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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. Operator critique

    I just finished a manuscript science fiction novel called operator... I wondered if anyone could give me any opinions on the first chapter ...

    Started by Robert MacDermant‎, 07-02-2007 01:25 AM
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    07-03-2007, 07:21 AM Go to last post
  2. query letter critique

    This is my query letter what's your' opinion of it? Dear : I recently completed an 84,000 word science fiction novel called Operator and would...

    Started by Robert MacDermant‎, 07-02-2007 01:20 AM
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    07-02-2007, 10:20 PM Go to last post
  3. Rules for Writing

    I came across this the other day and thought it would be a good addition to one\'s library. <A...

    Started by Joseph Watson‎, 06-28-2007 10:26 AM
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    07-02-2007, 06:28 AM Go to last post
  4. Maritime research question

    I need a bit of very specific information about Transatlantic travel in the 1920's for a novel I'm writing, and I'm getting frustrated because I...

    Started by A. L. Gerard‎, 06-29-2007 02:58 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    07-01-2007, 07:23 PM Go to last post
  5. Query letter help?

    So I've been struggling with the query letter for an embarrasingly long time, and I still kind of despise it, and I'd like to get some feedback. If...

    Started by Parry Milkvetch‎, 06-30-2007 02:33 PM
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    07-01-2007, 03:02 PM Go to last post
  6. Memoir Query Question

    I'm still working heavily on my memoir but I am at least working on a full MS. My question is: do I abide by the non-fiction 'send proposal before...

    Started by Janet Ford‎, 07-01-2007 11:42 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    07-01-2007, 02:23 PM Go to last post
  7. Book Opening - Opinions?

    This is the opening I've written for my non-fiction novel - "Love You To Pieces". I'd appreciate any responses any of you would be willing to take...

    Started by Janet Ford‎, 06-24-2007 08:48 AM
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    06-30-2007, 06:32 PM Go to last post
  8. Thanks for the epiphany

    Between your responses to my "narrative wasn't engaging" thread and some other threads I've been reading through, I suddenly realized something...

    Started by Ray Veen‎, 06-21-2007 02:47 PM
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    06-29-2007, 08:08 PM Go to last post
  9. Query letter for short story help

    I'm getting ready to submite a short story to a magazine and the magazine wants a query letter first. So i did some searching and couldn't find...

    Started by Stacy McCune‎, 06-28-2007 06:06 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-29-2007, 03:50 PM Go to last post
  10. Endings

    It is true that many if not most books die at the end. Nothing is worse than a book you love, right up to the last few pages, then splat. If I love...

    Started by Harper‎, 06-26-2007 08:27 AM
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    06-28-2007, 01:19 PM Go to last post
  11. How would you say this in the 1400s?

    I have a character whom I need to basically say, "Are you serious?" But my book is set in the 1400s and I don't want anything too cumbersome and...

    Started by Savannah Thorne‎, 06-12-2007 05:20 AM
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    06-27-2007, 02:04 PM Go to last post
  12. Ending your book

    I was speaking to an agent last week, who told me that one of his main problems was that many writers did not know how to end a book. I spoke to him...

    Started by Ayo Akinfe‎, 06-25-2007 04:44 AM
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    06-27-2007, 12:56 PM Go to last post
  13. Warning: 18 material: Is this OTT?

    Bene got the sack of pounded yam out of the larder and cut it open, he put the scissors back in the draw and then filled up the kettle and switched...

    Started by Ayo Akinfe‎, 06-21-2007 06:48 AM
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    06-26-2007, 08:15 AM Go to last post
  14. Final Conflict

    This is the beginning of a fairly long short story called Final Conflict. Any feedback is welcome. "Sometimes I miss the Cold War: things were...

    Started by john palmer‎, 06-23-2007 08:16 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    06-25-2007, 08:44 AM Go to last post
  15. Grammar Question - Part of Speech

    Sorry to take up an entire thread with this tiny question but it suddenly occurred to me that I have no idea what part of speech 'there' is when used...

    Started by Ord Retniap‎, 06-19-2007 09:14 PM
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    06-25-2007, 05:15 AM Go to last post
  16. First paragraphs of "Simplicity;" Beta request

    Of anyone reading these first few lines, I would like to ask, would you read the next? Of those who would, I would like to ask, Beta? Please? ...

    Started by Clayton Lindemuth‎, 06-21-2007 04:25 PM
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    06-22-2007, 06:10 PM Go to last post
  17. 'memoir' book forward - rewritten

    Here is my latest draft of my fwd. I'd love feedback on it. I took all your valued critiques into consideration while writing this. Having been...

    Started by Janet Ford‎, 06-18-2007 01:35 PM
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    06-22-2007, 05:00 PM Go to last post
  18. My novel summary (upon request)

    The Mind Is A Sort Of A Homecoming By Charlotte Noble When Samantha drives down the storm drenched road, she has the assumtion this day is going...

    Started by Charlotte Noble‎, 06-20-2007 03:56 PM
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    06-22-2007, 05:53 AM Go to last post
  19. Amazing Critique and Guidelines

    I just received an amazing critique from Katrina on OneOfUs, a writer’s forum in the UK. She mentioned having written twenty books although I did...

    Started by Dale Day‎, 06-19-2007 04:13 PM
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    06-21-2007, 09:23 PM Go to last post
  20. Prospective Query v2

    Thanks to jayce and some research I've been working on character motivations so the story is definitely taking shape. What do you think about...

    Started by Rogue Mutt‎, 06-18-2007 10:29 AM
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    06-21-2007, 07:30 PM Go to last post

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