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The Craft of Writing
Forum Members New to Writing
Beginning writers welcome! Ask the community anything about writing.
65 456 Wednesday, December 7, 2016 2:15 PM
by Fiore123 
Forum Workshopping and Reviewing
A place to talk about the feedback you give and receive on Book Country.
63 781 Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:28 AM
by poijohf 
Forum Character Development
How do you write believable, engaging characters?
53 723 Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:29 AM
by Zach Heher 
Forum Dialogue
"Waddaya mean we gotta talk about dialogue?" "Dude, dialogue is important. Has to sound real." "How do I make it sound real?" "I dunno. Ask some other writers."
22 302 Friday, May 20, 2016 10:03 AM
by nate1952 
Forum General Writing Challenges
Having trouble? This is the perfect place to ask questions and share advice about any writing challenges not covered in other discussion topics.
140 2195 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:39 PM
by Tricia McKee 
Forum Getting Started & Writer's Block
Sometimes the hardest part of writing is getting those first words down on paper (or in pixels). Other times you just get stuck. Discuss beating the block here.
47 649 Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:45 AM
by Amanda-Cromwell 
Forum Plot, Pacing, and Structure
Is your story arc complete? Is every scene moving your reader forward?
50 534 Wednesday, August 3, 2016 1:31 PM
by Erinhooper 
Forum Point of View
1st person? 3rd person? 2nd person? Single POV? Multiple POVs? Yikes! How do you choose the best POV for your story? Ask questions and share advice here.
22 216 Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:19 AM
by BruceBru 
Forum Revision
Okay, so you've finished your first draft. Now what? Talk about the process of revision and support other members as they revise their own work.
30 223 Friday, June 3, 2016 12:13 PM
by chatebooks 
Forum Setting & World Building
In any good work of genre fiction, setting becomes a character and world building is thorough and believable. Talk about setting and its counterparts here.
13 118 Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:21 AM
by Dravid 
Forum The Basics: Grammar & Syntax
You can't build a house without a hammer and nails, and you can't write a book without basic writing skills. (Really.) Ask grammar questions and post tips here!
28 249 Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:53 AM
by angelaketty1989 
Forum Tropes, Stereotypes, and Clichés
Werewolves? Vampires? Quests? Alpha males? Virginal heroines?
15 177 Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:16 AM
by DianaRoseWilson 
Forum Voice
How a character or narrator “sounds” on the page is one of the trickiest elements of writing. Word choice, formality, tone, humor, etc. Talk about it all here.
14 142 Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:19 PM
by chasfmill 
Forum Working with Critique Groups
Working with beta readers to bring your book into the world? Share here!
19 255 Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:39 AM
by Dravid 
Forum Working with Editorial Partners
Do you work with an editorial partner? Share tips and experiences here.
3 94 Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:54 PM
by TheresaReel 
Forum Writing Fight Scenes
Battle scenes, martial arts, and sword fights: the choreography of a fight scene is one of the toughest things for a writer to master. Ask for advice here.
9 91 Tuesday, April 5, 2016 8:25 AM
by Rachel E. Wollaston 
Forum Writing Sex Scenes
Writing good sex scenes is hard (no pun intended). It's not all heaving bosoms and throbbing members, after all. This is the place to talk about writing sex.
18 219 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:16 PM
by Rikjam 
Forum Writing the "Other"
Male writing female? Straight writing gay? Adults writing kids? Anyone writing aliens? Writing outside your comfort zone is tricky; discuss your process here.
14 120 Saturday, September 19, 2015 4:29 PM
by Steve Merrill 
Tools and Resources
Forum Online Resources for Writers
Find curated lists of online writing resources and blogs here. Have favorites of your own? Share them with us and we'll add the best ones to our lists!
40 1427 Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:38 AM
by CatherineDaisy 
Forum Research Questions
Believable genre fiction involves a lot of research, some of it unusual, all of it necessary. Ask your research questions here and share your best resources.
13 102 Sunday, February 28, 2016 7:47 PM
by J Montgomery 
Forum Software, Hardware & Tech Talk
The writing trade is getting more and more high tech. Talk about computers, writing software, apps, mobile devices, and more here. Geek out, peeps!
19 126 Friday, March 18, 2016 3:32 PM
by Mimi Speike 
Genre Talk
Forum Comedic Fiction
Talk about everything related to the Comedic Fiction genre here.
7 30 Tuesday, January 12, 2016 1:26 PM
by Mimi Speike 
Forum Erotica
Talk about everything related to the Erotica genre here.
10 30 Monday, March 21, 2016 6:18 PM
by SusanKuchinskas 
Forum Fantasy
Talk about everything and anything related to the fantasy genre here.
126 1504 Tuesday, December 6, 2016 3:32 PM
by AllWillBeWell 
Forum Historical Fiction
Talk about everything related to the Historical Fiction genre here.
11 78 Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:57 PM
by nate1952 
Forum Horror
Talk about everything related to the Horror genre here.
11 231 Monday, April 18, 2016 6:40 PM
by Allen Curtis Meissner 
Forum Literary Fiction
Talk about everything related to the Literary Fiction genre here.
7 98 Sunday, January 17, 2016 1:11 AM
by Momo 
Forum Mystery
Talk about everything and anything related to the mystery genre here.
32 152 Sunday, November 15, 2015 5:32 PM
by nate1952 
Forum New Adult
Talk about everything related to the New Adult genre here.
8 45 Sunday, August 23, 2015 11:33 AM
by T.S.W. Sharman 
Forum Nonfiction
Talk about everything related to Nonfiction here.
7 47 Tuesday, May 3, 2016 11:14 AM
by Debasree Book Country Assistant 
Forum Romance
Talk about everything and anything related to the romance genre here.
73 647 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:24 PM
by Tricia McKee 
Forum Science Fiction
Talk about everything and anything related to the science fiction genre here.
55 511 Wednesday, July 1, 2015 8:00 PM
by nate1952 
Forum Thriller
Talk about everything and anything related to the thriller genre here.
18 133 Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:39 AM
by Yuki 
Forum War and Military Fiction
Talk about everything related to the War and Military Fiction genre here.
1 7 Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:14 AM
by ChuckB 
Forum Western
Talk about everything related to the Western genre here.
1 11 Saturday, December 5, 2015 3:45 PM
by Daniel Roland Banks 
Forum Women's Fiction
Talk about everything related to the Women's Fiction genre here.
5 14 Saturday, April 9, 2016 12:03 PM
by Kelly Moore 
Forum Young Adult and Middle Grade
Talk about everything related to the YA and Middle Grade genres here.
22 149 Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:33 PM
by Emeryael 
The Business of Writing
Forum Blogging & Social Media
Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr: what works for you? What doesn't? This is a place to ask questions, get advice, and learn how to use social media.
36 269 Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:12 PM
by Lucy Silag - Book Country Director 
Forum Crafting Your Hook
The sentence that cements a strong query and captures an agent/editor!
21 319 Wednesday, October 7, 2015 5:37 PM
by Tricia McKee 
Forum ePublishing
Thinking about submitting to a digital press like Ellora's Cave, Samhain, or Carina? Wonder how it all works? Ask questions and share your experiences here.
17 126 Friday, November 13, 2015 8:03 PM
by DJ Lutz 
Forum Finding an Agent
This is a place to discuss your search for an agent, to ask advice, and to offer support to other writers going through the same journey.
42 317 Friday, July 15, 2016 10:01 AM
by Heavenly Ties 
Forum Kickstarter Projects
Have a Kickstarter project in the works? List it here.
2 6 Monday, March 31, 2014 2:00 PM
by Lucy Silag - Book Country Community Manager 
Forum Marketing & Promotion
Self-promotion, in-house promotion, creating swag, sending newsletters, creating email lists. It's all so confusing! Ask questions and get advice here.
62 499 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:21 PM
by Mimi Speike 
Forum Online Research Resources
Go beyond the beloved library! Talk about research online.
2 17 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:57 AM
by Bernie 
Forum Self-Publishing
Thinking about going the self-publishing route? Ask questions and share your experiences here.
29 378 Sunday, February 21, 2016 12:28 PM
by nate1952 
Forum Traditional Publishing
Thinking about working with a traditional publisher? Ask questions, share experiences, and discuss anything related to traditional publishing here.
18 100 Friday, May 22, 2015 9:43 AM
by Lucy Silag - Book Country Director 
Forum Workshop Your Query
Ready to start agent shopping but need some help with your query letter? Post your query here and get feedback from other Book Country members. (Play nice!)
57 374 Thursday, October 15, 2015 1:03 PM
by Bandicoot 
Forum Writing Synopses
It's the bane of a writer's existence but a necessary tool as you move toward publication. Ask questions, offer advice, and discuss synopsis styles here.
10 62 Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:00 PM
by Tricia McKee 
Industry Happenings
Forum Authonomy Members on Book Country
Authonomy is closing Sept. 30, 2015. Connect with former Authonomites here.
3 48 Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:35 AM
by Steve Merrill 
Forum Contests and Awards
Awards
26 86 Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:26 PM
by katie78 
Forum NaNoWriMo
The place to meet NaNoWriMo participants & talk about your project.
23 314 Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:03 PM
by RebekahSFiore 
Forum Summer Writers Club 2014
Join Book Country Members in pledging to write 50K words this summer!
4 51 Wednesday, September 3, 2014 4:21 PM
by Janet Umenta, Book Country Assistant 
Forum Genre Conventions
Going to ReaderCon, BoucherCon, RWA, Comic-Con, Thrillerfest or any other genre-specific convention around the country? Talk about it here.
11 8 Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:10 PM
by Lucy Silag - Book Country Director 
Forum Industry News
News and gossip about the book industry and the book community at large. Got some industry news to share? Post it here.
15 40 Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:54 AM
by RCGravelle 
Forum Meet-Ups & Events
Want to meet your fellow Book Country members in person? This is where you can set up local Book Country meet-ups.
6 14 Monday, February 8, 2016 8:20 PM
by Dalton 
Forum Workshops & Conferences
Attending an upcoming writers' workshop or regional writing conference? Share experiences, recommendations, and find other attendees here.
20 47 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:44 PM
by DJ Lutz 
Forum Writing Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, etc. Discuss your experience and share info about top organizations.
3 11 Friday, March 6, 2015 6:18 PM
by Mimi Speike 
Forum Charities and Fundraisers
Share opportunities to support writers and writing organizations here.
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Forum Professionals for Hire, Classes, and Seminars
Here's where you can share recommendations for paid author services.
2 5 Friday, February 26, 2016 11:22 PM
by Dai Alanye 
Book Country
Forum General Site Feedback
Share your feedback about Book Country.
28 341 Sunday, November 13, 2016 5:23 PM
by Boatman 
Forum Book Country News & Announcements
Check here for exciting news and announcements from the Book Country staff.
48 329 Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:59 AM
by Cas Meadowfield 
Forum How to Use Book Country
New to Book Country? FAQs not covering everything? Ask questions!
85 863 Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:04 AM
by Emeryael 
Forum Introduce Yourself
Are you a new Book Country member? Give yourself a shout-out! Introduce yourself and let readers know about new projects you've posted on Book Country.
325 1427 Sunday, November 20, 2016 12:24 PM
by Kshitij 
Forum Member News & Announcements
Signed with an agent? Sold a book or short story? Self-published something new? Share your good news with other members here.
112 407 Friday, December 2, 2016 2:51 PM
by Mimi Speike 
Forum What Are You Reading Now?
Chat here about what you're reading now. Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, or a great Book Country project you've discovered (not your own!), share with us!
70 280 Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:05 PM
by DianaRoseWilson 
Forum Water Cooler
Here's your spot to talk movies, video games, current events, and more!
45 105 Monday, March 14, 2016 7:44 PM
by Zach Heher