A few comments about this section:

A few comments about this section:

Postby Toccatta » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:25 am

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Re: A few comments about this section:

Postby Denina » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:54 pm

Another thought...

If someone is writing a story that is ongoing, it's recommended that the author make a separate thread for feedback for it so that the continuity of the story is not interrupted. For completed short stories posted, it's okay to use the same thread.
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