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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. Chapt 5 - for Akas.

    That will teach you to --in a way-- ask for more. This will set up the situation, anyway. I'm also trying a new, easier way to post, hoping for...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-06-2002 12:00 PM
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  2. Chapter 4 -- 1470 words

    I made this smaller. Does it work? I hope so. Sent it out today (along with the first 11 chapters. Thanks for anything you have to say about it....

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-04-2002 01:26 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-05-2002, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  3. First person voice

    Akas make an interesting comment on my Chapter 3 posted below: "Top choice' a bit colloquial too. Okay as a part of dialogue but not otherwise." ...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-03-2002 01:15 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    12-04-2002, 09:08 AM Go to last post
  4. (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
  5. Chapter 2 -- Hard Place to Rock

    I have a few specific questions about this chapter. Should I break it into more than one chapter? Does the backstory intrude? How do you react...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-01-2002 11:49 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    12-02-2002, 11:39 AM Go to last post
  6. First Chapter -- A Hard Place to Rock

    I'm trying another opening for this novel, trying to balance action with background. It's a couple of pages shorter then it used to be, so you won't...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-27-2002 10:16 AM
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    12-01-2002, 10:44 AM Go to last post
  7. Chapter 6 -- False Harbor

    I have a couple of specific questions about this chapter. First, exclamation points. There are a lot of them. I've read that it's a no-no to use...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-22-2002 09:22 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-22-2002, 02:34 PM Go to last post
  8. Chapter 5 -- Comments, please.

    I have a couple of very short chapters for which I'd like opinions. Those of you who read earlier parts of Out Of The Mainstream might remember that...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-19-2002 10:22 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-22-2002, 09:23 AM Go to last post
  9. More plot advice

    To add some meat to the introduction I mentioned below, here are a couple of paragraphs from Plot by Ansen Dibell. The book itself is a lesson in how...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-14-2002 01:07 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-18-2002, 08:08 PM Go to last post
  10. There's a plot afoot

    I'm starting to read a Writer's Digest book I received yesterday named "Plot" by Ansen Dibell. I must have placed the order a long time ago because I...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-13-2002 08:59 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-14-2002, 09:39 AM Go to last post
  11. Chapter 3 for disection

    For those of you who have been entertained by my rewrite of Out of the Mainstream, I offer Chapter 3, in which the voyage is almost over. Please let...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-07-2002 02:06 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    11-08-2002, 01:17 PM Go to last post
  12. I lied, but I'll understand...

    if no one comments. Fact is, your help was a real wakeup call and I was moved to edit out a lot of pontificating in the Chapter 2 of Out of the...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-04-2002 10:23 AM
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    11-07-2002, 12:27 PM Go to last post
  13. Another chapter, then I'll stop, I promise.

    The beginning of a novel is vitally important, as we all know. I've tried lots of ways to start Out of the Mainstream, including eliminating the...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 11-01-2002 09:03 AM
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  14. Another attempt for the patient

    As expected, I got several viewpoints on the first chapter I posted, all of them valid and useful. In fact, I printed the whole thread and read it...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-30-2002 02:31 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-02-2002, 12:27 AM Go to last post
  15. New beginning; opinions wanted

    Speaking of memories, this is a new start for my first novel, Out of the Mainstream. I've tried many different ways to kick it off. Third person,...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-29-2002 12:09 PM
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    • Replies: 15
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    10-30-2002, 10:30 AM Go to last post
  16. Writing advice from Ben Franklin

    A word of explanation: I volunteer at my local library to look up donated books and if they're worth anything, post them on this site: ...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-25-2002 03:35 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-28-2002, 01:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Want to know how to get away with anything?

    I just finished a book that has it all. All voices and tenses, that is. It's by Robert Crais. L.A. Requiem. About halfway through, I had to put...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-10-2002 08:58 AM
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  18. Two paragraphs

    Here's what I mean by varying sentence length. Not that I did it consciously --my mind just seems to work that way. The following two paragraphs are...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-06-2002 11:42 AM
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  19. Novel construction advice from an agent

    I sent an e-mail query to an agency. They responded the same day asking for the first 10 pages pasted into the e-mail response. I did that and...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 10-03-2002 07:18 PM
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    10-05-2002, 09:53 AM Go to last post
  20. I won't keep this one hidden.

    I'm quoting this because it should cure anyone of the notion that genre writing is somehow inferior. The narrator is waiting in a bar for someone...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 09-26-2002 08:28 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    09-26-2002, 11:34 AM Go to last post

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