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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. great writing: "Abyss & Apex"

    This "semi-pro" quarterly sf/f site is about to celebrate its seventh anniversary. You've probably never heard of it. It's a five-cents-a-word...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 12-25-2009 06:20 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-26-2009, 10:58 PM Go to last post
  2. MFA: culling the herd

    Gary Kessler, in standing up for Creative Writing advanced degrees, offers up a list of success stories: But if you want some examples of...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 06-07-2009 01:30 PM
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    06-15-2009, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  3. Lovecraft: Writing Weird Fiction

    Since I'm cleaning out my files, here's H.P. Lovecraft with some good story-writing advice: <http://www.geocities.com/soho/cafe/1131/14notesen.htm>

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 03-09-2009 08:14 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    03-10-2009, 01:39 PM Go to last post
  4. writing classic pulp fiction

    I stumbled across this link. For you youngsters, Lester Dent was a master of Golden Age pulp fiction, writing about 160 "Doc Savage" novels. Here, he...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 03-09-2009 08:09 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    03-10-2009, 12:29 PM Go to last post
  5. ideas, hah!!

    This was meant to be a (belated) reply to SStull's "ideas from dreams" thread, but it has some amusing links, so I'm floating it solo. Ideas...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 01-18-2009 01:48 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    01-19-2009, 10:04 AM Go to last post
  6. Beware of freebies

    I've avoided gmail, because Google reserves the right to scan whatever you store for keywords, then sell the info to people who want to send you ads...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 03-31-2008 08:15 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    04-03-2008, 06:47 AM Go to last post
  7. Poets & Writers Magazine

    Everybody mentions Writer's Digest</i, most seem to read Publishers Weekly, but I have to flog Poets & Writers. The Jan/Feb issue arrived...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 01-02-2008 07:45 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    01-06-2008, 08:06 AM Go to last post
  8. mature plots

    I posted a few thoughts elsewhere on why I'm terribly POed about the recent Will Smith film that claims to be derived from Richard Matheson's <u>I Am...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 12-26-2007 09:52 AM
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    12-28-2007, 05:42 PM Go to last post
  9. The Hundred-Word Death Match (repost)

    Posted for the bilious eructation of those who've walked late into the theatre (asylum?) & are wondering what the heck is happening in the orchestra...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 04-08-2007 08:40 AM
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    04-08-2007, 08:40 AM Go to last post
  10. on writing the media or series novel

    Adam-Troy Castro is an experienced writer, & I asked him to re-post a piece on the first-hand perils & pitfalls of trying to make a career out of...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 02-10-2007 08:44 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    02-11-2007, 05:58 PM Go to last post
  11. language reform

    Every few years, someone decides to make a New Crusade out of "fixing" the English language -- this having worked so well in France, & certainly in...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 12-02-2006 07:44 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    12-06-2006, 06:59 AM Go to last post
  12. goofy writing exercises

    I realise that many wannabee writers believe their every word is golden, & so they keep their precious mitts sheathed in wool & never write so much...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 12-02-2006 07:38 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    12-10-2006, 02:17 PM Go to last post
  13. critiques

    If you have a finished piece, want to get a range of feedback on it, & are capable of writing crits yourself, you may want to hop over & join the...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 10-09-2006 11:01 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    10-11-2006, 01:32 AM Go to last post
  14. paragraph 2: Manny

    (Part of a short piece I wrote linearly a few months ago, then efficiently misplaced. The full piece is 6,500 words, & relentless. Also, because I...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 07-19-2006 02:11 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    07-20-2006, 01:05 PM Go to last post
  15. phrases to inspire disturbing dreams

    I'm a fan of Bill Nelson. Follows are titles from my small collection of his albums, perhaps just out of amusement with flash poetry. Take it in...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 06-04-2006 10:21 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    06-05-2006, 04:00 PM Go to last post
  16. the Sol Stein book

    I don't mean to plug Amazon.com, but I know a bargain when I see it. Sol Stein's Stein on Writing : A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 05-31-2006 11:46 AM
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    • Replies: 19
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    06-06-2006, 01:35 PM Go to last post
  17. Chum.

    Five minutes of writing, with a half-pint of Second Street's impeccable India Pale Ale at my hand: The Kirby McKendree Orchestra was It, as in The...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 05-18-2006 11:13 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    05-31-2006, 07:45 PM Go to last post
  18. The warning signs!

    I used to have a variant of this next to my desk at the newspaper -- just because it's true doesn't mean it ain't funny. Apologies in advance about...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 05-13-2006 02:38 PM
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    05-22-2006, 10:48 AM Go to last post
  19. A rambling bit

    On another site, I followed up on something Harlan Ellison had said, just meaning to add to the story. Well... Someone once confronted me....

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 05-12-2006 09:05 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 400
    05-13-2006, 05:51 AM Go to last post
  20. Noir

    I think I accidentally got the "mood-setter" scene I was looking for. It's no help whatever to know that the narrator has recently received his...

    Started by Anthony Ravenscroft‎, 09-13-2005 02:24 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 584
    09-13-2005, 06:11 PM Go to last post

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