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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. Diaries of a vegan lesbian in small town America

    Looking for some ideas on how to improve - any critiques appreciaited! Diaries of a vegan lesbian in small town America I have a...

    Started by Amy Boyce‎, 04-27-2011 04:33 PM
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    04-30-2011, 03:33 AM Go to last post
  2. Conceptual First Page, please dissect

    An idea flashed through my mind and I couldn't resist writing out the first idea I had for my manuscript entitled: The Time Traveler's Adventures...

    Started by Ryan Malin‎, 12-20-2010 02:07 PM
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    04-30-2011, 01:14 AM Go to last post
  3. viewpoints

    Hi everyone. I'm plotting a short novella and I have a question about it. As it stands, I'm thinking of writing a prologue and epilogue in first...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 04-24-2011 08:43 PM
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    04-27-2011, 03:18 PM Go to last post
  4. This is good writing?

    I just read this in a successful author’s novel: “… like a close family.” (I kept the quote as short as possible because it is copyrighted.)...

    Started by imported_James North‎, 04-23-2011 09:09 AM
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    04-23-2011, 09:46 PM Go to last post
  5. Simple grammar

    There are several elementary grammatical issues that I see constantly in work people put up for critique. It may be difficult to remember these...

    Started by John Hawkwood‎, 01-10-2011 10:50 AM
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    04-21-2011, 11:39 AM Go to last post
  6. What is a good word or few words for a vaguely defined, field-like spiritual substance that the human soul can experience?

    For example, I have thought of "ether" and "the force", but I am wondering if you have more creative ideas. A good metaphor for what I am thinking...

    Started by Tony F‎, 01-11-2011 06:34 PM
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    04-19-2011, 03:55 AM Go to last post
  7. Seeking Nonfiction articles

    I am the managing editor of a new online magazine: The Liberal Ohioan at *link removed by Mod* We publish weekly and are seeking nonfiction...

    Started by imported_Emily Journey‎, 04-04-2011 10:38 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-18-2011, 10:01 PM Go to last post
  8. Writing sports history

    I am currently in the beginning stages of writing a book about a football team formed in my town in the late 1880s. My intention is to tell the...

    Started by Niall Harkiss‎, 03-05-2011 03:39 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    04-18-2011, 09:11 AM Go to last post
  9. building metaphor

    Hi, I'm a new writer and recently submitted two personal essays that the editor is considering with some needed revision. In both cases he said I...

    Started by S Allen‎, 04-16-2011 09:22 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    04-17-2011, 02:20 PM Go to last post
  10. Willing readers please

    Hey all, I'm off to mum and dads in the country again to work on the final pages of my final draft & expect if it's not finished this weekend, it...

    Started by Satyrical Raven‎, 04-15-2011 07:44 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    04-17-2011, 04:55 AM Go to last post
  11. How often..

    do you use the word "said" in a dialog setting? This doesn't include other words that could be used instead of said. For example, "Blah blah blah,"...

    Started by Josh Maher‎, 04-14-2011 05:06 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    04-14-2011, 05:12 PM Go to last post
  12. Editing

    Just a comment that occurs to me while I've been editing a long novel. It seems, unless I start a scene with dialogue, that I invariably delete the...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 03-31-2011 08:11 PM
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    04-14-2011, 10:34 AM Go to last post
  13. This forum...

    ...doesn't show up as "unread" on my list!!!

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 04-01-2011 01:06 PM
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    04-07-2011, 02:53 AM Go to last post
  14. How useful are writers workshops

    Hi, new to the forums. O.K. so I want to be a fiction writer (obviously), and am considering what college I want to attend. A writers' workshop...

    Started by imported_Eric Trautmiller‎, 03-11-2011 04:11 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    04-06-2011, 02:09 PM Go to last post
  15. Growing characters

    Bob and Jill are the central characters to my story. My problem is that I know who Bob and Jill are. I know that one of Bob's best friends likes to...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 02-28-2011 10:43 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    04-06-2011, 12:57 AM Go to last post
  16. My first book.

    Well.. I've got what I believe to be a wonderful idea for a book. And I really don't know how to go about writing any of it. I figured I'd ask here....

    Started by imported_Rhys McMillin‎, 03-27-2011 12:09 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    04-03-2011, 01:29 AM Go to last post
  17. The Art & Science of Writing

    Put your hand up if you think writing is an Art. Put your hand up if you think writing is a Science. Now both of you put your hand down, because...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 03-24-2011 05:38 PM
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    03-26-2011, 06:36 PM Go to last post
  18. When words fail you, what do you call it?

    What do you call words that are just sounds like "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" or "eh?" is there a name for them? Words that are not recognised by the...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 03-25-2011 04:35 PM
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    03-26-2011, 05:15 PM Go to last post
  19. How to use ellipses properly

    My grasp of ellipses is more of a pinch I'm thinking the “...” punctuation is overused in my MS. For example: (sentence) All eyes, soft and...

    Started by Shaun .‎, 03-11-2011 11:32 AM
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    03-24-2011, 09:40 AM Go to last post
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    03-21-2011, 06:16 PM Go to last post

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