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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. Question

    Maybe someone can explain this to me. Seeing how very difficult it is to get a publisher to accept a manuscript, how is it that there are so many...

    Started by Bina Bear‎, 01-21-2011 09:48 AM
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  2. The Bloodwell

    This is the beginning of a story I wrote. Let me know what you think. I never understood true terror until I saw the bloodwell. I watched the...

    Started by Mark Phillips‎, 10-20-2010 06:48 PM
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  3. An example of good descriptive writing

    I just finished re-reading an old book, published about 80 years ago. It starts out by describing the MC, and I'd like to quote that opening...

    Started by Joe Zeff‎, 10-04-2010 01:35 PM
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  4. A tricky sentence

    I'm happy with this except for sentence: Upon arrival they herded guests into the den. This, despite my editor's corrections does not make sense to...

    Started by Book Worm‎, 03-13-2009 04:48 PM
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  5. Anyone have a little time?

    I was wondering if there are any writers in here that would have time or the desire, to have a one on one conversation with me, through either emails...

    Started by Missy Cote‎, 03-03-2009 07:13 AM
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  6. Read any good books lately?

    I need something to read. I'd like either a contemporary YA (no sf/f, vampires or frigging dragons) or a good thriller. Thanks for any suggestions!

    Started by Keith .‎, 02-19-2009 11:01 AM
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  7. Testing, testing, here's my query

    Good morning, WNers! I sent this query and got two rejection letters. Can you tell me what's wrong with it? Thanks Dear Mr.Have pity on...

    Started by larry moses‎, 11-03-2008 04:02 AM
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  8. just looking for critique :) first post ever and I\'m a bit nervous!

    So, this is an excerpt from a story I\'m writing. It\'s only the first chapter. I\'m think it would be under young adult or eventually...

    Started by Ally Seibert‎, 10-13-2008 06:35 PM
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    10-15-2008, 06:33 AM Go to last post
  9. Looking for comments on opening paragraphs

    A new opening for my novel, Life in the Tabloids. I know it is rough and the genre may not be your cup of tea, but please let me know if you think...

    Started by di lynn‎, 02-08-2008 08:38 AM
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  10. Do you think outside Pandora's Box?

    In Newsweek, I read a cute article about a professor lamenting his students’s blue books overflow with clichés. Here’s the link: ...

    Started by nom de plume‎, 08-21-2007 12:10 PM
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  11. An Excerpt from Silent Tears

    Here are two chapters in the beginning of my book, SILENT TEARS. Keep in mind that at the start of the story, we are suffering from severe culture...

    Started by Kay Bratt‎, 03-07-2007 06:01 AM
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  12. Adverbs

    Can someone explain to me why the use of adverbs are considered a weak form of writing. I have recently come face to face with my penchant for...

    Started by Dennis Anthis‎, 09-21-2005 07:22 PM
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  13. New Book Title

    I promised myself after a number of rejections of my first YA fantasy that I'd start my query process again at the top of my list of target agents. ...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-13-2004 11:13 AM
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  14. British language question

    Well, yes, some of them are self-perceived upperclass twits. But they are fun to watch.

    Started by Gary Kessler‎, 10-13-2003 10:06 PM
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  15. Pamela and the rest.

    I post to Pamela first and then to the rest. I did not write this post nor do I accept it as the holy grail. To me it was funny. If my posting upset...

    Started by linton lewis‎, 06-12-2003 08:50 PM
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  16. Should Whites write black characters

    Should white writers about black people?? i have often wondered about this. i look at examples of white writers who pout black characters in their...

    Started by Gregory Robinson‎, 05-10-2003 04:53 PM
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  17. Easy to memorize

    While watching a television show about...why it is easy for children to learn a foreign language, I learned that the primary reason is--that when we...

    Started by Donald Lowery‎, 01-03-2003 05:56 PM
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  18. TITLES

    Titles Just curious. When do others here decide on the actual title of their book? Before you start, half way though or when you have finished...

    Started by Picture Book‎, 12-07-2002 10:51 AM
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  19. Here Goes-- Feedback, Please

    This will be the first time someone has looked at this little children's picture book story besides me. Please give me advice regarding the length...

    Started by Melissa martinich‎, 11-20-2002 11:59 AM
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  20. calling all history buffs

    I'm working on a project and am looking for Americans who played a part of history (invented something, did something etc) but who aren't widely...

    Started by Carmella‎, 05-09-2002 08:22 AM
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    05-23-2002, 01:06 PM Go to last post

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