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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. How can I structure this type of plot without painting myself into a corner?

    I have a thriller I am writing, but have never been satisfied with the last half and keep changing it. I figured out what the problem is after...

    Started by ironpony‎, 02-04-2016 05:52 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    02-04-2016, 06:27 AM Go to last post
  2. 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 08:57 AM
    book, copyright, fiction, legal, public domain
    • Replies: 3
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    06-01-2014, 07:40 AM Go to last post
  3. 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
    • Views: 3,898
    12-30-2016, 12:46 AM Go to last post
  4. Name

    Hi All! I need help with a woman's name. She's an old, obnoxious country woman who everyone is supposed to hate lol. I know that's expecting a lot...

    Started by The Tinman‎, 03-31-2011 08:15 PM
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    • Replies: 12
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    04-17-2011, 09:33 PM Go to last post
  5. Post Story blocked on rough scene.

    I am so angry at myself, I'm actually stuck on a scene for my fantasy story called Warrior Princess. I'm stuck on how to stage a rough scene which...

    Started by BethFB‎, 03-04-2013 02:43 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    03-08-2013, 10:09 AM Go to last post
  6. Sort of New

    Hello! I have been on here before. I can't remember my old password and it doesn't send it to me so I created a new account. I was away from writing...

    Started by imported_Kathy Loop‎, 03-23-2011 07:41 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 3,809
    03-24-2011, 05:43 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 03:52 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
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    02-08-2013, 12:32 AM Go to last post
  8. 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: 3,718
    11-17-2014, 02:51 PM Go to last post
  9. 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 06:43 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 3,713
    03-29-2011, 01:57 PM Go to last post
  10. Character Name

    I've got a minor character I can't quite name (or nickname). She's a Texas oil money socialite. About 70 now. I want her name and nickname...

    Started by C K‎, 05-12-2011 04:00 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 10
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    05-15-2011, 07:19 AM Go to last post
  11. Tear Gas

    Does anyone know about the shelf-life of tear gas? I've been searching on line but can't find out how long a canister remains viable. Could a...

    Started by C-Girl‎, 02-21-2016 01:25 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 3,618
    02-21-2016, 01:25 AM Go to last post
  12. Book Title

    Hi folks :) Sorry, by the way, that I am all over the forums (fori???) this morning. But I worked last night and it was a very, very quiet...

    Started by Bina Bear‎, 01-17-2011 06:52 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    03-20-2011, 02:09 PM Go to last post
  13. Original Articles

    Most websites only accept original articles. I wrote 2-3 articles already. If I make a few changes to each article can I resubmit to the another site...

    Started by StanPopovich(Author)‎, 02-21-2016 10:17 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    02-21-2016, 10:17 PM Go to last post
  14. 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 07:18 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 12
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    04-07-2012, 11:07 AM Go to last post
  15. A new replacement trait for one of my characters

    Right now, my MC's uncle is an alcoholic. Although it's minor and only matters in the beginning, and you never actually see him drink, I'm worried...

    Started by Sunayna Prasad‎, 11-01-2011 05:41 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 19
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    11-08-2011, 06:00 AM Go to last post
  16. Wink Is this paragraph clear and well written?

    I think the situation is clear. A woman found a letter to her husband and months later this is the outcome. The young woman who had written the...

    Started by Book Werm‎, 03-20-2012 09:29 AM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 12
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    03-21-2012, 12:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Help Wanted!

    Iím having trouble deciding where to begin my story and could use some input. Hereís the situation: My MC and his LL {leading lady} once were...

    Started by MUSKETTER 3‎, 12-16-2013 12:19 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 3,227
    12-17-2013, 10:33 AM Go to last post
  18. Festival Name Idea Plz

    I need an idea for the name of a festival celebrated world-wide for the changing of the seasons. I'm open to languages other than English as well. ...

    Started by Michelle Schad‎, 02-21-2011 08:49 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 3,182
    03-08-2011, 02:33 AM Go to last post
  19. Arrow Has anyone published their own book using Scrivener Software?

    Has anyone published their own book using Scrivener Software? Have any of you used MasterWriter?

    Started by BookWerm‎, 03-16-2013 06:52 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    03-19-2013, 07:04 AM Go to last post
  20. Cussing

    You guys were so helpful in the naming business. I'll let go another balloon and ask for help with this one that I know I'll be addressing as I...

    Started by C K‎, 05-17-2011 04:28 PM
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    1 2
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,153
    06-07-2011, 01:26 PM Go to last post

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