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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. Armed With...

    Again, I come to find nothing to critique And must relegate myself to something banal. I only do one sort of writing exercise and it's based only...

    Started by C K‎, 09-18-2010 06:58 PM
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  2. Nosey/nosy

    Spellcheck please, anyone! nosy or nosey woolly / wooly smoky / smokey

    Started by Picture Book‎, 11-10-2002 02:36 PM
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  3. Short Story vs. Novella vs. Novel

    I've been wondering on the differences of these three. Everyone that I speak with tend to be focused solely on "the novel" rather than anything else....

    Started by A.J. Fisk‎, 05-29-2009 07:11 AM
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    06-02-2009, 12:38 PM Go to last post
  4. 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
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    09-11-2014, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  5. Stephen King

    Okay. I just finished watching Bag Of Bones. Part 1 was just okay. Part 2 sucked. So what is it about Stephen King's writing that makes his books...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 12-12-2011 08:32 PM
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  6. Words commonly misused

    In another thread, Leslee mentioned the common misuse of the word "jive" instead of "jibe." What are some other words or phrases you find commonly...

    Started by Cheryl Morton‎, 07-13-2011 02:41 PM
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  7. How to save my story from becoming Twilight

    I just had an idea of writing a vampire story and now I don't want it to be criticized for being similar to twilight I have seen many other books in...

    Started by Aizza‎, 11-03-2015 04:45 AM
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  8. I need some advice on a beginning for my novel

    I've heard plenty of times before that people--especially a lot of agents and publishers--aren't hot on the idea of prologues. I'm really neutral on...

    Started by Last Haven‎, 11-03-2015 10:19 AM
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    03-02-2017, 11:37 AM Go to last post
  9. We should be reminded

    Stephen King. Some love him, some hate him. Either way, he offers good advice and something every beginner needs to hear. Some experienced writers...

    Started by Epy Stolean‎, 10-24-2007 06:02 PM
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  10. How do you describe music?

    My character is a songwriter... But my music knowledge is very limited... How do you describe original pieces of music? Do you have some...

    Started by Tania R‎, 09-04-2009 11:23 AM
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    09-19-2009, 12:51 AM Go to last post
  11. Grammar question

    Good morning, all! In one of the sections of Frau Alcon's memoirs, she is talking of her father's library of books. In making reference to them,...

    Started by Roy Abrahams‎, 03-04-2003 08:06 AM
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  12. Typewriters VS Word Processors VS Handwriting

    Hello everybody, I\'m an Interactive Media Design student at the University of Dundee in Scotland and I am currently working on a project that...

    Started by Jonathan Lewis‎, 09-24-2008 04:47 AM
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    09-28-2008, 11:25 AM Go to last post
  13. How do you choose chapter titles?

    You have come up with a synopsis of your story before you start writing and every time you finish a chapter you don't know what to call the chapters....

    Started by Charles Heathcote‎, 06-19-2006 01:47 AM
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  14. Strong verbs for walking around

    Hi. I realized I have a problem with something--coming up with strong verbs. In my MS there's a lot of walking around, but if I say, he walked here,...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-15-2007 07:42 PM
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    11-19-2007, 10:24 PM Go to last post
  15. What is the proper format for an illustrated children's book manuscript?

    Can anyone point me to a link (or tell me) what the proper format for a illustrated children's book manuscript is? Thanks.

    Started by Michael Murphey‎, 10-16-2001 06:06 PM
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  16. Using Contractions in Novel

    Hi all, I'm writing a mystery novel. I understand that using contractions is a normal thing within dialogues. My doubt is regarding the usage of...

    Started by Mita Jain‎, 05-29-2007 07:26 PM
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  17. Capitalization

    Are the following always initial caps? chamber of commerce or Chamber of Commerce little league or Little League Thanks in advance, Jen

    Started by Jennifer Trotter‎, 11-01-2007 05:42 AM
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    11-02-2007, 06:41 AM Go to last post
  18. quotation punctuation

    Where does the end punctuation go after "scare quotes"? I always thought that if the end mark was for the entire sentence then the punctuation was...

    Started by Claire‎, 10-30-2003 07:40 AM
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  19. Exposition vs. Narrative

    Hey all, I'm dense on this! Can someone please explain the difference between exposition which one should avoid and Narrative, which is okay? When...

    Started by pamC.‎, 12-13-2003 07:33 AM
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    12-16-2003, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  20. Constructive Criticism

    A part of a big project I have been thinking of. Dennis returned to school the next day with a smile upon his face. "Look at the smiling...

    Started by B.b.s.g.W wright‎, 01-12-2009 04:13 PM
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