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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. Name issue

    Got a question. One of my two main characters in my wip is a guy in his 50's, born and raised in Northern Ireland, who has lived in the states for...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-06-2012 05:40 AM
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    06-07-2012, 12:07 AM Go to last post
  2. Commas--AGAIN!

    I myself had only a little notebook on which with Nick away all week, I diligently kept my journal. Is above correct? :confused: Almost all...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 12-04-2012 10:23 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    12-05-2012, 05:03 AM Go to last post
  3. Post Punctuation of abbrieviated names.

    One of my characters is named Nick, Jr. His family has shortened that to N.J. The editor of my first draft removed periods at every mention of...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-15-2013 06:01 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    04-15-2013, 08:07 PM Go to last post
  4. Neither or nor

    Does the work neither work here? Except for the two weeks every August during which the office closed, she had never taken a day off. She had even...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 03-25-2013 12:25 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    03-26-2013, 01:37 AM Go to last post
  5. I can't remember the name for this

    If no one here knows it, my only other option is to watch a few SciFi movies and see if they ever mention the name of the doohickey in a space ship...

    Started by Lea Zalas‎, 08-26-2012 06:12 PM
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    11-28-2012, 03:36 AM Go to last post
  6. Moving right along.....

    Okay. They meet for breakfast. She remembered Nick as being rugged looking, not handsome. I know the following is awkward, but I want to express...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2013 01:20 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    04-03-2013, 07:22 AM Go to last post
  7. Commas again and this time periods too!

    blah, blah, blah, where our son, Joe, Jr., had grown up. Is that the way it's done?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-10-2013 04:51 PM
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    04-11-2013, 12:47 AM Go to last post
  8. Small Victories

    Below is paragraph from WWII memoir that combines plot and characterization: Aunt Ida commandeered the yard for a Victory Garden. She replaced...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-23-2012 09:26 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-09-2012, 05:28 AM Go to last post
  9. 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 06:19 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    11-27-2012, 08:15 AM Go to last post
  10. 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 06:49 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-02-2013, 01:14 PM Go to last post
  11. researching the bereft

    It's late and I'm tired and battling a cold, so if my attempts at making a coherent post come across like a garbled bunch of gobbledygook I do...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-09-2012 07:28 PM
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    06-12-2012, 11:45 AM Go to last post
  12. Dialogue and quotes--2 speakers, 1 paragraph?

    I would like to keep wording. Is punctuation completely wrong? Even though in 2nd paragraph Nick continues dialogue, should quotes be used at end...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 12-21-2012 02:48 AM
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    12-21-2012, 07:23 AM Go to last post
  13. Moving along (and are they!) 2

    After a midweek, late afternoon lunch, Nick and Carla return to her apartment instead of work. She has magnificent view of WTC (pre 9/11) and...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-08-2013 03:08 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    04-08-2013, 07:14 AM Go to last post
  14. Suggested suitable name for opening section.

    Hello, I am writing a story in which the main character comes to a messy end. Before the story begins I want a brief, one page opening section to...

    Started by Amos Keeto‎, 02-06-2012 11:34 AM
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    02-07-2012, 01:50 AM Go to last post
  15. Red face Junior/Senior Members

    What determines jr/sr member in this forum?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 11-28-2012 03:38 AM
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    11-28-2012, 02:39 PM Go to last post
  16. Looking for a book about BEING a chef

    And not a textbook, mind you. What I have in mind is a non-fiction book written -- preferably -- by a chef about being one. Now, I do plan to pick...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-15-2012 05:56 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    06-16-2012, 04:26 PM Go to last post
  17. 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
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    02-08-2012, 02:52 PM Go to last post
  18. Not as stupid as I look!

    I have to admit, some days when I write, I would rather be out and about. That is when, instead of crafting a few sentences carefully myself, I throw...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 02-15-2012 12:33 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    02-16-2012, 10:53 AM Go to last post
  19. Bursting with ideas

    What do you do when you have too many ideas for story's and it feels like your head is about to explode? I've been writing for just over a year...

    Started by Leanne Wherrett‎, 07-03-2011 02:22 PM
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    10-05-2011, 11:25 AM Go to last post
  20. Bad dog!

    I want to say that usually these endless holiday meals (reader knows it's holiday) consisted of yelling, screaming, arguing, insults, fighting and...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 01-18-2014 01:37 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 2,212
    01-19-2014, 12:27 PM Go to last post

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