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    practical experience, FTW indianroads's Avatar
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    Currently writing letters from all my characters (of my new WIP) to me. They tell me about their lives, and I get to pick up on their personalities, along with favorite words and phrases.

    Gotta get my wife to check the letters from female characters - I want to get the speech cadence and phrasing right... she's also good at telling me when I have the female POV completely wrong, then telling me how to fix it.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin altoid967's Avatar
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    I outlined a story I found in an old notebook. I have the major components bullet pointed from beginning to end. I'm debating if I should engage in more planning (fleshing out characters and events more) or just dive right in. Part of me wants to keep planning. But that's also the part of me that's a little afraid to fail.

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    It's taken me years to finally get going. My original idea from late 2013 has evolved a lot since then, but I have finally sat down during NaNoWriMo and written my first draft. It's super exciting, but... I've gone back to the beginning and tried revising a little, and I'm having a hard time with the amounts of description.

    I guess it should be called world building. There's special circumstances and I feel like every few paragraphs I'm stopping to explain something. I'm trying to jump right into the action, but I feel like the action (which involves a sort of magic) itself needs explaining. And my MC has met up with a family with their own problems (years ago, one of their infant children went missing) so I feel like I'm explaining their backstory as well. Ugh.


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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin thehansell's Avatar
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    I've been thinking about story structure a lot lately, since it's a weakness that's sent more than a few of my projects careening off road into the dustbin of unfinished stories (sorry for the mixed metaphor). I recently listened to the audiobook version of The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and while it includes a million little tools for understanding and crafting stories it's a book that does not reveal all its secrets on a first read through (or listen through, in my case).

    For now, Dan Harmon's story circle (You-Need-Go-Search-Find-Take-Return-Change) is proving a useful and simplified version, and I've been exploring whether my current WIP can be negotiated into this structure if I look at it from the right angle. What I've found: it's an excellent way to ensure my themes are present throughout and that my protagonist's goals and character development don't yo-yo all over the place.

    There. That's my thought of the day.

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    Ni. Peng. Neee-Wom. edutton's Avatar
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    just finished writing the first draft of my annual self-evaluation... it may not be a best-seller, but at least it's still fiction
    Write the change you want to see in the world!

    Writing exposition is like putting red pepper flakes on your pizza - the occasional burst adds depth and flavor, too much in a lump can burn the reader out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by edutton View Post
    just finished writing the first draft of my annual self-evaluation... it may not be a best-seller, but at least it's still fiction
    Vivere militare est.

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    I feel that my inability to move past chapter 22 lies strictly with the chapter in question. I know how its suppose to be written, but I hit a wall when I go to write in the details; the same occurs when I go to edit the chapter. If not for this chapter being so pivotal to the story, and it needing to be done before the following one gets worked on, I'd move on to chapter 23 then come back to this one at a later date.

    I'm in a misty field without a flashlight and need some help to get out of it!
    Write what's in your heart, let your fingers take over, let your brain "nap" while you write so you're not sidetracked.

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    When will I be motivated to start writing again.
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    Lily, a private duty nurse in 1938, will be assigned to carry out some charlatan doctor's cure for habitual inebriation. It involves injecting the patient with "solubilized gold," but Lily was good at chemistry, and knows that can't be.

    And yet, her success as a nurse depends on the status of her patient.

    What, oh what will Lily do?

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    I'm on the last edit of my historical. I've said that before, but this time it's a reality--unless I can find a beta reader. But, apparently, no one wants to critique a historical romance. I don't blame them. I won't touch erotica or stories about demons of The Exorcist variety. Anyway, I've got to let this book go sometime or other and it may as well be by January.
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    It's been a long time since I've written anything. Between my depression and work and school, it's been tough to make time.

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    I can't get my head around this structural re-edit and the clock is ticking, as they say.
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    At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
    Almost, at times, the Fool.


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    Have pen, will travel Cindyt's Avatar
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    I finally found a beta reader! YaY!
    The only thing you can't fix is a blank page.--Bonnie Hearn Hill

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    In Loving Memory Brandon Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyt View Post
    I finally found a beta reader! YaY!
    Well done, Cindy! I was crossing my fingers that you would, when I saw your thread!

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    Writing songs to help strengthen world-building is really hard, especially when you're a lousy poet.
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