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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. Wasn't sure where to post this . . .

    . . . because I'm not a NEW member, per se. Just an old one who hasn't posted in a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY (yes, I think my absence quantifies a...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-04-2012 05:09 PM
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    06-06-2012, 02:46 PM Go to last post
  2. Unnecessary use of "that"

    Lately, I've been dealing with my bad habit of using "that" in a lot of my sentences where it isn't necessary. Example: He knew that she was...

    Started by Montana Chick‎, 05-04-2012 11:17 AM
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    06-01-2012, 05:54 AM Go to last post
  3. short question on verb tenses

    Hi all. I usually have no problem with the lie (to recline)/lay (to put down) verbs. But of the following sentences, which would be correct? ...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 02-20-2012 10:41 PM
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    06-01-2012, 05:49 AM Go to last post
  4. New short horror story-VERY strong language and violence.

    This is part of a second draft. 970 words. Thanks to anyone who critiques it.:D TONIGHT, I’M EATING IN “You’re them, ain’t...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 04-30-2012 12:15 AM
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    05-07-2012, 09:22 AM Go to last post
  5. which one is the best publisher in the world?

    which one is the best publisher in the world?

    Started by zheng sheng ming‎, 05-05-2012 08:25 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-06-2012, 09:03 PM Go to last post
  6. Read any good books lately?

    Just wondering. :) *_*

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 04-19-2012 04:44 PM
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    05-04-2012, 07:38 AM Go to last post
  7. Stick with it!

    Writing is about words on paper, or is it? We sit alone, usually, sometimes lonely banging away at keys or scribbling furiously. Just another...

    Started by Herman Munster‎, 04-29-2012 04:16 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    05-03-2012, 01:36 PM Go to last post
  8. Short question on first person writing...

    Hi Everyone. I just wanted some input on something. If you're writing a story in first person and you're in a narrative section, do you write...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 04-20-2012 01:13 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    04-30-2012, 08:17 AM Go to last post
  9. Self-editing: what works for you?

    I am a quarter of the way through a second draft of my first novel. I am constantly re-reading and tweaking earlier chapters. While they are...

    Started by paul.abbassi‎, 03-29-2012 10:05 AM
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    self-editing
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    04-14-2012, 01:12 AM Go to last post
  10. Are most writers "introverts"?

    (As we wait for the newbies to come crashing down the door -- and to appease dear Gary -- am starting an actual "writers"" thread. ;)) Is being...

    Started by Kitty Foyle‎, 02-16-2012 05:03 AM
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    04-10-2012, 09:40 AM Go to last post
  11. Creative writing course

    I'm looking at fiction writing courses and could do with some advice. Is it better to take a course that is university accredited? Is it something...

    Started by Susan B‎, 03-08-2012 10:14 AM
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    04-05-2012, 02:48 PM Go to last post
  12. Changing names of characters in autobio

    I am about two thirds finished writing my autobiography and I am wondering what are the parameters in terms of changing character names. It is just a...

    Started by Craig CPM‎, 03-22-2012 05:57 AM
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    03-25-2012, 11:59 AM Go to last post
  13. Is there too much going on in this sentence?

    San Lucas lay just beyond the pebbled inlet of Bison's bay, through a forest of towering evergreens, hemmed in by snow encrusted mountains.

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 03-13-2012 09:48 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    03-15-2012, 04:24 PM Go to last post
  14. What if we used typewriters?

    I'm re-writing my novel - and nearing the end! - and I've deleted whole scenes, whole chapters. Yes, it requires thought and choices, but how easy it...

    Started by Claire Young‎, 03-11-2012 04:03 PM
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    03-12-2012, 05:46 PM Go to last post
  15. Memoir question

    I wrote and published a memoir that dealt with one part of my life, and then I started writing a different memoir that dealt with a completely...

    Started by greg winick‎, 03-04-2012 04:12 PM
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    03-08-2012, 06:01 PM Go to last post
  16. Novel Length - The New World Order

    Here's an interesting quote from Evil Editor's blog for today, regarding the length a novel should be to appease the publisher; the subject came up...

    Started by jayce‎, 02-24-2012 12:55 PM
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    03-08-2012, 04:29 PM Go to last post
  17. How to connect?

    Okay, in my novel, I don't know how to show the time span between two events. It's a fair amount of time, ranging from 2-3 months, but I don't know...

    Started by Shadow‎, 02-24-2012 01:52 PM
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    03-06-2012, 04:10 PM Go to last post
  18. Inappropriate for MG?

    Hellow All! Below is a passage in my MG that I rather like, but unsure if the quote is appropriate (in bold) so please advise. For context...

    Started by Lyle Ven‎, 03-02-2012 12:02 PM
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    03-03-2012, 04:31 PM Go to last post
  19. 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
  20. 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

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