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Apr. 26th, 2009

Until I have time to work on alani_an's awesome challenge (darn you college!) I thought I could drag out something I've been working on relatively consistantly since February. This is (mostly) the beginning. To keep it to rosalarian's request to keep snippets under 300 words, I cut to where it gets kind of juicy. I've had a lot of people express interest when I tell them the basic premise of the story, but outside of my girlfriend, no one's actually seen it yet. So, umm...yeah. Let me know if it sounds like something you might want to read more of, etc. etc. Working title is

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Thanks all!

To you who (whom?) answered:

Thank you!!

To everyone else:

In an effort to revitalize this community I issue a challenge! If you dare to accept...here goes. Write 5,000 words. A collection of poems, a short story, mini-novel. An essay for god's sake. Share it with someone and come back and talk about your writing and their responses. Tell us (me) what worked and what didn't, I'd love to hear about and I'm sure other people in this comm would too!

I'll do it if you do it.
Actually I'm going to do it anyway and to inspire someone mine will be with the prompt 'aluminum foil'...which was not chosen by me.

Anyway! Come back in a week or two with something good, or awful. Just share.

Get back into the swing of things

I need some writing advice from anyone willing to provide.

It's been a while since I've felt compelled to write. Most of my writing comes from random bursts of inspiration which doesn't lead to any type of consistency.

So what I was wondering is what you all do to settle down and get writing, music, movies, isolation? Anything. I would love to hear any ideas that might get my creative juices flowing in my drought-stricken mind!

Thank you all.



Intro, and question

Hi all, I'm Lauren. 22, recent MFA grad, adjunct English proffie, and — amid a sea of papers to grade, prep work to do, and books to finish — letting my writing-muscle atrophy. My biggest problem: I lack discipline, and tend to write in widely-spaced binges.

Besides a terrible novel that I wrote at around fourteen or fifteen, the longest creative projects I have completed are my undergrad thesis (book o' poetry) and my grad thesis (story cycle) — and, as everyone knows, theses and dissertations are practice runs for the Real Thing, and rarely publishable without another several years of solid work. I don't send much out for publication, because I don't feel ready, but also because I'm a bit too lazy to organize and keep track of multiple submissions. I'm mildly published, but nowhere big: just a couple of university-based lit journals. Meanwhile, I've got tons of detritus filling up my hard drive, and a few idea-gametes floating in my brain, waiting for the muse to fertilize them.

Most of my interaction with this group will be in the comment pages. I am an avid reader and passionate lit teacher, so please excuse the ridiculous number of literary allusions that worm their way into my (pseudo)social interactions. It's a bad habit, and I'm doing my best to kick it.

Looking forward to seeing more of all of you and learning from what you have to say.

And, for the sake of discussion: how do you impose writerly discipline on yourselves?

1st Person in multiple POVs

I have this idea for a story that I've been meaning to write for quite sometime now, but have never gotten around to doing it only because it was terribly unorganized so I've been trying trying to organize it and come up with a steady outline of events so its easier for me to write. I'm confident that I've gotten to the point where I can start writing it and I want to write it in first person but not just through the point of view of one character. I want it to be the point of view of about 7-8 characters or so in total. I feel its better this way because certain parts of the story relate more to characters other than the protagonist. Do you guys have any advice as to how I can go about doing this without having it get too confusing?


Hi. Um. It is probably a good time for me to introduce myself instead of lurking, so...

My name is Claudine.

I'm 22 years old, female, a psychology student, Canadian, vegetarian, and nobody believes me when I say I'm shy. I have a horrible habit of typing too quickly, and mixing up the order of Es and Is in words like 'piece' and 'believe'.

I write. A lot.

I write everything. Short Stories, Novels, Poetry, Essays (but those are for school). I also write fanfiction, as well as my original stuff. Most of my non-fanfiction related work is... hidden away, carefully, because I'm very insecure about letting people read my writing before it's complete. So, naturally, I have a problem in actually completing anything.

I'm also very bitter right now because I wanted to take a Creative Writing class at my school, and the English Department wouldn't let me. Apparently, even though the class is one you need to submit a writing portfolio in order to get permission to register for it, they won't even consider my submission because I haven't taken Intro English. I understand that they want to limit the people who can take the course to those whose writing is considered superb, but - hey. Portfolio submission. I'd rather they rejected my writing, instead of rejecting me, because I'm far too busy to take a full-year course I don't need just so I can take their course as an elective.

That being said... I used to write a lot of poetry, but I kind of stopped. Now, I'm writing mainly short stories, and trying to finish all the stories I've started and never completed. It's taking a while.

So, yes. Hello.


Likable characters

When you're reading, does it matter to you if the characters, particularly the protagonists, are likable? If the main character were the kind of person that you would kick in the nuts if you ever met them in real life, would you read their story?

On the one hand, I have a hard time reading stories where the protagonist annoys me, or is a horrible person, especially if the author is passing them off as a good person. But at the same time, I'd rather read a horrible interesting character than a likable boring one.

On Poetry:

I give you all a big question, because it is an important one.

What makes a poem?

Apr. 5th, 2009

Last night I spent several hours playing around with the comics I cut out of the paper at home over spring break. I ended up clipping out certain panels of various different strips and cobbling them together into three pages worth of a very random comic. When I finished (or, really, when I started to get too picky about what I wanted rather than just letting the comics guide me) I went back through and made slight alterations in the dialogue so that it made a little more sense, labeled which figures I wanted to be which characters, and made notes where I really needed to add more stuff to make the story at least somewhat coherent.

The result is weird and rambly and just a little epic. It's just a storyboard for now (I still have to go back and add some panels in the places I marked out last night), but when I get around to attempting to draw it I'm going to more or less use whatever kind of blocking and perspective is in the panels I've used. The hardest part will probably be working out consistent appearances for the five characters. And possibly backgrounds. And then there's the fact that I've never actually done comics before...

It's an amusing writing exercise. The fun lies in putting it all together and then sitting back and trying to figure out how to make sense of it from beginning to end, rather than merely panel to panel -- because the results can't not be silly.

Hi There

Delayed Introduction Go!

My name is Mattie/Nanashi Jones, how ya doin'? My apologies for the delay on intros, but here we go!

Writing Love - I go for whatever genre strikes my fancy, but I tend to end up in fantastical realism more often than not, or if you want to call me on my bull, as I don't adhere strictly to the genre's rules, I like "to write about the gods having a coffee and a biscuit at a shop."

Seriously - I have a degree in writing. No joke! Bachelors in Journalism, but I'm not as enthused about it as I should be/should have been, so I work in IT for the time being. In the long run, I'd love to be in any form of writing, but I haven't worked up the drive to complete a script/novel/long-form, so it remains a fervent hobby. I can write in any style, prose/poetry/plot, and have a BUTTLOAD of experience, so even if I'm not actually doing much, I'm always up for talking about the technicals. Also, I'll offer advise at the drop of a hat- BEWARE!

Red Skittles, please - My ideal working environment or what I think of as my Red Skittles Only (the artist can only work if they have just red skittles in the bowl, get it?) is a cleared space/office where all I do is write and generate a creative atmosphere beforehand. Can't have the space double as a bedroom or shared office since I get distracted so easily and will do anything/everything at the drop of a hat. I usually try to get some wordless music going so I can just work off that vibe and keep the distracted part of my mind occupied, but in lieu of all this perfection, I try to find a quiet, unoccupied, uninterrupted spot for a few hours.

Re-Sources - Anything! No really, I just need to go out and absorb the world a bit and I can write about anything. Snatches of a conversation, a song (not even a good one), bad stories, anecdotes, a tree, a picture- I will make a story from anything. So beware if I go on a tear from some missive you made over there.

That's my writing self for you. Looking forward to more technicalities. Ta!