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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. First Person

    Does anyone want to offer an opinion on first person narratives? I've done my research and read a ton about it, but I've never written something in...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 01-16-2015 11:19 AM
    advice, first person, narrative, view point
    • Replies: 7
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    01-29-2015, 07:32 PM Go to last post
  2. Average words per day?

    I searched through past posts to answer this, but didn't find too much. 1)How many words per day (on average)do you get to paper? 2)What is...

    Started by rock doctor‎, 07-21-2009 01:42 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 20
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    08-07-2009, 01:27 PM Go to last post
  3. Turning a novella into a novel

    Around Easter, a new idea seized me and I was so excited I did a quick plot outline and some character sketches and dove in headfirst. This summer...

    Started by K in Michigan‎, 09-30-2003 11:03 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    10-02-2003, 07:37 AM Go to last post
  4. A bit of assistance? Re: Opening to novel-in-progress....

    Hey, all Below is the opening to a novel I'm currently working on. Originally, this wasn't a part of the piece, but as I worked through the story,...

    Started by Patrick Edwards‎, 09-03-2007 11:27 AM
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 5
    • Replies: 43
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    09-07-2007, 07:34 PM Go to last post
  5. Book word count and cliffhanger ending

    What is the word count for a novel? What elements make for a suspenseful cliffhanger?

    Started by tjm‎, 02-25-2015 02:04 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 5,714
    03-06-2015, 08:07 PM Go to last post
  6. Cardinal sins in writing

    Being the novice that I am to writing, could some of the more experienced writers and editors describe some of the big bad no-no's in writing?...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 06-07-2011 08:41 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 28
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    06-22-2011, 11:56 AM Go to last post
  7. the use of torture in fiction

    Er... this is a question that I posted in another writing forum that is kind of raising more questions than answers so I thought I'd pop it in here...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 07-11-2011 02:00 AM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    fictional torture
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 5,699
    08-21-2011, 07:30 PM Go to last post
  8. 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 10:26 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 17
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    05-28-2011, 02:54 PM Go to last post
  9. plural of snafu?

    What is the plural of "snafu" ?! Any ideas? My dictionary didn't have one (although, I must admit, my dictionary is not that great). Thanks for...

    Started by Carmella‎, 04-07-2003 05:08 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    04-10-2003, 10:29 AM Go to last post
  10. Character description.... Important?

    ...5 minutes (read my other thread, you'll get it) Anyways, I have intentionally not been descriptive with the appearances of my characters. ...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 08-11-2015 11:06 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 5,645
    08-14-2015, 05:21 AM Go to last post
  11. Which is right?

    Which would be the correct word: leapt or lept? The dictionaries seem to indicate both are correct. But they both look wrong.

    Started by Lea Zalas‎, 08-24-2011 10:25 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 14
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    08-26-2011, 07:38 PM Go to last post
  12. Poll: onomatopoeia in narrative

    Is it acceptable ("He fired a burst--pop pop pop!"), or is it a hallmark of lazy, amateurish writing? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Started by jayce‎, 05-19-2009 05:52 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 23
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    05-24-2009, 07:39 AM Go to last post
  13. Writing with Young Children At Home

    Hi folks -- So... for those of us with young children, say under five, how do you work out a writing schedule or routine? My son is eight...

    Started by Mariann Kosub‎, 06-27-2001 06:42 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 18
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    07-02-2001, 06:16 PM Go to last post
  14. Story idea? Where do you begin?

    I'm spamming these threads. But as long as it's writing related, isn't this what it's for? This is more of an opinion then a question, but would...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 08-12-2015 12:00 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 5,605
    08-14-2015, 11:53 AM Go to last post
  15. The First Five Chapters and Scene and Structure

    A brief review. The First Five Chapters is straight forward and user-friendly. I used it as a checklist - Introduced main character? Check. Too...

    Started by alice clay‎, 09-09-2011 06:33 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 22
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    09-20-2011, 04:43 AM Go to last post
  16. What do you guys think of this?

    While writing a novel I came up with an idea for a story so I started writing it to take a little break from my bigger project. I just want some...

    Started by Rich DeRuvo‎, 08-25-2008 07:06 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 18
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    08-27-2008, 05:51 PM Go to last post
  17. "25 Reasons Readers Keep Reading"


    Started by Jena Grace‎, 11-16-2011 07:43 AM
    2 Pages
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    11-27-2011, 01:47 PM Go to last post
  18. Cock-a-doodle-doo (animal noises)

    Anyone notice that the way people usually write and say animal noises sound nothing like the way the animal actually sounds? I have to have a...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-18-2007 04:40 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 5,537
    11-26-2007, 06:37 PM Go to last post
  19. Creative writing course

    I'm looking at fiction writing courses and could do with some advice. Is it better to take a course that is university accredited? Is it something...

    Started by Susan B‎, 03-08-2012 11:14 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 17
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    04-05-2012, 03:48 PM Go to last post
  20. Question Interpreting anothers writing.

    :o I am mystified on interpretive editing. Why does anyone interpret anothers writing if one edits ones post? I do not believe in reading between the...

    Started by pljames‎, 05-20-2013 09:37 AM
    editing, interpreting, meanings, words
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 5,477
    12-09-2013, 08:56 PM Go to last post

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