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Internet community where I can get feedback on my prose and storytelling

I am about 15,000 words into my first novel, and I'm finding it difficult to get feedback from my old English major friends. I'd like to know how the pace, grammar, syntax, etc. of my story strike various experienced readers, but I certainly don't want to put my manuscript online in an unsecured environment. Any thoughts? BTW, I live in the Maine woods; no, there are no local meet-ups. I really wish there were.
posted by jwhite1979 on Apr 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Why is this Bukowski poem poetry?

Yesterday I was reading a Bukowski poem, and as much as I enjoyed it, I got to wondering: "Why is this poetry?" [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 17, 2013 - 16 answers

What makes it tick? What makes it NOT tick?

I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

He was, however, unsure of his own judgement...

Is placing certain adverbs like "however" and "nonetheless" after the first clause in a sentence an actual stylistic best practice, or just a personal preference I made up? [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 6, 2013 - 16 answers

positive ugly art

Is there any art that you find ugly, but still admire or value? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 4, 2013 - 39 answers

Details, details, details...and then BAM!

As a reader of fiction (especially if you're a devotee of speculative fiction), how much do you like detailed descriptions and/or lists as part of the story? What if the story switches between detail and expediency? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

My name is Christopher John Francis Boone

Please recommend books that are similar to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (not just ones about autism). [more inside]
posted by fix on Aug 29, 2012 - 22 answers

But most of all, I wish her love.

Long-shot-arama: 13 years ago, I read a poem at my daughter's christening and then promptly lost the piece of paper I'd read it from. It was all about the things I wished she would have in her life, and I'm 98% sure it ended with "but most of all, I wish you love". Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Anything goes when it comes to prose, but...

What books/authors can you recommend where there is poetry in the prose? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Oct 13, 2011 - 53 answers

Help me find a prose reading for my best friend's wedding!

My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 22, 2011 - 20 answers

Most influential short stories and novels in terms of style since 1950?

Which novels and short stories, from any genre, since WWII, have been the most influential on prose style in "literary fiction"?
posted by shivohum on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Good short prose samples on the web?

Are there any websites with large collections of exquisite examples of prose? [more inside]
posted by satori_movement on Jul 14, 2011 - 4 answers

What to read after Ulysses?

Ulysses. Lolita. Proust. Books where the quality of the prose is the best part, more so than the plot. Help me find more? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Jun 28, 2011 - 60 answers

Help me prune the academic wankery

What are unnecessarily formal "academic jargon" type words that I should seek and destroy in my papers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 28, 2011 - 66 answers

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose?

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 24, 2010 - 45 answers

recommended prose stylists

Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Beautifully Written Books for Young People

What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 18, 2010 - 45 answers

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Jan 29, 2010 - 46 answers

Words of long lasting love in English, Welsh and French please!

Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for writing similar to Wendy Cope and Dorothy Parker

Please recommend some witty poetry and/or prose in the same vein as Dorothy Parker and Wendy Cope!
posted by whats-in-a-name on Dec 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Words to money

(Pro)sefilter: want to sell prose. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Oct 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

I want to eat me some yummy books.

I love food, and I love fiction. I'd love to read more fiction with tremendous descriptions of food. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Aug 24, 2009 - 61 answers

Sources for short prose for public editing practice?

Where might I find real-life examples of 300-700-word pieces of prose that are neither perfect nor unsalvageable — "problematic," let's say — on which I can practice the craft of editing? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Aug 7, 2009 - 25 answers

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing.

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing. My girlfriend is a graduate student in the humanities. She is clever, erudite and rigorous, but her ability to build an argument is poor. She finds it particularly difficult to unpack a complex concept and present its constitutive parts in a logical sequence. The book I'd like to buy helps writers with these specific problems, ideally (but not necessarily) within the context of research in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by limon on Mar 19, 2009 - 25 answers

So... not Hemingway.

ProseFilter: Nabokov's Lolita was once hailed as "a love letter to the English language." I'm looking for modern and contemporary authors with similar aspirations. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Sep 12, 2008 - 43 answers

Suggest some similar similes!

Help me come up with an evocative simile that conveys a profound but unemotional appreciation of a thing. My existing, imperfect prose is inside for your delectation. [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl on Aug 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Combining art forms

Could anybody suggest titles of books that are collections of prose (fiction)/poetry and photographs/drawings? Books along the lines of, say, Eduardo Galeano's "The Book of Embraces" which has short compositions about various topics and simple, yet pleasing, drawings. Thanks!
posted by hellhammer on Jun 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Who else writes like John Banville?

Which other authors write as sensually as John Banville?
posted by Black Spring on Oct 16, 2006 - 8 answers

supplanted by a deathly paleness his hand?

I have been receiving experimental poetry through my blog. Who is sending it and why? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Mar 16, 2006 - 7 answers

DeadWhiteMaleFilter

The Great Books: where should I start? I seek timeless wisdom. [more inside]
posted by evariste on Feb 21, 2006 - 74 answers

help track down a prose poem

My husband is looking for a prose poem about postcards used to create a religion. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Nov 11, 2005 - 6 answers

How to read epic prose?

I would like to read Homer, Virgil and Ovid - but have trouble getting through prose - what should I do?
posted by stbalbach on Apr 24, 2005 - 21 answers

I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French

ForeignLanguageFilter: What tools (if any?) are available on the Internet for translating materials that are not prose into English? Specfically, I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French. Neither my pathetic high school slacker French nor the usual suspects are producing anything useful... Any suggestions?
posted by JollyWanker on Apr 26, 2004 - 9 answers

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