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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. Is their a way I can get readers to believe this scenario?

    I got some feedback from readers, where they didn't believe the scenario in my thriller. A cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, but they said...

    Started by ironpony‎, 01-27-2016 03:57 AM
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    01-28-2016, 05:59 PM Go to last post
  2. Editing

    I am in the middle of editing my story called Life on Kepler Bb. Because of this I have to decide what to do in every part of it out of all the...

    Started by caters‎, 01-28-2016 12:06 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    01-28-2016, 12:06 PM Go to last post
  3. failed engagement

    After planning my plot structure, I've decided against setting my story in the past, but I have a failed engagement in my MC's character sketch that...

    Started by lyn's beginning‎, 06-13-2015 07:21 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 8,833
    01-25-2016, 12:27 AM Go to last post
  4. 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
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 4,483
    01-24-2016, 04:00 PM Go to last post
  5. How do writers help readers understand the world in their story?

    I'm currently working on a story that takes place in a fantasy world without electricity, combustible engines, magic, or other fantasy beings except...

    Started by Elven Candy‎, 01-23-2016 05:23 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 4,071
    01-23-2016, 10:39 AM Go to last post
  6. Need help figuring out a unique dialogue issue

    I'm writing a book right now and I've run into a bit of a dilemma. In the story, I use italics when I'm showing someone's thoughts. There is also...

    Started by Elven Candy‎, 12-16-2015 08:04 AM
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    • Replies: 14
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    12-22-2015, 08:37 AM Go to last post
  7. Review outline/help with next scene

    Hello there. I am planning on writing a story about the young life of an eventual closeted conservative politician. This is sort of a...

    Started by PhillyWriter‎, 11-09-2015 08:03 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 4,866
    11-10-2015, 03:04 PM Go to last post
  8. 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
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 23
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    10-10-2015, 08:23 PM Go to last post
  9. My Rough Start to a book I want to write:

    I'm going to copy and paste the small amount of writing I have done for the book I want to write, being for some reason it won't let me upload the...

    Started by Mommytozachandgrace‎, 12-03-2014 09:24 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 16
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    05-11-2015, 03:18 AM Go to last post
  10. Double negatives

    Recently fractured a rib during a bout of acute bronchitis induced coughing. ER doctor said this is a, "not uncommon experience." I have wondered...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 02-20-2014 04:10 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 4,815
    11-17-2014, 02:51 PM Go to last post
  11. Arrow Mentor

    Is correct usage: Joe would be a good mentor to Johnny or a good mentor for Johnny?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 07-03-2014 12:46 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 6,746
    11-12-2014, 10:49 AM Go to last post
  12. Acknowlegement

    Well, finally ready to put book up on Kindle and Create Space. This is one sentence in my acknowledgement. I thank several people and would like...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 10-10-2014 09:45 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 4,353
    10-11-2014, 04:13 AM Go to last post
  13. Me/I

    Is Nick and me or Nick and I correct? I would think Nick and me but doesn't sound right. Dominic and Peg arranged their finances differently...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 06-17-2014 06:06 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 4,135
    06-17-2014, 10:27 AM Go to last post
  14. Accidentally used a copyrighted character concept?

    I self-published a book a while back that consisted of characters in the public domain. One of those characters was Pinocchio, and I made him a...

    Started by areale912‎, 06-15-2014 07:23 PM
    characters, concepts, copyright, fantasy, public domain
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 4,377
    06-17-2014, 10:22 AM Go to last post
  15. Silly question regarding copyrighted characters

    Hello, all. So I write using a lot of public domain characters but I've wanted to include copyrighted personas as well. I know I can't outright...

    Started by areale912‎, 05-31-2014 07:57 AM
    book, copyright, fiction, legal, public domain
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 5,671
    06-01-2014, 06:40 AM Go to last post
  16. Exclamation Interabang?!

    The last sentence is the narrator's. She is questioning the meaning of a character's exclamation. What is proper punctuation. The sentence is a...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 05-18-2014 12:39 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 3,556
    05-19-2014, 07:13 AM Go to last post
  17. New Story Concepts

    I realized a while back that, while I do enjoy writing fiction stories, I actually enjoy coming up with ideas for fiction stories more. I have more...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 02-09-2014 03:27 PM
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    02-13-2014, 07:04 AM Go to last post
  18. Capitalization

    Is dear capitalized? would it be if speaker said, Dear Carla? Then breathlessly, “Uh-oh. I have to go dear. Mr. Blaufeld is calling me.” She...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 02-06-2014 10:13 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 4,099
    02-07-2014, 09:09 AM Go to last post
  19. 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: 3,771
    01-19-2014, 12:27 PM Go to last post
  20. Colon and semi-colon

    Is this sentence bad form? I don’t know why this incident came to mind; it was far from the worst: when Joey died.... blah, blah, blah. It...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 01-10-2014 10:32 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 4,379
    01-12-2014, 12:32 PM Go to last post

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