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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. Dialog and narrative

    Ok this is the second part of the story I posted. I placed narrative next to the dialog. This is the first time I am attempting this. Here it goes: ...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 11-13-2009 05:12 PM
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  2. Dialog to Narrative

    Hi everyone. I started writing this part of dialog, but how do I go about introducing the narrative? Should I go straight into it? “Come to the...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 11-12-2009 02:52 AM
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    11-13-2009, 04:21 PM Go to last post
  3. Nonfiction essay (of sorts) on conspiracy theory and the human need for conflict

    I originally wrote this as a blog entry, but it is really more of an essay, I think. I guess I'm not your typical blogger. It's also my first attempt...

    Started by James Bishop‎, 11-11-2009 10:20 PM
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    11-13-2009, 04:17 PM Go to last post
  4. Feedback please

    Greetings! I just stumbled upon this site and spent all evening going through threads reading all kinds of useful information. Below is the first...

    Started by Karl Blackwood‎, 11-12-2009 09:41 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-13-2009, 02:38 PM Go to last post
  5. Any comments welcomed!

    Mr Yamakawa Triumphs Maisie turned her back on the Wallace Monument and ambled up to the Inner Close. Scotland’s history was all around but her...

    Started by Maisie Masson‎, 11-11-2009 01:37 PM
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    11-13-2009, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  6. Criticism appreciated!

    It\'s Greek to Me I was overwhelmed by the amount of reading I had to do when I started the college. What made it worse was that I was a product...

    Started by Humayoon Khan‎, 11-11-2009 12:31 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-12-2009, 12:23 PM Go to last post
  7. Another - critism appreciated!

    Smoking Can Kill You His face was covered with henna-dyed beard and it turned dead serious as he approached this end of the conversation. "…...

    Started by Humayoon Khan‎, 11-11-2009 01:23 PM
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    11-11-2009, 10:04 PM Go to last post
  8. How to Use Apostrophe's

    Here's a handy chart if you've ever wanted to know how to use an apostrophe: <http://apostrophe.me/> The one that always tripped me up is...

    Started by Rogue Mutt‎, 11-05-2009 08:33 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-11-2009, 09:57 AM Go to last post
  9. Please critique

    They say a picture is worth a thousands words, but it would take a million to describe mystic crossing. Anyone who saw it claimed they had stepped...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 11-10-2009 03:32 AM
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    11-10-2009, 09:15 PM Go to last post
  10. Writing contest begins now.

    Seeing as how I can't get a consensus on a format...here we go. Enter with no more than 300 words or roughly 1 double spaced page of text. ...

    Started by Franklin Meeks‎, 11-04-2009 12:30 PM
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    11-10-2009, 03:22 PM Go to last post
  11. A new excerpt

    I've posted a new excerpt from my Nano Novel for your edification and enjoyment. Yes, it's unedited first draft, but I think some of you might find...

    Started by Joe Zeff‎, 11-10-2009 12:38 AM
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  12. On Writing

    I just finished Stephen King's book On Writing which I found both humerous and very helpful (would highly recommend it to any writer). That being...

    Started by Jillian Eaton‎, 11-07-2009 06:19 AM
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    11-09-2009, 07:25 PM Go to last post
  13. Need help with Speech dialogue

    So, in a number of places in my book the main character gives something akin to motivational speeches to people, to try and get them to be more...

    Started by Conor Beaulieu‎, 11-05-2009 04:26 PM
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    11-08-2009, 11:11 PM Go to last post
  14. Need feedback

    Is this telling instead of showing? This is the beginning of my story for nanowrimo contest, just wanted some feedback. Cassie Rivers watched the...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 11-05-2009 08:35 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-08-2009, 04:34 PM Go to last post
  15. How to write a proper chapter outline??

    I really need to know lol. I searched online and what I found was that I have to list points of the main events in the chapter. So for example: ...

    Started by C K‎, 11-07-2009 12:00 PM
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    11-07-2009, 02:11 PM Go to last post
  16. Telling vs Showing

    I'm interested in the whole telling vs showing thing as I've seen it mentioned several times in posts here. Doesn't any writing do both at times,...

    Started by Page Turner‎, 11-06-2009 02:50 AM
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    11-07-2009, 10:20 AM Go to last post
  17. Chapters by Length? By Subject? By Whim?

    Been lurking on these forums for quite awhile, and don't recall this being addressed in the threads I've followed. Couldn't find anything like it in...

    Started by Tristan Gregory‎, 11-06-2009 04:09 PM
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    11-07-2009, 01:25 AM Go to last post
  18. at the end of my rope...

    This is my second attempt at a synopsis and I'm now certain that this is so much harder than even the dreaded query. I made the changes that were...

    Started by r k‎, 11-05-2009 05:57 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-06-2009, 10:28 PM Go to last post
  19. Royal Carafe Chapter 2 Snippet

    Hi All, Sorry to interfere with the squabbling over Franklin's post but.... Here's the first piece of Chapter 2 to my MS and would like some...

    Started by D K‎, 10-20-2009 01:02 PM
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    11-06-2009, 01:19 PM Go to last post
  20. Learning to show, not tell

    Recently, I received a ton of good advice from many of you on the art of showing instead of telling. I was trying to convey that Rudy was having an...

    Started by shannon castleman‎, 08-22-2009 08:49 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    11-06-2009, 10:14 AM Go to last post

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