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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. "laid" or "lay"

    Aunt Lila smiled and I was afraid she would take to laughing again. Instead, she lay a hand on Claire’s shoulder. or should it be

    Started by Kim Whitlock‎, 05-09-2005 05:44 PM
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  2. 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 09:08 AM
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    02-17-2014, 04:19 AM Go to last post
  3. "New" weirdness?

    Is anyone else not seeing the red "New" flags next to threads? I'm seeing a few, but there are some threads I've never even opened that don't have...

    Started by Melissa Rudy‎, 08-26-2003 09:23 AM
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    08-31-2003, 08:27 AM Go to last post
  4. "Persnickety" Strikes Again

    Yes, I bid farewell to WN members recently, but I’ve now returned. With my tail between my...oh, never mind! The Smoko board was morphing into...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 12-04-2005 03:16 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-07-2005, 08:33 AM Go to last post
  5. "problem revising"

    I have completed the first draft of my 50,000 word manuscript and this story takes place in Rome A.D. 732. Throughout this ms I have faithfully wrote...

    Started by Rosemary‎, 11-25-2002 02:54 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    11-26-2002, 12:51 PM Go to last post
  6. "Said"

    I may sound a tad strange, but I need some help. Reading my books (mostly American) I notice they use 'So-and-so said'. In the British (English?...

    Started by LadyVamp‎, 03-11-2004 01:33 PM
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    03-14-2004, 07:58 AM Go to last post
  7. "She" or "Her"?

    Happy 4th, fellow word-slingers! Which is correct, if you please? Sydney takes a leap of faith and invites him to move in with HER and ****. ...

    Started by Savannah Smiles‎, 07-04-2006 02:37 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    07-05-2006, 04:04 AM Go to last post
  8. "Show, don't tell"

    In my prolouge, I tended to "show and not tell". I am trying to rewrite it, but still keep the basic gist of it. I wrote the prolouge in the first...

    Started by Heather Sell‎, 07-14-2006 02:25 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    07-25-2006, 08:09 AM Go to last post
  9. "The Big Easy"

    Here's the first chapter of my short story "The Big Easy." I am looking for feedback of all kinds. I have thick skin, so give it too me if it isn't...

    Started by James Armstrong II‎, 05-31-2005 12:37 AM
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    06-18-2005, 06:00 PM Go to last post
  10. "The Big Easy" chapter 2

    I've received good ideas from everyone. So here's chapter 2, critique away! Chapter 2 ...

    Started by James Armstrong II‎, 06-02-2005 04:33 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    06-16-2005, 01:50 PM Go to last post
  11. "The Devil Wears Prada"

    Anyone pick up this book? I love the title but the first few pages, and the jacket cover blurb didn't pique my interest so I bought Anita Shreve's...

    Started by Laura Gibson‎, 06-02-2003 06:20 AM
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    06-04-2003, 10:05 AM Go to last post
  12. "The Elements of Style"

    I do not remember who suggested this book to me-but thanks. I highly recommend it for newbies. In one day I realized most new writers such as...

    Started by shannon castleman‎, 08-10-2009 12:30 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-10-2009, 07:38 PM Go to last post
  13. "the narrative wasn't engaging enough..."

    I recently received a very nice rejection from Amy Berkower on a partial where she listed some strengths and weaknesses of what she read. The only...

    Started by Ray Veen‎, 06-17-2007 07:18 AM
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    06-19-2007, 09:30 AM Go to last post
  14. "Then"

    Okay, Can "then" be used legitimately as a conjunction (in place of "and", "but", "or", etc.)? I know that, overused, it can sound sophomoric,...

    Started by Molly B.‎, 04-05-2003 04:44 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    04-07-2003, 12:17 PM Go to last post
  15. "This is where we find ourselves..."

    I apologize if the posting of random material to the forum is frowned upon- I'm simply looking for some comments or opinions. Nothing specific- just...

    Started by The Pseudonym‎, 09-13-2003 04:07 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 484
    09-13-2003, 04:08 PM Go to last post
  16. "This is where we find ourselves..." (formatted)

    Originally posted <A HREF=http://www.writers.net/forum/read/12/25466/25466>here</A>. As mentioned, I'm just seeking non-specific comments and...

    Started by The Pseudonym‎, 09-13-2003 04:06 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    09-15-2003, 12:00 AM Go to last post
  17. "Were" or "Was"?

    "That meant, if the code was running, it could be read; if it couldn’t be read, it couldn’t run." Should it be "was running" or "were running"?

    Started by Paul Cilwa‎, 01-06-2006 11:34 AM
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    01-18-2006, 02:39 PM Go to last post
  18. "What follows are..."

    I just led off a critique of someone's work with this phrase. I look at it, and it appears ungrammatical. However, "what follow are" doesn't sound...

    Started by Choppafreak‎, 08-31-2003 01:37 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-31-2003, 01:44 PM Go to last post
  19. "Wow" in fantasy?

    I've been told before that when you use "wow" in a fantasy story it completely turns people off. I never really thought about it before, but do you...

    Started by Stephanie Kraner‎, 02-28-2008 10:35 AM
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    03-07-2008, 07:16 PM Go to last post
  20. "WritePro" program.

    I just wondered if anyone here has used Sol Stein's writing program(s) and if so, how do you like it? I'm thinking of asking Santa for it for...

    Started by Cin H‎, 12-08-2008 12:38 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    12-08-2008, 12:38 PM Go to last post

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