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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. 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
  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. 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
  4. 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 05:12 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    11-28-2012, 03:36 AM Go to last post
  5. 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
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 2,337
    11-27-2012, 08:15 AM Go to last post
  6. Metric Time Units

    In the science fiction story I'm writing, I made a decision to express time in metric (or decimal) units, with 10 "hours" per day, 100 "minutes" per...

    Started by Gilfindel‎, 11-11-2012 08:05 AM
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    11-16-2012, 05:10 AM Go to last post
  7. Taking this one to the group . . .

    I banging my head against the wall on this one, so I am taking it to the group level to get some help. This deals with something I am working on...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 09-02-2012 04:21 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    09-03-2012, 03:50 PM Go to last post
  8. 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
    • Replies: 2
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    08-06-2012, 09:36 AM Go to last post
  9. 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 04:56 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    06-16-2012, 03:26 PM Go to last post
  10. Music

    I like to listen to music when I write. Helps get me where I need/want to be, plus helps me block out the "noise" of my life. Just curious if...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-13-2012 04:45 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    06-13-2012, 05:49 AM Go to last post
  11. One more thing . . . how do you decide where best to begin your story?

    There are sooooo many places I could start this one. But one thing I absolutely hate about some works I have had the displeasure of reading is that...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-12-2012 06:54 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    06-12-2012, 11:35 AM Go to last post
  12. 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 06:28 PM
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    06-12-2012, 10:45 AM Go to last post
  13. character inventory

    In doing research, I've seen some writing types that advise doing a character inventory. Basic stuff like character's name, dob, occupation,...

    Started by Jennifer Hord‎, 06-12-2012 06:32 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    06-12-2012, 10:44 AM Go to last post
  14. 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 04:40 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,155
    06-06-2012, 11:07 PM Go to last post
  15. 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 08:26 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    05-09-2012, 04:28 AM Go to last post
  16. Quotes and Periods

    A writing coach received my chapter that included these sentences: When I agreed to live with Nick, I neglected to point out that I expected this...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-12-2012 11:21 PM
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    • Replies: 20
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    04-16-2012, 03:29 AM Go to last post
  17. Paren punctuation

    For once and for all: does punctuation always go inside parens? This was from a FB discussion re Maureen Dowd. She most often has something...

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-08-2012 11:06 AM
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    04-09-2012, 09:08 AM Go to last post
  18. 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
  19. Correct Usage

    Which is correct? Looking back now, she saw that get-together as the crossroad(s?) in their marriage.

    Started by BookWerm‎, 04-02-2012 08:10 AM
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    • Replies: 12
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    04-02-2012, 11:18 AM Go to last post
  20. 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
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 5,955
    03-25-2012, 01:59 PM Go to last post

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