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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. chapter length consistency

    Okay I have a bunch of questions Is it important to keep chapter lengths consistent? I intentionally made the first chapter short at 1500...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 04-10-2015 12:12 AM
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    04-10-2015, 09:09 PM Go to last post
  2. Writers block... kinda

    Ok. Sorry guys, I'm spamming these threads. I have a ton of this story in my head. A lot of future scenes. Here is my problem. The current...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 04-08-2015 09:02 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-10-2015, 08:54 PM Go to last post
  3. Cliffhangers

    I have yet another question. When ending a chapter with a major cliffhanger, probably the biggest in the story. Is it good practice to start the...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 04-06-2015 12:40 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 761
    04-08-2015, 01:07 PM Go to last post
  4. Simple words VS. Fancy words

    Is it important to use big, fancy words. When I read something, I find myself having to stop mid sentence and google what the hell I just read. ...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 04-03-2015 01:38 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,088
    04-06-2015, 12:42 PM Go to last post
  5. POV Questions

    I understand the basics of what each POV is 1st, 2nd, 3rd limited/omniscient etc. Putting it into play is a whole different story. I...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 03-31-2015 11:30 AM
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    1 2
    • Replies: 13
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    04-03-2015, 01:03 PM Go to last post
  6. Setting the scene years apart

    I want to start a story with a short scene set 70 years before the main events and located in a particular locale. I'm considering a short line...

    Started by Snell‎, 03-16-2015 07:49 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    03-18-2015, 11:52 AM Go to last post
  7. 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
  8. Manuscript format

    What is acceptable manuscript formatting that agents and publishers require?

    Started by tjm‎, 02-21-2015 11:55 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    02-21-2015, 12:09 PM Go to last post
  9. Advice on Drafts?

    So I'm currently 25k into the second draft of a novel that I've been actively focusing on for about a year now. I'm a full time nursing student...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 11-27-2014 04:48 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    01-29-2015, 07:44 PM Go to last post
  10. 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
  11. U.S. Vocab question

    Obviously people in the U.S. know what gas is and what a gas station is. In general, are people in the U.S. familiar with the U.K. terms 'petrol'...

    Started by Tayble‎, 10-20-2014 04:54 PM
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    • Replies: 10
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    11-17-2014, 02:17 PM Go to last post
  12. Help!

    I'm writing the second draft of my novel, and I have writer's block. Any suggestions?

    Started by tjm‎, 07-25-2014 02:08 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 25
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    09-11-2014, 08:23 AM Go to last post
  13. Back to Simulated Mayhem

    I've put my rewrite of my fantasy series back on hold for the moment. It just wasn't coming together for me, which made it a bit of a grind. Instead,...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 06-01-2014 10:24 AM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 32
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    08-15-2014, 08:06 AM Go to last post
  14. Basic writing questions

    Some questions I've wondered about in writing my novel is: Is it necessary when it is clear that two people are speaking to each other, to end...

    Started by tjm‎, 07-11-2014 02:10 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    07-18-2014, 08:58 AM Go to last post
  15. 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 09:33 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    06-17-2014, 11:19 AM Go to last post
  16. I've got a Damsel in Distress, but when? Help!

    Hey, question for ya'll. In the book I'm currently working on, I need the secondary character to kidnap the protagonist fairly early on in the book,...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 06-13-2014 06:33 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,778
    06-14-2014, 11:55 AM Go to last post
  17. Nevermore!

    A quick question for you grammar gurus out there. I'm drawing a blank on this one, regarding "anymore" vs. "any more". If I tell someone I no...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 05-26-2014 02:37 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,617
    06-01-2014, 07:44 AM Go to last post
  18. My essay at themillions.com

    Because it's been slow around these parts, and because I've been a long-time contributor, I hope you will indulge this announcement. Who knows, some...

    Started by Lawrence Tabak‎, 05-08-2014 07:22 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-08-2014, 04:48 PM Go to last post
  19. Everyone Should Teach Writing

    Making the case for writing across the curriculum: ...

    Started by Peano‎, 04-24-2014 07:55 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,725
    04-29-2014, 08:46 AM Go to last post
  20. An Old Series Reborn, and a Question about POV

    So I've been hemming and hawing about my next writing project for a while, trying to decide what to tackle next. While I do need to get cracking on...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 04-05-2014 07:59 AM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 13,523
    04-17-2014, 06:01 AM Go to last post

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