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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. 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 06:49 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    03-18-2015, 10:52 AM Go to last post
  2. 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 01:04 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    03-06-2015, 07:07 PM Go to last post
  3. Manuscript format

    What is acceptable manuscript formatting that agents and publishers require?

    Started by tjm‎, 02-21-2015 10:55 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    02-21-2015, 11:09 AM Go to last post
  4. 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 03:48 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,889
    01-29-2015, 06:44 PM Go to last post
  5. 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 10:19 AM
    advice, first person, narrative, view point
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,218
    01-29-2015, 06:32 PM Go to last post
  6. 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 03:54 PM
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    • Replies: 10
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    11-17-2014, 01:17 PM Go to last post
  7. Help!

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

    Started by tjm‎, 07-25-2014 01:08 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 25
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    09-11-2014, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  8. 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 09:24 AM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 32
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    08-15-2014, 07:06 AM Go to last post
  9. 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 01:10 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,190
    07-18-2014, 07:58 AM Go to last post
  10. 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 08:33 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    06-17-2014, 10:19 AM Go to last post
  11. 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 05:33 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,704
    06-14-2014, 10:55 AM Go to last post
  12. 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 01:37 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,483
    06-01-2014, 06:44 AM Go to last post
  13. 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 06:22 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,899
    05-08-2014, 03:48 PM Go to last post
  14. Everyone Should Teach Writing

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

    Started by Peano‎, 04-24-2014 06:55 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,587
    04-29-2014, 07:46 AM Go to last post
  15. 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 06:59 AM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 21
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    04-17-2014, 05:01 AM Go to last post
  16. Very Good, but Long Sentences

    Hey, out there, to those that did and those that did not respond to the long sentence game in previous strings on or about 9-27. I know that those...

    Started by Donald Lowery‎, 10-03-2002 11:53 AM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 39
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    04-02-2014, 03:29 AM Go to last post
  17. Opinions Please

    Here are the first few paragraphs of something I wrote a few years ago and I wondered if I could get your thoughts. Thanks in advance. The...

    Started by lveach‎, 01-16-2014 11:19 AM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 10
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    03-30-2014, 05:20 AM Go to last post
  18. First impressions

    My science fiction/adventure series is currently set in a universe created by others. As suggested in another forum, I am considering relocating that...

    Started by MUSKETTER 3‎, 03-13-2013 07:22 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 3,612
    03-21-2014, 07:22 PM Go to last post
  19. Going Back

    I reckon in a forum like this, everyone has my problem. So I sat down a while ago (read years) and wrote 17,000 words as a part of a novel, no...

    Started by Hatchnet‎, 10-02-2013 01:18 AM
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 65
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    03-18-2014, 03:14 AM Go to last post
  20. Plot Holes

    While I can appreciate a good book, I'm more of a manga reader (not the sexually explicit stuff which is sometimes involved but the good story...

    Started by Wickett‎, 02-03-2014 08:22 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 4,398
    03-05-2014, 05:32 PM Go to last post

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