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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. Advice from a former Stephen King editor

    I'm sure most of the established writers here already know this; this is geared to those, like me, who are starting out. Swapped a couple emails...

    Started by Henry Castle‎, 08-18-2011 10:39 AM
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    08-20-2011, 08:46 PM Go to last post
  2. The good old "said"

    What happened to dialogue being reported with the humble old "said"? Even though I still sometimes see it being used in books, it's not the advice us...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 07-06-2011 04:00 AM
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    08-19-2011, 07:28 AM Go to last post
  3. Can someone recommend a book?

    Are there any books out there that actually teach the craft of writing fiction? I know that the art of writing is probably not learned, but I have...

    Started by Henry Castle‎, 07-20-2011 10:14 AM
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    08-18-2011, 10:30 AM Go to last post
  4. Lovable Bad Guys :)

    This might be a little bit off topic, but I'm interested in lovable baddies so that I can make my own bad guys more human. Are there any characters...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 08-17-2011 02:28 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-17-2011, 02:26 PM Go to last post
  5. Accent

    Do you change your spelling for someone with a foreign accent? I'm guilty of it - even if the character just has a blocked nose I change the spelling...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 08-12-2011 07:49 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    08-14-2011, 07:44 AM Go to last post
  6. Pompom or pompon

    Copyeditor says the correct term is pompon. Does anyone really pronounce it that way? (ah, to stet or not to stet...that is the question)

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 08-10-2011 11:02 AM
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    08-14-2011, 06:48 AM Go to last post
  7. Permissions

    Hello everyone. While I know that it is permissible to quote someone in a piece you are writing and that permission information is sometimes...

    Started by Robin Blue‎, 07-01-2004 09:45 AM
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    08-13-2011, 09:55 PM Go to last post
  8. Editing & Revision

    I know they say to leave it and come back in a years time nice and fresh but my work is kind of getting beyond that. Took me two years just to finish...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 07-31-2011 11:39 PM
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    08-13-2011, 07:25 PM Go to last post
  9. FIRE IN FICTION question

    For those of you that have read/studied it . . . did you do the exercises at the end of each chapter as you read through the first time or did you...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 07-04-2011 02:00 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    08-13-2011, 07:06 PM Go to last post
  10. Thanks to everyone

    I want to thank everyone for all the advice, input, links, and criticisms posted here. I have learned many things. Thanks to some of the advice...

    Started by Henry Castle‎, 08-10-2011 11:37 AM
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    08-11-2011, 06:23 AM Go to last post
  11. flashback scenes

    Hi Guys. Any help or opinions will be greatly appreciated.:D I have a dramatic scene that is a flashback to my protag's childhood. It's a...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 08-08-2011 08:13 PM
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    08-10-2011, 08:52 PM Go to last post
  12. It's Working!

    Finally figured out why editing wasn't working for me. I just wasn't doing it right. What I'm doing now has allowed me to get more one in one night...

    Started by Aver0n 2o11‎, 08-04-2011 11:24 PM
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    08-10-2011, 07:28 AM Go to last post
  13. Where do you place you eyes when typing?

    I often am not sure if I should look at the computer screen when I'm writing or look at something else. My experience is that each has pros and cons....

    Started by Craig CPM‎, 08-04-2011 11:33 AM
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    08-09-2011, 01:02 PM Go to last post
  14. Any doctors out there?

    If a patient was brought in to you for sudden blindness that would not end, what would be the immediate actions taken? I'd assume an exam of the...

    Started by Josh Maher‎, 08-04-2011 12:20 PM
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    08-04-2011, 12:26 PM Go to last post
  15. Getting to know your characters

    I've seen/heard it said that, in order to tell a great story, one thing that is imperative is that the author know her/his characters intimately. ...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-17-2011 12:38 PM
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    08-03-2011, 12:27 AM Go to last post
  16. another first-person present POV narration question

    OK, this thought popped into my head the other day. Can a story be told in first-person present POV, but not be limited to JUST the tellers...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-23-2011 06:53 AM
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    08-02-2011, 07:43 PM Go to last post
  17. Hunger Games and The Fire In Fiction

    So, some of you know (or maybe just one of you) that I stepped outside my normal genre comfort zones and purchased a copy of The Hunger Games,...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-29-2011 05:37 AM
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    08-02-2011, 07:27 PM Go to last post
  18. Connecting two parts in one novel

    I'm having some difficulty trying to connect two different parts in my novel. I am finally finished editing the first part, and I just need a couple...

    Started by Kyle Anderson‎, 06-29-2011 10:08 AM
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    07-27-2011, 11:10 AM Go to last post
  19. Worst Sentence of the Year Contest

    Winner: "Cheryl's mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a...

    Started by Jena Grace‎, 07-26-2011 07:00 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    07-26-2011, 07:37 AM Go to last post
  20. The "as clause"

    I've read a few articles claiming that one should avoid use of "as clauses" in fiction writing. Why is it so sinful to use them? What the heck are...

    Started by Julie Harris‎, 07-13-2011 01:04 PM
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    07-14-2011, 08:46 AM Go to last post

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