The Heated Debate

A regular series of debates about topics of importance to writers and the books trade. We invite major contributors and welcome controversy. Let the Heated Debate begin!
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Normal Topic Horribly convincing publishing myths
Started By EmmaD
2 56
Ha, some good stuff on there:-) The magic words myth is my favourite ...View
By Inktrailer 17 days ago
Normal Topic Pesky Prologues
Started By Harry
35 475
My prologue isn't a flashback/forward, just an event that is nothing ...View
By Freaky 1 month ago
Normal Topic Why can’t I f***ing swear?
Started By Harry
40 360
Dialogue is one of my strong points as I'm much better at that than I ...View
By SM Worsey 1 month ago
Normal Topic Single or Multiple Submissions to Competitions?
Started By Caducean Whisks
23 116
Emma, your encouragement is very much appreciated. I was already ...View
By Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
Normal Topic Bad sex? Or simply bad writing?
Started By Debi
10 152
As in all things - research is everything! View
By Stupid Cupid 1 month ago
Normal Topic Can the craft of good writing be taught ?
Started By Jacquie
55 375
Thanks for the welcome EzBloke - but I've been here 5 months already. View
By frenz 2 months ago
Normal Topic A publishing horror story for Hallowe'en
Started By EmmaD
8 112
Yes, those AbsoluteWrite WaterCooler threads are horridly compulsive ...View
By EmmaD 2 months ago
Normal Topic Why poetry is worth it.
Started By EmmaD
32 183
Yes, it's classic stuff. I confess, I probably shouldn't have ...View
By EmmaD 5 months ago
Normal Topic Writing historical fiction
Started By EmmaD
27 225
Hi, oh absolutely. But I was not writing. I was hoping for contact ...View
By Bren 5 months ago
Normal Topic writers who borrow from other peoples ideas
Started By lee
47 373
Haha! I like your attitude lee: just coz you're paranoid, doesn't ...View
By issur 7 months ago
Normal Topic What are the best "How to Write" books for complete beginners?
Started By Harry
10 149
If you don't read, you'll never be able to write, natural talent or ...View
By EmmaD 7 months ago
Normal Topic Autobiographies - what you love & what you hate
Started By Harry
19 157
There's a good review on Walter Kirn’s memoir, “Lost in the ...View
By Jacquie 8 months ago
Normal Topic but is crime writing a good market ?
Started By lee
6 92
ha ha har mr hazza i like and i am interested in crime books, ...View
By lee 8 months ago
Normal Topic To Kindle or not to Kindle ? Is it tragic to think that books as we know them may become extinct? Or doesn't it matter?
Started By Jacquie
23 184
I forgot about piracy Spangles - how many bands would be number one ...View
By EzBloke 8 months ago
Normal Topic Girls and boys – Plots & People
Started By Harry
22 234
Funny you should say that... View
By john onceupon 8 months ago
Normal Topic What to write about during a recession...
Started By Jacquie
11 114
Pat - you are just such a tease... hee he grrrr I like the ...View
By Chanty 8 months ago
Normal Topic What do we tell young writers?
Started By Linda
12 177
Perhaps you should tell her the truth about what you think of your ...View
By C.W. Brady 8 months ago
Normal Topic offensive Shi*
Started By lee
7 133
There's nothing wrong with offending people. They like it. At least, ...View
By PsychoPat 9 months ago
Normal Topic writeing for tv vs writeing for film
Started By lee
12 132
Hello T.W. Although not essential, I find that a good ...View
By Kim 9 months ago
Normal Topic words to use instead of swear words
Started By lee
8 122
How would you spell Freekin ? As you have done, man-in -the -snow or ...View
By Jacquie 9 months ago
Normal Topic To novella or not to novella
Started By ProtagarusRa
2 85
Actually, I'd say that a group of 3 linked novellas (you probably ...View
By Harry 9 months ago
Normal Topic Glitches on this site
Started By Linda
27 207
Just to re-itterate what I posted some time ago: CTRL + C will copy ...View
By Tony 10 months ago
Normal Topic RE: Why can’t I f***ing swear? - twiggy > Reply #18
Started By Bren
1 80
When I was working with - ie giving therapy to, a group of kids who ...View
By Bren 10 months ago
Normal Topic Books on Writing
Started By Phil
16 154
All of my favourite how-to books have been mentioned above, and there ...View
By Linda 10 months ago
Normal Topic Creative Writing MAs
Started By Phil
8 142
I'd very much endorse what Leila's saying - do your homework. And ...View
By EmmaD 10 months ago