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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. For sentence geeks only...

    ...an interesting read if you like sentences--by Prof. Gary Lutz: http://www.believermag.com/issues/200901/?read=article_lutz THE SENTENCE IS A...

    Started by robin‎, 09-24-2010 12:28 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-27-2010, 07:07 AM Go to last post
  2. Telling passage

    This is a selection from my novel, please feel free to comment on whatever aspects strike you... After we returned to the hill I lay stretched...

    Started by John Hawkwood‎, 09-21-2010 01:27 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 13
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    09-24-2010, 11:39 AM Go to last post
  3. Dialogue question

    Quick question: how do you format a character talking to an animal or an inanimate object? The character is a child colloquially conversing, I guess....

    Started by Lyle Ven‎, 09-22-2010 08:57 AM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 934
    09-23-2010, 12:06 PM Go to last post
  4. Short Stories

    It's a good idea for a lot of us to write a short story and find a publisher for them. The talents got to be on here for a good book. Just a...

    Started by martin shaw‎, 09-22-2010 09:50 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,145
    09-23-2010, 11:28 AM Go to last post
  5. When to establish time period......

    This is the opening scene of the other manuscript I'm working on. It occured to me that the reader may not have gathered that this takes place in...

    Started by Christine Daae‎, 09-22-2010 05:38 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 890
    09-22-2010, 01:56 PM Go to last post
  6. Becoming Me

    Not brilliant at poetry; so have your say I turned away from the doors that were held ajar, blinded by fate that was cloaked in...

    Started by martin shaw‎, 09-22-2010 01:00 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    09-22-2010, 01:00 PM Go to last post
  7. Inconsistency

    I'm now reading PAUL AND ME, by A.E. Hotchner. Up until now, the author used past tense when doing dialogue, but in this latest chapter he switched...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 09-19-2010 05:35 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 1,460
    09-22-2010, 11:52 AM Go to last post
  8. Showing vs. Telling - and info dumping.

    I am now in the process of editing my completed novel and I have a particular question. I want to quickly set the mood for one of my main...

    Started by Sam Fletcher‎, 09-07-2010 10:23 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 20
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    09-21-2010, 01:32 PM Go to last post
  9. Av' some!!

    I couldn't count them, lines of young Argentine men and boys coming towards me and limping into Stanley. An overly large one was frog marching at the...

    Started by martin shaw‎, 09-10-2010 11:29 AM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 24
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    09-20-2010, 10:18 AM Go to last post
  10. A little critique and guidance. (just over 1000 words)

    I am in the final stages of my re-write/editing of my MS but am torn about my opening scene in my MS. My father and others have suggested I start...

    Started by Raven Nights‎, 09-17-2010 02:48 PM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
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    09-20-2010, 07:10 AM Go to last post
  11. Another First Page Critique

    After all the helpful and insightful comments made on the previous first page I posted on here, I wanted to check out the response to another work....

    Started by Ryan Malin‎, 09-13-2010 08:38 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,255
    09-19-2010, 11:11 AM Go to last post
  12. Not for the faint of heart!

    How best to say this without seeming overly optimistic? Serious people--we know who we are. We post questions, comments and critiques about the...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 09-11-2010 08:07 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 46
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    09-17-2010, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  13. Opening Page

    This is the opening scene of a gothic (dark) romance. I swear there are no vampires involved! I just want to know if I'm headed in the right...

    Started by Christine Daae‎, 09-08-2010 09:01 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
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    09-15-2010, 04:40 PM Go to last post
  14. Critcism Required

    Hi I originally wrote this for a writing class, and am thinking of expanding it. Any critical comments or feedback are appreciated. Thanks....

    Started by Zooey Jones‎, 08-31-2010 11:40 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 16
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    09-13-2010, 09:53 AM Go to last post
  15. who? whom?

    Despite my advice to Ryan, grammar rules have never stuck with me. In the following, is whom correct? Also, I would prefer to say represented. Would...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 09-08-2010 03:11 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 768
    09-12-2010, 08:42 PM Go to last post
  16. First Page of Manuscript - Critique

    Hello all! This is the first page of Chapter 1 for my middle-grade/fantasy manuscript (The Boy from Earth) for your critique. Please and thanks!...

    Started by Lyle Ven‎, 09-03-2010 11:27 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-09-2010, 05:44 AM Go to last post
  17. Grammatically Sound First Page? Please Critique

    Do not be nice, I'm now fully prepared for anything. I'm here to get some grammar help and this is the first page of Shifter( I don't know how to...

    Started by Ryan Malin‎, 09-03-2010 05:44 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,004
    09-07-2010, 05:27 AM Go to last post
  18. Contradictory statement.

    Does the following sentence contradict itself? Josephine outdid herself and, before their arrival she prepared an abundant meal par excellence.

    Started by Book Werm‎, 09-05-2010 10:37 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 841
    09-07-2010, 05:13 AM Go to last post
  19. Help with writing style

    Hello. I have been working on my novel for a while. Recently, I wrote up a very brief overview of my story. I'm asking for your help to judge...

    Started by Christopher Harrison‎, 09-02-2010 03:37 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 605
    09-06-2010, 12:34 PM Go to last post
  20. Sisterhood, Part 2

    Would you agree with my theory that the older, more bitter and pissed off Sylvia narrating in this chapter is better than the younger, more naive...

    Started by Rogue Mutt‎, 08-30-2010 07:29 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,103
    09-05-2010, 05:11 PM Go to last post

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