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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. 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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  2. 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 09:45 AM
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  3. Keeping up with your word count

    Hey guys, I've brought up topics similar to this before but I'm looking for some advice. As a young novelist (21), I find it hard to get my work up...

    Started by Rich DeRuvo‎, 10-09-2009 12:42 PM
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  4. Punctuation again

    I submitted this sentence before and below seemed the best suggestion. But I'm uncomfortable with the period outside of grandpa quotes. Is there a...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 09-04-2009 08:39 AM
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    09-15-2009, 06:25 AM Go to last post
  5. what is bad writing?

    I get a kick out of hearing writing instructors cut down best selling authors' work. John Grasham is often belittled. In The Firm, he has a woman...

    Started by Don Daffron‎, 08-13-2009 01:53 PM
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  6. Excerpt from my first Novel

    Hello all. I'm new to this board. I've been "lurking" for the past week or so, just to see how you guys operate. This looks like a pretty decent...

    Started by Heather Vela‎, 04-24-2009 06:38 PM
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    04-28-2009, 09:58 AM Go to last post
  7. How's This Writing? (CUSS WARNING!)

    Hi everyone, I hope this sample isn't too long, but I just wanted a few honest critiques on the flow of this part of my book. The scene is set in a...

    Started by Matt Austin‎, 12-29-2008 10:10 AM
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  8. Edited Version: Critique?

    LUPOPHOBIA * CHAPTER 1: THE FOREST HAS EYES * *** It was a cold night, colder than it should have been during such a blazing month of July. I...

    Started by Cristina Frankel‎, 10-15-2008 02:20 PM
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  9. Concentration problem

    Hello, I\'m a novelist who struggles with concentration/focus/speed issues. I think my problem is that I actually hate reading, because the...

    Started by andrew wh‎, 11-05-2007 11:59 PM
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  10. What do you think? (After Edits)

    Hello all...some of you game me feedback on a piece and in the middle of the process it got picked up. However, I decided to go ahead with some of...

    Started by Natalia‎, 06-22-2005 05:48 PM
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  11. ... more of the same

    Thanks to all of you, who offered me comments on the excerpt of my offbeat novel. Bellow is another snippet. How does it read? Thank you...

    Started by Matya Dio‎, 06-09-2005 08:57 AM
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  12. Perfect Grammar 'n' Spelling?

    Consider this passage from a successful writer: The sweat wis lashing oafay Sick Boy; he wis trembling. Ah wis jist sitting thair... This guy...

    Started by Nick Dobbie‎, 11-28-2004 09:03 PM
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    12-06-2004, 11:40 AM Go to last post
  13. But does anyone write literary fiction?

    In one of these threads, I read that most of the people in here write science or fantasy fiction. Was this forum originally set up for those genres,...

    Started by Billie Jin‎, 07-01-2004 09:08 AM
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    07-06-2004, 09:45 AM Go to last post
  14. Writer's reference shelf

    I often see usage questions posted here that make me wonder if the person posting even owns a dictionary. That prompts me to ask: what's on YOUR...

    Started by Keith Cronin‎, 11-21-2003 08:41 AM
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    11-29-2003, 10:26 PM Go to last post
  15. Whaddya Think? Notice

    I have all of your submissions and I'm holding off putting them up until the problem is solved. I think Roy may have a solution which won't cost...

    Started by Mike Fulton‎, 07-12-2003 05:36 AM
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  16. Hesitant offering

    allo, allo again. Well, I require some light editorial assitance for this para, attempting to portray a cavalcade of confusion. I'm going for that...

    Started by Kane X Faucher‎, 07-08-2003 01:28 PM
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  17. What do fish have to do with it?

    everyone, my last thread was agenuine attempt to impart some of my knowledge, not some attempt to turn you on. (MT I think you are the only one who...

    Started by Gregory Robinson‎, 06-10-2003 05:28 PM
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  18. Would you continue after this opening?

    Okay, gang, it's my turn to be told I'm too wordy or tell too much. So here's the opening paragraph for a WIP. My main question is: is it enough to...

    Started by Roy Abrahams‎, 12-30-2002 10:46 AM
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  19. Fragments

    "The sentence is a fragment." Are fragmented sentences absolute no-no's in fiction? Don't they serve a purpose at times?

    Started by Picture Book‎, 12-19-2002 12:49 PM
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  20. The good old "said"

    What happened to dialogue being reported with the humble old "said"? Even though I still sometimes see it being used in books, it's not the advice us...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 07-06-2011 04:00 AM
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    08-19-2011, 07:28 AM Go to last post

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