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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. 141 word sentence

    http://narrativemagazine.com/issues/spring-2008/italy Richard Bausch, which I have no doubt is a wonderful storyteller, won the Narrative...

    Started by stevenlabri ô¿ô‎, 11-23-2008 06:21 AM
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  2. Which is better?

    Hi - just a quick question to all. I have been writing for a while, off and on - never had anything published because I have never finished...

    Started by Jessica E‎, 11-24-2008 09:31 AM
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    11-27-2008, 06:06 PM Go to last post
  3. Help with a line

    A serial killer takes an clueless, bubbly, unsuspecting prostitute to a motel room. She asks how he wants her (meaning sexual position), he responds...

    Started by Josh Brown‎, 11-24-2008 09:44 AM
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    11-27-2008, 05:56 PM Go to last post
  4. Formatting question

    Maybe the answer is obvious... When preparing a manuscript for a publisher/agent I understand the norm is to replace italics with underline. So if...

    Started by Denis Bonner‎, 11-24-2008 08:46 PM
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    11-27-2008, 12:04 AM Go to last post
  5. State of Mind

    Okay, so I can all but guarantee that many of you on here have gone through the same thing I'm having a problem with now. I have almost no time to...

    Started by John Chritton‎, 11-22-2008 09:06 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    11-25-2008, 01:52 PM Go to last post
  6. Punctuation/Style Question

    I'm not too sure how best to set this sentence out: Friends offered countless unhelpful suggestions, the best of which was "declare bankruptcy,"...

    Started by Ord Retniap‎, 11-21-2008 03:45 AM
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    11-25-2008, 05:32 AM Go to last post
  7. Fragment..

    (A quick sketch..thanks.) Julie had never seen such colors. In the mirror of the diner's bathroom, fraught with bleach smell, she saw...

    Started by M. Deschanel‎, 11-23-2008 08:25 PM
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    11-24-2008, 09:00 PM Go to last post
  8. My epilog

    I officially finished my novel just now...Yea! (It's 2:53 in the morning, but I don't care!) Whew! My whole word count is about 106,000 but my...

    Started by Cin H‎, 11-24-2008 12:29 AM
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    11-24-2008, 08:08 PM Go to last post
  9. Help with opening #2

    First of all, thanks to all who responded to my not-very-good debut post. I do have a copy of Sol Stein’s book on order from Amazon…thanks for...

    Started by Elke S Hoffman‎, 11-17-2008 02:34 PM
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    11-24-2008, 12:53 PM Go to last post
  10. FEEDBACK PLEASE

    PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK FOR A SHORT SHORT STORY THANKS ************************ Sgt 234 Officer Don Jones worked with just the facts madam/sir...

    Started by martha shmokler‎, 11-15-2008 01:27 PM
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    11-23-2008, 03:20 PM Go to last post
  11. eh.

    okay. my opening. please critique, thanks. The lack of sound was pulsating in my ears. Please, just a noise, just a whisper in my direction. I...

    Started by Hannah JJ‎, 11-12-2008 07:35 PM
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  12. query letter

    I have finished a manuscript based on my adolescent experiences with my best friend's older, mentally challenged brother. In my query letter I state...

    Started by Willis Wilburn‎, 11-22-2008 05:37 PM
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    11-23-2008, 08:22 AM Go to last post
  13. Has anyone ever....

    Has anyone ever created a name for a character in one of their works, or of something in their work, that they had no knowledge of whether it was...

    Started by Alex Hipkins‎, 11-16-2008 09:59 PM
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    11-23-2008, 06:48 AM Go to last post
  14. Chapter 13

    This is chapter 13, or the very unpolished, unrefined rough draft of Chapter 13. Just wondering on thoughts and seeing if what I am marking in the...

    Started by Alex Hipkins‎, 11-17-2008 10:21 PM
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    11-23-2008, 06:19 AM Go to last post
  15. can u use different names?

    Okay so I have had a lot of tragic things happen in my life more than a normal person probably should and I wanted to write about it. I want to know...

    Started by Jennifer Million‎, 11-14-2008 02:35 PM
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    11-23-2008, 01:14 AM Go to last post
  16. Developing Relationships

    Hi there. First of all, I'm new to this site, so I apologize if any of my questions in my first few posts seem out of place. I'm currently...

    Started by Phil Reynolds‎, 11-19-2008 07:50 AM
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    11-22-2008, 06:01 PM Go to last post
  17. Nano Update

    So how's your Nano going? I just finished writing 226,000 words since September 5--and boy are my arms tired! (Seriously.) By comparison 50,000...

    Started by Rogue Mutt‎, 11-20-2008 08:04 PM
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    11-22-2008, 01:37 PM Go to last post
  18. Reference Book for Preparing Endnotes

    I foolishly offered to lead a discussion tomorrow about endnotes, yet I have no particular expertise in this subject. I use Chicago Manual of Style,...

    Started by Elizabeth Harris‎, 11-22-2008 08:50 AM
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  19. Questions

    Hello, I have some questions that have been buzzing through my mind for days.I thought I would take the time to ask them. 1) Say you are working...

    Started by Rebecca Cole‎, 11-21-2008 11:18 AM
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    11-21-2008, 05:52 PM Go to last post
  20. This is an excerpt from chapter 22 of my novel "The Changing". Critiques are appreciated!

    The snow was falling so gently it was barely noticeable on my bare skin. The cold for that matter, also had no bearing as I walked through the woods...

    Started by Lindsey Carnahan‎, 11-17-2008 05:18 PM
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    11-21-2008, 03:02 PM Go to last post

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