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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. Manuscript format

    What is acceptable manuscript formatting that agents and publishers require?

    Started by tjm‎, 02-21-2015 11:55 AM
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    02-21-2015, 12:09 PM Go to last post
  2. Advice on Drafts?

    So I'm currently 25k into the second draft of a novel that I've been actively focusing on for about a year now. I'm a full time nursing student...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 11-27-2014 04:48 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 10,119
    01-29-2015, 07:44 PM Go to last post
  3. First Person

    Does anyone want to offer an opinion on first person narratives? I've done my research and read a ton about it, but I've never written something in...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 01-16-2015 11:19 AM
    advice, first person, narrative, view point
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 8,190
    01-29-2015, 07:32 PM Go to last post
  4. U.S. Vocab question

    Obviously people in the U.S. know what gas is and what a gas station is. In general, are people in the U.S. familiar with the U.K. terms 'petrol'...

    Started by Tayble‎, 10-20-2014 03:54 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
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    11-17-2014, 02:17 PM Go to last post
  5. Help!

    I'm writing the second draft of my novel, and I have writer's block. Any suggestions?

    Started by tjm‎, 07-25-2014 01:08 PM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 21,748
    09-11-2014, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  6. 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
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 31,216
    08-15-2014, 07:06 AM Go to last post
  7. Basic writing questions

    Some questions I've wondered about in writing my novel is: Is it necessary when it is clear that two people are speaking to each other, to end...

    Started by tjm‎, 07-11-2014 01:10 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 6,355
    07-18-2014, 07:58 AM Go to last post
  8. Continuing stories or separate stories?

    For me personally, I've always been a big fan of trilogies and sagas. Stories that keep on going and continue to add depth with each new book....

    Started by Wickett‎, 03-21-2014 08:33 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 8,360
    06-17-2014, 10:19 AM Go to last post
  9. I've got a Damsel in Distress, but when? Help!

    Hey, question for ya'll. In the book I'm currently working on, I need the secondary character to kidnap the protagonist fairly early on in the book,...

    Started by JQGinger‎, 06-13-2014 05:33 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 4,831
    06-14-2014, 10:55 AM Go to last post
  10. Nevermore!

    A quick question for you grammar gurus out there. I'm drawing a blank on this one, regarding "anymore" vs. "any more". If I tell someone I no...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 05-26-2014 01:37 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 6,717
    06-01-2014, 06:44 AM Go to last post
  11. My essay at themillions.com

    Because it's been slow around these parts, and because I've been a long-time contributor, I hope you will indulge this announcement. Who knows, some...

    Started by Lawrence Tabak‎, 05-08-2014 06:22 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 5,025
    05-08-2014, 03:48 PM Go to last post
  12. Everyone Should Teach Writing

    Making the case for writing across the curriculum: ...

    Started by Peano‎, 04-24-2014 06:55 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 6,655
    04-29-2014, 07:46 AM Go to last post
  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
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 21
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    04-17-2014, 05:01 AM Go to last post
  14. Very Good, but Long Sentences

    Hey, out there, to those that did and those that did not respond to the long sentence game in previous strings on or about 9-27. I know that those...

    Started by Donald Lowery‎, 10-03-2002 11:53 AM
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 4
    • Replies: 39
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    04-02-2014, 03:29 AM Go to last post
  15. Opinions Please

    Here are the first few paragraphs of something I wrote a few years ago and I wondered if I could get your thoughts. Thanks in advance. The...

    Started by lveach‎, 01-16-2014 12:19 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
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    03-30-2014, 05:20 AM Go to last post
  16. First impressions

    My science fiction/adventure series is currently set in a universe created by others. As suggested in another forum, I am considering relocating that...

    Started by MUSKETTER 3‎, 03-13-2013 07:22 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 7,187
    03-21-2014, 07:22 PM Go to last post
  17. Going Back

    I reckon in a forum like this, everyone has my problem. So I sat down a while ago (read years) and wrote 17,000 words as a part of a novel, no...

    Started by Hatchnet‎, 10-02-2013 01:18 AM
    7 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 7
    • Replies: 65
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    03-18-2014, 03:14 AM Go to last post
  18. Plot Holes

    While I can appreciate a good book, I'm more of a manga reader (not the sexually explicit stuff which is sometimes involved but the good story...

    Started by Wickett‎, 02-03-2014 09:22 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 12
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    03-05-2014, 06:32 PM Go to last post
  19. Angry "My Hairy Life," writing sample by Jayne Mead

    On one of the first days in New York, I found myself wandering in the Lower East Side, a part of the city that had been formerly Jewish and that...

    Started by Pines223‎, 03-28-2013 08:08 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 11,061
    02-17-2014, 04:19 AM Go to last post
  20. Question Interpreting anothers writing.

    :o I am mystified on interpretive editing. Why does anyone interpret anothers writing if one edits ones post? I do not believe in reading between the...

    Started by pljames‎, 05-20-2013 08:37 AM
    editing, interpreting, meanings, words
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 7,306
    12-09-2013, 08:56 PM Go to last post

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