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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. What Genre Is Batman?

    Okay, I know it's a movie and not a book, but the principle is the same. Last night, I watched part of the Batman movie with The Joker (one of my...

    Started by BrianH‎, 10-28-2002 02:22 PM
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  2. comma or period at the end of dialogue?

    i learned somewhere that you are supposed to put a comma at the end of dialogue, but most people use a period. which is right, or can you use either?

    Started by Alexx Deshaw‎, 08-14-2009 02:40 PM
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  3. A resaonable percent of passive sentences

    When you check your document statistics with Word, what do you take to be a reasonable perentage of passive sentences in your word?

    Started by Eric George‎, 02-24-2005 02:50 AM
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    02-28-2005, 11:19 AM Go to last post
  4. Description Challenge

    So in my story, there is this one spot that some of my characters commonly meet up at. It is a very relevant place and the setting is quite often in...

    Started by DaBlaRR‎, 07-17-2015 04:26 PM
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  5. 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
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  6. Influences

    Which writers have had the greatest influence on your writing? Note that these writers do not necessarily have to be the ones whose writing you enjoy...

    Started by Kozy‎, 08-17-2002 09:28 PM
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    08-21-2002, 04:57 PM Go to last post
  7. Acceptable Number of Characters for a Novel

    What would you consider an acceptable number of characters for a full length novel of say 80K words or so? I may have to rewrite. MC: 3 (3 POV)...

    Started by Writers Choice‎, 12-03-2015 11:41 PM
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  8. Grammar question: Use of ‘aunt’ and ‘uncle’

    Okay, all you grammar whizzes, hopefully one of you can help me out. My WIP has several references to a great aunt and great uncle. My question is...

    Started by Diana W‎, 07-31-2006 10:36 AM
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    07-31-2006, 05:27 PM Go to last post
  9. Fog, smog and mist

    What is the difference between fog, smog and mist and what would an effective description be for each? e.g. Smog = pea-souper Mist =...

    Started by Picture Book‎, 12-09-2002 11:48 AM
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  10. essay on courage

    so i have to write an expository essay on courage and this is my intro paragraph. “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out...

    Started by Sophia Dirango‎, 12-16-2009 05:42 AM
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    02-26-2010, 08:15 AM Go to last post
  11. Now That's A Nice Touch!

    Hello again WritersNet! Thus far I am enjoying my experience with this online community of publishing professionals, and those seeking to stamp...

    Started by NiceTouchEditor‎, 04-15-2015 07:45 AM
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    editing, editor, professional editing, professional editor, writing
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  12. Indenting before direct speech

    I always was under the impression that when you're using direct speech in a dialogue, you have to indent. Then when you go on with the description,...

    Started by Lizzy D‎, 01-22-2008 09:22 AM
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  13. 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
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  14. Quote vs. Italics in fiction

    Type of book: A novel Setting: A nightclub Narrator: The bartender Which of these works better, please? The band rocked out Eric Clapton's...

    Started by Ashling White‎, 08-14-2006 08:42 PM
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    08-17-2006, 06:25 PM Go to last post
  15. Capitalization (again)

    Okay....proper noun I think so I want to capitalize this. Am I correct in doing so? Call the fire department vs. Call the Fire Department

    Started by Jennifer Trotter‎, 11-02-2007 07:13 AM
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    11-14-2007, 08:17 PM Go to last post
  16. What does a missile sound like

    A part of an airplane breaks off and comes flying down from the sky. My protag thinks it "sounds like a missile." I don't want to say exactly that...

    Started by Stephanie glen‎, 07-21-2005 09:06 AM
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    07-22-2005, 06:19 PM Go to last post
  17. Red face Thoughts on Perspective?

    So, I know it seems like the very "in" thing to write in the first-person present tense, but is there a time when that style really is appropriate? ...

    Started by Prongsy's Girl‎, 10-17-2013 12:04 AM
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  18. Crickets...grasshoppers...help

    Alright. I didn't want to look foolish, so I thought I would get this right the first time around. You know when you are out in the wilderness and...

    Started by Ian B‎, 05-10-2005 05:51 PM
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    05-11-2005, 02:22 PM Go to last post
  19. mla citation of a play without line numbers

    I am a student at sfsu taking a class on "The Age of Wit." I am writing an essay that covers four plays and I am having trouble finding the correct...

    Started by jenny leeanne‎, 09-24-2003 10:24 AM
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    09-25-2003, 07:27 PM Go to last post
  20. Is there an elegant synonym for “right now”?

    Here is my sentence. I have “right now” twice and I wish to change it for a nicer and (if possible) one-word equivalent. I thought of changing the...

    Started by Malena Venant‎, 02-23-2006 09:37 AM
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    02-24-2006, 10:53 AM Go to last post

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