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  • Started by Jannette Eng
    Last reply by Patricia Gligor
    I'm on the third draft of my novel and the opening few paragraphs are a bit of a black hole. I've tried a few things like starting in the middle of the action (too con...
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  • Last reply by Kimberly Golden Malmgren
    Are there any set rules as to how long a paragrapgh should be when writing a fictional short story. A reader wrote the following about my excerpts: "Your writing is cl...
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  • That would definitely be an idea :) Do movies make you want to write your own storylines? I've read an exercise where you take the first few paragraphs of a book/stor...
  • Hi Linda, Staci, and anyone else who feels unsupported with their craft,   First off, I have decided that to live my life not doing what I love is not to live my life...
  • I'm still struggling with the widget thing. I've not been at Wordpress all that long, so I'm still playing about deciding if I will stay - go to the premium version, r...
  • Started by D. L. King
    Last reply by Lindsay Gillis
    Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination Edited by D. L. King To be published by Cleis Press Deadline: April 10, 2012 Payment: $50 plus 2 copies of the ant...
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  • This sounds like a fun and interesting story and your query as is reflects this, but...the best queries, ie, the ones that get noticed, start with character, then conf...
  • Lyrical nonfiction is basically a combination of essay and poetry. It tends to utilize a loose structure - fewer (if any) paragraphs, fragments (sometimes), it may bounce across seemingly unrelated topics - and poetic language throughout.
  • Perri,   I like this version much better! The first paragraph feels more concise and ties in better with the following paragraphs.  The part about Citra Starke also se...
  • I've read so many articles on how to craft the perfect synopsis and / or query letter. Queries are generally meant to be hooks; but then yesterday an agent said he did...