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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. How do you quote text?

    If my main character is reading from a 'book' (not an actual book) how best do I handle it? - use quotation marks? - italics (if so, all of...

    Started by Brendan G.‎, 01-20-2003 11:24 AM
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    01-22-2003, 03:01 PM Go to last post
  2. Rushing the ending...

    Hello, First off, let me thank you for taking the time to help me with this problem. I have written numerous stories over the past few years....

    Started by Brent Ragsdale‎, 05-27-2008 07:41 PM
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    05-30-2008, 12:00 PM Go to last post
  3. Chronology?

    I'm beginning to find that my "story" is taking on a life of its own. Going into it I had a general story line and idea on how to put it together....

    Started by BrettArthur‎, 12-13-2012 08:41 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    02-24-2013, 07:48 AM Go to last post
  4. Keep it technical?

    I'm working on a novel, drawing from my work experiences to help add authenticity to the story. The main character worked as a crew chief(aircraft...

    Started by BrettArthur‎, 12-09-2012 07:42 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    12-10-2012, 06:23 AM Go to last post
  5. Murder, She/He Wrote?

    All this talk of mayem made me wonder--What is your favorite method of murder you read in a mystery? For me it was an Agatha Christie story in...

    Started by Bri -- Cali‎, 08-27-2002 10:28 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-29-2002, 05:59 AM Go to last post
  6. Fill in the blanks (if so inclined)

    1. I think my greatest strength in writing is ___________________ . 2. My greatest challenge in writing is _____________________ . 3. ...

    Started by Bri -- Cali‎, 08-27-2002 10:12 AM
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    08-29-2002, 03:21 PM Go to last post
  7. Quote Quiz

    Who said.... "I'm not sure what the next world war will be fought with...but the one after that will be fought with sticks and stones."

    Started by Bri -- Cali‎, 08-05-2002 01:33 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-06-2002, 06:05 AM Go to last post
  8. Curtain Call

    Question: What actor/actress, living or dead would make the perfect casting for a character in one of your favorite novels? Also..what movie that...

    Started by Bri -- Cali‎, 07-31-2002 03:10 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-06-2002, 10:48 AM Go to last post
  9. Trademark questions

    I recently started writing and and have a question about trademarks. While writing, if you refer to a known trademark (i.e. A man walked into a...

    Started by Brian‎, 09-07-2002 03:08 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    09-08-2002, 12:44 AM Go to last post
  10. Want Practice?

    Hey everybody! I'm trying to encourage some young writers at the American Alien Entertainment website. We've added a new section where guests...

    Started by Brian‎, 07-10-2001 09:28 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    07-13-2001, 12:33 PM Go to last post
  11. Want Practice?

    Hey everybody! I'm trying to encourage some young writers at the American Alien Entertainment website. We've added a new section where guests...

    Started by Brian‎, 07-10-2001 09:27 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    07-10-2001, 09:27 PM Go to last post
  12. any suggestions on this, Grammar or otherwise.

    Have you ever wondered what blood tastes like to a vampire? It always of course has that salty taste. Nevertheless, some have a musky odor to them...

    Started by Brian Baker‎, 02-24-2009 02:11 PM
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  13. Need fixing?

    I have been working on this for the last few weeks. And was wondering if there is anything that needs fixing. Have you ever wondered what blood...

    Started by Brian Baker‎, 02-03-2009 03:54 PM
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    02-04-2009, 08:29 AM Go to last post
  14. New Opening.

    The story I have been writing has taken a turn and I have changed PoV. I an still new to posting so not sure about where to look for help. Thank you...

    Started by Brian Baker‎, 12-22-2008 02:38 PM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 32
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    12-25-2008, 04:26 PM Go to last post
  15. New to this

    Please tell if I have anything to change about this. It is the opening paragraph from a book that I am working on. The grass and dirt in the...

    Started by Brian Baker‎, 12-11-2008 10:00 PM
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    12-12-2008, 03:01 PM Go to last post
  16. Two More Questions While I'm Here

    1) I want to use a large castle on the shore of Loch Ness for the setting of an historical fantasy novel. I once got heck for utilizing a plane to...

    Started by Brian H‎, 01-31-2002 11:10 PM
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    • Replies: 13
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    02-07-2002, 12:40 PM Go to last post
  17. Me And Zuh Germans

    A long time ago, in a galaxy rather similar to this one, I was scolded on WN for inappropriate foreign language speak in a sample of my writing....

    Started by Brian H‎, 01-31-2002 10:52 PM
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  18. Characters Tell the Ending?

    Structure is incredibly important, obviously. I'm wondering how many writers leave the ending up to their characters? When we REALLY get to know...

    Started by Brian Kure‎, 04-11-2001 10:15 PM
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    04-23-2001, 07:56 AM Go to last post
  19. Critiques Wanted

    Hi all, Would any of you be willing to read the first 30 pages of my manuscript? I ask because I have very few readers in my area and every one...

    Started by Brian McKinley‎, 04-03-2005 10:39 PM
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    04-04-2005, 08:36 AM Go to last post
  20. Help with Synopsis

    Hi, I'm not certain whether this is the best list to post on, but it seemed appropriate since I've seen others posting the beginings of...

    Started by Brian McKinley‎, 11-23-2004 12:55 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    11-24-2004, 02:14 PM Go to last post

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