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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. Fiction-writing questions

    I love to read, but my interest is almost exclusively in nonfiction. I have read a few novels that I thoroughly enjoyed, and they've given me a lot...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-05-2011 08:37 PM
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  2. help with a name

    I have a question about a character name. One of my characters in the story I am working on is a guy who is Northern Irish by birth, but who has...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-04-2011 02:27 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-05-2011, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  3. Antagonists

    Must every good story have an antagonist? Who (or what) are some of the most unusual antagonists you've observed? Cheryl

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-05-2011 06:41 AM
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    06-05-2011, 09:47 AM Go to last post
  4. Question on QL's and Synopsis

    Hi Guys. A few of the agencies I'm considering submitting to ask for a QL and a brief synopsis. I'm a little confused. Why both? It seems like...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 06-03-2011 09:20 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    06-04-2011, 06:20 PM Go to last post
  5. The Fourth Wall

    In TV, they call it break down of the fourth wall if an actor turns around and looks directly at the camera thereby connecting directly with the...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 05-31-2011 04:07 AM
    fourth wall literature
    • Replies: 9
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    06-02-2011, 11:15 PM Go to last post
  6. OK, I'm torn.

    FAIR WARNING: Lengthy post. And, please, I welcome ALL input!! I'm torn between two plots at the moment. One, is near and dear to me. The...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 05-31-2011 02:54 PM
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    06-01-2011, 02:14 PM Go to last post
  7. Best creative writing software for Mac?

    Hello everyone, Just want to start off by saying hello. I am new here and looking forward to being a productive member of the forum. I am...

    Started by John Wolcott‎, 05-09-2009 09:26 PM
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    05-28-2011, 01:54 PM Go to last post
  8. Macro & Micro Edits

    Just on editing because someone was asking about it before. I got some questions re editing as well. I can do micro editing just fine because I'm...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 05-25-2011 04:35 PM
    macroedit plot character
    • Replies: 5
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    05-26-2011, 08:13 AM Go to last post
  9. Editing

    Sorry, another question. Should I edit each chapter as I finish it, or leave it and come back to it after I have done a few. I seem to re-read what I...

    Started by Rebecca D\'Souza‎, 05-22-2011 05:47 AM
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    05-26-2011, 07:03 AM Go to last post
  10. Dare Me! (YA Thriller)

    Chapter One Danny thinks Iím nuts talking to strangers like I do, but what does he know, right? And itís not like strangers on the street, that...

    Started by Lisa Cronkhite‎, 05-23-2011 03:42 PM
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    05-26-2011, 05:32 AM Go to last post
  11. Going too far?

    So, my stories, most of them, are all fit into the same universe, an alternate one to this one where there is (was) still an Earth, but it ended up...

    Started by Allison McClish‎, 05-22-2011 06:39 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-25-2011, 04:13 PM Go to last post
  12. Talking Synopsis

    Hi. Does anyone have any favorite sites on writing synopses? I was thinking of something like Query Shark. There doesn't seem to be much on here...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 05-22-2011 01:38 PM
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    05-23-2011, 07:35 AM Go to last post
  13. The fine line between a light bulb and a commitment

    At any given point in time, depending on how much you don't want to be in the present moment, there can be many hundreds of ideas floating through...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 05-21-2011 03:43 AM
    inspiration commitment
    • Replies: 3
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    05-22-2011, 06:35 PM Go to last post
  14. Switching between characters

    Ok so the story I'm working on right now involves a group of survivors on an island (original I know), and I have about 3 characters that I want to...

    Started by Will Prendergast‎, 05-21-2011 04:56 AM
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    05-22-2011, 03:33 AM Go to last post
  15. 50 Things a Writer Shouldn't Do

    Jut found this, though it's been around a while: 50 THINGS A WRITER SHOULDN'T DO *Edited to make the thread a 'sticky'*

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 04-19-2011 04:59 AM
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    05-18-2011, 03:56 AM Go to last post
  16. What do you do when...

    ... you're so sick of your novel that you want to burn it and rip it into shreds and tape the shreds to a rocket and fire it into the sun? Can you...

    Started by Emily MacGowan‎, 05-09-2011 10:14 PM
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    05-12-2011, 12:49 AM Go to last post
  17. When Is A Plot Too Complex?

    Does anybody have any thoughts on when a plot becomes too complicated?? I have a central plot for my MC with twists and subplots involving other...

    Started by Julie Harris‎, 05-08-2011 05:03 PM
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    05-10-2011, 03:59 AM Go to last post
  18. Just sharing

    i guess i should introduce myself first... well, i am just a high school student who like to read and write. i came to canada from china just 3...

    Started by QianLi Cai‎, 05-27-2008 03:16 PM
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    05-07-2011, 03:19 PM Go to last post
  19. Prologues - a good idea?

    Hi everyone, I'm in the throes of my query letter editing, and what feels like my final edit of my young-adult MS, and I am wondering whether or not...

    Started by Emily MacGowan‎, 05-01-2011 05:55 AM
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    05-06-2011, 01:52 PM Go to last post
  20. When Telling's Better than Showing

    I heard that for the most part, showing is better than telling and telling should only be used when you want to repeat things over and over how the...

    Started by imported_Mayesha Kpah‎, 03-18-2011 04:34 AM
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    • Replies: 15
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    05-01-2011, 04:58 PM Go to last post

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