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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. Would anyone like to critique about 800 words?

    I'm writing a Y.A. novel, and it's about 95k words. This excerpt deals with the main character's father and a surprise visit by his cousin (though he...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-10-2009 07:29 AM
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    09-11-2009, 04:04 PM Go to last post
  2. Does this work (one small sentence, use of nouns/pronouns)

    I know we all have our own styles, but can someone tell me if this is right or wrong? “Oh shush it, boy!” Pat told him, and then winked at Emma,...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 07-21-2009 10:25 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    07-21-2009, 03:28 PM Go to last post
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
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    06-25-2009, 04:47 AM Go to last post
  6. Would appreciate critiques for my prologue (800 wds)

    Hey all. I'm working on my final draft (4th) of my novel, and decided to make the first part of the first chapter my prologue, as it felt more...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 01-07-2009 05:24 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 12
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    01-18-2009, 02:37 PM Go to last post
  7. Need some serious advice

    Message boards - especially 'adult' ones like this are nice to come to for some help, and I have to make a decision that will affect me and the work...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 03-27-2008 12:25 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    04-01-2008, 03:38 PM Go to last post
  8. Would like some input on descriptive abilities

    The setting seemed too familiar, the young man realized after he had ample time to absorb the view. The single story gray mass of a building was...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 01-09-2008 02:25 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    01-09-2008, 10:52 PM Go to last post
  9. First to second draft comparison. (800 wds). Opinions required.

    About halfway through the major rewrite, and I'm hanging in there. Basically, this is a comparison between my first draft and the rewrite. My...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 12-20-2007 03:17 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-20-2007, 07:56 PM Go to last post
  10. First person present tense - okay to use "I" and "There"

    I'm trying to use different words and make it work, but say there's twenty paragraphs, and five start with "I;" what are your opinions?

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 11-02-2007 04:28 AM
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    • Replies: 11
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    11-15-2007, 07:16 AM Go to last post
  11. 800 words of the first chapter of my manuscript (99% complete)

    The year is 2666, and the main character is just coming back from a trip in Australia. Here are his first experiences once back home. Welcome,...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 10-30-2007 08:04 AM
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    • Replies: 12
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    11-01-2007, 06:22 PM Go to last post
  12. Rate my dialogue and character desc (850 words)

    Finally, after what felt like hours, the train stops and the gravity defaults to a natural state. The AI representation welcomes me to the zone, and...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 10-29-2007 12:20 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 19
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    10-31-2007, 06:54 AM Go to last post
  13. A short story for your pleasure ... (feel free to critique/bash) 1k words, more if you want

    "So who's the ranking officer, now?" Private Lewis asked. He repeatedly had to move a branch imbued with long, thin leaves from his face. The...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-13-2007 12:57 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-14-2007, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  14. I've decided to use present tense rather than past

    Any opinions on that?

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-11-2007 09:15 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-12-2007, 04:17 PM Go to last post
  15. An excerpt from my completed manuscripts third chapter, advice please

    I've been working on my query letter, and its been suggested that I post an 800 word sample here. My book is a science fiction/mystery/suspense...

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 09-08-2007 11:36 AM
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 28
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    09-10-2007, 07:46 PM Go to last post
  16. The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism.

    Just a friendly discussion here about something I was thinking about the other day. The majority of stories derive something from other stories it...

    Started by Brandon H.‎, 08-10-2005 05:19 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    08-12-2005, 12:54 AM Go to last post
  17. The Concept of Splitting a Novel in Two...

    Hi there...currently I am exploring the possibility of splitting my novel (coming in at 197,478 words, in the Fantasy genre) into two books. So I...

    Started by Brandon H.‎, 02-28-2004 02:10 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    03-01-2004, 03:06 PM Go to last post
  18. Processor pains

    Those ugly green lines are making me sick. 1) Passive this and passive that. Correction to processor standards results in a definite change in tone...

    Started by Brandon Sharp‎, 08-28-2005 12:31 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    08-28-2005, 12:31 PM Go to last post
  19. SCBWI

    To any and all who is a member of SCBWI... I am wanting to join this group as I think it will be of tremendous help to me and my writing....

    Started by Brandy‎, 01-11-2003 01:12 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    01-12-2003, 01:06 PM Go to last post
  20. Is it better to ....

    Just wondering... I am currently an unpublished author still learning the craft and wording etc. I have done a lot of research on this subject...

    Started by Brandy‎, 01-11-2003 11:31 AM
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    01-12-2003, 07:34 AM Go to last post

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