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  1. How can I write from a woman's point of view?
  2. Using famous poetry in your WiP
  3. Misplaced voice.
  4. Help I have an overcomplicated plot
  5. Forming "Exact Pictures"
  6. Using Paid Betas...
  7. Rule on quoting song lyrics?
  8. Do you get a little nutty when you're close to finishing?
  9. What do YOU consider profanity?
  10. Use of character's names according to role
  11. Does anyone here hate plot holes?
  12. Emphasising a word
  13. "Tone" of characters
  14. Just, seemed, as, like.
  15. scared to post in SYW?
  16. A Great Book vs. A Book You Enjoy
  17. Time taken to write
  18. Email Query Letter Format
  19. Manuscript Question
  20. What is high concept?
  21. Actual names?
  22. Writing while on vacation?
  23. "Top" Agents
  24. How do you read?
  25. Copyright
  26. New ways of describing reactions
  27. Revolutionary writing
  28. Rendering Dialogue Within Dialogue.
  29. Relationships
  30. Filling up the page
  31. Literary vs. Commercial
  32. Unnecessary "that"
  33. Any tips on improving clarity?
  34. what if what?
  35. More than just writers block
  36. The main character speaking...
  37. How do you write? Beginning or ending first?
  38. Book promotion?
  39. Do your dreams influence your writing?
  40. Too much... positioning?
  41. Multiple Facets of Personality
  42. Do Author's Notes count towards word count?
  43. A non-formal way one can write one.
  44. a silly philosophical problem
  45. Do you notice how Hollywood is turning many books into a movies?
  46. In between Characters
  47. Character Bio's
  48. Are lots of characters a sign of a novice writer?
  49. Publishing Process
  50. Prologue/Offsetting text with or without italics?
  51. First Person/Third Person: How to pull off seamless headhopping?
  52. How many POVs is too many?
  53. Hard to say words
  54. How do you choose which project to work on?
  55. writer's bio
  56. Why we write what we write?
  57. Editing Suggestions?
  58. Query Letter Formatting
  59. Editing my autobiography
  60. How do you make references without sounding like you're name-dropping?
  61. Getting Back My Daydreams
  62. Sans Conjunction
  63. using names of businesses and celebrities
  64. Murder on the A34
  65. Emotions and actions
  66. Excel [character profile info]
  67. Punctuation
  68. PDF and copyright
  69. In need of...reassurance?
  70. Adding a Voice to a 3rd Person PoV
  71. Cost for quality author photo
  72. Society of Authors
  73. Question About Book Signings
  74. creating tension - characters in a stalemate
  75. Curious Question
  76. Revision is FUN! (not)
  77. Encouraging characters to get in bed. Preferably together
  78. Organising
  79. Does anyone post their work in their blog?
  80. Painful Personality Problem!
  81. Action Tags
  82. writing chat dialogue
  83. Question... [describing character without 'telling']
  84. method acting
  85. Writer's Voice
  86. What Genre is my Story
  87. Which POV do you like best?
  88. Have you ever...?
  89. As writers, have you also quit watching television?
  90. After you get started
  91. Silly question...?
  92. Grammar question..
  93. What's a better way to show character's thoughts?
  94. ADD and writing
  95. First draft
  96. Question about pronoun agreement
  97. This probably IS a silly question....
  98. What weird magic writing tools do YOU use?
  99. using brand names in writing
  100. Character name is the same as a well known drug
  101. American spelling
  102. I have a doubt about the manuscript format
  103. Question about types of publishers...
  104. So tired.
  105. Audience
  106. What should I do now?
  107. Taking someone's criticism?
  108. Multiple Submissions
  109. This is possibly a silly question…
  110. Memory Lane, quite literally.
  111. How do I get these letters in Microsoft Word?
  112. POV issues
  113. Pen and Pad or PC and Word
  114. Dialog Punctuation
  115. How do I find a Beta reader?
  116. Can cliches work?
  117. Setting up an ergonomic writing station
  118. Outlawing Outlining
  119. Addressing a Knight [present day not historical]
  120. including people
  121. It's all the same!!
  122. technical writing?
  123. Italics in a Manuscript
  124. IS MY BOOK LONG ENOUGH?
  125. Motivation
  126. One day in your character's shoes.
  127. Relief Or Regret: Editing
  128. Share your Work password?
  129. CatharsisChild's tips
  130. How much is too much?
  131. The Balancing Act
  132. How many words?
  133. Using a brand name?
  134. Getting my knickers in a twist: show vs tell
  135. How to do suspense?
  136. Blinovitch Limitation Effect
  137. Can you remind me how copyright works in the UK?
  138. Is Formatting Different if Your SS is from a Journal?
  139. Is it ever okay to begin querying before your manuscript is finished?
  140. Question on pseudonym
  141. Pivot Points
  142. Writing Accent
  143. A question about revision/rewrites/edits, etc.
  144. Getting a handle on plot
  145. Starting Out
  146. Is this a problem?
  147. Using Proverbs in Fiction?
  148. Choosing POV
  149. Research lag?
  150. Is this a weak metaphor?
  151. Is this true about third person...
  152. Drafts, rewrites and editing
  153. Listing chapters
  154. Now that's odd...
  155. SYW / Submission etiquette
  156. Two part books?
  157. help needed with ploting
  158. 3 Day Novel Contest
  159. Short Story with 2 POV's??
  160. MC with a "secret" identity
  161. Query Advice?
  162. Pitch???
  163. 4 WIP and all are different genres
  164. Afterwords- Include in Submitted Manuscript?
  165. superstition/ creative process
  166. How would you punctuate this:
  167. Is it Tight Enough?
  168. Writing for Clarity.
  169. Where (and how) do you write?
  170. Lovable Bad Guys :)
  171. Cringing at old writing
  172. Spoilers don't ruin stories?
  173. How much "real time" info should I include here...
  174. Changing POV after a character dies
  175. 'ghost' speaking
  176. When scene breaks become vague, what to do?
  177. Sub Genre Questions
  178. Submission question
  179. I can name that town in three notes.
  180. Is Noir/Supernatural overdone?
  181. Are 200,000 words, too many?
  182. What are some of your quirks?
  183. aargh. the invasion of talking heads.
  184. Does this character description work?
  185. The best critique for n00bs to offer in SYW?
  186. not over-using italics
  187. Pen Name, or Not?
  188. follow up to full request
  189. Handicapped characters
  190. How do you end a synopsis if there is an epilogue?
  191. Diction vs. Accessibility
  192. Character Description question
  193. The Power of What If
  194. Alterni-World?
  195. Dialogue query
  196. The eyes of the Antagonist
  197. What's your writing technique?
  198. "Book within a book" formatting
  199. Help, Brain freeze
  200. Email format of pasted manuscript for agent
  201. Semi-Autobiographical Stuff?
  202. When To Use Italics
  203. Correct cover letter/ title page format?
  204. Word Choice Question
  205. Send the prologue or the first chapter?
  206. POV Woe
  207. Disney World Copyright Questions
  208. Not new but it's been a looong time!
  209. dorm stuff
  210. The Metaphorical "Play" Button
  211. Point of View -Alternating or fixed?
  212. Generation Titles - How to word in dialogue
  213. finding agents
  214. What do I put down when an agent asks for a description of myself?
  215. How do I tell the difference between a niche and a gem?
  216. The Writing Process
  217. To those who write screenplays and novels
  218. What is character?
  219. My first rejection
  220. Can you permanently format margins in MS Word?
  221. Do you write what you read?
  222. Graphic Organizers
  223. Proof reading - anyone else find this?
  224. Is It Okay To Mention An Authors Name In Your Book?
  225. Inventing locations
  226. proper format
  227. Writing about locations you've never visited
  228. Novel based on a true story
  229. Is it a little ridiculous to describe your character's dreams?
  230. Writing when reading?
  231. What genre?
  232. I'd appreciate opinions
  233. Ye olde Heartstring pullin'!
  234. Is This Copyright Infringment?
  235. Run on help
  236. Multiple New Characters in a Scene
  237. Querying an agent
  238. What genre?
  239. first drafts
  240. Formatting. Oh lordy...
  241. POV resource recommendations?
  242. Does "showing" for you usually use more or less words (than telling)?
  243. Mentioning Reality Television?
  244. Multiple Projects, Different Genres
  245. My first question for ten: How do you write time?
  246. Everybody says
  247. Problems with Writing Movement
  248. HELP! Outside the box POV
  249. Without your realizing it
  250. Should I be concerned? [editor slow to reply]