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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 08:29 AM
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    09-11-2009, 05:04 PM Go to last post
  2. Short Story Opening

    I have to scratch an itch and write out a short story that's banging around in my head, so I can get on to other things. It's about a rabid,...

    Started by Stephen Holak‎, 09-10-2009 09:51 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-11-2009, 04:12 PM Go to last post
  3. John Z looking for a word

    Hi John I just noticed your post from some days ago. Bodacious is definitely not the word you are looking for. None of the other suggestions come...

    Started by Denis Bonner‎, 09-05-2009 03:26 PM
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    09-09-2009, 04:09 AM Go to last post
  4. A good meeting

    hi all i m working on my first novel. and i want to make the protagonist meet a girl(who becomes her best frd subsequently). but i want to make this...

    Started by Ankita Patil‎, 08-24-2009 03:37 AM
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    09-09-2009, 02:03 AM Go to last post
  5. Would you grade this snippit for me?

    I'm working on a memoir. This is a sample of my style: Iíve been with my wife Elizabeth for 22 years plus. We were married a tad over nine...

    Started by Allen Scott‎, 09-03-2009 12:16 AM
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    09-08-2009, 08:04 PM Go to last post
  6. Body Language Part 2

    The first section is when Mark And carrie meet for lunch for the 1st time, the 2nd is the dialogue when they go to a baseball game on their first...

    Started by Howard Schwartz‎, 09-01-2009 12:11 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    09-08-2009, 06:28 PM Go to last post
  7. Appropriate forum for critique

    Is this forum the most appropriate for posting a writing snippet for critique? I\'m about on-third through a first draft of a fantasy novel, and...

    Started by Stephen Holak‎, 09-07-2009 02:40 PM
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    • Replies: 18
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    09-08-2009, 11:35 AM Go to last post
  8. need help with plot

    Hi- I am new to this forum. I am working on a short story that basically opens with a woman opening a letter from her neighbor. The neighbor is...

    Started by Michelle Mattson‎, 08-29-2009 02:23 PM
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    09-08-2009, 04:09 AM Go to last post
  9. Return to Superior, first nightmare (thanks to your help)

    ďMaybe we would be more comfortable if we went to my bedroom.Ē Carrie whispered. I froze with anticipation, hoping I was not going to wake up...

    Started by Howard Schwartz‎, 09-05-2009 09:08 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    09-06-2009, 01:53 PM Go to last post
  10. Rate my book!!!

    OK, I lie, not the entire book, just the first few opening paragraphs After getting some thoughts on my first thread a few people suggested...

    Started by Steve McLeod‎, 09-04-2009 12:30 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-06-2009, 11:16 AM Go to last post
  11. Looking for a word

    I've got a word I can't come up with. It generally refers to a young person and means an over-eagerness to impress when one is new at and activity...

    Started by John Z‎, 08-29-2009 11:20 AM
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    09-05-2009, 03:25 PM Go to last post
  12. My Biggest Challenge

    Hi All Just joined up so this my first post and I'd really appreciate some help with what I consider to be my biggest challenge.......myself! :( ...

    Started by Steve McLeod‎, 09-02-2009 11:19 AM
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    09-05-2009, 11:33 AM Go to last post
  13. Looking for query critique. Can anyone please help?

    Dear _________________, I would like you to take a look at my completed 145,000 word suspence romance novel, Forbidden Sun. It is the...

    Started by Christine Starke‎, 09-04-2009 06:34 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    09-04-2009, 09:03 PM Go to last post
  14. Revamped portion of chapter 1 (thanks to GaryK and Bea)

    I revamped the first half of my Chapter 1 with the advice from Gary Kessler and Bea. Would love some honest opinions. If Gary Kessler is...

    Started by Jay S‎, 08-27-2009 12:25 AM
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 9
    • Replies: 85
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    09-04-2009, 02:22 PM Go to last post
  15. Help for an 8th Grade Student

    I have recently started a writing/editing service and was contacted by a local 8th grade student who would like to interview a published author for a...

    Started by Rachel Miller‎, 09-03-2009 11:04 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    09-04-2009, 10:38 AM Go to last post
  16. Sentence length

    Been reading up on writing. I have come across a few points that mention Resonance. It deals with sentence length in a paragraph. Am I...

    Started by shannon castleman‎, 08-21-2009 07:05 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    09-04-2009, 06:34 AM Go to last post
  17. Chapter 1

    Most of the first chapter of my WIP (minus the final two paragraphs, as I didnít want to exceed the prescribed word-limit by too much). Let me...

    Started by junel ;-)‎, 09-01-2009 04:18 PM
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    09-03-2009, 10:15 AM Go to last post
  18. Charlie Bone

    This question is a little off the path but didn't quite know which forum to list it under. Recently I began reading this children's series to get...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-31-2009 03:14 PM
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    09-03-2009, 03:36 AM Go to last post
  19. Scene Structure

    Anyone familiar with Dwight Swain's book, 'Techniques of the Selling Author'? If you are, I have a question. (I can link to the article about his...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 09-01-2009 05:49 PM
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    09-02-2009, 08:03 PM Go to last post
  20. How to fill in the missing gaps of a story?

    How to fill in the missing gaps of a story? I have the core story of my WIP. I know the beginning, middle and end, and most of the key...

    Started by junel ;-)‎, 08-31-2009 04:10 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    09-02-2009, 11:37 AM Go to last post

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