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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. # of Short Stories in a Book?

    I am writing several short stories and they are almost all around 12-15 pages. How many should I have published in a book? Is there an average number...

    Started by Kathy Loop‎, 04-16-2009 07:48 AM
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    04-27-2009, 05:33 AM Go to last post
  2. Back to my beginning

    I've worked with some of your suggestions, trying to tighten my opening chapter. I would appreciate feedback here. Thanks to all who have already...

    Started by Topher Too‎, 04-22-2009 12:36 PM
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    04-26-2009, 11:31 AM Go to last post
  3. Anyone know how to lethally poison humans?

    In a fit of inspiration Iím just polishing up a crucial scene in the denouement of my childrenís book, where a leading male character has to consider...

    Started by Chris Chamberlain‎, 04-21-2009 12:52 PM
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    04-26-2009, 09:45 AM Go to last post
  4. Story Idea... Quick question

    Okay, the other day I got this idea for a story. Its sort of weird. But it starts out with the main character talking to her psychiatrist about a...

    Started by brittney voyles‎, 04-23-2009 10:11 AM
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    04-25-2009, 08:47 AM Go to last post
  5. New book. I need feedback. It is a comedy. Can you or want to stop reading it?

    Ooops I posted twice. It is a science fiction comedy. Light hearted. Just your advice. Will it work or is it so bad I should retire from life. ...

    Started by Lewis R‎, 04-22-2009 10:11 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    04-24-2009, 09:00 PM Go to last post
  6. Another story from my memoir(first draft)

    Ok here's another story from my memoir Running Away(changed the title). It's pretty graphic, and it's the first draft. You have been warned. Anyway,...

    Started by Randall Fields‎, 04-20-2009 08:18 PM
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    04-24-2009, 06:57 PM Go to last post
  7. Bugger

    Don't read the second chapter onwards. I have still not finished the rewrites on that stuff. Put it this way, my computer is acting up these days. ...

    Started by Lewis R‎, 04-22-2009 10:31 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    04-24-2009, 09:04 AM Go to last post
  8. Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)

    Great article by Patricia Holt <a href=http://foremostpress.com/authors/articles/ten_mistakes.html>Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See (But Can Easily...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 04-18-2009 07:27 AM
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    04-24-2009, 03:41 AM Go to last post
  9. Dumb question/confirmation

    In a manuscript, a ships name, the Dame de Yport (lady of Yport in French), would be presented how, being both a name and a foreign language? I note...

    Started by Chuck Shaw‎, 04-18-2009 10:04 AM
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    04-24-2009, 03:38 AM Go to last post
  10. Which wording is better?

    Hi, You know me -getting hung up on small things. In a paragraph about a hapless French refugee during WWII, a family antees up enough cash to buy...

    Started by Book Worm‎, 04-18-2009 03:47 AM
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    04-23-2009, 10:39 AM Go to last post
  11. The Lyricist (First Draft)

    Well I just wanted some input on my latest work. I'm from the Bronx, but now I live in Shanghai. I'm writing a novel. Mostly I write about the past...

    Started by Randall Fields‎, 04-19-2009 11:04 PM
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    04-23-2009, 05:03 AM Go to last post
  12. The War on loneliness

    Hi. My name is Melanie Amelia Neofitou. I am too lonely to write, so what am I gonna do but try and make some friends on a writers forum. I'm not...

    Started by Melanie Neofitou‎, 04-03-2009 06:07 AM
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    04-23-2009, 03:45 AM Go to last post
  13. Does this add tension?

    Lisa, Joe and Patrick and others: Thanks for the quick feedback. I agree with y'all's editing advice. But if there's not much tension, then...

    Started by Topher Too‎, 04-17-2009 03:06 PM
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    04-22-2009, 03:51 PM Go to last post
  14. Sorry folks. I screwed up.

    I only wanted to post one chapter. Before I knew it my computer crashed out. Then I checked the post when I got the computer back on line. I was...

    Started by Lewis R‎, 04-22-2009 10:37 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    04-22-2009, 10:37 AM Go to last post
  15. First book, first sample.

    I just joined this morning and have already spent the vast majority of my day sitting in front of the computer drooling over all of the wonderful...

    Started by Jillian Eaton‎, 04-20-2009 01:01 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    04-22-2009, 09:37 AM Go to last post
  16. On word counts and novel length

    I found this blog article by Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint very interesting and thought it may be helpful to others. Word Counts and Novel Length ...

    Started by Lisa P‎, 04-22-2009 06:15 AM
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    04-22-2009, 09:21 AM Go to last post
  17. First Book First Chapter

    So I have a good majority of my book done. It is far from being complete, but I do have the first chapter I would like to share. I have sent it to a...

    Started by Unique One‎, 04-21-2009 06:34 PM
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    04-21-2009, 07:58 PM Go to last post
  18. Fire In Fiction

    Another interesting article, an excerpt from <a href=http://www.writersdigest.com/article/fire_in_fiction_excerpt/>Fire In Fiction</a> by Donald...

    Started by Xavier Onassis‎, 04-18-2009 08:33 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-20-2009, 12:47 AM Go to last post
  19. Debut novel, page one (comments?)

    Itís a steaming hot day in Georgia, late morning, a few hours before the heavy rainstorm that comes every day in summer. I squint against the glare...

    Started by Rustin Dozeman‎, 04-17-2009 11:56 PM
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    04-19-2009, 02:01 AM Go to last post
  20. Hi

    Hi there I have been lurking around on this board and thought it was time for me participate. Firstly thanks a mil to all of you who have offered...

    Started by Claire Wells‎, 04-17-2009 11:50 AM
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    04-18-2009, 09:02 AM Go to last post

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