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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. query letter

    I have finished a manuscript based on my adolescent experiences with my best friend's older, mentally challenged brother. In my query letter I state...

    Started by Willis Wilburn‎, 11-22-2008 04:37 PM
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    11-23-2008, 07:22 AM Go to last post
  2. walking it off

    To anyone, What kind of wine do you find goes best with a rejection letter?

    Started by Willis Wilburn‎, 11-12-2008 05:16 PM
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    11-13-2008, 12:02 PM Go to last post
  3. Opinions on openening scene

    Hello, I haven't posted for quite some time, but I would greatly appreciate any input you may have on the opening scene for my new novel. Thank...

    Started by Win Prue‎, 04-16-2008 04:39 AM
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    04-24-2008, 01:25 AM Go to last post
  4. First person vs. third person

    I just sent out a partial manuscript to an agent. It was written in the first person perspective. She responded back that the first person voice...

    Started by windso‎, 03-05-2004 09:39 AM
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    03-06-2004, 10:44 PM Go to last post
  5. My Blog

    Dear Netters: I would so appreciate it if you'd go to my blog, read a few entries (it's best to start at the bottom of the "Archives" to read the...

    Started by Winnie Willard‎, 10-22-2007 12:15 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    10-23-2007, 04:30 AM Go to last post
  6. document help

    This is a simple matter: suddenly, my XP Home Edition Microsoft Word is acting up. Specifically,when I open a document or start a new one, up at...

    Started by Winnie Willard‎, 08-28-2006 08:07 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-29-2006, 08:06 PM Go to last post
  7. Please review my Prologue

    Prologue Wilson wiped his greasy forehead. With no towel or napkin, he kept rubbing oily sweat residue across his khaki pants repeatedly...

    Started by Winston McMiller‎, 08-08-2007 11:08 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-10-2007, 01:43 PM Go to last post
  8. Removal of Topics

    A number of topics in this forum have been removed as they had strayed from the 'writing craft' theme. We hope it is now easier to see the posts...

    Started by WN Moderator‎, 11-22-2009 07:53 PM
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    11-22-2009, 08:40 PM Go to last post
  9. Removal of Threads

    Please note the removal of two topics which were not providing any useful purpose here in the Writing Craft forum. As a number of members pointed...

    Started by WN Moderator‎, 10-26-2009 05:14 PM
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    10-28-2009, 08:05 AM Go to last post
  10. What counts as action?

    I'm trying to avoid too much "standing around talking" in my writing and have more action. Problem is, what counts as action? Maybe I watch too many...

    Started by Wonky‎, 07-16-2009 12:06 AM
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    07-20-2009, 05:29 AM Go to last post
  11. Cock-a-doodle-doo (animal noises)

    Anyone notice that the way people usually write and say animal noises sound nothing like the way the animal actually sounds? I have to have a...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-18-2007 03:40 AM
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    11-26-2007, 05:37 PM Go to last post
  12. Strong verbs for walking around

    Hi. I realized I have a problem with something--coming up with strong verbs. In my MS there's a lot of walking around, but if I say, he walked here,...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-15-2007 06:42 PM
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    11-19-2007, 09:24 PM Go to last post
  13. Starting setences with he, they, or MC's name

    Do any of you have this problem? One of my beta readers told me that my MS had too many sentences that start with he, they, or my main character's...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-15-2007 07:36 PM
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    11-17-2007, 04:20 PM Go to last post
  14. Is there a word for this?

    Is there a shorter way to describe a stick with a y-shaped fork at the end? I have some in my story and I don't want to spend more than a couple of...

    Started by Wonky‎, 10-24-2007 02:52 AM
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    10-31-2007, 10:50 AM Go to last post
  15. 13-year-old boy

    Ok, questione...what would a 13-year-old boy have in his room that, say, a ten-year-old wouldn't have? Me, I just kept up the Transformers...

    Started by Wonky‎, 10-08-2007 05:41 AM
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    10-10-2007, 03:26 AM Go to last post
  16. When did exposition become bad?

    I've noticed that the classics tend to be pretty much ALL exposition. Also, it seems to be the most natural style to write in, which is why so many...

    Started by Wonky‎, 09-28-2007 11:14 PM
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    10-09-2007, 07:37 AM Go to last post
  17. Old woman's voice?

    How would you describe the voice of an old woman? I have a character who I won't physically describe as and old lady, but I want to avoid saying "she...

    Started by Wonky‎, 09-27-2007 03:13 AM
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    10-02-2007, 12:04 PM Go to last post
  18. How to include boring scenes?

    What do you do if there is something really boring that's important for your story? How do you include it? I don't want to write 10 pages describing...

    Started by Wonky‎, 08-26-2007 07:10 PM
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    08-28-2007, 09:04 PM Go to last post
  19. Looking for a word

    Hi everyone. I'm trying to think of a word that would describe the sound of something soaking wet hitting something really hard...like if to took a...

    Started by Wonky‎, 08-25-2007 04:29 AM
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    08-26-2007, 03:42 PM Go to last post
  20. Is this crap?

    Question. Is this type of construction considered okay or crap? "He walked down the street, waving at all the girls he saw." "She held up her...

    Started by Wonky‎, 06-17-2004 09:48 AM
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    06-30-2004, 07:53 AM Go to last post

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