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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. "Your book is awesome!"

    That is what my newest beta reader said to me after reading the first 3 chapters. (with a big smile and wide eyes). After my last beta reader gave...

    Started by Kemory .‎, 10-15-2005 04:17 AM
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    10-24-2005, 09:05 AM Go to last post
  2. 'A Clear Go' [Adevnture/Sci-Fi] - Criticism Requested

    A CLEAR GO CHAPTER I Ross was sweating. And he was all kinds of furious. Walking downtown on an extremely dry July afternoon wearing...

    Started by Kevin Brown‎, 07-10-2006 10:29 PM
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    07-15-2006, 11:42 AM Go to last post
  3. 'As though', 'as if'

    These sound way too formal for my taste, as though I had a stick up my *ss. Just a question of style? Any thoughts?

    Started by one dog‎, 12-08-2007 07:12 PM
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    12-26-2007, 08:50 AM Go to last post
  4. 'Book Report' critics welcome

    Here is my ‘book report’! Yes, I did a ‘book report’ on my own novel! It may seem strange, but it is the best idea I have! Please remember that I...

    Started by Rachael Elg‎, 08-20-2005 09:25 AM
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    08-27-2005, 06:03 PM Go to last post
  5. 'Heck'

    I have had a lot of kind help with US background detail for my WIP especially from Bob, Gary and Glen,and I was wondering whether I could ask one...

    Started by Elizabeth‎, 06-19-2003 01:13 AM
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    06-19-2003, 11:30 PM Go to last post
  6. 'memoir' book forward - rewritten

    Here is my latest draft of my fwd. I'd love feedback on it. I took all your valued critiques into consideration while writing this. Having been...

    Started by Janet Ford‎, 06-18-2007 12:35 PM
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    06-22-2007, 04:00 PM Go to last post
  7. 'Nuther challenge

    First, a hearty nod to Mya Bell for starting this whole thing. How would you reply, via letter or telegram, to this letter? Madam, I am...

    Started by Smiling Curmudgeon‎, 10-07-2007 07:15 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    10-10-2007, 10:40 AM Go to last post
  8. 'present tense' question

    Most of my manuscript, I am 62,000 words into it, is i the present tense, and I think that I am doing ok with it. My question is this; I really do...

    Started by Jeffrey Brown‎, 11-29-2003 08:24 PM
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    12-02-2003, 12:21 PM Go to last post
  9. 'Terms of Use' Statement for this site

    I just read the terms of use for this site. The part where they are granted irrevocable nonexcluseve license and words like perpetual bother me. I'd...

    Started by Nobody‎, 05-23-2002 02:05 PM
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    05-23-2002, 02:05 PM Go to last post
  10. 'The Planet's' /Its

    They saw a lush green planet. It looked very much like planet Earth. Its countries were covered with plenty of lush green forest, and its oceans were...

    Started by mack smith‎, 02-25-2005 02:50 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    02-25-2005, 09:07 PM Go to last post

    “TOBY’S TAKE,,,,THE SCRUFFY DOG REPORT.....” DATE; June 23 ,2003 Editorial note; As you have probably heard, Toby is in re-hab this week. ...

    Started by toby‎, 06-23-2003 12:13 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    06-23-2003, 11:34 AM Go to last post

    TOBY’S TAKE.... THE SCRUFFY DOG REPORT.... June,16,03 Good evening. Things got a little loud at the Wnet this week. I’ve received more then...

    Started by toby‎, 06-16-2003 02:17 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    06-16-2003, 01:39 PM Go to last post
  13. 'To be' verbs

    I am in the process of going through my manuscript again, and a few questions regarding the use of 'to be' verbs has popped up. By using the Aztekera...

    Started by Morten Aaroe‎, 03-26-2008 03:59 AM
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    03-27-2008, 09:33 AM Go to last post
  14. 'Tude

    I'm reading 'Writing Away' by Elizabeth George at the moment, on the recommendation of someone here (thanks, BTW, whoever you were - sorry can't...

    Started by Pea‎, 04-16-2004 04:51 PM
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    04-20-2004, 04:27 AM Go to last post
  15. 'which' vs. 'that'

    I've always had a little trouble with this one. Is there any hard and fast rule when to use 'which' and when 'that' is more appropriate? For...

    Started by C Bets‎, 06-28-2005 10:06 AM
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    06-29-2005, 09:37 PM Go to last post
  16. (final affliction) Chapter 3

    You people are so astute and helpful, I'm posting the last of the crucial first 3 chapters of A Hard Place to Rock.</> Your impressions will be...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-02-2002 01:59 PM
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    12-03-2002, 11:25 AM Go to last post
  17. (Strange?) POV question

    Okay, I have a scene in the story I'm working on, in which my main character is having a coversation, only it's with himself. But, I don't want...

    Started by Lo Rin‎, 07-22-2005 09:51 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    07-23-2005, 04:03 AM Go to last post
  18. *** France

    Metaphorically we died, by scraping our lives back together, just to conform with a stiff upper lip. The payback is wages: the weekly...

    Started by martin shaw‎, 12-22-2010 12:51 PM
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    12-28-2010, 03:27 PM Go to last post
  19. **Graphic material adults only**

    I write hardboiled fiction. Please critique. Shocked I lay on the metal slab bed for some time drowsing between sleep and wakefulness. The bed,...

    Started by linton lewis‎, 04-15-2003 10:08 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    04-16-2003, 11:39 AM Go to last post
  20. *Urgent MS Word question*

    Yikes!! I'm using MS Word 2003, and yesterday I was messing around with the View -> Markup feature. Today, I realized that all of the text I recently...

    Started by Melissa Rudy‎, 07-12-2004 08:08 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 759
    07-13-2004, 06:51 PM Go to last post

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