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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. Writing contest begins now.

    Seeing as how I can't get a consensus on a format...here we go. Enter with no more than 300 words or roughly 1 double spaced page of text. ...

    Started by Franklin Meeks‎, 11-04-2009 12:30 PM
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  2. novels with naughty bits

    What is the general consensus amongst the writers here concerning sex scenes in novels? I am editing my novel and have moved my opening chapter...

    Started by sam albion‎, 10-05-2009 08:06 AM
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  3. Revised first chapter

    It was a grand staircase, and the landing held a massive window of amber, honeyed glass. Through this window stood a garden, with ancient oaks....

    Started by Conor Beaulieu‎, 09-19-2009 01:29 AM
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  4. critique first words

    The gale tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that if they did not make landfall in three days they would all be dead. Too many...

    Started by Don Daffron‎, 08-19-2009 04:12 PM
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  5. Criticism sought for fictional prose

    I'm seeking criticism for the passage below - be as brutal as you like, I'll consider all suggestions for improvement! ...

    Started by Ruth George‎, 06-06-2009 11:51 AM
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  6. What's wrong with this paragraph?

    How does this read? I tried to edit it down as much as possible, but I am still not sure it's short enough. If there isn't a problem with the...

    Started by Chris Redd‎, 12-23-2008 12:52 AM
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    12-26-2008, 03:45 PM Go to last post
  7. Punctuating Decryptions

    Hello. I am seeking advice concerning inserting punctuation into uncommon sentence structures. The words of the sentences cannot be reordered,...

    Started by David Mivshek‎, 04-18-2008 11:50 AM
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  8. I accept constructive criticism and advice on my way of conveying ideas.

    As I already said, English is my third language and this is an unpretentious text posted in a forum, hurriedly written and without any literary...

    Started by Paradise Wolf‎, 04-04-2008 01:00 PM
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    04-28-2008, 08:16 PM Go to last post
  9. I challenge you to a duel

    Who can write the worst opening paragraph imaginable? Top this, suckers. ************************************** Terminally Leethal Destruction...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 02-29-2008 07:37 AM
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  10. Tweaking does the nose good.

    I just read all the posts in Anie's thread where she posted Stevenson. A few critiqued it as not good while others were highly offended at the hoax....

    Started by Gregory White‎, 08-02-2007 06:26 AM
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    08-07-2007, 05:52 AM Go to last post
  11. The Dreaded Comma...

    I still don't quite understand when to use the comma. :-( Does anyone have a simple rule of thumb? I'm green.

    Started by Joy Riches‎, 09-19-2006 05:43 AM
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  12. general question of style...

    The question being, do I have one? I am not trying to be funny. I am having a difficult time getting a voice. If you have time then read the...

    Started by Colin Jeffcoat IV‎, 02-03-2005 06:53 AM
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  13. Women's opinion?

    This the start of Chapter five in my novel. The prot. is waking up in a motel. I'm particuarly interested in how women react to it. Is there...

    Started by Rich L.‎, 04-27-2004 10:56 AM
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  14. third person/present tense

    I copied my first draft of my YA novel into a new file (originally written in first person with switches to third person - all in present tense). In...

    Started by patti new-writer‎, 03-26-2004 07:31 PM
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  15. Show dont tell....

    .... But what exactly does this mean? I thought I had a handle on this idea yet I've been giving more thought to this lately as I near the completion...

    Started by Grace Coffman‎, 02-19-2004 05:40 PM
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  16. J.K. Ruling?

    We all saw J.K. Rowling rise upon the literary stage like a blazing phoenix from an obscure pile of ashes. It was a glorious period for Rowling, and...

    Started by billy c.‎, 05-12-2003 08:45 AM
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    05-22-2003, 07:52 PM Go to last post
  17. Please critique

    Some contact lenses have no respect for the law. Stain glass windows are not compatable with niacin. Sneeble, snarble, snooble, snoo. Snibbly,...

    Started by Sneeble‎, 04-14-2003 03:43 PM
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  18. What's happened to the English language?

    For months now, I have been cringing at the multiple abuses of language, grammar, structure, and spelling which continually crop up on this site. ...

    Started by Reese Greer‎, 11-21-2002 07:46 AM
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  19. Brit -vs- US #2

    OK....but what if your telling a story with different POV's in first person; can you get away with each character's POV in either Brit, english,...

    Started by Joseph Koppe‎, 11-16-2002 07:42 AM
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    11-21-2002, 10:58 AM Go to last post
  20. Make Norm drooool

    Norm, I found away to clear house so I could write. Sent my oldest daghter,Beth, her two adult sons and their gals out Katchemack Bay down at...

    Started by J. Casey‎, 07-06-2001 08:56 AM
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    07-09-2001, 08:31 AM Go to last post

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