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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. mechanics of sudden changes??

    Question There are times when an abrupt change in the story line is used for surprise / shock value. These are two examples I have come up with. Iím...

    Started by Chuck Shaw‎, 09-17-2009 08:06 AM
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    09-21-2009, 07:26 AM Go to last post
  2. Jillian's attic

    This is the start of a story, and even though it's not perfect, I think it has some promise. I hope it will show some of the people who have been...

    Started by Chris Redd‎, 12-27-2008 05:30 AM
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    12-28-2008, 02:44 PM Go to last post
  3. Alright then no snow here but I'm writing to ward off insomnia

    So here is another blurb added onto the "unnamed-I'm-not-sure-what-it-will-be" thing I have going on. As always if you look at it grammatically you...

    Started by Lanita Hazen‎, 03-02-2008 09:03 PM
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    03-04-2008, 09:14 AM Go to last post
  4. Vampire is the New Black

    Apparently. Last month it was evil fairies or something similar according to the people I've spoken to, blogs I've read, and rants I laughed at. ...

    Started by Arden Wolfe‎, 02-28-2008 12:58 PM
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    03-01-2008, 07:45 AM Go to last post
  5. Screenplay scene for critique

    Brook Alongi\'s post inspired me to submit for critique the first scene of my screenplay in progress. I originally intended to write the story as a...

    Started by Jon Piper‎, 10-14-2006 03:34 PM
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    10-16-2006, 08:51 AM Go to last post
  6. I have acquired a "that" fetish.

    Everywhere I look, I find the word "that." In post on message boards, in books. They jump out at me. It's scary, because right behind THAT, I am...

    Started by Denise .‎, 10-24-2005 07:32 PM
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    12-01-2005, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  7. Cliches?

    Do you think the following are cliches? If so, any suggestions on improvements? 1/ The marriage counselorís office quickly became as volatile as...

    Started by S Glen‎, 07-22-2005 09:46 AM
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    07-28-2005, 06:20 PM Go to last post
  8. Chapter One - Critiquing please

    This is a story I started writing about three days ago, It has grown from this to fifteen pages in just a few house of writing. The main character is...

    Started by Tim Lawley‎, 12-18-2004 10:04 PM
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    12-21-2004, 12:59 AM Go to last post
  9. Speaking telepathically

    In my story, a couple of my characters are able to speak telepathically to one another. My dilemma is this - when you're talking out loud, it's...

    Started by Rhiannon‎, 07-28-2004 06:26 PM
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    07-30-2004, 10:54 PM Go to last post
  10. PublishAmerica for real?

    I found this great website and they offer to do everything for free, editing and publishing, are they for real? Because how will they benefit from...

    Started by Jia Lin‎, 07-15-2004 06:33 PM
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    07-21-2004, 11:55 AM Go to last post
  11. Advice needed for newcomer

    This is my first post, and basically I'm looking for anyone who'll help me with advice. I've been a writer forever, only now I'm trying to make a...

    Started by Jessica Sieff‎, 07-14-2004 09:33 AM
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    07-19-2004, 04:34 AM Go to last post
  12. Seeking Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror Writers

    I am the moderator for a critique group that focuses on fantasy, science fiction and horror writing. This group is over two years old. We need three...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 07-09-2004 07:47 AM
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    07-16-2004, 06:55 PM Go to last post
  13. Flashbacks...

    In my WIP, I have a prologue which offers some necessary backstory that leads to the start of my action. The tail end of this prologue references an...

    Started by Ryan Bruner‎, 04-07-2004 10:28 AM
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    04-07-2004, 07:58 PM Go to last post
  14. Introduction...

    Is this a catchy piece to open with? If not any ideas? Give me an idea about what could make it better. This is in a narrative form from a...

    Started by Paul Foust‎, 02-11-2004 09:38 AM
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    02-15-2004, 08:25 AM Go to last post
  15. Strange names

    Hello everyone, A while ago I read an excerpt from part of my fantasy novel to my writing class. I received mixed reviews, split in mainly two...

    Started by Shoilee‎, 09-27-2003 07:17 PM
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    09-29-2003, 11:11 PM Go to last post
  16. And that's why

    Yep, that worked. So, all a troll needs to do on these discussion forums is put up a flaming message under a pseudo, type in the real e-mail address...

    Started by Kary Gessler‎, 08-22-2003 05:15 PM
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    08-24-2003, 11:07 AM Go to last post
  17. Let’s get back on track – Sick but true

    Folks, I love this site. I come here when I am down and need someone to give me a reason to start writing again. The last two weeks have been the...

    Started by Jay Saunders‎, 07-18-2003 04:21 PM
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    07-20-2003, 07:56 PM Go to last post
  18. Writing technique

    I was talking to a friend yesterday, also a writer, who found it odd that I edit and polish each paragraph before moving on to the next. I just...

    Started by Tracy‎, 07-15-2003 08:17 PM
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    07-16-2003, 08:04 PM Go to last post
  19. MINOR dilemma

    In my first novel, two of the main characters lose their virginity at relatively young ages (for some). When the main character, a male, loses his...

    Started by David Messick‎, 08-25-2011 07:45 PM
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    09-07-2011, 06:52 AM Go to last post
  20. The great remake...

    It almost seems as if the industry has run out of good ideas.... just go to the movies to see Freddie Kruger or some other villain rising up out of...

    Started by J D‎, 10-09-2011 10:12 AM
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    10-19-2011, 06:04 AM Go to last post

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