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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. Sublime Sentence Exercise

    This one from Mary Gaitskill's "Because They Wanted To." I'm going to quote three sentences, although it's the last two, which are really part of...

    Started by C K‎, 09-30-2010 02:43 PM
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  2. Please review - opening chapter 2

    Doug merged his black Hummer onto the Capital Beltway. The traffic was unusual heavy that afternoon. He was glad he had purchased a vehicle that...

    Started by C LW‎, 10-24-2007 04:58 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    10-27-2007, 08:36 PM Go to last post
  3. Please advise on opening - 3rd rewrite

    Please advise of the opening of the following: Victoria Paige was immediately inundated by feelings of anger and bitterness as she carefully...

    Started by C LW‎, 10-12-2007 03:23 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    10-30-2007, 11:23 AM Go to last post
  4. Please review

    Victoria began to cry hysterically at her reflection in the bathroom mirror. She was extremely outraged and shameful at the horrendous black eye...

    Started by C LW‎, 08-14-2007 08:40 PM
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    08-17-2007, 01:03 PM Go to last post
  5. Please review - frist time writer

    “Maybe, if I use a little concealor under the foundation, the bruising under my eye won't show. How am I going to explain this to the office, and my...

    Started by C LW‎, 07-28-2007 08:17 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    08-04-2007, 06:04 AM Go to last post
  6. Questions on POV

    If you have two POV characters in the novel one male and one female, does that automatically set the novel up to be a romance if no other POV is...

    Started by C R‎, 01-26-2007 10:43 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-27-2007, 05:46 PM Go to last post
  7. Critique Needed. CHAPTER 1

    CHAPTER ONE Vitiosus stared down at his reflection in the still water. He gently picked up a pebble from the ground fingering the smooth...

    Started by C xx‎, 10-05-2009 01:48 PM
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    10-11-2009, 12:50 PM Go to last post
  8. Misuse of the past perfect

    Does anyone else cringe when she reads or hears the misuse of the past perfect tense? Increasingly, I read in news articles and hear in general...

    Started by C. Locke‎, 05-22-2008 08:28 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    05-23-2008, 05:12 AM Go to last post
  9. Grammer question

    I can never remember the rule about using that and which. Here is the line that's stumping me: She went behind the crowd *that* stood along the...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 10-03-2001 08:05 AM
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    • Replies: 22
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    10-08-2001, 01:00 AM Go to last post
  10. Bly - and any other children writers

    Hi Bly, I'm working on a ryhming story and since this is a new genre for me, I'm not up on the rules. My story is in couplets (sp?), each is...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 09-18-2001 08:28 AM
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    09-18-2001, 10:42 AM Go to last post
  11. The opposite of writer's block

    Sometimes I have the opposite of writer's block - I have too many ideas. This might sound wonderful, but it's not. I just can't seem to get a good...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 08-17-2001 11:16 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-20-2001, 11:39 PM Go to last post
  12. Need help with a title

    Hi Everyone, Ok, I need your help; I'm stuck. I've written a children's book and even though I usually do not write without a title firmly in...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 06-28-2001 06:02 AM
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  13. Do you start with a title?

    Hi all, While involved in the discussion about writing backwards/forwards, I mentioned that I can not begin writing (story, article, poem,...

    Started by C. Van Vleet‎, 06-11-2001 01:11 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    06-12-2001, 07:29 AM Go to last post
  14. opening lines need reality check

    As the blue-and-red lights flashed on the crowd gathered in the school parking lot, Ron realized that the worst thing that could have happened for...

    Started by C.R. Dawes‎, 08-23-2007 11:36 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-26-2007, 09:49 AM Go to last post
  15. Do you root for the bad guy?

    I'm not talking about the good guy with rough edges...I'm talking about a genuinely bad guy. Here's the question: a main character in one of my two...

    Started by Caitlin Kittredge‎, 08-26-2004 03:48 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-27-2004, 07:37 PM Go to last post
  16. Fairly random short stories: advice?

    Good afternoon scribes....I've been penning a few fairly odd short stories a la Brautigan, Barthelme etc...been published locally in a magazine, just...

    Started by Cal Gibson‎, 03-06-2007 03:05 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    03-10-2007, 03:21 AM Go to last post
  17. Brain Shutdowns

    Recently I have been struggling with a complete brain shutdown. I start to write and then... *poof*. All of the ideas that were in my head were...

    Started by CAlexandria‎, 06-01-2012 09:34 AM
    • Replies: 3
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  18. Best Online Writing Classes/Long Distance Classes?

    Hello! I just wanted to get a few opinions on what is the best source for classes when it comes to writing novels. Particularly young...

    Started by Calissa Hatton‎, 05-27-2005 11:15 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    05-27-2005, 11:29 AM Go to last post
  19. Skipping Around

    Okay... I'm nearing 25k in book two of a three book series. The story isn't over yet, but I find at points I am skipping over sections just to get to...

    Started by Calissa Leigh‎, 08-20-2004 07:41 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-27-2004, 10:45 AM Go to last post
  20. Your "Voice"

    Hello! I've been writing for a while, I used to try to write romantic suspense novels. But now I've switched, and my first finished book is...

    Started by Calissa Leigh‎, 08-19-2004 04:59 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 467
    08-21-2004, 06:40 AM Go to last post

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