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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. How much is too much?

    I took the advice given to me about my first two pages in my first chapter and had revised the whole thing. Which, I must thank everyone for their...

    Started by Mary Prickett‎, 09-15-2007 03:01 PM
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    09-15-2007, 03:27 PM Go to last post
  2. Please critique my first post (887 words)

    Please critique my first post. It is part of a larger work called 'The temple where you go to vomit". I have already completed a first draft but I am...

    Started by paul garrigan‎, 09-14-2007 03:04 AM
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    09-15-2007, 03:25 PM Go to last post
  3. A short story for your pleasure ... (feel free to critique/bash) 1k words, more if you want

    "So who's the ranking officer, now?" Private Lewis asked. He repeatedly had to move a branch imbued with long, thin leaves from his face. The...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-13-2007 12:57 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-14-2007, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  4. Help me choose?

    I was hoping you guys could help me choose which draft to pursue when it came to the one page synopsis. The first is experimental, I havenít seen...

    Started by Johnny Kid‎, 09-13-2007 12:33 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    09-14-2007, 11:44 AM Go to last post
  5. How about this?

    Sorry for posting so often, it's just my goal in life is to be a writer. I need to know if I even have a chance. This scene is taken from the first...

    Started by Nevada Bailey‎, 09-12-2007 06:56 PM
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    • Replies: 11
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    09-13-2007, 05:26 PM Go to last post
  6. First Chapter Excerpt

    Okay, thank you all for your advice and I have reworked some of it. Please let me know if this flows a little better with dialouge, info, and so...

    Started by Mary Prickett‎, 09-11-2007 04:41 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 581
    09-13-2007, 05:37 AM Go to last post
  7. Does this work, or is it somewhat redundant?

    Hello, I'm also new to this site. I've posted my query a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still struggling to make it 'just right'. In the meantime I've...

    Started by Nevada Bailey‎, 09-10-2007 07:26 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 15
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    09-13-2007, 05:03 AM Go to last post
  8. Sample - alternate 1st pages

    I posted a sample of my first five pages a couple of days ago and received some good feedback, one specifically said that I was starting in the wrong...

    Started by Dave Odle‎, 09-12-2007 11:11 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-12-2007, 09:18 PM Go to last post
  9. I've decided to use present tense rather than past

    Any opinions on that?

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-11-2007 09:15 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-12-2007, 04:17 PM Go to last post
  10. Varsity Production Technique

    A question for those of you that have completed a novel length piece of fiction--How did you balance out production (actually telling and finishing...

    Started by Bryant Poston‎, 09-08-2007 06:09 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 471
    09-12-2007, 01:09 PM Go to last post
  11. Chapter 1 sample - again

    I tried posting this earlier and it didn't come out right - pretty much came out as all one blob. I tried to break it up, but still have no idea how...

    Started by Dave Odle‎, 09-10-2007 02:38 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    09-12-2007, 10:26 AM Go to last post
  12. An excerpt that wowed/wows me

    <U>Quote:</U> I talked before I walked, and at a crucial stage that escapes recollection, I decided my words and thoughts were so valuable they...

    Started by Patrick Edwards‎, 09-12-2007 07:36 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 322
    09-12-2007, 07:36 AM Go to last post
  13. helpful critique on short story beginning?

    I've decided that since I have way too many ideas that short stories would be a good way to satisfy my need for "getting the story out of my head". ...

    Started by Gregory White‎, 09-11-2007 06:54 AM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
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    09-11-2007, 05:46 PM Go to last post
  14. My first chapter, excerpt

    All right, I am new here and read somewhere this is the place to put your material if you want it critqued. All I ask is for honesty when it comes to...

    Started by Mary Prickett‎, 09-10-2007 08:19 AM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 13
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    09-11-2007, 03:27 PM Go to last post
  15. Your kind feedback on hook

    Thanks for all the comments to my previous post, which has been burried. I have some explanations and more questions, if you would be so kind. The...

    Started by inksli 4‎, 09-10-2007 07:51 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 507
    09-11-2007, 08:51 AM Go to last post
  16. The Deader Than A Doornail Club

    71,ooo Words The Deader Than A Doornail Club ...

    Started by Melissa Rees‎, 08-30-2007 01:26 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 13
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    09-11-2007, 07:57 AM Go to last post
  17. Second Impression, please

    Thanks in advance to any that would read and comment on this scene. Its what I think is the last, maybe next to last scene, in the introduction of a...

    Started by Bryant Poston‎, 09-07-2007 05:38 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    09-11-2007, 07:51 AM Go to last post
  18. Crit Please.

    Hank and Garner dived across the foyer, sliding on the smooth polished marble floor. Hank got there first. He hit the red button. A shattered...

    Started by Nick Dobbie‎, 09-05-2007 12:28 AM
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    • Replies: 17
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    09-11-2007, 07:47 AM Go to last post
  19. An excerpt from my completed manuscripts third chapter, advice please

    I've been working on my query letter, and its been suggested that I post an 800 word sample here. My book is a science fiction/mystery/suspense...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-08-2007 11:36 AM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 28
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    09-10-2007, 07:46 PM Go to last post
  20. Reworked the prologue a bit.

    Took the great advice and tried something new with my fantasy opener. It's still a bit wizardy, but that's how its gonna stay for now. What do nyou...

    Started by J v Z‎, 09-10-2007 01:10 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 793
    09-10-2007, 12:42 PM Go to last post

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