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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. 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
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    12-28-2011, 02:28 PM Go to last post
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. "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
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    12-16-2011, 01:38 PM Go to last post
  5. 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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    • Replies: 12
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    12-11-2011, 12:22 PM Go to last post
  6. 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
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 18
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    12-03-2011, 09:26 AM Go to last post
  7. "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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    • Replies: 12
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    11-27-2011, 12:47 PM Go to last post
  8. 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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    • Replies: 13
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    11-26-2011, 12:02 PM Go to last post
  9. 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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    11-19-2011, 06:49 PM Go to last post
  10. Two Authors

    I rarely get all the way through novels these days, but Cold Vengeance, by Preston & Child, is enticing so far. This may or may not be the first...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 11-17-2011 05:34 AM
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    • Replies: 12
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    11-17-2011, 04:41 PM Go to last post
  11. Writing Exercises

    While I am taking a very long break from my book, I am doing writing exercises to also help improve my writing. While reading Gregor the Overlander,...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 11-11-2011 10:52 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-12-2011, 11:37 AM Go to last post
  12. Weaknesses in my writing have not changed that much

    I just had my sixth draft of my first chapter critiqued by someone from Yahoo Groups. Almost all the problems pointed out were the same weaknesses...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 11-08-2011 05:59 PM
    4 Pages
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    11-11-2011, 08:54 AM Go to last post
  13. Grammar/Punctuation "Bar Jokes"

    1. A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves. 2. A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the...

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 11-09-2011 12:15 PM
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    • Replies: 12
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    11-09-2011, 01:44 PM Go to last post
  14. Novel chapters like short stories

    I'm leaning toward the idea of structuring my novel so that each chapter feels like a stand-alone short story, with the stories told from the...

    Started by Gaylen Moore‎, 11-04-2011 04:47 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-08-2011, 10:28 AM Go to last post
  15. Nigerian Pidgin English Poems By Chidi Anthony Opara

    We No Dey Broke (Fela music “Argument” dey play for background) Di money wey una dey get Month by month Una no dey use am well, Una dey use...

    Started by Public Information Project Management‎, 11-02-2011 04:57 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-06-2011, 07:30 PM Go to last post
  16. National Novel Writing Month

    Is anyone doing it this year? http://www.nanowrimo.org/

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 09-12-2011 09:05 AM
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    11-01-2011, 02:29 PM Go to last post
  17. The great remake...

    It almost seems as if the industry has run out of good ideas.... just go to the movies to see Freddie Kruger or some other villain rising up out of...

    Started by J D‎, 10-09-2011 10:12 AM
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    10-19-2011, 06:04 AM Go to last post
  18. Lightbulb Reading Out Loud

    When I posted the very beginning of my novel months ago, sheesh, I received comments from leslee and jayce (thanks again). leslee advised me to read...

    Started by Claire Young‎, 09-27-2011 01:58 PM
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    10-13-2011, 11:26 PM Go to last post
  19. Planning a book

    I'm actually after some general advice. When I'm writing, I always have a basic idea. I know where the novel begins and ends and some details in...

    Started by Nadia Bashoo‎, 10-03-2011 01:05 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-05-2011, 01:43 AM Go to last post
  20. to prologue or not to prologue

    I heard alot of debate about the infamous "prologue" on this site from several people. The foreshadowing on a book always seemed like a good idea to...

    Started by J D‎, 09-18-2011 02:49 PM
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 52
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    10-01-2011, 11:48 PM Go to last post

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