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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. unhappy endings

    Hi, Because I'm worried about my last manuscript's unhappy ending, I was wondering if a lot of us are writing downer ends vs. uplifting ones. All...

    Started by Emma C‎, 01-18-2005 12:32 PM
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  2. Unhappy with two sentences

    I want to convey this much information. Something about the last part of the second sentence bothers me. For twenty years in Europe, Natan had...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 10-01-2009 04:06 AM
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    10-03-2009, 03:27 PM Go to last post
  3. unique voices in my head

    I've had a paradigm shift. This might sound sophomoric, but after reading a lot of Lemony Snicket, I'm now convinced that a unique literary voice...

    Started by Ray Veen‎, 11-11-2007 11:32 PM
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    11-13-2007, 07:22 PM Go to last post
  4. Universal Questions

    As the dogs of war are straining to be unleashed against the world, I would like to point out some questions asked by anyone of any race, religion,...

    Started by Glen T.Brock‎, 01-13-2003 05:39 PM
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    01-15-2003, 03:41 PM Go to last post
  5. Universities stifling writers?

    "Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a bestseller...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 09-11-2003 07:37 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-16-2003, 08:47 AM Go to last post
  6. unleashing the monstar....

    hey, the reason i set up that convo about the fith dimension was because i am nearing the turning point of my novel. what i plan on doing is to put...

    Started by sheena‎, 06-13-2001 07:12 PM
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    06-15-2001, 03:00 PM Go to last post
  7. unnamed characters

    Just looking for thoughts on unnamed characters. Does it create distance from the reader or do you think the reader can relate better to a nameless...

    Started by Dee Bum‎, 11-14-2008 11:03 AM
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    11-18-2008, 09:48 AM Go to last post
  8. unnecessary scene?

    Hey guys, I have a question. Big surprise, I know. I have part of a scene forty pages from the end of my book that isn't really necessary to...

    Started by r p‎, 10-11-2004 09:04 PM
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    10-13-2004, 11:20 PM Go to last post
  9. Unnecessary use of "that"

    Lately, I've been dealing with my bad habit of using "that" in a lot of my sentences where it isn't necessary. Example: He knew that she was...

    Started by Montana Chick‎, 05-04-2012 12:17 PM
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    06-01-2012, 06:54 AM Go to last post
  10. Unpopular subjects

    Hello Everybody, John W. Campbell, editor of Astounding/Analog magazine, once wrote an editorial about those people who shout 'there ought to be a...

    Started by Glen T. Brock‎, 08-16-2003 04:01 PM
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    09-18-2003, 11:16 PM Go to last post
  11. Unreliable Omniscient Narrators

    Hello Lately I've read two books with omniscient narrators. Both were unreliable in different ways. In Pushkin's Eugene Onegin: A Novel in...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 11-29-2010 06:46 AM
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    12-01-2010, 05:23 PM Go to last post
  12. Unsure what to do

    I am very new so I apologise in advance. I am having a difficult time trying to find the best way to change the POV from my main character to the POV...

    Started by Heather Williams‎, 08-04-2009 02:31 PM
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    08-06-2009, 08:47 PM Go to last post
  13. Unsure, need help

    Hiya guys, As some of you know I am currently writing a thriller. I have just finished writing something and I am not sure if I can write that. It...

    Started by Claudia Janssen‎, 12-16-2004 05:00 AM
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    12-18-2004, 06:17 AM Go to last post
  14. Unsympathetic Characters

    On a scale of 1 to 10 how inadvisable (10 being most inadvisable)is it to write a novel with an unsympathetic character as the protagonist? The...

    Started by author author‎, 07-26-2006 09:52 PM
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    08-03-2006, 06:45 AM Go to last post
  15. unusual fight scene

    The following is an excerpt. Sorry about the size, it's one of the shorter scenes and every time I cut it further it seems to loose too much....

    Started by Chuck Shaw‎, 03-18-2009 04:26 PM
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    03-23-2009, 11:49 AM Go to last post
  16. Unusual language use

    Can anyone tell me whether the phrase "I have forgot the date" is legitimate in any way (I don't mean in dialogue). Is thise use of "forget" an...

    Started by Clyde Finney‎, 12-21-2003 02:46 AM
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    12-29-2003, 01:11 AM Go to last post
  17. Unwieldy thread below

    The readers and writers thread below got to be like a four-foot strand of spaghetti. Writer: Has something to say. Wants to share that with...

    Started by Bob Kellogg‎, 12-15-2002 11:06 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    12-15-2002, 10:52 PM Go to last post
  18. Up for review

    Comments please: ‘The Truth is known to us’, read graffiti on a stonewall, crude and beautifully scribbled. In Delta Wing, the city above the...

    Started by Steven clifford‎, 10-17-2005 01:43 PM
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    10-17-2005, 04:57 PM Go to last post
  19. Up in smoke

    I’m researching for a historical women’s fiction partially set in a real Midwest US town that entirely went up in flames in the late 1800’s (not...

    Started by Lisa J. Werth‎, 07-31-2003 03:45 PM
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    08-01-2003, 08:55 PM Go to last post
  20. update - attn: Harper

    See if this doesn't sound a little more convincing; this is a piece of the exerpt I submitted before: *** “Good, good. Is there anyone you...

    Started by C Bets‎, 06-02-2005 10:22 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    06-02-2005, 02:32 PM Go to last post

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