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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. 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 12:42 PM
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    08-07-2009, 12:27 PM Go to last post
  2. # of Characters

    Hi all I am brand new to this forum and to forums in general so please forgive any etiquette faux pas. I was wondering if there is limit to the...

    Started by Tara Allen‎, 07-03-2008 07:30 AM
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    07-08-2008, 04:19 PM Go to last post
  3. Art and Skill

    Ahoy, fair maidens and gallant gentlemen! You are sailing past my little raft in your supertankers. Have APA, CMS, and other "lawmakers" taken...

    Started by M.I.K.‎, 04-26-2002 06:41 AM
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    05-08-2002, 05:58 PM Go to last post
  4. 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 10:06 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    08-14-2015, 04:21 AM Go to last post
  5. 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 04:08 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    04-10-2003, 09:29 AM Go to last post
  6. Characters Tell the Ending?

    Structure is incredibly important, obviously. I'm wondering how many writers leave the ending up to their characters? When we REALLY get to know...

    Started by Brian Kure‎, 04-11-2001 10:15 PM
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    04-23-2001, 07:56 AM Go to last post
  7. " what is eternalty?

    Eternalty is a city made of stone, where a great king lives named Christ, who once lived on the earth among men.he was crucified on a mount called...

    Started by Rosie L Brewer‎, 04-10-2003 10:27 AM
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    04-14-2003, 10:01 AM Go to last post
  8. Question regarding sequel

    Hello everyone, I have somewhat of a dilemma. I am writing the "sequel" to a novella that I previously self-published as a kindle ebook. I want to...

    Started by marnie_skip‎, 01-03-2016 03:45 AM
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    01-03-2016, 04:16 AM Go to last post
  9. using initials instead of a full name

    In a non-fiction book, is it a good or bad idea to use the first letter of a person's name rather than their full name? eg. M. instead of Marian.

    Started by M T‎, 02-11-2003 07:51 PM
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    02-17-2003, 02:06 PM Go to last post
  10. writers block

    starting the second chapter of my novel. all of a sudden, i have writers block. any advice good or bad would be helpful/

    Started by joyce davidowicz‎, 04-10-2001 11:37 AM
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    04-13-2001, 07:11 AM Go to last post
  11. Continuing stories or separate stories?

    For me personally, I've always been a big fan of trilogies and sagas. Stories that keep on going and continue to add depth with each new book....

    Started by Wickett‎, 03-21-2014 08:33 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    06-17-2014, 10:19 AM Go to last post
  12. !@#$%& paragraph

    Help! Can anyone come up with a suggestion or two (or more) about/for this paragraph? I weary of banging my head against the wall! I'm beyond...

    Started by Amanda Turek‎, 02-01-2005 05:08 PM
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    02-05-2005, 03:03 PM Go to last post
  13. 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 04:52 PM
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    05-24-2009, 06:39 AM Go to last post
  14. 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
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    03-06-2015, 08:07 PM Go to last post
  15. An Authors Privilege: using fragments and unconventional methods

    A few books I have read helped me develop my craft of writing, which is still in the process. One of them being Ann Rise's Menock the Devil, where...

    Started by Steven clifford‎, 10-28-2005 09:41 AM
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    11-16-2005, 11:13 PM Go to last post
  16. 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, 08-11-2015 11:00 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-14-2015, 10:53 AM Go to last post
  17. Lightbulb Reading Out Loud

    When I posted the very beginning of my novel months ago, sheesh, I received comments from leslee and jayce (thanks again). leslee advised me to read...

    Started by Claire Young‎, 09-27-2011 01:58 PM
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    10-13-2011, 11:26 PM Go to last post
  18. 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 05:33 PM
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    09-20-2011, 03:43 AM Go to last post
  19. 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
  20. Profanity Question

    Does not using profanity in a novel hurt your chances of getting published? In my daily life, around the guys, I'll admit to using some profanity....

    Started by Carl Purdon‎, 07-01-2008 06:33 AM
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    • Replies: 41
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    09-14-2008, 09:56 PM Go to last post

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