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Forum: Writing Craft Threads

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. Synopsis length?

    Anyone have any idea how many words an ideal synopsis should be? Ive heard many agents prefer a synopsis not longer than two single paced pages, or...

    Started by Dave S‎, 08-31-2009 04:36 PM
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    09-01-2009, 12:52 PM Go to last post
  2. Numbering system

    Im trying to determine numbering rules for my novel. For instance: He bought a $2 Lotto ticket, won $43 million, and by 9pm he made 11 purchases,...

    Started by Dave S‎, 04-05-2009 11:12 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    04-06-2009, 08:10 AM Go to last post
  3. What is action?

    I've heard that in this age of instant gratification, publishers are looking for books that leap right into the action. I'm trying to figure out...

    Started by Dave S‎, 07-28-2008 06:29 PM
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    08-07-2008, 06:49 PM Go to last post
  4. first page

    If a book started this way, would you continue to read? Any feedback appreciated. The rain was falling steadily in the foothills east of...

    Started by Dave S‎, 07-27-2008 10:12 AM
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    • Replies: 26
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    08-03-2008, 09:28 AM Go to last post
  5. Revised Love jane

    Revised version of my short story previously posted.... I will give the link in the next post. Need another critique. Should only be some minor...

    Started by dave smith‎, 04-04-2009 04:55 PM
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    • Replies: 10
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    05-06-2009, 04:58 AM Go to last post
  6. Need Critique on short story "Love Jane"

    Like the title says, need a critique. First draft so there will be some grammar/plot issues. Fairly long. I can't tell whether this is just @!#$,...

    Started by dave smith‎, 03-28-2009 11:59 AM
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    • Replies: 28
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    04-03-2009, 12:40 PM Go to last post
  7. First part of "The Terminal Wedding" Critique's needed

    I need some editing. I think I made some improvements but I have no clue. Hopefully Dave S will comment :) If you want the rest, let me know. ...

    Started by dave smith‎, 02-02-2009 07:56 PM
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 13
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    02-03-2009, 10:00 AM Go to last post
  8. What should I do?

    I have been having trouble with a new short story lately. I know to not tell, but show the reader, but I believe in this particular story it would...

    Started by dave smith‎, 01-30-2009 06:02 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 386
    02-01-2009, 06:09 PM Go to last post
  9. Need a critique on "My Great Uncle, The Coal Miner"

    Authors note: Everything is fair game. Rip it to shreds if need be. My Great Uncle, the Coal Miner Son, can you hand me that screwdriver...

    Started by dave smith‎, 01-29-2009 08:34 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    01-30-2009, 10:06 AM Go to last post
  10. feedback on The Snow Blog

    Thoughts and comments welcome. Brutal comments welcome. --- start --- The Snow Blog Scott was a bright kid just out of college with a...

    Started by dave terry‎, 02-21-2008 04:02 PM
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    • Replies: 12
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    02-23-2008, 06:01 PM Go to last post
  11. Big Letdown

    I just finished the first draft of my suspense novel. I'm going to let it sit for a while before starting the edits. I'm curious, how do you all...

    Started by David‎, 01-28-2004 06:06 AM
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    01-30-2004, 11:01 PM Go to last post
  12. My opening page...

    I am curious to hear what others might think about my opening paragraphs. By the way, I recently upgraded my version of MS Word, and that has caused...

    Started by David B‎, 11-16-2010 06:51 AM
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    11-24-2010, 04:53 AM Go to last post
  13. Too cheeky?

    I am playing around with a YA novel. Is the voice I've established here fun, or too cheeky and ultimately unsustainable? Excerpt: (first bit of...

    Started by David Bareford‎, 05-28-2007 05:39 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    05-29-2007, 09:59 AM Go to last post
  14. writing resource

    Hello, Can anyone provide a great book or other resource that containts lists of words, action words, impact words with alternatives, etc? D

    Started by David Breslow‎, 07-25-2003 04:53 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    07-25-2003, 08:08 AM Go to last post
  15. Query Letter - The Perfect Blemish

    Dear Mr(s). xxx I am seeking representation for my 85,000 word mystery/suspense, THE PERFECT BLEMISH. Philadelphia Homicide Detective, and...

    Started by David Carnahan‎, 12-18-2009 05:40 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    12-19-2009, 01:49 PM Go to last post
  16. The Perfect Blemish - first chapter - take 2

    Hi everyone, Just want to see if I'm headed in the right direction. What do you think about these changes. Jerry Thompson scrubbed the glass...

    Started by David Carnahan‎, 12-16-2009 08:49 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    12-16-2009, 12:55 PM Go to last post
  17. Please Critique

    Greetings everyone! Sorry for the second post ... the formatting was not ideal. I would appreciate your critique of the first 700+ words of my...

    Started by David Carnahan‎, 12-15-2009 04:18 PM
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    12-16-2009, 09:22 AM Go to last post
  18. Please Critique

    Greetings everyone! I would appreciate your critique of the first 700+ words of my first chapter - The Perfect Blemish. Thanks in advance for your...

    Started by David Carnahan‎, 12-15-2009 04:07 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    12-15-2009, 04:07 PM Go to last post
  19. Number of Characters

    Hello all, I have several characters at the beginning of my novel. I have tried to build each up so they will be memorable but I'm afraid the...

    Started by David Carnahan‎, 12-15-2009 03:47 PM
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    • Replies: 11
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    12-16-2009, 12:58 AM Go to last post
  20. What happened to the pirate post?

    A few days ago - someone posted an invitation for authors to submit articles about pirates. I've been doing some research and have come up with the...

    Started by David Chin‎, 08-05-2004 07:40 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 315
    08-05-2004, 11:25 AM Go to last post

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