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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. Best and Worst Critic

    Hello, this is my first post and i appologize in advance if the answer to my question is hidden in here somewhere. And being that this is a...

    Started by Jackson portinari‎, 05-18-2005 11:29 AM
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  2. Sex in your subject matter

    I am writing a story that originally had no indications of a personal relationship between the main character and another female character. Well,...

    Started by Jerry Murray‎, 05-11-2005 07:24 AM
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    05-20-2005, 01:29 PM Go to last post
  3. Critique please

    Ok, putting myself out there for the first time ever. I need help folks, with style and punctuation and general thoughts. This is first 290 some...

    Started by Erin McGuire‎, 04-21-2005 12:34 PM
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    04-22-2005, 11:42 AM Go to last post
  4. Chapter one of my novel

    I know it needs some more editing but here goes... know I need more editing. But here goes... As the thief made the last turn on the...

    Started by joe walsh‎, 04-08-2005 10:42 AM
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    04-09-2005, 04:50 PM Go to last post
  5. Punctuation Question

    It is rare to see parenthesis in a novel. Is there a particular reason why a dash or italics are more commonly used in its place?

    Started by KT Stephens‎, 04-04-2005 10:59 AM
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    04-05-2005, 04:03 PM Go to last post
  6. Mean-spirited People

    Natalia, Your comments were not critiques, but mean spirited remarks. I can appreciate someone finding fault or giving advice. But to tell someone...

    Started by Pamela McCoy‎, 03-23-2005 05:23 AM
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    03-30-2005, 05:34 PM Go to last post
  7. Quick question

    I've seen the sentence structure bot ways... Which way is correct? Thanks! He was always so sure of himself, so proud and confident and it...

    Started by Jenifer Shoemake‎, 03-08-2005 12:15 PM
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    03-08-2005, 01:14 PM Go to last post
  8. Removing was, as, and ly's

    I post on another thread caught my eye. In an editing of one of my stories, I removed all of these and changed them. Then on other groups...

    Started by Stanley Tweedle‎, 02-28-2005 11:16 AM
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    03-03-2005, 06:58 AM Go to last post
  9. !@#$%& paragraph

    Help! Can anyone come up with a suggestion or two (or more) about/for this paragraph? I weary of banging my head against the wall! I'm beyond...

    Started by Amanda Turek‎, 02-01-2005 04:08 PM
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  10. Opinions?

    This is just a snippet from the middle of something. Comments? Boring? Needs more explanation? Too much description? Not enough description? ...

    Started by Gail Kelley‎, 01-29-2005 07:26 PM
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    02-01-2005, 05:58 AM Go to last post
  11. computer disaster - sympathy please

    Okay, I have no real reason for posting this, since there's nothing anyone can do to help, but I'm pretty upset, and thought some of you might...

    Started by r p‎, 01-26-2005 12:17 PM
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    01-27-2005, 11:57 AM Go to last post
  12. please tear to pieces

    Im almost ready to send queries on my historical fiction. I completed and polished it eight months ago. I shelved it for four months. I've been...

    Started by john folsom‎, 01-22-2005 12:56 PM
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    01-25-2005, 09:26 AM Go to last post
  13. First page. Comments

    I'm not quite finished writing this book, but am nearly done. I keep reading over the first page, trying to decide if it's good enough. I've read...

    Started by Mark Palenik‎, 01-05-2005 03:12 PM
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    01-06-2005, 09:09 AM Go to last post
  14. Reading work aloud

    A discussion of a piece presented for comment on another thread set me thinking: One of the major problems with it was I couldn't imagine the writer...

    Started by Robert Raven‎, 12-04-2004 09:43 PM
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    01-01-2005, 10:04 AM Go to last post
  15. How to go about an opening

    I know, I know, you're thinking doesn't he ever shut up? And frankly, no, I don't -:) My latest question has to do with the opening of a...

    Started by Usman Ijaz‎, 11-25-2004 02:01 PM
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    11-27-2004, 09:46 PM Go to last post
  16. feedback on opening paragraphs anyone?

    I know the arguments over whether the opening paragraphs of a work should be action/dialogue vs. info-dump. In my WIP, the first scene involving my...

    Started by the original me‎, 11-08-2004 11:35 AM
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    11-10-2004, 12:45 PM Go to last post
  17. Why not make it all up?

    I was thinking about the question about the airstrip... and wondering why one could not just make up the rules for airstrips - And in general while I...

    Started by Sandra Kleven‎, 10-27-2004 05:45 PM
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  18. Dialogue mechanics

    Iím working on subtexts and dialogue mechanics and trying not to explain the dialogue. This is not an attempt to help my novel. Iím trying to improve...

    Started by john folsom‎, 10-06-2004 07:37 AM
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    11-07-2004, 12:35 PM Go to last post
  19. Now

    Please read the following paragraph: "Wait!" It was Mortati. He moved toward them now, down the center aisle, leaving the camerlengo alone and...

    Started by jim holm‎, 09-11-2004 08:36 PM
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    09-16-2004, 09:03 AM Go to last post
  20. Beginning

    Hello everyone. I have a slight problem...whenever I start writing, I get excited about describing something minor and get off topic very easily,...

    Started by Anna Nelson‎, 07-27-2004 11:51 AM
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    08-03-2004, 06:21 AM Go to last post

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