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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. Is this supposed to be fun?

    Ok, I admit it. I get easily distracted and it shows in the fact that I STILL haven't finished my WIP. But has anyone ever gotten bored with the...

    Started by Jenifer distracted‎, 04-08-2004 12:49 PM
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  2. Prologue help

    To introduce my character, I am showing a scene which happened when she was about six. However, the starting paragraph seems quite boring. Any...

    Started by Bex‎, 04-12-2004 07:07 AM
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    04-12-2004, 11:52 AM Go to last post
  3. Help! Opening Chapter

    Hi everyone I am needing some criticism on my opening scene. I have reworked this scene according to numerous rejections. I will take the bad...

    Started by Syndie Willis‎, 04-12-2004 12:52 AM
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    04-12-2004, 11:32 AM Go to last post
  4. Prologues, POV, and present tense

    These three 'Ps' have been discussed here of late, so I thought I'd toss in my first person, present-tense, prologue for my novel (women's...

    Started by Mags‎, 04-11-2004 07:14 AM
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    04-12-2004, 09:39 AM Go to last post
  5. speaking of offensive...

    Day seven in my first major self-edit of my WIP. This isn't the start of the book, but it does come up in the first chapter, so the reader is going...

    Started by Rich L.‎, 04-10-2004 09:07 AM
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    04-12-2004, 09:17 AM Go to last post
  6. scene help

    I've tried several different ways to write this scene and I just not sure. So I am looking for some help. Batter UP! Here goes: She wiped her...

    Started by Jellis1206‎, 04-12-2004 05:50 AM
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    04-12-2004, 08:54 AM Go to last post
  7. Help with an afterword

    Ok, I've got the meat of the book done; my only problem is this: I've got the body of the "bad guy" dying significantly before the book ends, and...

    Started by Linley‎, 04-10-2004 06:12 PM
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    04-12-2004, 08:40 AM Go to last post
  8. which is it?

    Is it firefly or fire-fly? MS Word spell checker lists them both as correct. However when I use the plural form - it corrects fire-flies to...

    Started by patti‎, 04-09-2004 04:02 PM
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    04-11-2004, 03:48 PM Go to last post
  9. foolish accents

    I have half-witted forest trolls in my YA novel. They are not very intelligent, as expressed in their dialogue (and elsewhere in description). I...

    Started by patti‎, 04-10-2004 08:04 AM
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  10. Moon roof?

    I need some help with something. In my story, I've got a sanctuary with a huge dome that has a rould hole in the middle of it. I can't come up with...

    Started by Linley‎, 04-09-2004 10:16 AM
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    04-10-2004, 09:13 AM Go to last post
  11. Critiques wanted

    Some of you may have seen a version of this before. It's based on a chapter in my Tahiti book, Out of the Mainstream and I thought it wouild make a...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 04-09-2004 02:23 PM
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    04-10-2004, 08:52 AM Go to last post
  12. would you find this offensive?

    Not sure if you know about sickle cell anaemia.The heroine in my story is a sufferer and she meets a fellow sufferer while in hospital here is the...

    Started by Fluffy‎, 04-10-2004 12:09 AM
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    04-10-2004, 07:24 AM Go to last post
  13. A Poem for Fun

    For a fun Friday distraction I have picked a short poem to share (it's from memory, since I'm at work without my stuff, but I think this is 99%...

    Started by QueenV‎, 04-09-2004 12:29 PM
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    04-09-2004, 08:12 PM Go to last post
  14. dialects

    We, it seems pretty slow in the WN lately. Thought I'd take advantage of the slack to get some more feedback on accents, dialect, and idioms. This...

    Started by Rich L.‎, 04-09-2004 09:58 AM
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    04-09-2004, 02:45 PM Go to last post
  15. a-editing I go

    Been staring at his little paragraph for an hour. (Going through the first major self-edit of my ms). This isn't even a major character, so I don't...

    Started by Rich L.‎, 04-08-2004 01:36 PM
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  16. May I have some feedback?

    Since QueenV asked for something to read, thought I'd post my prologue. Sorry if it's a little long, and believe me, the story takes a much different...

    Started by Linley‎, 04-08-2004 04:37 PM
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  17. Gimme feedback.

    I wanted to get some feedback regarding the following first few sentances of my wip. So far it is at 80,000 words. i wanted to to test its...

    Started by John‎, 04-08-2004 10:37 AM
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  18. Advice from Mark Twain

    In case there are some who haven't read this before, here it is: Mark Twain's Rules of Writing. 1. A tale shall accomplish something and arrive...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 04-09-2004 08:59 AM
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    04-09-2004, 10:31 AM Go to last post
  19. is there a rule on this?

    Is it EVER okay to use the word "or" to open a sentence. I've never done it before because I thought that was a no-no. I have two sentences that I...

    Started by mey‎, 04-08-2004 12:48 PM
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    04-09-2004, 04:19 AM Go to last post
  20. opinions please

    I have been considering starting a new novel, using my mother as a first person/present voice. Not certain yet whether it will be in diary form or...

    Started by patti‎, 04-08-2004 08:08 AM
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