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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. Chapters

    I have a feeling that my chapters are running a little short. Is that possible? Using your standard 12pt, I'm averaging six printed pages per...

    Started by Nikki Smith‎, 07-29-2008 01:36 PM
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  2. The novel I have been working for three years

    My name is Anne Jacobs; a short woman who is in search of the truth of the unlived world. Throughout my years of living; my girlish appearance has...

    Started by kayla‎, 06-02-2003 06:10 PM
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  3. Smirk

    His lips curve into a satisfied smirk. or His lips curve to a satisfied smirk. or His lips curve to form a satisfied smirk.

    Started by P B‎, 01-02-2003 08:34 PM
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    01-04-2003, 11:50 PM Go to last post
  4. query feedback please

    Dear Mr. Agent, Storm of Magick is a dark fantasy novel (with 84,000 words) about Logan Wolf a spirit bounty hunter who works with a group called...

    Started by Lisa B‎, 11-19-2005 03:17 PM
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    11-22-2005, 04:54 PM Go to last post
  5. Americanisms

    Now that we have attacked the Englishmans English.... how about some American English... like; Geez Louise..... anyothers... maybe some of the...

    Started by Yvonne Oots‎, 10-14-2003 01:53 PM
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    10-26-2003, 02:36 AM Go to last post
  6. first page critique requested

    It has been suggested that I post the opening page of my new book Angel's Moon here for comments. Here goes: Chapter One 11:46 a.m. Mountain...

    Started by paul gardner‎, 11-14-2010 07:32 AM
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    11-19-2010, 01:44 PM Go to last post
  7. J.K. Ruling?

    We all saw J.K. Rowling rise upon the literary stage like a blazing phoenix from an obscure pile of ashes. It was a glorious period for Rowling, and...

    Started by billy c.‎, 05-12-2003 08:45 AM
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    05-22-2003, 07:52 PM Go to last post
  8. Which is right?

    Ok, I've tried searching. These all turn up as correct. I need some wise brains! Two hundred year old farmhouse. Two hundred-year-old...

    Started by TK‎, 05-04-2004 03:01 PM
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    05-07-2004, 02:14 PM Go to last post
  9. First chapter--brief...

    Unless otherwise instructed, I send this short first chapter out in my email queries. I send a bit more with snailmail queries. Now that I think...

    Started by Mitch Barr‎, 12-27-2005 02:29 PM
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  10. Universal Questions

    As the dogs of war are straining to be unleashed against the world, I would like to point out some questions asked by anyone of any race, religion,...

    Started by Glen T.Brock‎, 01-13-2003 05:39 PM
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    01-15-2003, 03:41 PM Go to last post
  11. 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 01:55 PM
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  12. How does scene read?

    This is a scene from a turn of the century memoir meant to be poignant and, at times, comical. How does the scene read? Although it seems...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 01-12-2011 02:32 AM
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    01-24-2011, 02:27 PM Go to last post
  13. Punctuation Question

    It is rare to see parenthesis in a novel. Is there a particular reason why a dash or italics are more commonly used in its place?

    Started by KT Stephens‎, 04-04-2005 10:59 AM
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  14. Current Literature

    I read only the classics. But now as I attempt to become a published author I am beginning to understand the neccessity of familiarizing myself with...

    Started by Danny Ohmen‎, 09-25-2003 07:01 AM
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    09-27-2003, 07:08 AM Go to last post
  15. Will this sell?

    Below is a short short piece of fiction I hope has marketability. As my website is down for a week, I can't put it there so I'm putting it here...

    Started by Roy Abrahams‎, 10-05-2002 03:38 PM
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    10-07-2002, 03:56 AM Go to last post
  16. Critique, please

    Ok, I've bopped around for a little, think I'm ready to take the plunge. Hatchets at the ready, please: I was lying down by the side of the lake,...

    Started by Tim Munger‎, 11-14-2010 06:32 AM
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    01-12-2011, 08:24 AM Go to last post
  17. Feedback please.

    Hi. I need feedback of how well I did this. Critique would do nicely as well. The Trees swirled past and the echo of hooves followed Farina...

    Started by Donatellia Austin‎, 07-15-2008 07:14 PM
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    07-25-2008, 06:30 PM Go to last post
  18. On being a novelist

    The thread on obsession has brought up something I have been wrestling with for the last month. I am 2/3 into the second draft of my novel, and am...

    Started by Denise Kiincy‎, 12-15-2004 06:26 AM
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    12-29-2004, 04:16 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
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    10-05-2011, 01:43 AM Go to last post
  20. My excerpt wants your help.

    “America…” He trailed off into a pensive silence, biting at his lower lip. “Probably,” he added. “Sometimes I hear her voice.” “You, my friend, are...

    Started by Delany Sierra Sierra‎, 01-09-2011 03:16 PM
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    01-23-2011, 08:39 AM Go to last post

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