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!
Topics No. Replies No. Views Latest Post
Normal Topic What does it mean for a story to be happy?
Started By Babblefish
18 810
The Trustee from the Toolroom by Neville Shute is about someone who is ...View
Latest poster: AlanP 1 month ago
Normal Topic Using a real person's name in a title.....
Started By GinnyBitters
18 652
Dear Bruce Sorry I've just noticed your name so have to ask - are you from ...View
Latest poster: Joyful 2 months ago
Normal Topic How Graphic is too Graphic?
Started By Bonwick
10 810
On writing my first novel (still in the cupboard gathering dust, I ...View
Latest poster: Yo 1 year ago
Normal Topic Fan Fiction : Where does the control live?
Started By Bonwick
3 482
Had a discussion about this with my kids the other day... I've ...View
Latest poster: Squidge 1 year ago
Normal Topic Is the novel dead as an art form?
Started By SkyAzure Publishing
14 1362
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Latest poster: bdcharles 1 year ago
Normal Topic Be careful what you write and what you dont write.
Started By Bonwick
26 1179
Are harassment, violence, even the more morally objectionable ...View
Latest poster: Tonic 1 year ago
Normal Topic Does my book group not support indie publishers?
Started By JeanieD
16 752
I'll do the same. Not that there was any 'baiting' intended :-) It's just ...View
Latest poster: Stephen Mark 2 years ago
Normal Topic Stories as a teaching device
Started By Babblefish
4 577
One area I think of is characters being willing to give up power. They ...View
Latest poster: K.S. Crooks 2 years ago
Normal Topic How far should synopses/ blurbs go?
Started By Kiki179
22 1537
Exactly.View
Latest poster: FergCurrie 2 years ago
Normal Topic The 'rules' of writing romance
Started By Dinamin
26 943
I'm not sure which it was I'm afraid: read so many, all the titles merge ...View
Latest poster: Catasshe 2 years ago
Normal Topic I'm losing my mojo
Started By Bonwick
5 1046
Things move in waves and cycles. There are times when Y.A. is huge then it ...View
Latest poster: K.S. Crooks 2 years ago
Normal Topic Competition Commenting Debate.
Started By bryo
11 903
...and in this week's episode we track the most feared punctuation of all, ...View
Latest poster: Mashie Niblick 2 years ago
Normal Topic Plausibility
Started By Nelson
17 878
If the son blames his father somehow for not protecting him, then it would ...View
Latest poster: mad_iguana 3 years ago
Normal Topic What makes someone well read?
Started By Bonwick
4 1064
"Thinking, Fast and Slow" Oooh, that's such a good book! I've given it to ...View
Latest poster: EmmaD 3 years ago
Normal Topic Originality?????
Started By Bonwick
14 1124
Mark Twain got it right when he said that the last original storyteller ...View
Latest poster: JayG 3 years ago
Normal Topic To be creative or Not To Be laughed at???
Started By Bonwick
11 1062
Liking the indie deal love, its how we ourselves roll. You have ...View
Latest poster: SkyAzure Publishing 3 years ago
Normal Topic The Amazonian Giant
Started By Debi
10 1503
Tee hee. Wouldn't it just!View
Latest poster: Caducean Whisks 3 years ago
Normal Topic The noise in your head from the internet may be one of the silent killers of your imagination
Started By EmmaD
4 1113
Thanks Emma, that was a good read. The problem is I came onto the Wrters ...View
Latest poster: Giggsy 3 years ago
Normal Topic Narrator-protagonist confusion
Started By Babblefish
4 1382
Hmmm... interesting about the omniscient narrator knowing more about ...View
Latest poster: Babblefish 3 years ago
Normal Topic Non fiction book title: amusing or factual (read dull and uninspiring)?
Started By handyman
11 1343
I think 'The Builder's Bum' has a nice ring to it (don't), a bit like 'The ...View
Latest poster: LinsP 4 years ago
Normal Topic The final FINAL word on Brit Writers
Started By Debi
3 1165
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams... Any kind of ...View
Latest poster: RichardB 4 years ago
Normal Topic Who says there's no such thing as an omniscient first-person narrative?
Started By EmmaD
14 1851
The article seems to have moved to ...View
Latest poster: barny 4 years ago
Normal Topic RE: Blogsturbating and other time wasting techniques - bazbaron > Reply #2
Started By pilgrim1911
5 1255
bazbaron - glad you enjoyed your rant. My head isn't Arizonian, I just ...View
Latest poster: pilgrim1911 4 years ago
Normal Topic RE: Blogsturbating and other time wasting techniques - Lou > Reply #3
Started By pilgrim1911
0 1002
Original Post Hey Pilgrim, nobody insists you read any blogs. ...View
Latest poster: pilgrim1911 4 years ago
Normal Topic Blogsturbating and other time wasting techniques
Started By pilgrim1911
2 1113
Hey Pilgrim, nobody insists you read any blogs. Maybe you've looked at the ...View
Latest poster: Lou 4 years ago