• What is the most beautifully written book you’ve ever read?

    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    Beautiful, not as in story, but as in the way the author structures and writes his sentences. For me it would have to be Lord of the Rings. What about you?
    38 answers · 1 day ago
  • How would you rate my writing skills?

    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!) I rarely do line-by-line critique... show more
    Best answer: I'm going to politely disagree with the positive reviews. I see a handful of outright mistakes and a lot of odd choices with verb tenses that IMO weaken the narrative. And I don't see the semicolon use as correct at all. (Horrors, I've disagreed with my friend Crow!)

    I rarely do line-by-line critique here because the writers' reactions tend to be defensive, hostile, or abusive. If you care to see detail and can promise you'll act like a professional, I can try to find time to do a LBL. (And it's perfectly okay if you're not yet ready for that, too.)

    Edit: We stay quiet for a while; [<---replace with a comma] [the ←-delete needless words] both [of us<--delete] either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking [to each other<--delete]. It's not like I'm complaining, either. [←-This is wordy, but it also gives your narrator a real-sounding voice] The wind is howling [howls] like a horror movie [opener←-awkward word choice. Maybe ‘soundtrack’?] and the streets are heavily shadowed with a pale late-night glow[←-Switch to active voice, present tense, like the first part of the sentence: ...and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets]. It's comforting [in some odd way, like<--delete][.] I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. [Comforting as it is, ←-delete] the[The] delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm [is kicking in now,--delete] [kicks in], and I [Eek, failure to proofread!] [it]takes all my willpower [not] to [not<--delete] ask her to lighten up[ a bit←-delete].

    I know, that’s hard to read all marked up. Most of what I did was make all the verbs present tense, removing present progressive (“is xing”) and get rid of words you don’t need. If you agreed with every correction, which you don’t have to do, it would read:

    We stay quiet for a while, both either too tired or too annoyed to bother talking. It's not like I'm complaining, either. The wind howls like a horror movie soundtrack and a pale late-night glow heavily shadows the streets. It's comforting. I could sink into the dark shadows of the night and disappear if I wanted to. The delayed pain of Ameki's nails digging into my arm kicks in, and it takes all my willpower not to ask her to lighten up.

    Nothing’s missing or radically changed, really, but that first paragraph went from 104 to 82 words. You see if you can reduce the next paragraph, or some other paragraph, by twenty percent. It’s a learned skill, and this is a good time to start.
    14 answers · 2 days ago
  • I'm writing a story and need name suggestions!?

    I'm writing a story about a girl that falls in love with her kidnapper. Any good name suggestions??
    I'm writing a story about a girl that falls in love with her kidnapper. Any good name suggestions??
    10 answers · 10 hours ago
  • When writing a story, is there any mandated length a chapter should be?

    Can a chapter just be a page or two?
    Can a chapter just be a page or two?
    11 answers · 12 hours ago
  • Which book would you like to recommend to everybody?

    Best answer: See I read this and didn't love it. It just felt very repetitive to me. If you like Stephen King's non-horror vibe though read the Dark Tower Cycle. It's 7 books and I love them because the story builds throughout, but there are also many exciting parts in-between.
    Best answer: See I read this and didn't love it. It just felt very repetitive to me. If you like Stephen King's non-horror vibe though read the Dark Tower Cycle. It's 7 books and I love them because the story builds throughout, but there are also many exciting parts in-between.
    12 answers · 2 days ago
  • Ive started writing tell me what you think?

    ive started writing a gophic short story about a boy in an asylum here it is alone i travel through the darkness of the unwinding unknown i stop for a minitue taking in my surroundings nothing the black seems to speak to me it says black is the absence of colour life is a manifestation of death thats not all... show more
    ive started writing a gophic short story about a boy in an asylum here it is alone i travel through the darkness of the unwinding unknown i stop for a minitue taking in my surroundings nothing the black seems to speak to me it says black is the absence of colour life is a manifestation of death thats not all of it the rest is a bit long to put on here lol i am trying to think of a good name but i cant seem to think of one p.s please excuse my bad grammar lol
    7 answers · 5 hours ago
  • Synonyms for "fellowship" as in "Fellowship of the Ring"?

    A small band of rebels have taken it upon themselves to find and free the old leader of their land, to reunite her with the current leader so the two can learn to rule side by side once again. What's a good name for their group besides "fellowship"? Also have considered "marauders". Mostly... show more
    A small band of rebels have taken it upon themselves to find and free the old leader of their land, to reunite her with the current leader so the two can learn to rule side by side once again. What's a good name for their group besides "fellowship"? Also have considered "marauders". Mostly just need this for the title.
    8 answers · 24 hours ago
  • Suggestions for a character s name?

    Character is a 25 year old female, former military engineer, and the story is about the zombie apocalypse. She is short, and has dark hair, olive skin, and hazel eyes. She is highly intelligent, brave, a good leader, mentally and emotionally strong. She is also fiercely protective of her family and friends. All... show more
    Character is a 25 year old female, former military engineer, and the story is about the zombie apocalypse. She is short, and has dark hair, olive skin, and hazel eyes. She is highly intelligent, brave, a good leader, mentally and emotionally strong. She is also fiercely protective of her family and friends. All suggestions are appreciated :)
    19 answers · 4 days ago
  • How do you think I should bring people in my story together?

    I am writing a story about a small town in Europe in 12th Century. The town has 800 people. The town people are being terrorized by a mythological creature! People have been disappearing and the creature is believed to responsible. The town's people have made a fort big enough to shelter and protect themselves... show more
    I am writing a story about a small town in Europe in 12th Century. The town has 800 people. The town people are being terrorized by a mythological creature! People have been disappearing and the creature is believed to responsible. The town's people have made a fort big enough to shelter and protect themselves for the creature until it is hunted and killed. What do you think the people should do while they are in that fort? What should this creature be? How do you think the town's people should deal with this creature? Any suggestions?
    8 answers · 1 day ago
  • Is Fall and rise of third Reich by William shirer a good read?

    Is it worth reading the 1300 page book
    Is it worth reading the 1300 page book
    7 answers · 18 hours ago
  • Is it ok to name yourself after a fictional character?

    I'm choosing a new name and I want to get a feel for how this is received by people.
    I'm choosing a new name and I want to get a feel for how this is received by people.
    8 answers · 2 days ago
  • How do I come up with a book title without having any type of "copyright" issues or problems?

    Best answer: Mayble you can try to find synonyms for the words you wish to use in the title of your book.
    Best answer: Mayble you can try to find synonyms for the words you wish to use in the title of your book.
    8 answers · 2 days ago