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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. Help with punctuation

    hi guys, I need help with punctuating a couple of sentences. I can't quite figure out what to do with them, and I have to make a decision. So,...

    Started by Sam Fletcher‎, 02-29-2012 05:40 PM
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    03-02-2012, 01:38 PM Go to last post
  2. Red face Word Invention!? and betterising ... stuff!

    Am I allowed to keep inventing new words and why not? Things like representationally ... is that not allowed as a word, is there another word that...

    Started by Herman Munster‎, 12-28-2011 11:45 PM
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    02-24-2012, 09:38 AM Go to last post
  3. a question of "back story"

    I noticed the word "back story" gets alot of attention regarding the overuse of it in books and novels. However, a query is written on one page and a...

    Started by J D‎, 10-08-2011 12:47 AM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 42
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    02-18-2012, 11:39 PM Go to last post
  4. Laura Daltry's book

    Just got a draft from a friend of mine of a new book by Los Angeles Times writer and screenwriter Laura Daltry. It's so good - political,...

    Started by Elaine Droy‎, 01-15-2010 08:46 AM
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 26
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    02-18-2012, 12:24 PM Go to last post
  5. Using character descriptions

    I recently left a critique group a few months ago. Almost every time I described a character, they would say, "You're making your MC describe...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 02-10-2012 10:16 AM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 12
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    02-12-2012, 04:25 PM Go to last post
  6. Outlines and timelines

    Just a quick question because I'm curious. In the book I am working on I have made quite an extensive timeline to keep everything in order and so...

    Started by Allison McClish‎, 01-08-2012 08:16 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 15
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    01-29-2012, 07:19 AM Go to last post
  7. People who (or that) encompass it.

    So I'm not good at the 'who' or 'that' rule. In this situation, would you say, 'People who encompass it.... or.... People that encompass it.'

    Started by J D‎, 01-24-2012 04:43 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    01-25-2012, 06:24 AM Go to last post
  8. Just keeping myself occupied with this...

    Okay, I should be working, but you know, it's New Year and I am not into it today. Just amusing myself with this. It might lead somewhere. Might...

    Started by Debbi Voisey‎, 01-03-2012 03:27 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-17-2012, 09:01 AM Go to last post
  9. correct usage of a semicolon

    I'm looking for opinions, or someone who might know. I have semicolon problems, or the use of them I should say. Can anyone help with this sentence...

    Started by J D‎, 01-09-2012 06:33 PM
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    01-14-2012, 04:03 PM Go to last post
  10. Using real-life celebrities as the basis for fictional characters?

    Since my novel involves an alternative reality that is very similar to ours, I think it would be fun for readers (and beneficial to the...

    Started by Gaylen Moore‎, 10-11-2011 05:53 AM
    celebrities, public figures
    • Replies: 5
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    12-28-2011, 04:24 PM Go to last post
  11. Bad Sex in Fiction Award

    Wasn't sure where to stick this. ;) Anyway, from: ...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 12-10-2011 09:19 AM
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    12-28-2011, 03:10 PM Go to last post
  12. Survival Manuals Revisited...

    I posted this part of a chapter a little while back but tried to make just a few changes based on some suggestions I got here. Not sure that worked...

    Started by J D‎, 10-22-2011 06:26 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,010
    12-28-2011, 02:28 PM Go to last post
  13. Present day setting questions

    Hey everyone.. I have a few quick questions. Just for reference, my book is set in a modern setting. 1) What is everyone's thought on mentioning...

    Started by Josh Maher‎, 12-07-2011 07:54 PM
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    12-28-2011, 02:00 PM Go to last post
  14. Stephen King

    Okay. I just finished watching Bag Of Bones. Part 1 was just okay. Part 2 sucked. So what is it about Stephen King's writing that makes his books...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 12-12-2011 07:32 PM
    6 Pages
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    12-16-2011, 09:30 PM Go to last post
  15. "Channeling of the Novel"

    "One day last April, Jennifer Egan found out that her fourth novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, had won the Pulitzer Prize. A couple of days...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 12-16-2011 01:38 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    12-16-2011, 01:38 PM Go to last post
  16. Plot Structure

    I've read a few books on plot structure, and I keep reading irritating advice; the "facing one's demons" strategy. This advice bothers me because...

    Started by Miranda Clementine‎, 12-05-2011 10:04 AM
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    12-11-2011, 12:22 PM Go to last post
  17. Similar or disimilar?

    Opposites attract but do likes repel? I recently begun a story and I was considering making the characters have similar taste. What's your take?...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 11-21-2011 10:01 PM
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    12-03-2011, 09:26 AM Go to last post
  18. "25 Reasons Readers Keep Reading"

    http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/11/16/25-reasons-readers-keep-reading/

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 11-16-2011 06:43 AM
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    11-27-2011, 12:47 PM Go to last post
  19. How do I set a price for my book?

    In two weeks my nonfiction book, Don't Wear Shorts on Stage...The Stand-up Guide to Comedy comes out. Other comedy books are retailing over $20.00...

    Started by Rob Durham‎, 11-21-2011 08:53 AM
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    11-26-2011, 12:02 PM Go to last post
  20. Switching Point of Views

    So no one likes the switching of POVs in books, although a few of the Harry Potter books switch after the first chapters. However, I noticed that in...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 11-07-2011 05:42 PM
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    • Replies: 22
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    11-19-2011, 06:49 PM Go to last post

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