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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. Posting for critiquing?

    I am a newbie to this forum, but not to writing. I do need some help with a book I am presently working on and would like to post a chapter at a...

    Started by Shawn Richards‎, 09-01-2009 07:31 AM
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    09-02-2009, 08:46 AM Go to last post
  2. Boby language

    I've been told that in a novel I am writing, the main characters who have a sexual relationship do not have enough body language. I've also been told...

    Started by Howard Schwartz‎, 08-31-2009 08:34 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    09-01-2009, 04:14 PM Go to last post
  3. Synopsis length?

    Anyone have any idea how many words an ideal synopsis should be? Iíve heard many agents prefer a synopsis not longer than two single paced pages, or...

    Started by Dave S‎, 08-31-2009 04:36 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    09-01-2009, 12:52 PM Go to last post
  4. Two manuscripts at the same time?

    I started a new manuscript because I had this fantastic story idea and it wouldnít leave me alone while I was trying to edit my other work. I...

    Started by PennMom Asks‎, 08-30-2009 01:32 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,148
    09-01-2009, 07:49 AM Go to last post
  5. Technology VS chracter

    I'm looking to write a short story for a sci fi magazine that wants character based stories where the technology and universe serves only as a...

    Started by Aspiring Writer‎, 08-30-2009 10:13 PM
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    • Replies: 10
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    09-01-2009, 07:45 AM Go to last post
  6. For Gary specifically, but anybody feel free to opine!!

    gary, As a new writer, I had not heard of the Chicago Style manual unitl you mentioned it. I am considering spending the money for the online...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-31-2009 07:28 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-31-2009, 10:40 PM Go to last post
  7. Laser Weapons

    I'm working on story that have military forces that employ energy weapons, mainly lasers. When I describe the sound of the laser fire should I...

    Started by Aspiring Writer‎, 08-29-2009 09:16 PM
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    • Replies: 14
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    08-31-2009, 06:21 PM Go to last post
  8. Defining an Antagonist that isn't tangible

    I'm working on a first novel that has a lot of personal backing. I've been working on it for some time, mostly writing about the characters and...

    Started by Chris Anderson‎, 08-30-2009 07:43 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-31-2009, 10:59 AM Go to last post
  9. Help with punctuation of two sentences

    I need help with the punctuation of the following sentences that appear in a short story. They are not consecutive. Thank you. Two weeks...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 08-29-2009 09:15 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-31-2009, 08:56 AM Go to last post
  10. Maggie Fletcher - From the Memoirs of an Old Man

    Iíve alluded to the Sexual Revolution several times with regard to the Dreamgirl. Itís one of the most significant movements in the history of the...

    Started by Jack Flash‎, 08-29-2009 01:45 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-31-2009, 05:42 AM Go to last post
  11. For Sam...The beginning of my spin-off of Screwtape

    Sam Fletcher asked to see a bit of my spin-off of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, so here are the first few pages. It is a transcription of an...

    Started by John Oberon‎, 08-28-2009 08:08 AM
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    08-31-2009, 04:24 AM Go to last post
  12. New Story

    Hello everybody, I am working on a new story, and I would appreciate it if someone took the time to let me know what they think about the first...

    Started by Orlandas Banks‎, 08-30-2009 07:43 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    08-30-2009, 11:43 PM Go to last post
  13. Same story; new POV ?

    I\'ve finished the novel I was working on -- finally! -- but I can\'t seem to get out of it. I was working on a new story, but it never really came...

    Started by Morgan Blalock‎, 08-30-2009 02:35 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    08-30-2009, 02:48 PM Go to last post
  14. Descriptive sentence, or too corny??

    This is the opening line of the MS (5 chapters complete). Part of me thinks it is very descriptive showing the seriousness and magnitude of the...

    Started by . Castleman‎, 08-28-2009 05:07 PM
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    08-30-2009, 01:39 PM Go to last post
  15. Titles

    Okay, so my novel is written, edited, revised, and edited again. And again. And again. And now the only thing that I can't seem to perfect is the...

    Started by Amanda Townsend‎, 08-27-2009 06:59 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,251
    08-30-2009, 08:52 AM Go to last post
  16. Something is Missing.

    I'm working on an acronym but something is not right with this portion of it. ...and Indoctrinating a Nasty Destruction. I was going for...

    Started by Aspiring Writer‎, 08-29-2009 09:04 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-29-2009, 09:55 PM Go to last post
  17. Write like it's a movie!

    I know it's not a commonly PRACTICED technique, but has anyone *tried* to write their books out like it was a running movie inside their head? ...

    Started by Schuyler Thorpe‎, 08-27-2009 03:58 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    08-29-2009, 03:53 PM Go to last post
  18. Pros and cons on writing software

    #1. I am writing my works in WORD 2007. Is there an advantage to using writing software that supposedly makes it easier to keep story boards, plot,...

    Started by Henry Castleman‎, 08-26-2009 12:30 PM
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    • Replies: 13
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    08-27-2009, 06:47 PM Go to last post
  19. Would like some honest opinions (1/2 of my chapter 1)

    Here is a fresh example of my writing. I am currently attempting to master the art of good writing. I have always prided myself as someone who could...

    Started by Jay S‎, 08-25-2009 09:20 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    08-27-2009, 01:06 PM Go to last post
  20. Writing conference info

    I posted this on AW, but it's so good I wanted to share it here as well (I hope the link works). My agent Chip MacGregor has as his guest blogger...

    Started by Gravity Fades‎, 08-27-2009 11:44 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 690
    08-27-2009, 11:57 AM Go to last post

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