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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. Quote vs. Italics in fiction

    Type of book: A novel Setting: A nightclub Narrator: The bartender Which of these works better, please? The band rocked out Eric Clapton's...

    Started by Ashling White‎, 08-14-2006 09:42 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. mla citation of a play without line numbers

    I am a student at sfsu taking a class on "The Age of Wit." I am writing an essay that covers four plays and I am having trouble finding the correct...

    Started by jenny leeanne‎, 09-24-2003 11:24 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-25-2003, 08:27 PM Go to last post
  4. Crickets...grasshoppers...help

    Alright. I didn't want to look foolish, so I thought I would get this right the first time around. You know when you are out in the wilderness and...

    Started by Ian B‎, 05-10-2005 06:51 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    05-11-2005, 03:22 PM Go to last post
  5. 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 07:58 PM
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    09-27-2010, 03:45 PM Go to last post
  6. 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 08:11 AM
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    06-02-2009, 01:38 PM Go to last post
  7. 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 06:42 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-02-2007, 07:41 AM Go to last post
  8. 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 12:23 PM
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    09-19-2009, 01:51 AM Go to last post
  9. 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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    03-05-2003, 10:15 AM Go to last post
  10. 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 07:06 PM
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    10-22-2001, 02:03 PM Go to last post
  11. The Memory Eater Anthology

    Hello everyone, I'm excited to share with you The Memory Eater: Stories that Erase the Past to Save the Future. This science fiction-inspired...

    Started by imported_C P‎, 04-02-2012 06:01 AM
    4 Pages
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    anthology, publish, story, writing
    • Replies: 32
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    08-29-2012, 11:31 AM Go to last post
  12. 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
    • Replies: 9
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    12-16-2003, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  13. 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 08:26 PM
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    06-01-2007, 09:06 AM Go to last post
  14. "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
  15. non-linear narrative structure

    Wikipedia: Nonlinear narrative, disjointed narrative or disrupted narrative is a narrative technique, sometimes used in literature, film, hypertext...

    Started by good morning‎, 01-11-2011 04:47 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    01-30-2011, 07:57 AM Go to last post
  16. 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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    12-02-2003, 10:18 AM Go to last post
  17. 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 02:47 AM
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    07-12-2006, 07:44 PM Go to last post
  18. 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
  19. 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 05:47 AM
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    09-28-2008, 12:25 PM Go to last post
  20. Nursery Rhymes

    I've looked all over the net, and can't find it! Does anyone know the words to the nursery rhyme "Galloping Major?"

    Started by Picture Book‎, 08-24-2003 02:40 PM
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    08-25-2003, 03:12 PM Go to last post

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