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  1. Tomkat

    The Paragraph Problem

    Hello, I need some words of advice. I have a problem with separating paragraphs. Please consider the example scene below: “Go away." He says dispassionately. The creature sniffs his boot, then the yellow phlegm. “Yeah, I made that.” The four-legged canine troll whines and the two-legged...
  2. Lumiiberry

    Writing an Abusive Character Advice?

    I'm trying to write my protagonist's partner to be an abusive creep that trapped her in a relationship for a few years. My protagonist grew up incredibly sheltered, and I want to creating a slow boil effect. Her partner is nonbinary (not that it matters, but I wanted to clarify), and I want to...
  3. T

    What is some of the best Writing Advice you have Received?

    After reading the Greenshields's thread titled: what was the worst advice you have ever received. I wanted to start this one. Best writing advice you have ever received? Show don't tell. I think when I without noticing tend to write narrative summaries. I now realize I have made a mistake in...
  4. shivanib

    I've got a friend who is starting a novel from scratch. What do you do first?

    I've probably 'begun' 3 novels...actually 4. hah. I think I remember just jumping in and writing for my first couple. My last one I remember free-writing, jotting things down and then trying to whip up a rough outline with some goals to make an initial gameplan. What do you do? What's your...
  5. Bakslashjack

    Woot! 50k manuscript and letter finished, querying agent. Advice?

    Cupcakes for everyone, I've finished my first book! Already found the vanity subsidiary publishers and decided they're a waste of time. What can I expect with my hunt for a proper agent? Should I shotgun letters? Will they be able to get my book on the shelves at a bookstore?
  6. F

    Subplots in a romance.....

    Hello everyone :) I am working on my first novel, this is one I want to write more for myself than to be perfect and published. I have two what I believe to be strong characters who cliche as it is 'fall in love'. The two main characters have a good enough story. He is an aspiring chef from...
  7. W

    Too much?

    I'm working on the outline for a new urban fantasy story of mine that includes magic users. I want to add a few science fiction elements as well; set about 100 years in the future where magic is used to help cure diseases and create new technology. But I'm worried about having too many different...
  8. Anachronomicorn

    Aspiring writer in need of tips

    Hi everybody! I'm a 29-year-old Michigander in desperate need of a creative outlet, so I decided to give writing a try. I am going to start off with short stories, and hope to work my way up to a full-length fantasy novel that's brimming with philosophical exploration, comedy, and good ol'...
  9. C

    A Letter to a Friend

    *****, I wanted to write you a personal message. I, obviously have been responding to several of your posts lately, and I wanted to give you a little more insight into why. As you can see by my photos. I am very much in love with nature. I have spent many hours, by myself, deep in the...
  10. M

    I need some advice please

    Hello everyone My name is Tina and I am new here. I have been working on this story for some time. I have about 100 pages written. I am stuck and fighting with myself on how to continue. My story has two main characters one is reading the diary of the other. I was wondering if anyone had some...
  11. A

    Tactically Good, Strategically Unproven

    Hi, Everyone, Just joined these forums in hopes of getting some help on my number one problem: "grand strategy"...by which I mean, I can write and tell a story but unfortunately so far I've not been able to actually "see" a living, breathing story past a few general premises, however promising...
  12. MJCaan

    Keeping Characters Organized

    What is the best way you have found to keep track of the characters in your novel? I have a bulletin board above my desk on which I keep notecards pinned . But is there an easier way? And if you need a system to track your characters, are there too many?
  13. J

    New Writer In Need of Advice

    Hello, fellow writers, I am Jacob Alexander Hinsvark (I go by Alex). I am seventeen years old (please do not disregard taking me seriously because of that) and an aspiring writer. I am currently working on several projects, and need some advice with a tricky one of them. First, however, I will...
  14. T

    Pitching an Illustrated Children's Series Without Illustrations (Can it be done?)

    Hello everyone, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read and (hopefully) respond to this post. I am posting here in the publishing section of the forum because I have a series of educational children's books that I would like to start submitting for publication, and I'd like to get...
  15. S

    Looking for Advice

    Hi all, I'm new to this forum, and I am new to the writing world. I have written my whole life, but never professionally. I just wrote a book and am working on a second. The first book is about my life. I wrote a book proposal that I want to send to agents to try to get a contract. If there...
  16. Taknovrthewrld

    Saluton!

    Hello, WF members. You can call me Calvin. I am 21 years old, currently studying business, and have wanted to be a writer since I was around ten years old. When I was that young I used to write stories on the computer about Mario and Luigi and have my mother edit them. I like to make rhyming...
  17. C

    Looking forward to 2011

    This November is going to be my first time doing the NaNo contest. Can anybody tell me what to expect?(other than people calling my crazy for trying to write 50,000 words in one month.)
  18. N

    what do u guys think?

    there is a child hiding under the bed, while a man walks trough the room. then we see the man trow his knife into the bed, and there is blood coming from under the bed. this is the opening line of my slasher story, what do you guys think? :pale:
  19. T

    Script Excerpt of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'

    Hiya! Um, I was just wondering if I could have some advice for the script I'm writing for my Arts Award. I'm a student, and only just starting out with writing, and am especially unsure with adaptations like this. Anything would be welcome, no matter how critical! Props are minimalist, with...
  20. Split_Infinity

    Hello friends!

    Hey everyone! Where to begin? Well, I love to write. I'm particularly partial to fiction and am currently working on a screenplay that began as an idea for a novel, and I haven't any idea yet which it would be better suited for, nor which genre I have more talent for writing. I also write...
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