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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. Awhile or A while?

    I had to fix a few wrong instances of "awhile" in my book after a refresher on the rules for its usage:...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-06-2005 11:40 AM
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    01-06-2005, 01:00 PM Go to last post
  2. Verb or Noun

    She shifted the bundle in her arms and a tiny mewling, muffled by the blanket, protested. Okay, I know "mewling" is normally a verb, but in this...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 11-18-2004 11:19 AM
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    11-27-2004, 09:56 PM Go to last post
  3. Foreshadowing in your first sentence

    Stephen King uses this technique a lot. One might say he's a weak writer, but I find him the best storyteller alive today. Foreshadowing is a...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 10-10-2004 04:40 PM
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    11-07-2004, 04:31 PM Go to last post
  4. Seeking fantasy, sci-fi & horror writers

    I am the moderator for a critique group that focuses on fantasy, science fiction and horror writing. This group is over two years old. We need two...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 07-30-2004 02:09 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 352
    08-14-2004, 04:33 AM Go to last post
  5. Seeking Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror Writers

    I am the moderator for a critique group that focuses on fantasy, science fiction and horror writing. This group is over two years old. We need three...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 07-09-2004 07:47 AM
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    • Replies: 16
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    07-16-2004, 06:55 PM Go to last post
  6. Seeking Fantasy & SF writers

    I am the moderator for a critique group that focuses on fantasy and science fiction (and horror) writing. This group is two years old this month. ...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 05-21-2004 06:32 AM
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    06-01-2004, 05:25 PM Go to last post
  7. The Fart Song

    Okay, I'm purdy darned pleased with my new song for my YA book. In a previous thread, I wanted to use a copyrighted song for one of my teenage...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-16-2004 05:24 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 723
    02-22-2004, 11:50 AM Go to last post
  8. AuthorsDen Fraud

    I don't know how valid this is, but you might check it out if you're a member of AuthorsDen: http://www.authorzone.com/fraud/ Brady Boyd

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-25-2003 12:19 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    01-25-2003, 05:57 PM Go to last post
  9. Only a handful of real plots

    A long time ago I read that there are only a handful of plots. After you boil away characters, setting, devices and all the other fluff, there are...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-07-2003 02:07 PM
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    01-12-2003, 09:22 PM Go to last post
  10. Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver

    I have heard & read great stuff about a book by Jerry Cleaver, Immediate Fiction. Has anybody here read it? Is it worth the time and money? The...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 01-04-2003 09:23 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    01-11-2003, 07:33 PM Go to last post
  11. Help...I can't find Michael Scanes's post

    In my email I got a post from Michael Scanes requesting I critique something, but now I can't find it on the boards. Does anybody know which board...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 12-21-2002 07:02 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    12-21-2002, 07:22 PM Go to last post
  12. The first paragraph...Flip? Or Flop?

    I want to share the first paragraph of my novel. As we all know, the first few sentences are the most important in selling the story. Tell me if it...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 12-20-2002 09:50 AM
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    • Replies: 31
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    12-22-2002, 04:22 PM Go to last post
  13. Underlining text for italics

    When I read the comment about the three astericks for scene breaks, I was reminded of this: Many editors I've studied want any text you want as...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 12-19-2002 07:48 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    12-20-2002, 08:54 AM Go to last post
  14. My archaic poetry, a sample

    The Loss of Tuoroluka Icy River Moninsupar Cradles bones within its sandbar, Moninsupar, Southward flowing From the shade realm ever-snowing....

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 12-19-2002 01:25 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    12-20-2002, 07:17 AM Go to last post
  15. Plural of names ending in "S"

    I have a family in my book with the last name of Ingles. What is the plural of Ingles? Or Jones? Or James? I have written "Ingleses", but a...

    Started by Brady Boyd‎, 12-17-2002 01:21 PM
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    12-23-2002, 08:44 AM Go to last post
  16. Discouraged

    Hi! Just joined. I thought it might get the muse going. I used to write daily. A personal life turned upside down and constant agent rejection...

    Started by Brady Girl‎, 02-08-2005 11:16 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    02-10-2005, 03:23 AM Go to last post
  17. About Using Religious or Philosophical Texts in a Novel...

    Hello there. Let's say you have been making extensive use of quoting from religious or philosophic texts in your novel, and these texts are quite...

    Started by Brandon‎, 01-25-2004 12:26 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    01-25-2004, 02:16 PM Go to last post
  18. I don't think I've ever looked forward to a second draft so much in my life

    I recently lost my job as a political speechwriter (State House), so I'm going to spend the next few months pursuing my lifelong dream. I'm...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 07-08-2009 10:54 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    07-11-2009, 09:39 AM Go to last post
  19. Trying to write Y.A.

    but I feel like I'm writing the theme of death a bit too seriously. I want to character to suffer loss, but can I make it too real for a young...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 06-23-2009 12:39 PM
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    • Replies: 15
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    07-01-2009, 08:20 AM Go to last post
  20. To rewrite or to not rewrite? Opinions welcome

    I've taken my first chapter (and on top of a massive rewrite), made it a prologue. I know some people don't like them, but I personally love them....

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 06-12-2009 08:34 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 639
    06-25-2009, 04:47 AM Go to last post

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