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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. How to break the writer's block?

    Just wondering what some people do to ease the pain of writer's block. Lately, I had been doing well with working on my ms, but the past few days...

    Started by Alex Hipkins‎, 06-25-2009 02:01 PM
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    06-25-2009, 04:00 PM Go to last post
  2. Crit My Flash, Baby!

    TINKY The funny thing is, I never wanted a cat. The only reason I have Tinky is Karen refused to move in without her. At the time I was so in...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 06-25-2009 04:51 AM
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    06-25-2009, 11:45 AM Go to last post
  3. Your opinions solicited

    Here is an attempt at a prologue, or perhaps it will turn out to be a flashback. It occure several years before the main story begins. I would...

    Started by Sheila Leverson‎, 06-23-2009 03:31 PM
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    06-25-2009, 09:39 AM Go to last post
  4. Something of a short story idea

    The song carried through the heavy June air. Strains of gospel muffled and amplified by humidity. when the roll is called up yonder Ill be...

    Started by Doug Coker‎, 06-25-2009 06:12 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    06-25-2009, 08:57 AM Go to last post
  5. To rewrite or to not rewrite? Opinions welcome

    I've taken my first chapter (and on top of a massive rewrite), made it a prologue. I know some people don't like them, but I personally love them....

    Started by Brandon Cleveland‎, 06-12-2009 08:34 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    06-25-2009, 04:47 AM Go to last post
  6. Prologue -Second Round

    Hello again fellow WNers. First, I want to thank you for all the well-considered advice yesterday. My writing mentor suggested, like several of you,...

    Started by Marty DeLand‎, 06-24-2009 07:18 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    06-24-2009, 12:45 PM Go to last post
  7. Awkward sentence

    The following is certainly awkward. We may or may not have been in his bedroom, but I want to imply that his room was crammed with scientific...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 06-16-2009 11:31 AM
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 32
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    06-23-2009, 07:34 PM Go to last post
  8. First Critique

    Please critique this excerpt. I'm just figuring out how to do this and this is my first story. This isn't the beginning. The beginning takes place...

    Started by Battle Angel‎, 06-16-2009 11:04 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    06-23-2009, 06:48 PM Go to last post
  9. another awkward sentence

    To this day, they, and everyone else, summon(s) me when anything with wires and cables have to be connected or programmed. Is it they or everyone...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 06-16-2009 08:28 PM
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    06-23-2009, 06:28 PM Go to last post
  10. Suggestions

    I am trying to make this better. Any suggestions? Would this be fine the way it is? Benjamin Miles retrieved the leather bound, fifth edition of...

    Started by Author Pendragin‎, 06-17-2009 04:52 PM
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 42
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    06-23-2009, 06:18 PM Go to last post
  11. Prologue Opening

    My novels prologue needs a better opening. Would you read on to see what this poor boy has gotten himself into? He was lost in the Mormon...

    Started by Marty DeLand‎, 06-23-2009 06:04 AM
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 5
    • Replies: 46
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    06-23-2009, 03:12 PM Go to last post
  12. First Person Physical Description

    I'm writing something in the first person and am trying to figure out an un-obvious, un-awkward way of allowing for a physical description of the...

    Started by Chuck McNeil‎, 06-19-2009 09:49 AM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 18
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    06-23-2009, 03:10 PM Go to last post
  13. Beginning to Short Story

    Some of you have critiqued the things I have been posting thus far about the story I am writing. This one is a bit diffrent. I am taking the advice...

    Started by james heller‎, 06-23-2009 12:27 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-23-2009, 12:20 PM Go to last post
  14. I have a tendency to write in the past tense

    These are a couple of paragraphs from my current chapter (chapter 13). The old wizard (Nathrum) is slowly slipping into insanity and his young...

    Started by Sam Fletcher‎, 06-21-2009 10:55 PM
    7 Pages
    1 2 3 ... 7
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    06-23-2009, 08:03 AM Go to last post
  15. First Chapter, Please criticise

    Partial first chapter of a work I recently begun, am i doing anything wrong? The room comes into focus. My numb mind finally heats up with life. I...

    Started by Alexander Van Dyke‎, 06-22-2009 04:20 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    06-23-2009, 07:53 AM Go to last post
  16. First page?

    Hello! I'm in the painful process of revising my first novel and would love some frank feedback on the book's opening passage. Is it boring (if you...

    Started by Nichole Blackfinch‎, 06-12-2009 02:25 AM
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    06-22-2009, 08:20 AM Go to last post
  17. I keep running into the same problems....

    1 - I have a tendency to move my story too fast. It is going to end up to be too short to be a novel and too long to be a short story. 2 - In...

    Started by Lisa Watkins‎, 06-20-2009 11:12 PM
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    06-22-2009, 05:24 AM Go to last post
  18. Crit - just a passage mid work.

    I know you will crucify me, but why not.. here is another offering for those who have the need to rip everything to shreds..? I think it is rather...

    Started by Herman Munster‎, 06-21-2009 10:01 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    06-22-2009, 05:11 AM Go to last post
  19. How to refer to an aliased character?

    I am contemplating a story in which a character (let's call her Mary) who has been fairly well developed throughout the story is now put into a...

    Started by Sheila Leverson‎, 06-20-2009 08:38 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    06-22-2009, 01:12 AM Go to last post
  20. Thoughts anyone?

    I have here, the beginning of an introduction to a story that I may well scrap. Your thought are appreciated. Thanks. In the cold emptiness that...

    Started by Corey Goll‎, 06-18-2009 10:57 AM
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    • Replies: 17
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    06-21-2009, 02:28 PM Go to last post

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