM
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  11. Dialogue mechanics

    Iím working on subtexts and dialogue mechanics and trying not to explain the dialogue. This is not an attempt to help my novel. Iím trying to improve...

    Started by john folsom‎, 10-06-2004 08:37 AM
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  12. Dialogue Progression as a complete scene

    Can you follow this dialogue the first ime without character confusion? Input requested. Declaration Recording No. 01: Ohio State Mental Health,...

    Started by Robert O. Birt‎, 10-27-2002 06:40 PM
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  13. Dialogue Progression Conclusion

    Terrific Feedback Folks. This opening dialogue for my manuscript is vial for several reasons. 1.) It introduces the speed and...

    Started by Robert O. Birt‎, 10-28-2002 11:29 AM
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  14. Dialogue Progression Part 2

    Ohio State Mental Health, Dept. of Abnormal Psychology Declaration Recording No. 01:: Official Transcript; Physician of Record: Dr....

    Started by Robert O. Birt‎, 10-28-2002 06:12 AM
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  15. Dialogue question

    Quick question: how do you format a character talking to an animal or an inanimate object? The character is a child colloquially conversing, I guess....

    Started by Lyle Ven‎, 09-22-2010 09:57 AM
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  16. dialogue question

    I'm curious about capitalization under a particular situation in dialogue. If I have someone speaking, but make a break in the middle of a sentence,...

    Started by shirley labeth‎, 10-28-2003 07:09 PM
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  17. Dialogue rules again

    I posted a response to the thread below and a fellow writer (dobbed in Michelle!) emailed me and said that my suggestion was wrong. 'If you must...

    Started by Denis Bonner‎, 12-07-2006 03:30 AM
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  18. Dialogue tag

    "That's what we like to dream of," she managed. Folks, is this <she managed> a dialogue tag? Could it be implied that she managed to speak up?...

    Started by Shangri la‎, 01-27-2006 12:31 AM
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  19. Dialogue tags

    "I hate them," Onassis whined. "Read this," ace editor Ray Rhamey instructed. ...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 01-27-2008 12:12 PM
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  20. Dialogue Tags

    To get us all back on the subject of writing, I'll post a question, When do you use tags with your dialogue? Do you use verbs other then said? Do you...

    Started by Valerie Moreau‎, 08-25-2001 10:20 AM
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