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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. THe Chicago Manual of Style. New edition.

    Readers of this forum will be familiar with my attempts to remind Gary Kessler that The Chicago Manual of Style, for all that it is an editor's...

    Started by Goliardeys‎, 08-07-2003 05:40 AM
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  2. how would you classify...

    A book that is a nonfiction memoir but contains humorous, fictional parts? (For instance, where the main character who has an active imagination...

    Started by emily peng‎, 08-06-2003 05:40 AM
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    08-07-2003, 03:53 AM Go to last post
  3. Avoiding Cliches

    Hi everybody, I'm in the process of rewriting my novel and I was wondering if you guys could help point out some of the common cliches, so that I...

    Started by Quan‎, 08-04-2003 09:20 AM
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  4. Definitions..

    Greetings, I've always wanted to ask this, but never found enough writers in one room to debate: - What is your definition of a good writer? ...

    Started by Natalie Sey‎, 08-05-2003 04:17 AM
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  5. No name characters

    I have a style question regarding my current novel. The underlying theme of this story is that the lead character (a woman) has lost her identity...

    Started by Jessica McCartney‎, 08-05-2003 10:44 AM
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    08-06-2003, 06:36 PM Go to last post
  6. Liz

    No agent yet. I've been working on a rewrite of a novel. Exhausting and tedious. I quit frequenting this site because of all the personal atttacks...

    Started by Matt H‎, 08-04-2003 08:50 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-06-2003, 10:57 AM Go to last post
  7. Stream of consciousness...

    I want to use stream of consciousness in my current work. I would appreciate suggestions of books that use this style of dialogue frequently. ...

    Started by Rick‎, 08-05-2003 10:04 AM
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    08-06-2003, 07:06 AM Go to last post
  8. Starting with Chap One or keep chapters consecutive?

    Hi guys. I broke my WIP into four parts and named each one. My question is, do I begin with Chapter One when I begin Part II, Part III and so on or...

    Started by Laura Gibson‎, 08-04-2003 11:04 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    08-06-2003, 04:25 AM Go to last post
  9. Are there contraction quotas?

    A reader recently pointed out the amount of contraction usage in my fiction manuscript. Itís the characterís journal entries. Presuming it will...

    Started by Lisa Werth‎, 08-04-2003 07:37 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    08-06-2003, 04:19 AM Go to last post
  10. What about this Lisa?

    Does this work any better? I'll leave you alone after this, promise! I was home for lunch the day the letter came from the airlines. There was a...

    Started by Tracy‎, 08-05-2003 09:13 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    08-06-2003, 03:52 AM Go to last post
  11. Crit: JD Barnes, Chapter 1, The Execution

    I think I meant the lines had been broken for a long time. My imagery was that by day it was an overgrown heap of ruins, hardly discernable from the...

    Started by JD Barnes‎, 08-05-2003 06:10 PM
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    08-06-2003, 02:41 AM Go to last post
  12. Kaz?

    What are you up to at 8:00 your time tonight?

    Started by Lisa Werth‎, 08-06-2003 12:22 AM
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    08-06-2003, 02:28 AM Go to last post
  13. Wiggle Room?

    Morning all! Am in the process of rewriting chapter one as I've mentioned before and am curious to know if there's some wiggle room w/what I've...

    Started by Tracy‎, 08-05-2003 10:15 AM
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  14. Changing POV in midbreath

    Just throwing this one into the ring, to see if anyone has any ideas ... I read a story yesterday in which the POV changed from independent narrator...

    Started by Clyde Finney‎, 08-05-2003 08:21 AM
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    08-06-2003, 12:21 AM Go to last post
  15. Inspiring Authors?

    Am curious to know which writer(s) made the biggest impact on your lives ... prompting you to want to write. I've got two: Nabokov and Bobby...

    Started by Tracy‎, 08-03-2003 08:47 AM
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    08-05-2003, 09:29 AM Go to last post
  16. Writer's PMS

    God, I feel so hormonal. It's almost like I'm in labor and about to give birth to this manuscript that's been baking inside me for five years. I...

    Started by Laura Gibson‎, 08-05-2003 07:19 AM
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    08-05-2003, 08:42 AM Go to last post
  17. Market?

    I have a piece that I feel really good about and want to send out. You could interpret it one way as a fantasy, or if you look at it another way it...

    Started by Mari Star‎, 08-04-2003 10:18 AM
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    08-05-2003, 12:44 AM Go to last post
  18. FOR MURG ... YOOOO HOOOO!!!

    ]]]]]]]]] Oh Ahm sew thriiilllled that you noticed mah absence! (giant grin). I've been busy doing summer things, blabbering with Toby at Roys...

    Started by M T‎, 08-04-2003 11:11 AM
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    08-04-2003, 06:48 PM Go to last post
  19. Flies in the Ointment (continued)

    The following is a remarkable thread started a few days ago. I have taken the liberty of pasting it and several of the responses here to keep it...

    Started by L Balfour‎, 08-03-2003 11:39 AM
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  20. Critique My Story Please?

    Hi Folks, I am a great fan of this site, and though I lurk by nature I am constantly amazed by the perspicacity (hee hee) of the forumers here. ...

    Started by JD Barnes‎, 08-02-2003 10:43 AM
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    08-04-2003, 02:28 PM Go to last post

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