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Forum: Brainstorming

Need help with a name, a setting or a plot-twist? Work it out here in the brainstorming forum. Sometimes, just writing out what you're looking for is enough to get those neurons firing in the right sequence.

  1. Young Adult Novel Idea

    Due to budget cuts, I am an unemployed school librarian. What better time to try to write my own Young Adult novel, right? Well, maybe not. Many...

    Started by Marci Mathers‎, 10-05-2015 06:46 AM
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    10-10-2015, 08:23 PM Go to last post
  2. Writing a novel, but I can't finish it

    Hi, I am trying to write a novel about two people meeting because one texted the other accidentally by the wrong number and they also meet online,...

    Started by Joy Porter‎, 05-31-2011 11:52 AM
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    08-13-2011, 05:24 PM Go to last post
  3. WotWB: 1st or 3rd?

    It's been a bit quiet around here recently, so I guess I'll toss something out for the hounds to chew over. I'm about 25 pages into the first...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 04-06-2013 07:44 PM
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    05-30-2013, 11:47 AM Go to last post
  4. Why free books on Kindle?

    Can anyone explain to me why a writer would give his books away? I recently read a book on writing and thought I'd check into the author's...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 04-01-2012 06:18 PM
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    04-07-2012, 10:07 AM Go to last post
  5. Which of these two plot scenarios sounds better?

    For my story, basically the prosecutor wants a witness to testify in a case, but the witness refuses to cooperate. The prosecutor subpoenas her to...

    Started by ironpony‎, 12-27-2016 11:12 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    12-30-2016, 12:46 AM Go to last post
  6. Which of these two openings works better to get the plot going in motion?

    For my story, I want the police officer to stop a 'blood in' from happening. A blood in is a term used by police for when a gang recruits a new...

    Started by ironpony‎, 01-24-2016 04:00 PM
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    01-24-2016, 04:00 PM Go to last post
  7. Which is best... can't decide.

    I realise that this is a tiny portion of a 4000 word short story, but I am hoping it will be enough so you will get what I am trying to ask. This is...

    Started by Debbi V‎, 08-24-2012 02:52 AM
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    02-08-2013, 12:32 AM Go to last post
  8. Where am I going with this?

    I know writers have different methods of planning and writing, but do you ever reach a point where you think 'where am I going with this?' I am...

    Started by Susan B‎, 02-08-2012 08:25 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    02-08-2012, 02:52 PM Go to last post
  9. What's in a name?

    Okay people how do you get character names? I seem to agonise for hours searching for a name but, in reality peoples names are pretty diverse and...

    Started by Julian Hulls‎, 01-29-2011 07:24 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    03-15-2011, 08:27 AM Go to last post
  10. What would my story idea fall under?

    Hey all! I've been working on, and think I'm finished with, an idea I'd had for a short story. Actually the concept was inspired by something I'd...

    Started by Caitlin Chock‎, 03-25-2011 05:43 AM
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    03-29-2011, 12:57 PM Go to last post
  11. What would my protagonist do in this scenario do you think?

    In my story, it's a thriller where the MC, a cop, uses unorthodox methods to catch a gang of crooks. He has found out who the leader of the gang...

    Started by ironpony‎, 03-29-2016 10:52 AM
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    03-31-2016, 06:14 AM Go to last post
  12. What should my villain's plan be in this case for his goal to work?

    In my story, there is a group of people who are have poor social skills because of their conditions while growing up. Conditions that would prohibit...

    Started by ironpony‎, 01-20-2016 04:40 AM
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    01-31-2016, 10:16 AM Go to last post
  13. What makes a good horror story?

    I've hit the halfway point in Simulated Assault, and I thought I'd take a moment or two to ponder my next magnum opus. (If I don't have at least five...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 09-29-2013 04:11 PM
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    10-05-2013, 11:59 AM Go to last post
  14. What am I doing wrong in my plotting?

    For the past few months I have not been able to come up with an ending to my story that I am satisfied with and feels holds together well enough. ...

    Started by ironpony‎, 03-18-2016 09:43 AM
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    04-01-2016, 12:32 AM Go to last post
  15. Arrow use of the phrase whether or not

    (Days after becoming engaged, Carla meets Nick and is thunder struck. When she accepts his dinner invitation she justifies it with this sentence....

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2013 05:49 AM
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    04-02-2013, 12:14 PM Go to last post
  16. Untitled Work

    I got a story about the development of a relationship between a psychiatrist and his criminally insane patient. The relationship develops as the...

    Started by Goeff‎, 08-03-2012 05:02 AM
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    08-06-2012, 09:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Trying to Find a Convincing Motive

    The novel I am currently working on is a fantasy novel set in our world but in an alternate reality where a select "breed" of humans can use magic...

    Started by Becca Allan‎, 08-29-2011 07:37 AM
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    09-06-2011, 03:57 PM Go to last post
  18. Trying to decide between First- and Third-Person narration

    I have been advised by other writers that a beginner (like myself) should not even consider writing in first person. It requires more skill than...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-13-2012 05:19 PM
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    11-27-2012, 08:15 AM Go to last post
  19. Time machine

    If you were a teenager, and you had a time machine that allowed you to go 30 seconds back in time, what would you use it for? A little more...

    Started by greg winick‎, 03-18-2012 08:14 AM
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    03-25-2012, 01:59 PM Go to last post
  20. The Gods that remain

    Hello! I have an idea for a story involving different Gods from this time, and times in the past, that are still there in the future. In this...

    Started by Allison McClish‎, 01-28-2012 10:48 PM
    future, gods, idea, worship
    • Replies: 1
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    01-29-2012, 09:55 AM Go to last post

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