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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. 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 11:04 AM
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    12-11-2011, 01:22 PM Go to last post
  2. 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 11:01 PM
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    12-03-2011, 10:26 AM Go to last post
  3. "25 Reasons Readers Keep Reading"

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

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 11-16-2011 07:43 AM
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    11-27-2011, 01:47 PM Go to last post
  4. 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 09:53 AM
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    11-26-2011, 01:02 PM Go to last post
  5. 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 06:42 PM
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    11-19-2011, 07:49 PM Go to last post
  6. 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 06:34 AM
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    11-17-2011, 05:41 PM Go to last post
  7. 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 11:52 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-12-2011, 12:37 PM Go to last post
  8. 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 06:59 PM
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    11-11-2011, 09:54 AM Go to last post
  9. 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 01:15 PM
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    11-09-2011, 02:44 PM Go to last post
  10. 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 05:47 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-08-2011, 11:28 AM Go to last post
  11. 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 05:57 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    11-06-2011, 08:30 PM Go to last post
  12. National Novel Writing Month

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

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 09-12-2011 10:05 AM
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    11-01-2011, 03:29 PM Go to last post
  13. 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 11:12 AM
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    10-19-2011, 07:04 AM Go to last post
  14. 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 02:58 PM
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    10-14-2011, 12:26 AM Go to last post
  15. 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 02:05 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-05-2011, 02:43 AM Go to last post
  16. 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 03:49 PM
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    10-02-2011, 12:48 AM Go to last post
  17. Cookie Cutter Neighbors

    I thought I'd follow and post something small over here for a change. I would love to know what others think, if it's interesting. Thanks for your...

    Started by Amy Lou‎, 09-06-2011 06:50 PM
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    09-26-2011, 12:59 PM Go to last post
  18. Writer's block

    I've reached a total impasse with my WIP. I just don't know where to take it from here. It started out well, I had lots of ideas, but somewhere...

    Started by Rae Morgan‎, 06-09-2011 07:44 PM
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    09-24-2011, 05:35 PM Go to last post
  19. The First Five Chapters and Scene and Structure

    A brief review. The First Five Chapters is straight forward and user-friendly. I used it as a checklist - Introduced main character? Check. Too...

    Started by alice clay‎, 09-09-2011 06:33 PM
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    09-20-2011, 04:43 AM Go to last post
  20. Pacing in Video Games (Applies to Writing Too)

    Here's an interesting video about pacing in video games. Most of it applies to writing too. http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/episode-07-pacing

    Started by Nathan N.‎, 09-10-2011 07:13 AM
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    09-10-2011, 08:42 PM Go to last post

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