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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. writing a book

    I am returning from a long time. I would like to know: When you write your books, do you make a plan first. What is my point, what are the...

    Started by martha shmokler‎, 04-21-2010 05:43 PM
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  2. Villain problem?

    Dear collective group of fellow writers, I need help figuring out how my villain is ultimately going to be defeated. Everything I've come up with...

    Started by Julia Iverson‎, 05-27-2009 01:13 PM
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  3. In The Far Horizon (Poem 2) Crt.please

    In The Far Horizon...birds fly against the setting of the sun where it bleeds into the evening sky;the aftermath is awesome,then ...

    Started by marta cajiao‎, 05-05-2009 03:24 PM
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  4. Drawing a blank with my "with which"es...

    Hello, all Quick question: With the sentence below, does it need a "to" on the end? "The University Club (a hotel) has the top-notch quality...

    Started by Patrick Edwards‎, 05-04-2009 09:33 AM
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    05-11-2009, 12:56 PM Go to last post
  5. Dumb format question

    I'm using Word 2002 and I'm trying to get rid of the stupid line break between paragraphs. I'm using Times New Roman (12), and can't make it stop...

    Started by Matt Austin‎, 10-07-2008 07:15 AM
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    10-09-2008, 09:10 AM Go to last post
  6. As you go along?

    Dear fellow writers, One of my weaknesses as a writer: I don't SEE the scene. Thus, the talking heads syndrome. I finally realize why some writers...

    Started by Joy Riches‎, 12-20-2007 06:50 AM
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    12-21-2007, 08:35 PM Go to last post
  7. Does this read too slowly?

    Sometimes I worry there’s not enough action in the beginning of my book and i wonder if it could hurt me with requests for partials. The deep...

    Started by Johnny Kid‎, 12-10-2007 05:13 PM
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    12-14-2007, 11:47 PM Go to last post
  8. to kill, or not to kill

    Do you think it's okay for the heroine to kill the bad guy at the end of a novel, or is that still considered one of those unacceptable,...

    Started by Cara K‎, 12-01-2007 11:53 AM
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    12-04-2007, 08:26 PM Go to last post
  9. Can I write about my ex?

    Probably most of you don\'t have this problem, but if you have a personal opinion on it, or know of some general policy, I\'d be glad to hear from...

    Started by Arlene Crowley‎, 11-16-2007 08:06 AM
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    11-24-2007, 08:19 AM Go to last post
  10. Strong verbs for walking around

    Hi. I realized I have a problem with something--coming up with strong verbs. In my MS there's a lot of walking around, but if I say, he walked here,...

    Started by Wonky‎, 11-15-2007 07:42 PM
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    11-19-2007, 10:24 PM Go to last post
  11. What drives a reader...

    Is it the character or the plot? I am struggling with that line and trying to hard to find balance.

    Started by Joe Koppe‎, 06-14-2006 05:33 AM
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    06-23-2006, 01:43 AM Go to last post
  12. Using Real Information in Fiction

    I'm working on book two of my series, and I have used the name of a mythical place, as the main location in my story. Does anyone know if I can...

    Started by Tonya Gray‎, 09-20-2005 10:57 AM
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    09-22-2005, 09:57 AM Go to last post
  13. adverbs

    I have a friend who is a writing instructor at a local university who's opinion I respect, but I'm not too sure about some recent feedback he gave me...

    Started by Garrett Hutson‎, 04-28-2005 02:25 PM
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    06-16-2005, 12:54 PM Go to last post
  14. Gentle Feedback requested on New Novel

    Haywire By Tracy Johnson It was an April night, a night just like so many others I'd spent in San Francisco, wobbling...

    Started by Tracy Johnson‎, 07-06-2003 08:14 PM
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  15. Excuse me?

    Hi folks, My wife pointed out something she saw on CNN today. Somewhere in the U.S.A. there was a court ruling against a church wanting to use...

    Started by Glen T. Brock‎, 07-03-2003 03:45 PM
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  16. smell memory

    MT mentioned that smell memory thing. The taste of water through a garden hose. Suntan lotion army surplus pup tents old spice after shave the...

    Started by toby‎, 07-03-2003 02:04 PM
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  17. That first chapter

    Anyone ever have a hell of a time with writing that first freaking chapter? Knowing exactly where to begin? Am I the only one? From chapter two on...

    Started by Tracy Johnson‎, 07-03-2003 11:33 AM
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  18. Toby's letter to the Corinthians

    Dear Corinthians, In these recent days of war and bickering, I can think of no more important subject then ‘safely storing a keyboard away from...

    Started by toby‎, 07-02-2003 01:35 PM
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  19. OT: The search for the perfect snake

    Hi folks, Well, a lady on our boas-and-pythons list felt a tug at her heart upon hearing about the loss of Merlin, the Ball Python. She contacted...

    Started by Lindi Hobbs‎, 06-29-2003 10:24 AM
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    06-30-2003, 09:15 PM Go to last post
  20. Pictures. Words. Ideas

    After the army, I started my professional career as a cub copywriter. I guess it is only natural that, when I was presenting a new idea, I mumbled...

    Started by Jack Klaw‎, 04-04-2003 07:07 AM
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    07-04-2003, 10:59 PM Go to last post

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