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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. "Cliche" vs. "Cliched"

    Would one say, for example... "That's a cliched solution" ...or... "That's a cliche solution" ?

    Started by B P‎, 05-07-2005 07:02 AM
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    05-10-2005, 08:02 AM Go to last post
  2. "Confidence". First Chapter.

    Here's the first three pages of my WIP. I've been helping/making fun of others around here so much, didn't seem fair not to put myself out there. Any...

    Started by brandyn buchanan‎, 09-16-2005 08:11 PM
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    09-18-2005, 09:45 AM Go to last post
  3. "cut to the chase"

    Does anyone know if this expression would have been in use in the UK in the 1940s: "cut to the case"? I have looked in Brewer's Dictionary of...

    Started by Elizabeth‎, 05-16-2003 07:44 AM
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    05-16-2003, 04:51 PM Go to last post
  4. "Description" in Mystery Writing

    I have a finished mystery novel -- or at least I thought so. Someone read it and criticized the description. The story takes place in the 50's, and...

    Started by antonio smith‎, 10-02-2007 06:23 PM
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    10-05-2007, 05:29 AM Go to last post
  5. "DirectAction", opening

    I'm not familiar with what policy is here, so if this is too long I appologize. I just started a new novel. I'm about twenty pages in (double...

    Started by Carter James‎, 01-17-2006 06:29 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-18-2006, 04:52 PM Go to last post
  6. "Drunk and in charge of a bicycle."

    This is one of Ray Bradbury's chapters from "Zen in the Art of Writing," and just saying these words aloud sends my eight year old into a fit of...

    Started by Laura Gibson‎, 05-05-2003 04:40 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    05-05-2003, 07:40 PM Go to last post
  7. "Dumbing down" a YA story

    I'm working on, for the time being, a YA book, putting my first WIP on hold for the moment. While the story is definitely geared for the YA...

    Started by Ryan Bruner‎, 04-21-2004 10:25 AM
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    04-26-2004, 05:51 AM Go to last post
  8. "dweeb" means a "studious person"

    That's right. You Americans have given the word its negative conotation because you are anti-intellectual and hate "sudious persons". You owe me a...

    Started by Richard .‎, 07-01-2006 04:59 PM
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    07-09-2006, 11:54 PM Go to last post
  9. "Elvis said" or "said Elvis"?

    The other day I was reading Renni Browne’s “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers,” and in the chapter on dialogue it said this: Place the character’s...

    Started by Steven C‎, 07-23-2004 07:14 PM
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    07-26-2004, 02:09 PM Go to last post
  10. "Fictionalized Nonfiction"

    Whenever I drop into the Poughkeepsie library I read a magazine called The Writer . (I hope that appeared in italics, but I probably loused it up.) ...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 01-06-2006 04:39 PM
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    01-11-2006, 06:05 AM Go to last post
  11. "Generating BUZZ" in Publishing and Editing!


    Started by A.L. Sirois‎, 09-16-2008 09:11 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    09-16-2008, 09:14 AM Go to last post
  12. "Grounding you novel in the material world"

    I've been asked to design a three hour class for novelists on how to move their writing from the world of ideas and reflection to the physical real...

    Started by Jonathan Odell‎, 08-23-2007 12:56 PM
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    08-25-2007, 09:40 AM Go to last post
  13. "had been" or "was"

    I sometimes have problems with "have been" and "was." It seems both could be used in similar cases: I was playing football when he tackled me and...

    Started by James Lewis‎, 06-08-2008 11:48 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-09-2008, 04:59 PM Go to last post
  14. "Hello... I'm the author..."

    I’ve often seen the advice here that the story should be told (or rather shown) through characters and their actions. I agree with this and try to...

    Started by junel ;-)‎, 11-14-2009 08:13 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-23-2009, 10:01 PM Go to last post
  15. "How do you get your story ideas?"

    Hi gang...... The below was posted on the spur of the moment on another thread the other day. Since its appearance there, no one has responded...

    Started by Roy Abrahams‎, 06-17-2003 02:41 PM
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    06-19-2003, 07:53 AM Go to last post
  16. "I love to write day"

    Interesting concept, and is apparently being promoted by a guy who's local to me: http://www.ilovetowriteday.org/ The World's Biggest Party...

    Started by Don Lloyd‎, 11-15-2004 05:51 AM
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  17. "In a book or a film they would have..."

    May I trouble fellow writers to tell me ‘yeah’ or ‘nay’ as to whether the following comes across as a good idea or not? I’ve mulled over it too...

    Started by Chris Chamberlain‎, 09-01-2007 06:09 AM
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    09-04-2007, 05:25 AM Go to last post
  18. "Inside the flap" - opinions please

    I just now finished my first novel, so I have never written the "inside the flap" or back cover blurb. I would really appreciate any advise you...

    Started by Amanda Roper‎, 05-05-2003 02:20 AM
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    05-05-2003, 09:43 AM Go to last post
  19. "It Began With a Whisper" - building a tale

    Please no comments--only builds (reasonable length). Now, overlap is gonna be an issue (assuming the mass participation I'm anticipating in this FUN!...

    Started by Patrick Edwards‎, 04-13-2010 08:39 AM
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    04-16-2010, 11:44 AM Go to last post
  20. "journal writing"

    I paused on re-reading the following: “I’ve only known them for 3 ½ months. It doesn’t say much for the rest of them." Given, the manuscript...

    Started by Lisa Werth‎, 06-30-2003 09:08 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    06-30-2003, 09:39 AM Go to last post

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