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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. When only a cliché will do.

    I know that one of the first things we all get told is to avoid clichés. However, sometimes I want to deliberately use one for effect. Is it...

    Started by Ian Barker‎, 09-08-2001 01:57 PM
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    10-16-2001, 03:37 PM Go to last post
  2. Valerie's Mysterious Nap

    Valerie, Did this sudden urge to nap happen after a visit to Alucard Island and the lazy little Redrum Inn? You know some of Norman’s special...

    Started by Ele Thurman‎, 10-11-2001 03:57 PM
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    10-14-2001, 06:31 PM Go to last post
  3. Which genre?

    I have almost completed a manuscript which is based on a true account of a girl that was subjected to an abusive childhood. It is written in the...

    Started by Brooke‎, 10-11-2001 04:24 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    10-14-2001, 04:16 PM Go to last post
  4. Writing Craft question

    Where does research end and plagiarism begin, i.e., where do you draw the line?

    Started by Mary M.‎, 09-26-2001 03:40 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    10-13-2001, 07:14 PM Go to last post
  5. Kincaid Index Software

    I need help, folks. Does anyone know of a site to download a free copy of Kincaid Index software for Windows 9x? It used to be included in the...

    Started by M.I.K.‎, 10-13-2001 06:36 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    10-13-2001, 06:36 PM Go to last post
  6. Novelists: Do you Write in Acts?

    I'm a reformed nonselling screenwriter writing my first novel. I wonder, do those of you experienced in writing novels set up your story in acts...

    Started by Todd Allen‎, 10-08-2001 12:08 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    10-12-2001, 10:07 AM Go to last post
  7. what to do?

    my mom and dad said that I would never get anywhere with my writing, my brother talon says the same. My brother jimmy, who is starting a band,...

    Started by sheena‎, 10-10-2001 11:47 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-12-2001, 01:32 AM Go to last post
  8. unbeliveable dilimna

    I know you are all probably going to be wishing you were me in about ten seconds. Believe it or not I have the house to myself, no music blaring, no...

    Started by Valerie Moreau‎, 10-08-2001 10:59 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    10-10-2001, 10:15 AM Go to last post
  9. A fav for a friend

    A friend of mine not online wanted me to post this. Wanted opinions. Thanks Jenny I do not Cry. I have never mourned a lost childhood

    Started by Jenny Hilton‎, 10-01-2001 04:53 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    10-10-2001, 02:20 AM Go to last post
  10. Grammer question

    I can never remember the rule about using that and which. Here is the line that's stumping me: She went behind the crowd *that* stood along the...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 10-03-2001 08:05 AM
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    10-08-2001, 01:00 AM Go to last post
  11. deadlocked

    Help me please! I am almost at the end of my novel but suddenly realize that I cannot decide if I should make my main character a good person ...

    Started by judy‎, 09-28-2001 04:50 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-03-2001, 01:01 PM Go to last post
  12. publishing mystery

    i wrote a poem about my ex b/f and somehow(maybe i was sleep writing again...) it was entered in a poem contest. either my subcon is really mean, or...

    Started by #3‎, 10-02-2001 10:20 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    10-02-2001, 04:21 PM Go to last post
  13. another word

    Help! Again, I have a word or name buzzing about in my head and I can't find the exact meaning or Americanized pronunciation. What does the Italian...

    Started by Bly Oxford‎, 09-30-2001 09:46 AM
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    10-02-2001, 12:37 PM Go to last post
  14. 3rd Person Omniscient?

    Currently reading a James Lee Burke novel. He mainly uses first person, with occassional switches to what seem to be 3rd person omniscient. Is this...

    Started by Mark Feeley‎, 09-17-2001 08:22 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    10-01-2001, 07:58 AM Go to last post
  15. A word, if I may...

    Rehydrate. That word cannot be substantiated by the dictionary I own, although it suits my purpose, and I would like to use it. Would someone...

    Started by M. Helene Keough‎, 09-26-2001 07:23 AM
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    09-30-2001, 09:38 AM Go to last post
  16. just curious

    So, I take it that this is a discussion board for writers for obvious reasons. Do you think you could fill me in on some things and maybe we can...

    Started by Muff‎, 09-27-2001 07:26 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    09-28-2001, 03:14 PM Go to last post
  17. Fear of Completion

    Okay, its written and still in final editing, BUT, I am now blocked with final edits/storyline. This to me represents fear of...

    Started by Deanna Frances Mason‎, 09-26-2001 12:47 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    09-28-2001, 12:28 PM Go to last post
  18. Naming a town

    Hi! Is it better to make up a town, location, school name? Or is it alright to use a real town? I was just wondering about all the legal mumbo...

    Started by Nicky Blade‎, 09-25-2001 08:12 AM
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    09-27-2001, 02:58 PM Go to last post
  19. Follow-up on copyright symbol

    I have received another email from the editorial assistant at Writer's Digest whose supervisor -- stranded in L.A.due to the national tragedy --...

    Started by Mary M.‎, 09-12-2001 01:29 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    09-19-2001, 07:54 AM Go to last post
  20. Bly - and any other children writers

    Hi Bly, I'm working on a ryhming story and since this is a new genre for me, I'm not up on the rules. My story is in couplets (sp?), each is...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 09-18-2001 08:28 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    09-18-2001, 10:42 AM Go to last post

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